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US advances in World Cup despite 1-0 loss to Germany

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Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing.

With two wins and a draw, Germany topped the group with seven points, while the U.S. progressed with four. Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 but both were eliminated.

Mueller scored in the 55th minute with a side-footed shot from the edge of the area as tropical downpours drenched the Arena Pernambuco.

The U. S. team will play Belgium, who finished atop Group H, at 4pm on July 1 in Salvador.

Both teams knew before kickoff that a draw would see them through, but neither held back. The game pitted Germany coach Joachim Loew against his good friend and predecessor Juergen Klinsmann, now in charge of the U.S. team.

"Obviously we wanted at least a tie out of the game. Maybe at the beginning we had a little too much respect," said Klinsmann. "Overall tremendous energy and tremendous effort from the other side. It's huge for us getting out of this group. Everybody said you have no chance. We took that chance and now we really want to prove a point."

Soccer fans formed a line that went down Mass. Ave. in Indianapolis Thursday morning as they waited to get into Chatham Tap to watch today's USA v. Germany match.

Indy Eleven, Indianapolis' new pro soccer team, hosted several watch parties around town, including the Chatham Tap Fishers location, Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple and The Blind Pig in Greenwood.

The U.S. Men's National Team posted an excuse note from head coach Juergen Klinsmann on their Facebook page so fans could get permission from their boss to leave work for the noon game. 

"I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause," the note read.

Portugal's 2-1 over Ghana helped the Americans advance, although Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal of the World Cup couldn't prevent his team being eliminated from the tournament along with Ghana on Thursday.

Portugal finished level on four points with second-place United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference. Germany topped the group.

Ronaldo slammed in the winner with his left foot in the 80th minute to break his drought in Brazil and give Portugal its first win.

Ghana captain Asamaoh Gyan's 57th-minute header canceled out an own goal scored by John Boye in the 31st.

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