Thanks for following along as we witnessed a wet and exciting end to Group G as Germany's 1-0 win sees the Europeans top the group, with USA behind in second. Portugal exit the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Ghana, but now our attention turns to Group H, where the final two matches of the Group Stage kick off in just under two hours' time. Please join us in our daily tournament blog as we breakdown the most recent results and preview what's ahead for Belgium, Russia, Algeria and Korea Republic later today.
Knockout rounds... Here we come!!! #USMNT #IBelieve— Justin Timberlake (@Justin Timberlake ) 26/06/2014 17:58
On to the next! #USMNT #focus— Kobe Bryant (@Kobe Bryant) 26/06/2014 17:58
Massive for American soccer @ussoccer Congratulations, Well deserved. #cahillbrazil @NewYorkRedBulls @MLS— Tim Cahill (@Tim Cahill) 26/06/2014 17:58
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FULL-TIME: In a wet and wild finish to the match, Germany hold on to their 1-0 win and finish atop Group G. With Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana, USA advance to the Round of 16 as well. Both teams are celebrating on the pitch in Recife and applauding their fans for making the journey to the Arena Pernambuco.
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Dempsey's header is close but just over the bar. What a finish to this game!
Lahm clears at the last second to deny Alejandro Bedoya!
Ozil comes off for the Chelsea striker in Low's last change of the game.
Holy nerve racking 15 mins ahead Batman— Michael Parkhurst (@Michael Parkhurst) 26/06/2014 17:44
Klinsmann opts to bring on the young Yedlin to provide pace for the final page.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scores to give Portugal the lead, which is good news for USA fans.
GOAL: #POR 2-1 #GHA @Cristiano Ronaldo smashes in to give #POR the lead again #joinin #worldcup #PORGHA – http://t.co/8B9JcUoN2H— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 17:39
Howedes' shot is a weak one and Howard is able to control.
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President Barack Obama takes in the action from Recife while on board Air Force One
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No team has won their following game after playing in Manaus. USA drew 2-2 with Portugal at the Arena Amazonia on the 22nd.
Jermaine Jones receives medical attention on the touchline for a bloody nose as Low makes his second switch.
The two Bayern Munich team-mates embrace as Gotze comes on.
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Philip Lahm heads Zusi's free-kick clear and Neuer can't get to it in time before it goes out for a corner.
In the last 4 World Cups Müller and Klose have scored 24 between them. England have managed 17.— Gary Lineker (@Gary Lineker) 26/06/2014 17:26
USA move forward but a miscommunication between Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones sees the ball go harmlessly out for a throw-in.
Bradley sends Jones into Germany's area again but Neuer is quick off his line to clear the danger.
Jurgen Klinsmann makes a straight swap in the midfield.
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Asamoah Gyan equalises for Ghana, which comes as good news for USA fans in Recife.
GOAL: #POR 1-1 #GHA @ASAMOAH_GYAN3 levels things up in Brasilia #joinin #worldcup #PORGHA – http://t.co/8B9JcUoN2H— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 17:15
GOAL! Thomas Muller finds the back of the net for Germany! Tim Howard makes a great first save but his the No13 fires in the rebound from the top of the area into the side netting.
WIDE: Miroslav Klose is given too much space and has a free header but it misses just wide.
Gonzalez keeps Germany off the board with another excellent clearance.
Podolski comes off for the joint all-time top goal scorer at the World Cup.
Germany kick off to start the second half at the soggy Arena Pernambuco, where Joachim Low has made one change.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel and will be returning to the wet weather shortly.
HALF-TIME: Both sides will be happy to get out of the rain and into drier conditions during the break as the first 45 minutes ends goalless. Germany have had the majority of the possession but USA have looked quite dangerous on the counter. If the half-time scores stand in each game, USA and Germany would go through to the Round of 16, but plenty can still happen between now and the final whistle.
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USA string together a few passes near Germany's area but Bradley's touch lets him down again and gives away possession.
Jones and Schweinsteiger get tangled up after the Germany No7 pulls down USA's No13
Zusi sends it too far and it goes out for a goal-kick.
Zusi sets up for the American's first corner of the match.
Howard is seeing a lot of the ball in the first half and is handling the wet weather well, stopping Schweinsteiger's cross.
Gonzalez drags down Bastien Schweinsteiger before the No7 can pass to Muller and picks up a yellow card.
Boateng sends in a high cross that finds Podolski but his header is over the bar.
Mesut Ozil beats his defender and shoots but it's straight at Howard, though he can't control it and Gonzalez clears out.
Bradley sends Jones on a deep run and he nearly gets there but it's just out of reach for No13 and Manuel Neuer handles the danger.
Toni Kroos takes a shot from the corner of the area but it's straight at Howard.
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John Boye scores an unfortunate own goal, which puts Portugal in the lead.
GOAL: #POR 1-0 #GHA John Boye scores an own goal after slicing a clearance #joinin #worldcup #PORGHA – http://t.co/8B9JcUoN2H— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 16:30
Bradley springs Johnson out on the right who does well to get to the ball to cross before it goes out and tries to find Jermaine Jones but the No13 runs into the referee on accident and the play is broken up.
Boateng's cross is off the mark and flies out for a goal-kick.
Beasley makes another strong run up the left side and the ball finds its way to Bradley but his first touch lets him down and Germany regain possession.
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HIGH: Graham Zusi's effort goes barely over the bar after the Americans make their first collective move up the field.
Muller shoots from distance through a crowd but Howard saves comfortably.
DaMarcus Beasley makes a deep run into the German area and gets a shot off but he mishits it and it rolls out slowly for a goal-kick.
Gonzalez comes up with another big tackle to deny Muller again.
Omar Gonzalez slides in to stop Muller from scoring. Strong work from the centre-back, who is starting for the first time this World Cup, in favour of Geoff Cameron.
Benedikt Howedes earns a caution after stopping an American counter-attack before it stars by pulling down Fabian Johnson.
Michael Bradley clears the danger for USA after Boateng's cross comes into the middle.
Howard does very well to hold onto Podolski's cross considering the slick conditions. That could have been trouble for the Americans as Muller was on the doorstep ready to tap in.
Bastian Schweinsteiger plays a long ball to Jerome Boateng, who's cross is too close to Tim Howard and the USA No1 scoops it up.
Germany have had nearly 100 per cent possession so far since kickoff. USA are struggling to control the ball in the wet conditions.
HIGH: Lukas Podolski's shot goes high of the mark, after Thomas Muller attemps an acrobatic bicycle kick but misses.
USA kick off in their white kit.
And now Das Deutschlandlied plays as the German team take in their anthem, focussed on the task at hand.
The Star Spangled Banner echoes around the Arena Pernambuco as the USA team and supporters sing their national anthem with great pride.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel, and a few familiar faces on either side reach over for a hug and handshake before USA and Germany walk out for their national anthem.
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1 Tim HOWARD, 2 DeAndre YEDLIN, 3 Omar GONZALEZ, 5 Matt BESLER, 23 Fabian JOHNSON, 4 Michael BRADLEY, 8 Clint DEMPSEY, 11 Alejandro BEDOYA, 19 Graham ZUSI, 9 Aron JOHANNSSON, 17 Jozy ALTIDORE
1 Manuel NEUER, 5 Mats HUMMELS, 16 Philipp LAHM, 17 Per MERTESACKER, 20 Jerome BOATENG, 7 Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER, 8 Mesut OEZIL, 18 Toni KROOS, 19 Mario GOETZE, 11 Miroslav KLOSE, 13 Thomas MUELLER
HEAD TO HEAD:
None of the pair’s previous nine encounters ended drawn. Germany have the better record in this fixture with six wins to USA’s three, although the Americans won the last meeting 4-3 in June 2013.
DID YOU KNOW?
Klinsmann is the third German coach to face his home nation in the World Cup. His predecessors were Sepp Piontek, who led Denmark to a 2-0 win over Germany FR in 1986, and Winnie Schaefer, whose Cameroon side lost 2-0 in 2002.
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These USA fans are ready to cheer on the Stars and Stripes!
REUNION AS RIVALS
Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low meet today. Look back at the duo's history.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov
It's pouring down rain in Recife but the fans are filling in nicely and already creating a great atmosphere in the Arena Pernambuco as both teams go through their pre-match warm-ups.
MIROSLAV KLOSE ON WORLD CUP GOAL-SCORING RECORD
"I'm itching for it, I want to be the first. That's my big goal."
CACAU, BRAZIL-BORN FORMER GERMANY STRIKER
“This German generation is very good. I had the pleasure of playing with a lot of them in the 2010 World Cup, and I know their potential. I think they’ll beat the United States, go through in first place and put up a good fight for the title. Brazil also has a good chance. I still haven’t where my support will lie in a possible battle between my two countries! I’ll decide at the last minute.”
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"We are going to approach (the match) with a lot of determination and in a very focused way, we want to be very aggressive and we want to give Germany a real battle."
The last ten minutes (plus stoppage time) of USA’s first two fixtures yielded a total of four goals, two in favour of the Americans and two against.
CURRENT GROUP G STANDINGS
This is how the table looks before we begin the games today.
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GERMANY IN DEPTH
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USA IN DEPTH
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The starting XIs for this Group G game have been announced!
#USA LINE-UP: Howard, Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Jones, Davis, Beckerman, Zusi, Johnson #USAGER #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 15:14
#GER LINE-UP: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Muller, Lahm (c), Mertesacker, Kroos, Boateng #USAGER #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 15:14
Hello and welcome to what is expected to be an exciting Group G clash between USA and Germany in Recife. These two teams are on four points and looking to secure a spot in the Round of 16, but Ghana and Portugal, who kick off in Brasilia simultaneously, can also advance. Stay with us as we bring you all the build-up here before we begin out LIVE minute-by-minute coverage as Group G comes to a conclusion.
Arena Pernambuco, Recife