Germany beat the United States 1-0 in Recife on Thursday—a result that, when combined with Portugal’s 2-1 win over Ghana, ensured that both sides progressed into the round of 16.
Thomas Mueller scored the game’s only goal in the 55th minute, and while Germany were generally on top at Arena Pernambuco they had some difficulty locating openings against a stifling opponent.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|United States Player Ratings|
Half-time analysis for United States
Tim Howard: Made several saves and regularly came off his line with confidence to intercept crosses.
Fabian Johnson: Getting some joy opposite Howedes.
Omar Gonzalez Did exceptionally well to cut out a dangerous Muller cross.
Matt Besler: Often thought to be the weak link in defense, he’s given nothing away so far.
DeMarcus Beasley: Looked as though he would struggle early on but put together a solid 45 minutes.
Kyle Beckerman Got away with a clear booking on Schweinsteiger.
Jermaine Jones: Initiating some promising counter-attacks.
Graham Zusi: Released a dangerous shot on the end of a mid-period counter.
Michael Bradley: Made a superb track-back to tackle Podolski.
Brad Davis: Has speed to burn but wasn’t all that involved in the opening frame.
Clint Dempsey: Just 17 touches of the ball so far.
Full-time analysis for United States
Tim Howard: Pushed the ball directly into the path of Mueller, who proceeded to open the scoring.
Fabian Johnson: Continues to be one of his side’s brightest players at this World Cup.
Omar Gonzalez Likely did enough to preserve a starting spot at the expense of Geoff Cameron.
Matt Besler: Won all of his aerial battles.
DeMarcus Beasley: Distributed the ball with impressive efficiency and contributed a trio of important tackles.
Kyle Beckerman: Finally booked for a foul on Schweinsteiger.
Jermaine Jones: Nearly KO’d his teammate Bedoya midway through the second half.
Graham Zusi: Gave the ball away far too often.
Michael Bradley: Shielded the defense effectively while retaining energy for counter-attacks.
Brad Davis: Substituted in the 59th minute after contributing next to nothing.
Clint Dempsey: Went to ground cheaply looking to win a foul off Hummels.
Alejandro Bedoya: Should have been booked moments after coming on for a foul on Schweinsteiger.
DeAndre Yedlin: Brought on to help shut up shop in the final 10 minutes.
|Germany Player Ratings|
Half-time analysis for Germany
Manuel Neuer: Yet to face a single shot on target.
Jerome Boateng: Not a natural full-back, and it’s showing.
Per Mertesacker: Misplaced just one of his passes in the first half.
Mats Hummels: His distribution from the high line has been useful to Germany’s buildup play.
Benedikt Hoewedes: Looks vulnerable when the United States break at speed.
Philipp Lahm: Touched the ball 58 times in the first half and completed 96% of his passes.
Bastian Schweinsteiger: Looks fit and is showing lots of spirit in midfield.
Toni Kroos: Only Schweinsteiger has touched the ball more.
Thomas Mueller: Made several first-half chances but only took a single shot.
Mesut Ozil: Making the occasional run at the American defense, but has so far shot just once.
Lukas Podolski: So far little luck finding an opening in the left-side channels.
Full-time analysis for Germany
Manuel Neuer: Wasn’t tested at all in Recife.
Jerome Boateng: Not spectacular, but he wasn’t a liability, either.
Per Mertesacker: Won the corner that led to Mueller’s goal.
Mats Hummels: Quite weak in the air but his positioning was impeccable.
Benedikt Hoewedes: Enjoyed a much better second half and completely neutralised Zusi.
Philipp Lahm: Made an important block in the dying moments to preserve the 1-0 win.
Bastian Schweinsteiger: Touched the ball more than 100 times and drew a handful of fouls before being substituted.
Toni Kroos: Had 122 touches and completed 94 percent of his passes.
Thomas Mueller: Opened the scoring with a well-placed shot to the far corner.
Mesut Ozil: Missed a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity just seconds after the restart.
Lukas Podolski: A half-time substitution for Klose.
Miroslav Klose: He nearly became the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer when he got a headed chance early in the second half.
Mario Goetze: Caused one or two problems with his pace in the final third.
Andre Schurrle: Just four touches in a late cameo.