USA Survives The Group Of Death

USA loses to Germany, 0-1, but both teams advance to the World Cup knockout round thanks to a 2-1 Portugal victory over Ghana.

USA falls to Germany, 0-1, but finishes second in Group G and advances to the round of 16.

United States’ Clint Dempsey heads the ball towards the goal past Germany’s Mats Hummels and Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

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It’s official: USA faces Belgium on Tuesday, July 1, at 4 p.m. ET in the round of 16. Belgium defeated South Korea to win Group H, 1-0, with this goal.

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Team USA celebrates advancing to the World Cup knockout stage.

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USA will face the winner of Group H. It’s likely going to be Belgium, who is ahead of Algeria on points and goal differential. At 4 p.m. ET today, Belgium plays South Korea and Algeria plays Russia in their final group matches

USA head coach Juergen Klinsmann and Germany’s head coach Joachim Loew greet each other after the match.

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Defender Omar Gonzalez had a huge game for the U.S. today. He’s a big reason the U.S. only gave up one goal against Germany today.

Omar Gonzalez celebrates after qualifying for the next World Cup round following their 1-0 loss to Germany. AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

The scene in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

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And it’s over, 1-0 win for Germany. The Germans finish atop Group G. The U.S. finish as the runner-up. Both teams advance thanks to a 2-1 Portugal win over Ghana.

So close! Dempsey with a header just over the bar.

Only a few minutes remain in USA vs. Germany, still 1-0. As it stands right now, both teams are in to the knockout stage.

United States’ Jermaine Jones is tripped by Germany’s Mats Hummels. AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

With this goal, Ronaldo and Portugal may have sent the U.S. through to the knockout round.

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GROUP G UPDATE: Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal, up 2-1. That is GREAT for the U.S. If these results hold, the U.S. and Germany advance.

Ouch! USA’s Bedoya and Jones collide and knock heads. Both guys down.

Ouch, Clint Dempsey takes a shoulder to the face. He’s playing with a broken nose. That hurts.

If the results in Group G stand, with Portugal 1-1 Ghana and Germany 1-0 USA, the U.S. and Germany would advance.

Germany’s Thomas Mueller, right, celebrates scoring the opening goal. AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Goal by Germany. 1-0.

Germany is sending a lot of guys forward early in the second half. The Germans don’t appear content to play for the tie.

Great defending again by Omar Gonzalez. He’s doing everything for the U.S. on defense today.

Second half starts now in Recife. USA 0-0 Germany.

In the other Group G match, Portugal goes up 1-0 on Ghana with this own goal. A very good thing for the U.S. If the results hold, the U.S. and Germany would both advance.

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First half ends with Germany and USA still locked at 0-0.

United States’ Jermaine Jones battles for the ball against Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Tim Howard makes a great save on this shot from Özil in the box.

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Five inches of rain overnight has left the pitch in Recife slippery…to say the least.

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Tim Howard is making some tough saves in the first half vs. Germany. He’s keeping the U.S. even 0-0.

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USA’s Jermaine Jones gets taken out by the ref.

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US-Germany locked at 0-0 in the 30th minute.

Germany’s Thomas Mueller takes a shot which is stopped by United States’ goalkeeper Tim Howard as United States’ Omar Gonzalez (3) and Matt Besler (5), move into the play. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

U.S. finally with a little pressure. Zusi fires one just over the German net from right outside the penalty area.

Still all even in both Group G matches: USA 0-0 Germany, Portugal 0-0 Ghana

United States’ Matt Besler chases Germany’s Mesut Ozil along the sidelines. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

OMAR! Omar Gonzalez with a couple brilliant challenges early on. He’s a big reason Germany doesn’t have an early goal. Still 0-0.

HUGE save by Tim Howard for the U.S. Germany is pressuring and it is working. Couple decent chances already. U.S. need to find a way to keep possession.

Germany dominating possession early on. The U.S. can’t seem to advance the ball out of their end.

Here. We. GO.

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The fans inside the stadium are a tad bit soggy.

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The U.S. fans in Kansas City look ready.

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Will Ferrell got the U.S. fans pumped up in Recife last night.

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Here are the standings in the group going into Thursday’s match. Ghana and Portugal also face-off today. A USA-Germany tie will ensure that both teams advance. A win for either sends the victor on to the knockout round as well.

Torrential downpours and flooding in Recife today had many wondering if USA vs. Germany would happen as planned. FIFA says the match will happen as scheduled.

A vehicle makes its way down a flooded street after heavy rain storms in Recife, Brazil, Thursday. USA and Germany will be played at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife today. AP Photo/Petr David Josek

Here’s the lineup for Germany.

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