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World Cup Results 2014: Scores, Updated Group Table and Fixtures After Day 15

Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a first half goal against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 26, 2014

One of the most surprising results of the 2014 World Cup group stage is that United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann is one step closer to proving himself wrong.

"We cannot win the World Cup, because we are not on that level yet," Klinsmann told The New York Times' Sam Borden prior to the tournament.

Don't tell that to U.S. goalie Tim Howard.

On Day 15, Germany dominated the U.S., possessing the ball 63 percent of the match and attempting nine shots on goal, compared to just one for the U.S. Here's Thomas Mueller's fourth goal of the World Cup that put Germany ahead and tied him for the most goals scored in the tournament with Neymar and Lionel Messi.

But five Howard saves to keep a 1-0 defeat from getting ugly kept America alive, as did Cristiano Ronaldo.

The U.S., as well as Germany, will advance from the Group of Death. But if Ghana would've beaten Portugal by the score of 2-1, Ghana would've advanced having scored more goals than the U.S. Portugal won 2-1, though, as a result of Ronaldo's game-winning goal in the 80th minute.

Portugal is edged by the U.S. due to goal differential. In Group H, Russia is edged by Algeria due to a laser pointer.

A victory by Russia would've catapulted it into the knockout round. Its Aleksandr Kokorin scored a goal six minutes in, giving it the lead most of the match.

Russia's goalie, Igor Akinfeev, had been phenomenal on Thursday and finished with five saves. However, 61 minutes in, Algeria's Islam Slimani scored off the game-tying goal that earned it second place in the Group H standings.

And seconds prior to the kick, a laser pointer was shined in Akinfeev's face. 

Russia can't blame the mysterious laser for its exit or the goal that tied the game at 1-1. But it definitely could've influenced both.

Also on Day 14, Belgium stayed perfect against South Korea. The match was close, but 77 minutes in, Belgium's Jan Vertonghen scored to break the tie. It held on to its 1-0 lead, eliminating South Korea from knockout round contention.

Here are the final group standings and the knockout-round schedule.

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil75321072
2Mexico73321041
3Croatia30310266
4Cameroon0-8300319
Group B
1Netherlands973300103
2Chile62320153
3Spain3-3310247
4Australia0-6300339
Group C
1Colombia97330092
2Greece4-2311124
3Ivory Coast3-1310245
4Japan1-4301226
Group D
1Costa Rica73321041
2Uruguay60320144
3Italy3-1310223
4England1-2301224
Group E
1France76321082
2Switzerland61320176
3Ecuador40311133
4Honduras0-7300318
Group F
1Argentina93330031
2Nigeria40311130
3Bosnia and Herzegovina30310241
4Iran1-3301243
Group G
1Germany75321072
2United States40311144
3Portugal4-3311147
4Ghana1-2301246
Group H
1Belgium93330041
2Algeria41311165
3Russia2-1302123
4South Korea1-3301236
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Knockout Round Schedule
DateTime (ET)FixtureNetwork
Sat., June 2812 p.m.Brazil vs. ChileABC
4 p.m.Colombia vs. UruguayABC
Sun., June 2912 p.m.Netherlands vs. MexicoESPN
4 p.m.Costa Rica vs. GreeceESPN
Mon., June 3012 p.m.France vs. NigeriaESPN
4 p.m.Germany vs. AlgeriaESPN
Tues., July 112 p.m.Argentina vs. SwitzerlandESPN
4 p.m.Belgium vs. United StatesESPN
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David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets too.

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