In soccer, how U.S. advanced in World Cup tournament even though it lost
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Germany's Mats Hummels, center, pushes off United States' Clint Dempsey (who plays for the Seattle Sounders) as he heads the ball at the Germany goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, today.

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RECIFE, Brazil — The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 today 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 play the Group H winner, likely Belgium put possibly Algeria, on Monday in Salvador.

Last modified: June 26. 2014 11:12AM
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