USA qualify, Portugal and Ghana going home

The Group G is decided, and Germany won the group with 7 points as they beat Portugal, drew with Ghana and then beat USA in the final round 0-1. USA qualify despite the defeat in the final round as Portugal failed to improve their goal difference despite beating Ghana 2-1.

Germany dominated the match against USA and managed to contain their giant killing offensive capabilities. USA threatened twice near the end of the match and it seemed they might steal a draw, but in the end that wasn't enough to steal a point from Germany. Thomas Muller scored the winning goal for Germany and it seems he's one of the top candidates for the Golden Boot. Germany will face H2 in the round of 16, and later tonight we'll find out whether that will be Algeria or Russia. Algeria need a point against the Russians to qualify. USA will meet Belgium in the first knockout round.

Portugal had only a slim chance of making it into the round of 16, and they needed to seriously improve their goal difference in their final match against Ghana. They won 2-1 and it turns out they had to score three more goals to qualify. therefore, the opening round defeat to Germany 4-0 proved to be the only reason why Portugal didn't make it to the knockout stage. Four points are usually enough to qualify, but not with such a poor goal difference. USA are theones qualifying with four points, and Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are going home early. It has been a very disappointing tournament.

Ghana will feel they could have done much more. They almost stayed undefeated against Portugal, and they were very unlucky to lose their opening clash with USA. It could have been very different for Ghana but this tournament is over for them.