FIFA World Cup: Germany, US advance as Portugal dreams crash

Portugal’s 2-1 victory over Ghana was not enough to overtake the Americans in second place.


Afp June 27, 2014

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Germany’s Thomas Mueller scored his fourth World Cup goal to pull level with Lionel Messi and Neymar in a 1-0 win over United States on Thursday that gave his side top spot in Group G.


The United States, coached by former German boss Jurgen Klinsmann, also went through to the last 16 despite the defeat in rain-sodden Recife.


Portugal’s 2-1 victory over Ghana was not enough to overtake the Americans in second place.


“It’s huge getting out of this group,” said Klinsmann after the game as he hailed his side’s World Cup performance so far. The lead-up to this match had focused on suspicions that the Germans and Americans would be happy with a draw that would give both sides an easy path through to the next round.


Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo wasted a succession of glorious chances as Portugal bowed out of the World Cup despite beating Ghana 2-1 in Brasilia.


Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2014.

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