US Soccer Team Loses to Germany, Still Advances

By NBCNews.com

Published 06/26 2014 01:20PM

Updated 06/26 2014 01:22PM

United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard, center, argues with his defense during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014.
United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard, center, argues with his defense during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014./(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
The U.S. national team qualified for the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup despite losing 1-0 to Germany in Recife on Thursday.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s men completed a remarkable group stage campaign, as they finished runners up in Group G to Germany and qualified for the knockout rounds for the fifth-time in their history. The game-winning moment arrived in the 55th minute as Thomas Muller finished off a loose ball clinically but all eyes were on the other game in Group G, where Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 but that meant the U.S. had pulled off a huge shock to make the knockout round.

The USA will now play the winners of Group H, likely to be Belgium, on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET in Salvador, as Klinmann’s men produced one of the best group stage displays in their World Cup history.

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