Germany (1-0) USA

Win and They’re In. Lose…and They’re In? (UPDATE: US and Germany In)


Can the US win the match...and the group?

UPDATE: Sure enough, even though Germany beat the US 1-0, both teams advance to the Round of 16 – the US moves on thanks to Portugal’s 2-1 win over Ghana.

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Group G isn’t just the so-called “Group of Death” – it’s also emerged as the group with the most interesting, convoluted advancement scenarios. For Germany and the USA, the easiest way to advance is to win, or to tie (in which case both teams would move forward).

But if either team loses, they could still move forward, depending on how many goals are scored in this match at the Ghana/Portugal match. Germany, for instance, could lose by up to two goals and still advance if Portugal beats Ghana. The US, meanwhile, could lose and still advance if Ghana and Portugal play to a draw.

Needless to say, US and German fans will be closely watching both of these matches today when they kick off at 12 PM ET (4 PM UTC).

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