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Germany defeats U.S. in World Cup; Both teams advance

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United States' Kyle Beckerman, center, jogs with teammates during a training session in Recife, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The United States will play Germany in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup on June 26. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) United States' Kyle Beckerman, center, jogs with teammates during a training session in Recife, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The United States will play Germany in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup on June 26. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
USA supporters cheer for their national team during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) USA supporters cheer for their national team during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The United States advanced to the knockout round of the World Cup on Thursday despite a 1-0 loss to Germany in the Group G finale.

Millions of people around the world were watching with a large percentage in the United States.

With a win, Germany was also able to move on to the next round of the international soccer tournament.

The teams went into the second half scoreless, but Germany quickly turned things around with a goal in the 55th minute.

Ahead of the match, coach and German native Jurgen Klinsman was very optimistic his team would win.

“They did it against Ghana. They did it against Portugal. I want them to do the same: give everything you have, give the extra mile and give tremendous energy. We are very capable to beat Germany," said Klinsman.

Experts said the U.S. had a 75 percent chance of winning. With Portugal defeating Ghana 2-1 on Thursday, the path for the red, white and blue to the round of 16 was cleared.

Klinsman was hoping Americans at home would rally for their team. He created an "excuse note" for anyone needing time off from work to watch the match.

"I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause. The #USMNT has a critical World Cup game vs. Germany and we will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round. By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!"

Klinsman is friends with German coach Joachim Lowe. The opponent said their relationship would have no bearing on a game he viewed as "just like any other."

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