USA 0-1 Germany
Thomas Muller scored his fourth goal of the tournament as Germany beat USA to qualify for the knockout of 16 of the 2014 World Cup.
The Bayern Munich forward lashed home a brilliant shot into the corner in the 55th minute after Howard’s save that dropped at the feet of the striker.
This goal left the 24-year-old just six goals behind the all-time scoring record held by team-mate Miroslav Klose and former Brazilian striker Ronaldo.
Germany controlled possession and looked the fresher team with a higher tempo that dramatically dropped once USA got hold of the ball.
Meanwhile United States President Barack Obama watched the USA vs Germany game aboard Air Force One en-route to Minneapolis.
After the match paused when a fan ran onto the field, USA got two great chances for an equalizer. Jones and Dempsey combined to find Bendoya but Lahm brilliant slid in to block the shot in injury time.
An exhausted but rather delighted USA team applauded their fans after Portugal’s victory against Ghana saw them through with Germany.
Portugal 2-1 Ghana
Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo scored Portugal’s winner to defeat African representatives Ghana, as both failed to make it to the last round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Black stars of Ghana did not impress in the first half when they fell behind to an own goal in 31st minute. Defender John Boye misdirected Miguel Veloso’s cross from the left past Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda to hand Portugal the lead.
Ghana threatened to come back in the second half and soon were back on track when Kwadwo Asamoah sent in a fine cross in the 57th minute. Asamoah Gyan leaped highest, heading home at far post.
The goal was his sixth World Cup goal, breaking Roger Milla’s record as Africa’s all time leading scorer in the World Cup.Ghana should have taken the lead immediately after the equalizer but Majeed Waris headed wide off Gyan’s perfect cross that floated above Pepe.
Ghana’s hopes were dented in the 80th minute when Portugal struck again for a late winner. Jonathan Mensah’s header from Nani’s cross looped high in the air, before Fatau Dauda flapped at the ball.
Ronaldo fired home the rebound to seal Portugal’s victory in Brasilia. It was his first in what could be summed up as a disappointing tournament for the 29-year-old.