Most Americans would have preferred a 2-1 over Portugal this past Sunday, rather than play a meaningful game against Germany this afternoon in Recife.
A win would have guaranteed the United States Men’s National Team advanced past the group stage for the 2nd consecutive World Cup, something that’s never happened in US history.
Instead, the Americans gave up a goal in the games final minute and then had to sit through a strenuous 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Germans’ that could have proved deadly.
Cristiano Ronaldo though taketh and giveth away. His amazing cross on Sunday made all US soccer fans suffer, but his goal in the 80th minute broke a 1-1 tie with Ghana and gave Portugal its first win of the World Cup.
If Ronaldo hadn’t scored, and Ghana managed to win the game, the Americans would be heading home. Now, both Portugal and Ghana are eliminated while the US awaits the winner of Group H in the knockout stage. That game will take place on Tuesday at 4pm ET.
Following a scoreless first half where the ball was seemingly always in the US defensive zone, Thomas Müller broke through for the Germans when he fired a shot past Tim Howard who had just knocked away a corner.
The best opportunities for the US came in stoppage time when Clint Dempsey’s header went over the bar. Other than that, it was a largely uneventful offensive game for Jurgen Klinsmann’s bunch.
Even though the final score read Germany 1, United States 0, it felt a lot worse. Germany dominated time of possession 63 percent to 37 percent, and had 13 shots (9 on goal) to just 4 and 1 on goal for the US.
Howard really stood on his head and kept the US in the game for longer than they should have.