World Cup 2014: U.S. Advances Despite 1-0 Loss to Germany, Will Play Belgium

Hanging on for dear life: The U.S. attack has all but vanished. Lucky for the Americans that Germany seems content to milk the clock.

US midfielder Jermaine Jones (C) plays the ball during a Group G football match between US and Germany at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014. (Credit: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

US midfielder Jermaine Jones (C) plays the ball during a Group G football match between US and Germany at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014. (Credit: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

How unusual for the trailing team to wish for fewer than the four minutes of stoppage time is shown to the stadium. It’s the Americans who are now killing time, and they settle for a 1-0 loss — to the serenade of “U-S-A” from the crowd — that promotes them to the knockout phase.

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Before the end, they mount a rare penetration that nearly salvages the tie. A Bedoya shot and a Clint Dempsey header almost does the trick.

The outcome means that the U.S. can rest until Tuesday, the last day for the Round of 16, before facing the Group H winner, likely Belgium. Germany resumes Monday against the runner-up from H, with Algeria momentarily holding the edge.

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