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Jun 26, 2014

USMNT moves on: The crowd goes wild

A Thomas Muller goal was the only difference between Germany and United States in the last game of Group G.

The United States lost to Germany 1-0 on Thursday but still advanced to the Round of 16 after Portugal's 2-1 win against Ghana. Here's how the drama played out on the interwebs.

Pregame: Rough conditions in Recife

In the minutes leading up to the match, many shared scenes from a flooded Recife. While it was widely reported that most of the USMNT's family members could not reach the stadium because of the conditions, the match went on as planned.

Best prematch "fan" post

Nothing will likely top Will Ferrell. He was not in a glass case of emotion:

Alejandro Bedoya and Jermaine Jones appeared to knock heads with about 15 minutes left in the second half.

Game on! First half

Germany dominated possession in the early going, but both sides were scoreless after the first half. Some highlights:

Graham Zusi had the best chance for the U.S.

Ref collison!

Halftime reaction

With both sides scoreless at the half, the Twitterverse was nervous.

Second half

Germany brought in scoring machine Miroslav Klose for Lukas Podolski at the start of the half, and it didn't take long for him to make an impact:

Then, in the 55th minute, Thomas Muller found his chance for Germany. Tim Howard made the initial diving save, but the rebound fell right in front of Muller, who slammed the ball into the corner of the net.

Um, boys, someone is watching you. No pressure.

Later on, there was a bad collision between Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya. Jones' nose was bloodied, but both players returned to play in the match:

Meanwhile, in Brasilia ...

While the U.S. and Germany played on, Cristiano Ronaldo helped ease American fans' worries. He scored with 10 minutes left to give Portugal a 2-1 lead against Ghana. If both matches' results held, Germany and the United States would advance out of the group:

The U.S. officially advances

And the crowd goes ...

And finally ...

Moments after the match, the USMNT thanked its fans:

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