The Twitter world reacts to the United States' loss to Germany

The Twitter world reacts to the United States' loss to Germany
United States fans react while watching the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany on June 26. (Matt Rourke / AP)

Despite losing to Germany 1-0, the U.S. advanced to the round of 16, having beaten Portugal on goal differential.

Unleash the Twitter hashtag flags. The U.S. lost but made it through.


On Twitter, Chris Velardi summed up the strange feeling of advancing by a loss: Only in soccer: A loss that feels like a win... follows a tie that feels like a loss. But, whatever... #USMNT plays another day.

Ryan Teague Beckwith, news editor at the Washington Examiner, interpreted the emotions in American political terms: Basically, the US soccer team lost the popular vote while winning the Electoral College.

Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 to earn their fourth point and tie the U.S. in the group standings. But the U.S. held the advantage in goal differential at 0 compared to Portugal's minus-three.

After both Group G games concluded, Beast Mode Soccer tweeted: We laughed in the face of the group of death, we are very much alive. #USMNT #IBelieve

Maybe the U.S. didn't quite laugh in the face of their opponents with dominating victories (Remember, their goal differential was a neutral 0), but they did make it out of the Group of Death.

Many Twitter users ignored the loss and celebrated survival.

Kalen Irsay, daughter of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, tweeted: We hung on & made it through!!!! So proud of the #USMNT !!! #OneNationOneTeam

Zach Waddell wrote: Survive and advance. Now it's time to step and get some big wins! #USA

Some Twitter users credited the U.S. advancement to Cristiano Ronaldo’s game-winning goal for Portugal, but the U.S. would have advanced even if Portugal-Ghana had ended in a tie.

Some fans were more comfortable once they knew they didn't have to praise their polarizing recent foe. Mike Loyko, for instance, tweeted: Ronaldo's goal was irrelevant in the end. We can go back to disliking him now.

Many fans expressed pride in team and country.

Matt Jackson wrote: Survive and advance. Great job by US team getting out of group of death. Proud American here!

Parker Kligerman added: No one gave us a shot, in this group. We not only overcame but strived. That's what the #USA does @USMNT #LetsDoThis

The hashtag "IBelieve" has been trending during the World Cup, as fans insist the U.S. can continue exceeding expectations. The U.S.'s advancement drew more lingering doubters into the fold.

Commentator and retired soccer player Alexi Lalas tweeted: Never been happier to be proven wrong. Congratulations to @J_Klinsmann and the #USMNT. I now believe.