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Clint Dempsey of the U.S. gestures after the team's 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Germany at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

World Cup: Germany beats U.S., but both advance to next round

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By Philip O'Connor

RECIFE, Brazil - Thomas Mueller's second-half goal saw Germany sail to a 1-0 victory over the United States in World Cup Group G on Thursday, a result that saw both teams progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.

Germany top the group and will face the runner-up in Group H while the United States finish second and will face Group H's winner. Portugal who beat Ghana 2-1 are eliminated with the Africans.

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