World Cup 2014

World Cup: Germany take lead over USA with 55th minute goal by Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller celebrates Germany's opening goal

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Jurgen Klinsmann said the Americans would have to do it the hard way to make it out of the Group of Death.

No kidding.

Germany took a 55th minute lead in their match against the USA on Thursday, with Thomas Muller delivering a curling shot from outside the box that beat Tim Howard, how made the save of the game just moments before.

The USA can still qualify with a loss, but they'll need to rely on goal differential or a draw between Portugal and Ghana.

Germany, meanwhile, clinch the top spot in the group with a victory.