RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — The United States national soccer team on Thursday reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time -- but they didn't accomplish the feat in a manner American fans hoped for.
Germany defeated the U.S. 1-0 on Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.
The Germans, three-time World Cup champions, finished with seven points while the U.S. had four after allowing a 95th-minute goal against Portugal on Sunday in a 2-2 draw. Portugal also had four, but the Americans advanced from the so-called "Group of Death" because their goal difference was even and the Portuguese were minus three.
The Americans will next play the winner of Group H, most likely Belgium put possibly Algeria on Monday in Salvador.
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