RECIFE, Brazil -- It's a final the U.S. lost, but still moved on thanks to Portugal's win over Ghana. Germany won the group with a 1-0 win over the U.S.
On a day that both teams could have eased into the Round of 16 with a draw, the United States and Germany battled fiercely and physically for first place in the Group of Death. The Americans got through to the next round, although surely not how they had planned after a 1-0 loss to Germany.
With a win, a tie and a loss, the Americans got through to the knockout round on goal differential as Portugal beat Ghana 2-1. The U.S. and Portugal both finished with four points in the group, but the Americans had a better goal differential (0) to Portugal's minus three.
After 23 combined fouls and three shared yellow cards, Germany left Arena Pernambuco with the win and a first-place finish in Group G. The U.S. finished second in the group and will play the first-place team from Group H, likely Belgium, on Tuesday in Salvador. Germany plays the second-place team from Group H on Monday in Porto Alegre.
An overflow crowd packed into Shorebreak Restaurant on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach Thursday afternoon to watch the World Cup Soccer match between the U.S. and Germany.
'We are so excited about the turnout today,' said Kim Merritt, Vice President of American Outlaws, a newly-formed fan club in Hampton Roads sanctioned by FIFA.
'Nationally the number of clubs has really increased. We are number 90 formed last year and now there are 160 chapters,' said member Andrew Cowan.
Shorebreak managers are thrilled with all the attention and business.
'Four years ago the games were in South Africa and horrible time zone difference. This is great,' said Shorebreak General Manager.