Germany and USA progress

  • Last Updated: June 26 2014, 19:27 BST

A review of the final two games in World Cup Group G, as Germany top the standings ahead of second-placed USA.

  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmanncongratulates Per Mertesacker
  • Portugal and Ghana are now both heading home 

Thomas Muller moved level with Lionel Messi and Neymar at the top of the World Cup scoring charts with the goal which took Germany through to the last 16 as Group G winners with a 1-0 victory over the USA, who also progressed as runners-up.

The Bayern Munich midfielder scored his ninth goal in as many World Cup appearances 10 minutes into the second half to take his tally in Brazil to four.

Germany controlled much of the game in a rainswept Recife, deservedly taking the three points to top the standings with two wins and a draw.

The USA joined them in the knockout stages on goal difference ahead of Portugal, who could only manage a 2-1 win over Ghana.

An own goal from John Boye and a second-half Cristiano Ronaldo strike set Paolo Bento's men on their way to the win they needed, but although the United States were beaten by Germany in the other group match, Portugal were kept out of the qualification spots on goal difference - largely because of the 4-0 rout they suffered to the Germans earlier in the competition.

Ghana's hopes of advancing were also ended - with Asamoah Gyan scoring their reply in Brasilia - to cap a day to forget for the Africans, who had thrown key midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng out of the squad just hours before kick-off for disciplinary reasons.