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World Cup Roundup: Germany, US go through; heartbreak for Portugal, Ghana

June 27, 2014 08:32 IST

World Cup Roundup: Germany, US go through; heartbreak for Portugal, Ghana

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Thomas Mueller's second-half goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States in World Cup Group G on Thursday.

-World Cup PHOTOS: US lose to Germany but win last 16 spot

The Americans also advanced to the last 16 after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 in the other match in the group on Thursday.

Germany topped the group and will face Algeria, Group H’s runner-up, while the United States finished second and will face Group H's winner Belguim.

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Image: Thomas Mueller celebrates scoring for Germany against the United States
Photographs: Martin Rose/Getty Images

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Portugal win over Ghana in vain as both sides bow out

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An own goal by John Boye and a late strike by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over incident-hit Ghana on Thursday, but it was not enough to make the second round as both sides exited the World Cup.

-World Cup PHOTOS: Ronaldo shines but Portugal bow out despite win

Portugal finished level on four points with the United States in Group G but the Americans advanced to the last 16 courtesy of a better goal difference despite their 1-0 loss to group winners Germany in Recife.

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Image: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after a missed chance
Photographs: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

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Ten-man Belgium end Korea's hopes

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Belgium strolled into the World Cup last 16 on Thursday after Jan Vertonghen's late goal gave them a 1-0 win over a South Korean side unable to take advantage of a 45-minute numerical advantage and who exit the tournament.

PHOTOS: Vertonghen winner packs off South Korea

Belgium top the group on nine points and will play Group G runners up the United States.

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Image: Marouane Fellaini of Belgium and Koo Ja-Cheol of South Korea compete for the ball
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Draw sends Algeria through, Russia home

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Algeria reached the World Cup last 16 for the first time after fighting back for a 1-1 draw against Russia to clinch second place in Group H.

PHOTOS: Algeria storm into knock-out stage


Image: Algeria's Islam Slimani (right) heads the ball to score against Russia
Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters

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