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Final: Germany 1, U.S. 0, World Cup, group stage

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Match: United States (1-0-1) vs. Germany (1-0-1), FIFA World Cup, group stage

Time: 12:01 p.m.

Site: Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

TV, radio: ESPN (national), SiriusXM

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s the official World Cup 2014 page and the official U.S. Soccer page.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Milo Hamilton says:

    I believe. I believe that we will draw.

  2. JohninOshkosh says:

    As long as “USA” is across the chest, or on a crest, I am rooting for you.

    Americans going for the three peat. 1918. 1945. 2014.

    I hear there are heavy rains. I don’t know if that means there would be less scoring or more scoring. The Americans can not afford to give up goals.

  3. Jandy says:

    Everybody has to believe in something. I believe I’ll have a beer ;)

  4. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now who could disagree with that ? :)

  5. JohninOshkosh says:

    But, you didn’t attach a selfie with your “I believe” proclamation.


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  7. I believe I’m going to be working during the game, but I also believe my TV adapter for iPhone is fully charged and ready for at least have the broadcast by my side.

  8. Milo Hamilton says:

    Listen closely to the German national anthem. It’s Pitt’s alma mater.

    Dear old Pittsburgh
    Alma Mater
    God preserve thee
    ever more.

  9. Well, despite 9 hours of heavy rain, the soccer field is in surprisingly good shape and the US/Germany match should go off as scheduled. Good luck USA!

  10. Vette60 says:

    Checking in from Chihuahua, Mexico!

    Was trying to find and excuse for an off-site meeting from 10 AM to Noon!

    Go U-S-A!

    Let’s play well and get through to the knockout round!


  11. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Has there ever been a 100-0 possession percentage in a World Cup match?

  12. Andrew says:

    Have to say I think the US press is a little overly optimistic, and taking off your best defender for Gonzalez is not the soundest plan.

  13. Andrew says:

    Celtic vs Barcelona 2013-13 Champions league games were like 10%-90%.

  14. cmat0829 says:

    Does Germany have like 15 guys on the field? how does one team get tons of space on offense and than also be everywhere on defense… US completely overmatched so far. But 0-0.

  15. Jandy says:


  16. cmat0829 says:

    far from an expert but i think i’ve heard them say gonzalez has made 2 or 3 good plays already

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    That Schweinsteiger stuff is awesome on crackers.

  18. aaron says:

    Completely unrealistic, yet fun question: If the USA stuns the world and wins the cup is it a bigger happening than the “miracle on ice”?

  19. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Much better. Coordinated attack. Jones is flying.

  20. cmat0829 says:

    by about 100 times.

  21. cmat0829 says:

    US seems to have survived the early blitzkrieg.

  22. cmat0829 says:

    Again I’m not an expert but Bradley seems to not be able to control the ball AT ALL.

  23. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Bradley just had his first two quality touches. He’s exasperating.

  24. Milo Hamilton says:

    And there’s another thing. No one touches it. You touch things with your hands.

  25. Andrew says:

    I just commenting on the lineup decision, I always assume that coaches/managers have more information, but from an outsiders perspective Geoff Cameron is the US’s best defender. Gonzalez also left Mueller unmarked in 1st minute and duffed a clearance.

  26. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Let’s see Dempsey match Jones now.

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ghana just scored.

    Both these teams will just be standing around by the 60th minute.

    Germany even has a history of it. Reason why the group teams all play at same time on last day of group play.

  28. cmat0829 says:

    another sloppy turnover from bradley. not sure why he’s always in such a hurry to kick it to the germans.

  29. JohninOshkosh says:


  30. cmat0829 says:

    you mean portugal scored

  31. JohninOshkosh says:


  32. JohninOshkosh says:

    I can honestly say I have never wanted a German National Team in any sport to win any international sporting event or match. Ever.

  33. Vette60 says:

    Interesting, with Portugal scoring, I think that bodes well for the US in the grand scheme of things if there is not a tie…

    We’ll see how this plays out, but hoping for a nice, safe game from both the US & German sides…


  34. cmat0829 says:

    rotten corner kick there… just terrible.

  35. Pete in Dayton says:

    Tim Howard is really, really good.

    Also, given the current, ahem, “issues” with the Ghana team, I don’t see them winning the game. They are too worried about getting paid to play hard against Portugal. And given the history of African FAs stealing all of the money meant for the players, I can’t say I blame them.

  36. cmat0829 says:

    lets just hope they don’t give up 4 more goals to Portugal.

  37. Pete in Dayton says:

    Yeah, a nice 2-0 victory by Portugal would be just fine.

  38. cmat0829 says:

    Bradley once again cant get a foot on the ball. Why is he in there again?

  39. Milo Hamilton says:

    Son of Bradley clearly protesting his father’s ouster.

  40. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Bradley. (Groan)

  41. Pete in Dayton says:

    OMG BRADLEY!!! Seriously! No wonder Roma sold him.
    Good lord.

  42. cmat0829 says:

    serious question, the commentators seemed to think bradley has to be in there, but don’t we have anyone better? or at least try someone else to see if he can actually put a foot on the ball?

  43. Vette60 says:

    Ok. Well made it to HT with a 0-0 on the board…

    Sounds like Germany carried the play from your comments – hard to get that from the ESPN gamecast…

    Portugal up 1-0 on Ghana as well, so that’s just fine as well. Let’s keep that score there.

    Go U-S-A!


  44. Pete in Dayton says:

    He has been the best US player on the ball, until this tournament. He is one of the few US players to ever play in Serie A… although right now, he’s not playing like it.

  45. cmat0829 says:

    Germany, especially in the first 10-15 minutes, were all over the field… had tons of room to do whatever they wanted on offense.. but US defense closed quickly and goaltender was terrific. Since then, the game is more balanced, though US didnt really mount a series threat to score and they dont seem to have any room to maneuver vs. Germany. I dont know how or why but when Germany has the ball in US zone, they have loads of room to set up the play… on the other side, the US is closed on quickly and end up coughing up the ball way too easily. But maybe that’s strategy.

  46. Arriba Wilver says:

    I don’t know about that. I know in lap dances there is supposed to be no “touching,” but I think there is, at least that’s what I’ve been told. And without hands.

  47. Pete in Dayton says:

    The CBC broadcast team just talked up Gonzalez at the halftime show. He’s pretty good in the air… I saw him score against the Columbus Crew in person from a really, really nice header from darn near outside the box.

  48. cmat0829 says:

    i’ll take your word for it , hard to imagine he was the best US player on the ball and now can’t seem to get a foot on the ball at all. Maybe it’s a slump.

  49. cmat0829 says:

    again i’m not an expert, but seemed to me gonzalez played very well in 1H, a few notable saves on defense deep in the zone… i glean his position is defense and he is doing it very well .

  50. Jim S. says:

    Just keep this tied for a bit, and we might see a whole lot of nothing until the inevitable tie. Kind of sloppy out there. A lot at stake. I would think the longer it goes, the greater the chances that neither side wants to risk much.

  51. cmat0829 says:

    Well, if we want to get technical: there are multiple definitions of touch, primary refers to the hands/ fingers , as Milo said, but medical definition is any body part coming into contact with an object. So medically speaking, DK’s post was quite correct.

  52. Pete in Dayton says:

    I would assume so as well. Between risking injury and wearing out, neither team should go all out in the 2nd half.

  53. Andrew says:

    Klose will finish the near post crosses, need to recognize where he is in the attacking third at all times.

  54. Vette60 says:

    Thanks for the quick recap!


  55. Milo Hamilton says:

    Dr. Oz coaching Germany.

  56. Vette60 says:

    Hope so Jim! I’m very much ok with the tie!

  57. Pete in Dayton says:

    I would really feel more comfortable if someone, you know, bothered to mark Klose in the 6 yard box. They were lucky that ball was overhit.

  58. Milo Hamilton says:

    Son of Bradley’s World Cup resembling Patrick Kane’s Olympics.

  59. Pete in Dayton says:

    Seriously! It might be a good idea to mark the all-time leader in World Cup goals!

  60. Bizrow says:


  61. hockeymonster says:

    Uh oh…dempsey have another goal in him? Maybe bradley can fill the ol’ onion bag.

  62. cmat0829 says:

    great initial save by Howard, and then lots of US standing around on the rebound. Didn’t see any white shirts moving AT ALL. poor defense.

  63. hockeymonster says:

    Need to bring in speed on the wings and a big guy for a header on a cross.

  64. cmat0829 says:

    I’m sorry you need to pull Bradley. Can he even see the ball? I dont think he has kicked one cleanly the entire game. Embarrassing.

  65. Vette60 says:

    Crud…Portugal still 1-0 over Ghana.

    Let’s get one back…it is sickening to see all the circles on the gamecast noting German shots to the USA lone 1….


  66. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    In all seriousness, what to do with Bradley? I hate whipping-boy targets, but he’s a real problem.

  67. Vette60 says:

    Ghana scores – tied up 1-1.



  68. cmat0829 says:

    as much as everyone were thinking ghana might lay down in that match, isn’t the bigger issue Portugal, as it gets later and realizing they have no chance at making up the goal differential, laying down? If Ghana wins and US loses, we are drawing straws.

  69. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wait a minute, head to head isn’t the first tiebreaker ?

  70. cmat0829 says:

    i guess we need to understand WHY he can’t get a clean kick on a ball and turns it over so frequently. is that physical? Mental?

  71. cmat0829 says:

    no, doesn’t factor in at all. as i understand it. points , goal differential, then total goals, then flip a coin.

  72. Pete in Dayton says:

    Head to Head isn’t a tie breaker at all. It’s goal difference, and then goals scored. So basically, go Portugal, but not by too much.

  73. Vette60 says:

    I see that being a problem, yes…

    Would it be drawing straws? That’s a pretty tough tiebreaker…


  74. Milo Hamilton says:

    Then how can anyone take this seriously ?

  75. Actually, head-to-head is one of the tie-breakers, although not the first, second or third one: That’s points, goal differential, total goals, then head-to-head. After that, coinflip.

  76. Uh, not anymore. I searched it and found out that head-to-head isn’t considered anymore…

  77. cmat0829 says:

    For those interested, there is an awesome table of outcomes saying IN or OUT for US based on today’s results…see it here..

    scroll down a few times, its the blue and red table. Net: a 2-1 ghana win and a 1-0 Germany win, puts US OUT.

  78. JohninOshkosh says:

    If Ghana wins 2-1 and USA loses 1-0. We are out.

  79. cmat0829 says:

    see below. 2-1 ghana win would be devastating.

  80. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think Gardner Points are involved somewhere.

  81. cmat0829 says:

    Very odd, not sure I understand the logic that head to head doesn’t matter. But FIFA sucks as an organization.

  82. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe the US could offer FIFA straight cash & hookers to buy their way through. Seems to work for the awarding of the site.

  83. Jandy says:


  84. Vette60 says:



  85. Portugal goal is good news.

  86. Milo Hamilton says:

    Ronaldo (with a new haircut). 2-1 Portugal.

  87. cmat0829 says:


  88. Vette60 says:

    Yeah Portugal up 2-1!!!


  89. cmat0829 says:

    yes the announcer earlier was DEAD WRONG when he said the Ghana equalizer was ‘good news for the US’. He was DEAD WRONG. Odds were much better for a 2-1 ghana win than a 4 goal win by portugal at that point.

  90. The Brazilian announcer said something like this, too. Later, he corrected it.

  91. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Wonderful. So the U.S. will advance. With their most pivotal player a shambles. And zero offense. Not sure what the sentiment is supposed to be here.

  92. Andrew says:

    Put the bus into reverse and park it!

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thanks to Ian Darke for pointing out that Akron is indeed in Ohio.

  94. cmat0829 says:

    i’m not an expert on this stuff and they are, but seemed obvious it wasnt good news. Poor on both their parts.

  95. cmat0829 says:

    My sentiment is that Germany is just much better than the U.S. so not sure I’d take too much negatives out of this match. We are not a threat to win it all, but good to get into the next round and take your chances.

  96. Pete in Dayton says:

    And likely face Belgium. It doesn’t get any easier… as if the World Cup ever does.

  97. cmat0829 says:

    Are the announcers really talking up how Germany and the US did NOT have an agreement to collude and play to a tie? Really? Aren’t we better off just not talking about that?

    Havent watched much soccer but this English announcer is not good in my opinion.

  98. cmat0829 says:

    If I were producing this broadcast, I’d tell Ian to STOP IT WITH THE ANALYSIS and just call the play by play. He does way too much analysis and it isn’t good.

  99. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    I really, really hate that DaMarcus Beasley, 100 years later, remains one of the Americans’ best players. Certainly has been today.

  100. I second that. I’ve seen teams in bad shape after the group stage have good runs, like Italy in 1982, Argentina in 1990, Turkey in 2002 and a few others. ok, I listed Italy and Argentina, but I also listed Turkey. I think the US advancing to the quarterfinals is pretty reasonable. Getting past Argentina, well, that’s not gonna be easy at all.

  101. cmat0829 says:

    did anyone not in a severe rooting position really think the US could beat Germany today?

  102. cmat0829 says:

    I’ll wait for the transcript but pretty sure Sir Ian the Intrepid just said something to the effect of “yubbdy bubbdy..Dempsey!!!!!!) on that last goal chance for the US. Is it too late to send Mike Emrick to Brazil?

  103. Andrew says:

    Thanks for getting red carded Pepe.

  104. cmat0829 says:

    Truly odd yet inspiring to see crowds of fans in the US celebrating a 1-0 loss (of course they are celebrating the US moving on to the next round)…. I think I am balanced on this… on one hand, they back in because Portugal was so sloppy and horrible vs. Germany….. on the other hand, if they weren’t in Group of Death, and say played in the group that had Bosnia and Iran, they would be moving on with a couple of wins… doesn’t really matter, they are likely one of the best 16 teams in the World and they are no where close to being in the top 4 or 6 teams and therfore no threat to win a World Cup for at least another little while. But progress.

  105. Pete in Dayton says:

    Yeah, it was a hard, hard group, and the US is lucky to be moving on from it. None of this would have mattered, of course, if the US hadn’t given up that late, late, late goal against Portugal, but whatever.
    The round of 16 gets tougher.
    Well, off to have a test of wills regarding bib usage with one my 19 month old twins… And you thought that playing sports is hard- HA!

  106. Vette60 says:

    Well, on to the knockout round…it was fun following along on the blog and thanks to my coworkers here in Mexico for not giving me a hard time as I was glued to the PC rather than out on the manufacturing floor!

    Back to work.

    Take care all and more fun on Tuesday!


  107. War_Horse says:

    Having watched the game here in Europe, it was apparent that the USA team played its heart out. The players were solid in defense and aggressive in midfield. They had two shots in extra time and narrowly missed scoring. Those shots on goal were two more than they had in 90 minutes of regular time. The British commentators were rooting for the American team to tie or lose by only 1-0 to go through to the Round of 16. Gary Lineker, the BBC ex-footballer, said “We (English) are envious” of you (Americans). The others agreed that, overall, the American team deserves to go through to the next round.

  108. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    That’s very interesting. Thanks!

  109. The US expands despite losing to Germany since Portugal beat Ghana. I don’t really get it although we’!! take it, naturally. And now, the US will play the Group H winner! next Tuesday.

  110. War_Horse says:

    Right now, it looks like the USA will play Belgium in the next round.

  111. Jandy says:


  112. War_Horse says:

    My pleasure. Cheers!

  113. I meant to say that the US advances although the rest still applies.

  114. War_Horse says:

    I suspect that one of the reasons many Americans do not like watching soccer on TV is that there are no timeouts, only the halftime break. The clock, and the game, keep running. Which means that in order to go to the kitchen for a beer you miss part of the game. Serious soccer fans over here keep a well-stocked ice chest or beer cooler in the same room as the TV.

  115. Naterosboro says:

    So, you haven’t watched much soccer, probably haven’t heard too many guys call games, yet you’re saying, in your opinion, that Ian Darke isn’t good.

    What are you forming that opinion on then (just these world cup games on ESPN?!), if you essentially have no baseline? Isn’t that like saying during a Dodgers broadcast, “Why is he talking about some story from 1974, that he told 3 nights in a row? I don’t watch much baseball but this American announcer is no good.” referring to Vin Scully.

    Above, you say he makes a mistake when he says a Ghana equalizer is a good thing b/c a Ghana go-ahead goal to put them up 2-1 (and the result as it was, 1-0 Germany) would put the US out. But had it stayed 1-1, Ghana & Portugal both end up with 2 points, so had the US lost 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10-0 they still would’ve gone through. Perhaps he should’ve mentioned that if Ghana did score and make it 2-1, then the US would be out….wait, he did, and he and Taylor Twellman talked about that.

    But a draw in that game was still the best result for the US, which is why he said what he said.

    Now, I see below (hadn’t scrolled far enough) that you want Doc Emrick in Brazil. Maybe you can send Troy Aikman while you’re at it, and we’ll put Erin Andrews on the sidelines. Better yet, Doris Burke………

    Ian Darke is 1 of the best around. Please watch more soccer, and listen to more English commentators (NBC Sports coverage of the Premier League last season was fantastic, and I suggest you check out some games. They’re usually on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Monday afternoons).

  116. Germany wins the Group title while the US advances. I’m still trying to figure out what that means although this appears to have to do with points.

  117. Tom P. says:

    That three-peat comment is clever.

  118. Vette60 says:

    That’s a reason that I like watching soccer! You pretty much know that the game will fit into about a 2 hour window.

    Plus my TV is viewable from my kitchen, so no problems for me!

    Thanks for your UK perspective on things.


  119. Pete in Dayton says:

    The US and Portugal both won, drew and lost a game, which means they end up with 4 points- 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.
    Goal difference is the first tie breaker, and since the US ended up with a zero GD instead of -3 that Portugal had, the US takes second. If GD had been the same, it would have come down to goals scored, which both teams had 4, I think.
    To the earlier point about head to head, I believe in UEFA head to head is the tiebreaker before flipping a coin, but it seems not in FIFA, at least not at the World Cup.
    Oh, yeah, UEFA is the European governing body for soccer, for those that don’t know.
    I’m really hoping for an Algerian win today, I really don’t want to play Belgium in the next round.

    And does anyone else think that the South American teams kinda got screwed? Uruguay is playing Columbia and Brazil is playing Chile in the round of 16… I know it’s seeded for a final between Argentina and Brazil, but it would have been nice for 4 teams from the same region to not play each other right away in the round of 16

  120. Vette60 says:

    I noticed that too as well, there are quite a few South American match-ups in the next round.

    Agree too -Algeria can pull out a W and put a few on the board, they could be in good shape for them to take their group…


  121. As a matter of fact, among Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay, only one will reach the semifinals, because the winner of Brasil vs. Chile will take on the winner of Colombia vs. Uruguay.

  122. Karen22 says:

    Ummmm….there’s a GREAT line in “Young Frankenstein” regarding “Schweinsetiger!” But I digress…

  123. Jeremy Sherman says:

    Kansas is represented!

  124. cmat0829 says:

    Thanks for the passionate defense of Ian. I will keep my opinion, MY opinion formed on what I observe not what others TELL ME to observe. I disliked him for a few reasons, but things like announcer love or hate is completely objective. So to each his own…and I can easily turn down the sound or watch on UNIVISION.

    As to the mistake, which it still is, to immediately call a Ghana equalizer in the SECOND HALF a ‘good thing’ for the US ignores the fact that a Portugal win is better for the US, because at that stage of both games a slew of German AND a slew of Portgual goals is much less plausible than a simple Ghana 2-1 win and a US 1-0 loss.

    I get it, I’m an UGLY American soccer hater to want to impose my favorite announcer to handle soccer, but I will stand behind Doc Emrick as being 10 times the announcer Ian is. You can keep Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews who I think are terrible, though.

  125. Dave Devine says:

    Our offense was pretty horrible overall against Ghana, too. Real problems moving the ball up the pitch and creating chances. The Portugal game has been the exception so far.

  126. Jim S. says:


    As I understand it ….

    In our group, Germany was 2-0-1, US was 1-1-1, Portugal was 1-1-1 and Ghana was 1-2-0. US advanced over Portugal because we had a better goal differential.

    Top 2 countries from each group advance. Germany was #1 and we were #2.

  127. Roger says:

    What a great sport this is! You lose and still advance! You don’t even score and advance. So riveting. So exciting. So much fun. Before someone says ‘ it’s based on what they did the first 2 games.’ I will say to you that that makes as much sense as if the Steelers won the wildcard and divisional round game then lost the AFC Title game, but still got to go to the Super Bowl because ‘hey, we played well the first 2 games.’ Lmao it is amazing that all of the sycophants that have been sucked in by this lame sporting event. USA advancing today on a loss is in the same criteria as lets give all kids a trophy for playing spring baseball regardless of how the team played. The way that people are celebrating this mediocrity advancement is part of why this country isn’t the superpower that it once was. Yay mediocrity! Yay no goals! Yay we lost but still advanced! What a joke

  128. So… are you ready forfait the Pirates 1960 World Series because they were crushed on three games and narrowly won four?

  129. wvstarship says:

    I think the NFL’s regular season better correlates with the WC round-robin series. It’s not that unusual for a team to lose their last game or two of the regular season and still make the playoffs. Perhaps they should be required to win the final game of the season or be barred from the post season.

    But don’t fret, soccer haters. From now on it’s single elimination with only the winners advancing.

  130. War_Horse says:

    This was just the first round. Four teams, three matches. Top two go forward. Under your reckoning, a great team could have had one bad game and been forced to go home. From here on in, everything is decided by knockout competition. You lose one, you’re out.

  131. War_Horse says:

    Do you wake up in the early hours with gastric pains, Roger? Mediocrity, be damned. If you think the United States is no longer a superpower, just ask the European Union countries who’s been carrying their water in the Middle East and Southwest Asia for the last 13 years. Cynics?

  132. Pete in Dayton says:

    I don’t feed soccer trolls anymore- it’s not worth it…. As DK has said, it’s only soccer, that for whatever reason, brings out those that seem to get joy out of insulting a sport and/or fanbase. Personally, I don’t follow any other sports besides hockey and soccer very closely, but it’s not as if I feel the need to bring up why I like hockey more than American football and explain to those who like American football why their favorite sport sucks. And is ruining the country, state, world, whatever.
    As Alexandre said, in baseball it’s a best of seven World Series- you can get ripped apart 3 games and win 4 close ones and still win the whole thing. Or in college football if you’re in the SEC, you can not even go to your conference championship game and still play for the title.

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