While largely unimpressive in losing 1-0 to Germany in their final group-stage match at the 2014 World Cup, the United States Men's National Team advanced to the knockout round in consecutive Cups for the first time ever, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The USA's second-place finish in Group G this year comes after they won Group C at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Much like in 2010, when a stoppage-time goal propelled America to the next round, their fate this year wasn't sealed until the nervy moments of their group-closing game.
However, unlike manager Bob Bradley's 2010 squad, new boss Jurgen Klinsmann's side used their signature late game-winning goal in their opening contest, an 86th-minute headed score by reserve defender John Brooks to top Ghana.
From there, the U.S. nearly clinched going through during their second outing but conceded a 95th-minute goal to Portugal, ultimately dropping two points in an exciting 2-2 draw.
Those results set the stage for a decisive match day to conclude Group G.
Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1, but the win was not enough for Cristiano Ronaldo's side to make up for the 4-0 thumping they previously suffered to Germany.
So while Portugal ended group play level with the USA on four points, their minus-three goal difference was bested by America's even mark.
Looking forward, the USA takes on Group H winners Belgium in the knockout round next Tuesday.
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