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June 26, 2014

World Cup: Germany nips USA 1-0 in last group stage match

Americans to advance to Round of 16

RECIFE, Brazil —  Germany's Thomas Mueller stayed on track to retain his Golden Boot title at the World Cup by scoring his fourth goal of the tournament in the 1-0 victory over the United States.

 

U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann wasn't too upset. His team also qualified for the knockout stage after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 in the other final match in Group G, which saw both teams eliminated.

Mueller scored five times in South Africa in 2010 and scored his fourth on Friday in a rain-soaked Recife.

With two wins and a draw, Germany topped the group with seven points, while the U.S. progressed with four. Portugal also finished with four points but the U.S. had a better goal difference.

''We controlled the match and did not allow any chances until late in the match,'' Germany coach Joachim Loew said. ''We failed to score a second goal that would have settled the issue earlier.''

Mueller scored in the 55th minute with a side-footed shot from the edge of the area as tropical downpours drenched the Arena Pernambuco. He now has nine goals in nine World Cup games.

 

Mueller scored in the 55th minute with a side-footed shot from the edge of the area as tropical downpours drenched the Arena Pernambuco. He now has nine goals in nine World Cup games.



 

''We clearly dominated the match and we played not a bad game against a top-fit American team,'' Mueller said. ''I finally scored a pretty goal. I manage it every now and then. We still have big targets ahead of us.''

Germany, a three-time champion, now travels to Porto Alegre to play the runner-up in Group H on June 30.

The USA will test the winner of Group H (Belgium, Algeria or Russia) at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Salvador in the Round of 16.

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