U.S. Drops Match To Germany, Advances Out of Group
The United States went into their final Group G matchup against Germany on Thursday needing a win or draw to secure their spot in the round of 16. While they were unable to get a point against the Germans, they still did manage to finish runner up in the group and advance to the knockout stage.
In soggy conditions and a solid rainstorm throughout the match, the Americans and Germans played to a nil-nil tie to end the first half. A goal by Thomas Muller in the 55th minute put Germany up 1-0 and despite some valiant attempts by the U.S. side late, that would end up being the final score.
Luck was on the Americans side though. At the same time they were facing the Germans, Portugal and Ghana were facing off in the other Group G game. If the U.S. were to lose their game they needed a tightly contested matchup between their Group G mates. The Americans got just that.
After battling back and forth for the entire game, Portugal striker Christiano Ronaldo put Portugal ahead 2-1 in the 80th minute. That goal would result in the U.S. side advancing with 4 points based off of goal differential.
Up next for the Americans is a knockout stage matchup with the winner of Group H on Tuesday at 4pm ET. Their opponent will likely be Belgium who currently sit at the top of the Group H table.