Key Battles That Will Shape Germany's Clash with USA

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Key Battles That Will Shape Germany's Clash with USA
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Germany take on the United States on Thursday with high hopes of picking up all three points and finishing top of the table in their final Group G clash. 

Following Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana and the U.S. following suit with their own 2-2 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, both sides need just a point to continue into the next stage of the World Cup. 

Despite humourous rumours of collusion between Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low persisting since the weekend's matches, Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick stated on Monday, at a press conference reported by FIFA.com, that no such scenario would happen. 

"The play-offs have effectively begun for us," said Flick. "We want to beat the USA to finish the group stages top and play in Porto Alegre. We looked at the 90 minutes against Ghana to see what we liked and the things we need to improve.

"We want the team to react in a more clever fashion and cut out the space behind when the opposition counter-attack us. We have a few things to iron out and we have enough quality to create chances, but we have to close down the space behind."

With that in mind we now turn our attention to what should be a well-contested battle between two exciting sides. Here are the key battles we should look out for in this final Group G clash between Germany and the United States. 

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