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World Cup's brave new world
World Cup's brave new world

The game wasn't pretty, but in this World Cup tipped upside down, it makes sense that a loss equaled a win for a U.S. team that now advances to the knockout stage. By staying close to Germany in a rain-soaked 1-0 defeat, the Americans sneaked through pool play by way of a goal-differential tiebreaker. "It doesn't matter how you get things done," U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez said. "As long as you get them done." Few predicted the U.S. would finish second to Germany — ahead of Portugal and Ghana — in the tournament's toughest group. But the unexpected has become routine in Brazil, especially for teams from North and Central America. An...

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