Arena Pernambuco, Recife, 26.06.2014
Müller 55. / –
Germany rounded off the group phase with a tough workout against a stubborn United States side in a wet and soggy Recife, a match that somehow managed to ahead in spite of the nasty floods in that region of Brazil. The match saw current German coach Joachim Löw up against his former boss Jürgen Klinsmann, and in that battle of the Nationaltrainers it was the apprentice that came out on top courtesy of Thomas Müller’s excellent second-half strike.
The Mannschaft would come into the game with a perfect two-from-two record against their opponents in World Cups. The first meeting between the two teams in 1998 saw Klinsmann score the second goal in a 2-0 win, a four years later a strike from Michael Ballack’s would separate the two teams in a close quarter-final encounter.
Germany: Neuer – Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Höwedes – Lahm (c) – Schweinsteiger (76. Götze), Kroos – Özil (89. Schürrle), Podolski (46. Klose) – Müller
United States: Howard – Johnson , Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley – Beckerman, Jones – Zusi (84. Yedlin), Bradley, Davis (59. Bedoya) – Dempsey (c)
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Assistants: Abduxamidullo Rasulov, Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth Official: Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth Official: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Yellow Cards: Höwedes 12. / Gonzalez 38., Beckerman 62.
Red Cards: – / –
Ball Possession: 63% / 37%
Attempts on Target: 9 / 1
Attempts off Target: 4 / 3
Corners: 3 / 2
Fouls Committed: 9 / 15
Man of the Match: Thomas Müller
First Phase Group G Table
Other Results: Ghana 1-2 United States, Portugal 2-2 United States, Ghana 1-2 Portugal.