FINAL: USA 0, GER 1
Although the U.S. fell to Germany, they were able to stand their ground with only a 1-0 loss and will be advancing into the round of 16 in the World Cup.
Luckily Portugal beat Ghana to keep them from scoring any points in Group G to move ahead of the USA. Thanks Ronaldo.
Read below to see the recap and highlights of the match:
Germany Threatened the U.S. Early On
I can tell the ending stats for USA vs Germany. Ball Possession: USA 2%, GER98%
— World Class™ (@RecognizedPro) June 26, 2014
Omar Gonzalez with pub league defending.
— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) June 26, 2014
Forget about fix. Germans are out for blood. Totally different skill level. Germany is NHL and USA is AHL!!!! Poise and skill vs chaos!!!
— Shawn Simpson (@TSNSimmer) June 26, 2014
Tim Howard Made Great Saves
As Germany attacked the US back-line relentlessly in the first 20 minutes of the game, USA goalkeeper Tim Howard kept the USMNT alive as he made save after save from Germany’s powerhouse offensive line.
— Pixable (@pixable) June 26, 2014
Tim Howard eats your long-range shots for breakfast.
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) June 26, 2014
Graham Zusi Took the First Shot On Goal For the USA
After getting dominated by Germany for the good part of the beginning, Zusi took a shot after Jermaine Jones handed the ball off on a counter-attack, but it went wide right over the goal.
Jermaine Jones Collided With the Ref
One of the USMNT’s German-Americans Jermaine Jones collided with the ref in the 29th minute of the game, but at least it showed the USA was finally waking up and putting pressure on Germany.
— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) June 26, 2014
Omar Gonzalez Got a Yellow Card
Gonzalez was penalized for his tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 38th minute of the game.
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) June 26, 2014
Omar Gonzalez Made A Great Defensive Play
USA’s Omar Gonzalez prevented the Germans from scoring by putting a header on a Jerome Boateng’s cross to cause the ball to fly over the net in the 47th minute.
Thomas Muller Scored the First and Only Goal of the Game For Germany
Tim Howard made a valiant save on Per Mertesacker’s header attempt, but he pushed it out to Germany’s striker Thomas Muller, who put it in the far post and out of the reach of Howard in the 55th minute.
Kyle Beckerman Got a Yellow Card
Beckerman was given a yellow card in the 62nd minute after a push on Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Kyle Beckerman's response to every penalty or yellow card he gets has to be "long hair don't care"
— Robert Quittmeyer (@robert_rq) June 26, 2014
Jermaine Jones Collided With Alejandro Bedoya
For the second time Jermaine Jones was taken down by a non German. Jones and teammate Alejandro Bedoya of the USA collided on an important offensive play on the German goal for the Americans. Jones waled off the field with a bloody nose in the 74th minute.
Luckily, neither were seriously hurt.
This game had one of the juiciest back stories of all time.
Not only does the USMNT roster include four German-Americans, but U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used to be the head coach of the German national team. To top that off, the current German national team coach, Joachim Low, used to be Klinsmann’s assistant coach before he left.
This game was not the end for the Americans and we can only hope that the two teams will met again later.
— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) June 25, 2014
We're comin' flags wavin' and guns blazin', with 50 Stars, 13 Bars and a shitton of freedom. Merica.
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) June 26, 2014
If Germany seems a bit tired, thank the American fans who chanted outside their team hotel until the cops came: http://t.co/wIdptC3e40
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 26, 2014