German domination sees them into last 16
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The match between Germany and the United States of America played out at the Arena Pernambuco under wet conditions in the city of Recife. The Germans scored the only goal to confirm there status as Group G winners, beating the USA 1-0.
The first half began with both teams still trying to find their tempo, with the Germans dominating most of the position keeping USA goalkeeper Tim Howard busy with thunderous shots.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was in the German starting line-up after staring from the bench in the previous two matches due to complications with a knee injury. He and the USA’s Jermaine Jones battled each other in the centre of the park.
Toni Kroos had a few shots on target which troubled Howard and his defence. Mesut Ozil missed a chance in the half, which was one of the few clear chances they had in the half.
The fist half was rather boring as none of the teams had clear-cut chances playing the game at a moderate pace, as a draw would see them both qualify for the Round of 16.
The second half kicked-off with Germany bringing on their World Cup goal-scoring record holder Miroslav Klose for Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski. This showed the German’s intent of confirming their place in the next round and Klose threatened as soon as he got on the field.
The German’s domination paid off as Thomas Müller found the opener ten minutes into the second half, after Howard punched a shot which landed in Mueller’s path for him to drill the ball into the top right corner.
The USA kept threatening but never troubled Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who didn’t have a busy day at the office compared to his opposite number. The USA began committing silly fouls out of frustration as the Germans continued piling on the pressure. But in the end both teams qualified for the next round.
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