Going in to the game both Germany and the USA knew a draw would send them both through. However, neither team decided to sit back with both going for the win.
During the 1st half Germany came close on multiple occasions as Jerome Boateng placed low crosses into the USA box. The closest attempt being Mesut Ozil which drew a good save from US Goalkeeper Tim Howard.
After a succession of unsuccessful attempts on goal Joachim Löw made the change of Podolski for Klose at half time. This had the desired effect as Germany scored in the 55th minute after Ozil put in a great cross which Per Mertesacker headed towards goal, Howard did manage to keep out the initial shot but unfortunately for the USA placed it straight into Muller's path, with a first time shot Mueller scored.
However, the USA proved they aren't to be underestimated after Michael Bradley put in a top performance providing the USA with great defensive work throughout the game and was able to keep the ball during high pressure from the Germans.
The USA came closest to scoring, when in the final moments of the game they launched a great attacking move which involved one touch passing and fast movement, the first shot of this move was denied by German captain Phillip Lahm after he sprinted back to block the shot, Dempsey had the second chance of the move after the ball was put back in by Bradley and (Dempsey) only just headed it over.
Although the USA lost, they provided an enjoyable game and the result sees them progress from the "Group of Death" through to the last 16. The USA will now face Belgium in the first round of the knockout stages.
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