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Müller Scores Only Goal in Germany's 1-0 Win Over United States

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All seven Bayern players take the pitch for Germany as both countries advance to the knockout stages

Martin Rose

On a tense final day of Group G play, Thomas Müller collected his fourth goal of the tournament in a 1-0 victory for Germany over the United States.

The match's only goal came in the 55th minute, a deflection off of a save from Tim Howard that Müller drove into the bottom right corner. The goal ties Müller with Neymar and Lionel Messi for most goals in the World Cup and increases Bayern's total to 13 in the group stage.

Schweinsteiger started his first match of the tournament, taking Sami Khedira's place in Löw's set up. He played from box to box, helping Germany shield the defense while playing relatively high in attack. Mario Götze replaced him in the 76th minute with the game already in Germany's control.

The pace of the match was temperate, no breaks for either country through the 90 minutes. Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, and Schweinsteiger controlled the tempo in midfield. They combined for 329 touches and a 92.5 percent passing success as Germany held 68 percent of the possession. The control in midfield allowed Manuel Neuer to twiddle his thumbs in his six yard box, having to make just one save in the game.

Jérôme Boateng was able to put pressure on the United States in attack, coming forward with Mesut Özil on the right flank. His service was stretched the play for Germany, and he was not caught out or overwhelmed defensively. Julian Green sat on the bench for the third game for Jürgen Klinsmann and the United States, but his skill set was not necessary to get the result the United States needed.

The match result was ultimately of no consequence with Portugal beating Ghana 2-1 in Brasília. Bayern München will now have 12 of their 14 players in the knockout stages, only Mario Mandžukić and Javi Martinez not able to advance with their countries. Germany will take the group victory and will be paired with the runner of Group H while the United States will take on Belgium in the Round of 16.