USA vs. Germany: Last-Minute Live Stream and Preview for 2014 World Cup

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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USA stand on the brink of a huge achievement by qualifying from a group many thought impossible, as they face Germany in the final match of Group G in Recife. 

Only a 95th-minute goal by Portugal in their previous game stopped the Americans' automatic progression to the knockouts, but a draw in the final match will be enough for USMNT.

The Germans will be looking for a strong end to their campaign after a slip against Ghana, drawing the match 2-2 and delaying their expected progress.

However, a surprise defeat to USA could open the door for Portugal or Ghana to leapfrog them in what would be the shock of the World Cup, so far.

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Here is how you can watch the exciting Group G fixture.

When: Thursday, June 26, at 5 p.m. BST (12 p.m. ET)

Where: Recife, Brazil

TV: BBC HD (UK only); ESPN (US only)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK only); ESPN Player (US only) 

Klinsmann To Break German Hearts?

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States speaks to the media prior to training at Sao Paulo FC on June 24, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It is official: USA finally has football fever.

Well, soccer fever, maybe. 

Tens of thousands gathered across the United States to cheer on their national side against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in what was the most watched football match in television history for the nation.

And the heartbreak and theatre of the 95th-minute equaliser by Portugal makes USA's encounter with Germany likely to break that record again.

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22:  Fans gather in Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Portugal in a Group G World Cup soccer match on June 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Fans were turned away from the free event after a 10,000-person capacity was reached.  (Photo by S
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USMNT has always had a strong yet small support, especially when compared to the traditional sports of the country.

But there is now a feeling that the USA is fully integrated into the global football community, and their advancement to the knockouts will only strengthen their global position.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann recognised this as he tweeted:

Klinsmann now has the opportunity not only to take USA to the last 16 but to knock out his parent country Germany. A defeat for Germany will let in either Portugal or Ghana if either side can inflict a heavy loss on their opponents.

It would be the most unlikely of eliminations with Germany showing fantastic form in their first match: the 4-0 crushing of Portugal.

Klinsmann has instilled a belief into the USA that lends itself to the American Dream: Anything is possible if you work hard and apply yourself.

They are by no means the most talented team at the tournament, or even the group for that matter, but if they proceed to the knockouts they will be a credible threat to any opponent.

USA have come a long way in their football journey since they hosted the World Cup in 1994, where Brazil triumphed and lifted the trophy. Now Klinsmann and company have the chance to write their name in football history and achieve the extraordinary on South American soil. 

German Efficiency To Return

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Mats Hummels of Germany and Ricardo Costa of Portugal go up for a header during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Fra
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It was almost the shock of the group stages as Germany surrendered a lead and allowed Ghana to hit them twice, nearly beating their illustrious European opponents. 

But Germany rescued a point from a cataclysmic situation and are still favourites to win Group G.

It was an unexpected slipup from a side considered ruthless and efficient, and rightfully one of the competition's favourites to lift the trophy.

USA pose a difficult obstacle for the German machine to overcome with USMNT no longer there just to make up the numbers. Bleacher Report's Janusz Michallik agreed with this assessment as he complimented Klinsmann's team:

Klinsmann also expressed this newfound confidence.

He said, per BBC Sport:

"Now we have to get a result against Germany and that is what we are going to do. We will take even more confidence into the next game. It will be another final but that is what the World Cup is about."

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Despite this, Germany are likely to beat the USA if they bring their A game to the match. They have so much tournament experience in comparison to the Americans and thrive in the pressure cooker of situations such as these.

But Germany will need stronger showings from their star players.

Mesut Ozil's strange form from the end of the Premier League season continues and, against Ghana, the team looked like a side in cruise-control. If this happens again, USA will take full advantage and one of the greatest shocks in World Cup history might just happen. 


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