World Cup - Group G

USA 0-1 Germany

Thomas Muller curls Germany into lead over USA

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World Cup 2014: USA 0-1 Germany highlights

Story of the match:

  • Torrential rain in Recife means many fans miss kick off
  • Thomas Muller scores his fourth goal of the tournament to give Germany the win
  • Germany go through as Group G winners
  • The US through as runners-up and will face Belgium in the last 16

Thomas Muller once again made the difference as Germany qualified as winners of Group G with victory over the United States, who also reached the last 16 at the World Cup.

The Bayern Munich forward scored his ninth World Cup goal in as many games to give Germany a routine win at a rain-soaked Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

The rate at which Muller is scoring in World Cup games is matched only by Brazil legend Pele, who also found the net nine times in his first nine matches in the tournament.

Thomas Muller gives USA the lead

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Thomas Muller curls Germany into lead over USA

The 24-year-old German is now just six goals behind the all-time scoring record, which is jointly held by Muller's team-mate Miroslav Klose and former Brazilian striker Ronaldo.

This was a frustrating afternoon for the United States and their travelling army of fans. They failed to force Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to make a save of note but their qualification was assured by Portugal's 2-1 victory over Ghana in Brasilia.

The US will now travel to Salvador to take on the much-fancied Belgians on Tuesday. Germany will play the runners up of Group H in Porto Alegre on Monday.

Before the game, much had been made of the suggestion that both sides might play for a convenient draw that would take each of them through. But with US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who previously managed Germany, facing off against his protege Joachim Low, neither team took a backward step from the first whistle.

Germany, playing their familiar passing game at a patient tempo, carved out a series of early chances.

Match facts
Benedikt Howedes received Germany's first yellow card of the tournament. Germany are the last team to receive a booking in this World Cup.
Eight German players attempted more passes in this match than Michael Bradley's 50 - the most by an American player.
Thomas Muller has been involved in 13 of Germany's last 23 World Cup goals.

On three occasions Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng found space wide on the right flank and fizzed fierce low crosses into the penalty area, while Arsenal's Mesut Ozil came closest to scoring, stepping away from Matt Besler's challenge to test United States goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Germany had to wait until the 55th minute to make the breakthrough, however, having seen Ozil and substitute Miroslav Klose go close.

It was a cross by the former that created the goal with Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker heading powerfully at goal and forcing Howard to push the ball into the path of Muller.

The forward struck his shot first time and it flashed beyond Howard before he could react to put Germany ahead.

The United States did show spells that suggest they will not be easy to beat in this tournament. Michael Bradley was at the heart of their best work, setting the tone with his tenacity in the tackle and his ability to keep possession under intense pressure.

The Toronto midfielder created the USA's best chance of the game, finding Kansas City forward Graham Zusi, whose shot curled narrowly over the bar, but Bradley's touch let him down just as a shooting opportunity presented itself moments before half-time.

The midfielder allowed his frustrations to get the better of him as he caught Muller with his studs raised and was fortunate to escape a booking.

After half-time the USA improved. Alejandro Bedoya saw a shot blocked after a fluent move down the USA right, while Clint Dempsey headed just over late on.

And although Germany closed out the game, when the result was confirmed in Brasilia, the United States also had something to celebrate.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann: "It's huge for us to reach the last 16. We wanted at least a tie out of the game and maybe at the beginning we had too much respect.

"But overall there was tremendous energy and effort from all of the side. It's huge for us to get out of group - everyone said we had no chance but we took that chance. Now we want to prove a point."

Germany coach Joachim Low: "I knew it would be difficult today and it was. USA defended deep, they were well organised, but I have to say we dominated, denying them good chances in the process.

"Our midfield was great today - they were dynamic and never stopped running.

"It wasn't easy for USA - everyone thought Portugal would qualify, but they've done it. They're tough opponents and they've deserved it."

Germany forward Thomas Muller: "We were dominant. All the Americans did was sit back deep in their own half, and when that happens, it just becomes a patience game.

"But sometimes even I manage to have a bright idea - I spend the whole day training like I'm obsessed anyway."

Stewards attempt to clear water from the stand
Torrential rain in the Recife area meant many fans struggled to get to the stadium
Jermaine Jones reaches for a long ball
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones was playing against the country he represented in youth football and played three friendlies for
Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low
Germany boss Low was Klinsmann's assistant at Germany in the 2006 World Cup
USA celebrate reaching the last 16 for the second successive tournament
USA celebrate reaching the last 16 for the second successive tournament



  • 1Howard
  • 23Johnson
  • 7Beasley
  • 15BeckermanBooked at 62mins
  • 3GonzálezBooked at 37mins
  • 5Besler
  • 19ZusiSubstituted forYedlinat 84'minutes
  • 13Jones
  • 8Dempsey
  • 4Bradley
  • 14DavisSubstituted forBedoyaat 59'minutes


  • 2Yedlin
  • 6Brooks
  • 9Jóhannsson
  • 10Diskerud
  • 11Bedoya
  • 12Guzan
  • 16Green
  • 18Wondolowski
  • 20Cameron
  • 21Chandler
  • 22Rimando


  • 1Neuer
  • 20Boateng
  • 4HöwedesBooked at 11mins
  • 16Lahm
  • 17Mertesacker
  • 5Hummels
  • 7SchweinsteigerSubstituted forGötzeat 76'minutes
  • 18Kroos
  • 13Müller
  • 8ÖzilSubstituted forSchürrleat 89'minutes
  • 10PodolskiSubstituted forKloseat 45'minutes


  • 2Großkreutz
  • 3Ginter
  • 6Khedira
  • 9Schürrle
  • 11Klose
  • 12Zieler
  • 14Draxler
  • 15Durm
  • 19Götze
  • 21Mustafi
  • 22Weidenfeller
  • 23Kramer
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Match Stats

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Match ends, USA 0, Germany 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, USA 0, Germany 1.

Attempt missed. Clint Dempsey (USA) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Alejandro Bedoya (USA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Offside, Germany. Manuel Neuer tries a through ball, but Thomas Müller is caught offside.


Substitution, Germany. André Schürrle replaces Mesut Özil.

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by DaMarcus Beasley (USA).

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Bradley (USA).

Offside, Germany. Mario Götze tries a through ball, but Miroslav Klose is caught offside.


Substitution, USA. DeAndre Yedlin replaces Graham Zusi.

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (Germany).

Omar González (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Omar González.

Attempt saved. Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Hand ball by DaMarcus Beasley (USA).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.


Substitution, Germany. Mario Götze replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Delay in match Jermaine Jones (USA) because of an injury.

Foul by Philipp Lahm (Germany).

Michael Bradley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, USA. Conceded by Philipp Lahm.

Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Miroslav Klose (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Beckerman (USA).

Foul by Mesut Özil (Germany).

Fabian Johnson (USA) wins a free kick on the right wing.


Kyle Beckerman (USA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Beckerman (USA).

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (USA).


Substitution, USA. Alejandro Bedoya replaces Brad Davis.

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermaine Jones (USA).

Foul by Miroslav Klose (Germany).

Kyle Beckerman (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


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