UPDATE 6/26 2:09pm
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing.
With two wins and a draw, Germany topped the group with seven points, while the U.S. progressed with four. Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 but both were eliminated.
Mueller scored in the 55th minute with a side-footed shot from the edge of the area as tropical downpours drenched the Arena Pernambuco.
Both teams knew before kickoff that a draw would see them through, but neither held back. The game pitted Germany coach Joachim Loew against his good friend and predecessor Juergen Klinsmann, now in charge of the U.S. team.
The United States just need one point today to make it out of the Group of Death and into the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
They'll have to do it against Germany, one of the most potent sides in the world. The Germans boast a rock-solid defense, magnificent technical skill, and a lethal counterattack.
The Americans will advance with a win or draw. The U.S. could lose and still go through if Portugal and Ghana play to a draw or if goal differential tiebreakers finish in their favor.
This match carries special meaning for U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, a German soccer legend who coached the German national team in the 2006 World Cup, and for the five German-American players on the U.S. roster.
Kickoff from Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, is scheduled for noon.
(PHOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI / GETTY IMAGES - AFP)