5 Key Decisions for Germany Ahead of World Cup Knockout Stages

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5 Key Decisions for Germany Ahead of World Cup Knockout Stages
Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Germany qualified for the World Cup knockout rounds as winners of Group G on Thursday, beating the United States 1-0.

The Mannschaft held off strong competition in the form of the U.S., Portugal and Ghana in what some had billed as a "Group of Death." But not everything looked rosy throughout the group stage for a German side that showed a deficiency of fitness and some defensive frailties, especially against a Ghana side with which they drew 2-2.

Having advanced to the knockout rounds, Germany have a whole new test and coach Joachim Low will have to adjust his strategy as he prepares for single-elimination football. Click "Begin Slideshow" for analysis of the key tactical considerations Low should consider in the run up to the round of 16 match with Algeria.

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