The United States has progressed to the second round of the 2014 World Cup, despite suffering a 1-0 loss to Germany in their final pool game at Arena Pernambuco in Recife this morning.
There was speculation before the game that coach Juergen Klinsmann and Joachim Lowe would conspire to play out a draw, a result that would see both sides progress to the round of sixteen, but Germany gave no indication that they would be happy with a draw and they dominated possession in the early stages of the match.
Germany created plenty of chances in the first half, but were unable to land the killer blow and the United States were happy to sit back and play on the counter ,although they had very few opportunities to get forward in the first 45 minutes of the contest.
The Germans continued to dominate possession in the early stages of the second half and they finally got the breakthrough when the in-form Thomas Muller scored his fourth goal of the 2014 World Cup with a pinpoint strike from outside the box.
Muller was delighted with his goal, which took him to the top of the Golden Boot along with Lionel Messi and Neymar, and was thrilled when informed after the match that he has now scored more goals in World Cup matches than Diego Maradona.
“For once I scored a beautiful goal,” Muller said.
“We are ready for the knockout stage.
“We keep working hard and we are full of team spirit.”
The United States were able to get themselves into the game as the second half progressed and they had a few opportunities to find an equalizer; with a brilliant tackle from a German defender denying Alejandro Bedoya a late goal.
The 2-1 Portugal win over Ghana meant that the United States was able to progress to the knockout stages for the second year in a row and Klinsmann said that he was happy with the effort of his side.
“Everyone said we had no chance, but we took the chance and we move on and now we really want to prove a point,” Klinsmann said.
“The commitment was great, I wish we had more possession and created more chances but maybe we are saving that for the next one.
“It is huge, huge step and now we can’t wait for the round of 16.”
Germany are dominant favourites with Ladbrokes.com.au to progress to the quarter finals when they take on Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on Tuesday, while the United States are underdogs against Belgium on Wednesday morning.