Thomas Muller once again made the difference as Germany qualified as winners of Group “G” with victory over the United States, who also reached the last 16 at the FIFA Football World Cup.
The Bayern Munich forward scored his ninth World Cup goal in as many games to give Germany a routine win at a rain-soaked Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
The rate at which Muller is scoring in World Cup games is matched only by Brazil legend Pele, who also found the net nine times in his first nine matches in the Tournament.
The 24-year-old German is now just six goals behind the all-time scoring record, which is jointly held by Muller’s team-mate MI-RO-SLAV Klose and former Brazilian striker Ronaldo.
In yesterdays’ other results, Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 in Group “G”, Algeria and Russia played to a 1-1 draw in Group “H”, and Belgium defeated South Korea 1-nil also in Group “H”.