USA vs. Germany: Americans advance to knockout round despite los

USA vs. Germany: Americans advance to knockout round despite loss

USA loses to Germany 1-0, but still advances to the knockout round of 16 USA loses to Germany 1-0, but still advances to the knockout round of 16

CBS/AP  June 26, 2014

RECIFE, Brazil (CBS/AP) -- Team USA lost to three-time champion Germany 1-0 Thursday but still earned a spot in the World Cup's knockout round.

Germany's Thomas Mueller scored the match's only goal in the 55th minute, burying a shot in the far post after securing a rebound of a Tim Howard save.

Team USA still advanced to the round of 16. Portugal finished level on four points with second-place United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference. Germany topped the group.

There were many empty seats in the Arena Pernambuco when the match kicked off but fans streamed in during the first half, apparently delayed by traffic jams as torrential rain flooded parts of this northeastern Brazilian city.

Germany was quicker off the mark and Howard intercepted a low cross from Lukas Podolski before Michael Bradley made a good clearance and Omar Gonzales defended well to deny Mueller a shot from close range. Howard's 103th cap was a record for a U.S. goalkeeper and he did well to stop Mesut Ozil's shot in the 35th minute.

Center back Geoff Cameron was replaced in the U.S. lineup for its game against Germany after his mistakes helped lead to both of Portugal's goals in the Americans' last match.

Omar Gonzalez started in his place in the Group G finale. Brad Davis also took over for Alejandro Bedoya in the midfield.

For Germany, Bastian Schweinsteiger replaced Sami Khedira in the midfield and Lukas Podolski started over Mario Goetze at forward.

Khedira has still been looking for his rhythm after being sidelined with a knee injury for six months. Schweinsteiger played well off the bench against Ghana.

Cameron's wayward clearance led to Portugal's first goal Sunday, and he was beaten by Varela for the equalizer in stoppage time.

Team USA was greeted with cheers from American fans Wednesday as they arrived in the Brazilian city of Recife.

Players spent the three days between matches recovering and regrouping after a physical first game against Ghana and an emotional tie against Portugal.

"This is the biggest game of a lot of our lives, so any fatigue in our legs will be erased," said American midfielder Kyle Beckerman before the game. "We've got to give everything we've got and more."