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United States
vs. Ghana
Result: 2-1 win
vs. Portugal
Result: 2-2 draw
vs. Germany
When: Noon Thursday
Where: Recife
TV: ESPN
Scenarios
•If the U.S. wins: They are through to next round as the winners of Group G and will play the second-place team from Group H. (Belgium currently leads Group H, followed by Algeria, Russia and South Korea)
Germany would finish second unless Ghana or Portugal won and passed Germany on goal differential. Germany currently is plus 4, Ghana is minus 1 and Portugal is minus 4. The second place finisher plays the winner of Group H.
•If Germany wins: Germany wins the group.
The U.S. would finish second unless Ghana or Portugal won and passed the U.S. on goal differential. The U.S. is plus 1, Ghana is minus 1 and Portugal is minus 4. So, if the U.S. loses to Germany, the Americans will be rooting for Portugal, because it’s less likely that Portugal could pass the U.S. on goal differential.
•If Germany and the U.S. draw: Germany wins the group and the U.S. finishes second. The result of the other game is meaningless.
•If Ghana and Portugal draw: The U.S. and Germany advance. Germany wins the group unless defeated by the U.S.
Associated Press
The United States’ DaMarcus Beasley, a former South Side standout, is taken off the field with an injury during Sunday’s World Cup soccer match against Portugal. Beasley returned to action later in the second half.
World Cup

No luck of draw for US

Must fare well vs. Germany or get help to advance

– They were less than 30 seconds away.

The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer’s showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive Cup games for the first time since 1930.

But they wilted in the Amazon heat and humidity.

Varela’s goal on a diving header off Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross on the game’s last play gave Portugal a 2-2 tie Sunday on an exhausting night in the rainforest capital.

“We had one foot in the door,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said.

Now the Americans may need at least a point Thursday against Germany to advance to the knockout stage. They could advance with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann called it “a little bit of a bummer.”

“Obviously we’re disappointed, but at the end of the day you’ve got to look at the positives: We got a point,” American captain Clint Dempsey said.

Germany and the Americans both have four points, but the Germans have a better goal difference. Ghana, which lost 2-1 to the U.S., has one point, as does Portugal.

The Americans and Germans would advance with a draw. Klinsmann dismissed the notion that he would discuss the match with Germany coach Joachim Loew, his assistant on his homeland’s 2006 World Cup team.

“There’s no time right now for friendship calls,” Klinsmann said. “It’s about business now.”

The U.S. fell behind early, when Geoff Cameron’s wayward clearance gifted Nani a fifth-minute goal.

But Jermaine Jones’ exquisite 28-yard shot tucked inside the far post in the 64th minute and Dempsey’s goal off his stomach in the 86th, his second of the tournament and fourth of his World Cup career, put the Americans ahead 2-1.

Then Varela beat Cameron to the cross, deflating the red, white and blue-clad fans.

“It was unfortunate,” Klinsmann said, “An amazing game, amazing performance by our guys. Nothing more that you can ask for. We just go it the tougher way. We’ve got to go and we’ve got to beat Germany, get a result against Germany, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

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