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U.S. advances in World Cup despite loss

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Friday, June 27, 2014

WSJ: The U.S. team will advance to the knockout round, despite its 1-0 loss to Germany.

The U.S. lost 1-0 to Germany here on Thursday afternoon. But Portugal's concurrent 2-1 win over Ghana more than 1,000 miles away in Brasília sent the Americans to the round of 16—a destination that seemed inevitable a few days ago, but transformed into one of the great nail-biters in recent U.S. sports history. Portugal and the U.S. finished even on points in Group G—this year's Group of Death—at four apiece, but the U.S. had an even goal differential while Portugal finished with minus-3. The U.S. will play next on Tuesday in Salvador against the Group H winner, Belgium.

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