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Clint Dempsey
Former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur Striker Clint Dempsey has scored in both of USA's matches at the World Cup.Getty Images

USA and Germany battle it out in their final match of Group G of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife, on Thursday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary of the game will be on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Both Germany and USA come into this fixture with four points heading into their final fixture of the group stages.

USA stunned Ghana, 2-1, in their first fixture as Andre Ayew's equaliser was sandwiched between Clint Dempsey's first minute strike and John Brooks Jr's header in the 86th minute. They looked to be on the verge of clinching all three points in their subsequent match against Portugal but had to settle for a point as the game ended 2-2.

Nani's goal in the first half was cancelled out by Jermaine Jones's sublime strike in the 64th minute. Dempsey put Jurgen Klinsmann's side into the lead and three points looked to be there for the taking.

A mistake by Michael Bradley gifted possession back to Paulo Bento's side at the half-way line with 30 seconds left of the five minutes of added time. Portugal countered quickly and substitute Silvestre Varela's head met the brilliant cross from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo much to the dismay of the Americans.

Meanwhile, Joachim Low's side thrashed Portugal 4-0 in their first fixture where Thomas Muller starred with a hat-trick. However, they were held to a 2-2 draw by a resilient Ghana.

After a goalless first half Mario Gotze gave Die Mannschaft the lead in the 51st minute. The African outfit fought back as substitute Andre Ayew netted the equaliser three minutes later before Asamoah Gyan put James Appiah's side into the lead.

But Germany's star striker Miroslav Klose netted the equaliser in the 71st minute which also meant that the 36-year-old is now level with Brazilian Ronaldo's record of 15 goals at the World Cup.

Both teams can safely progress to the knockout stages with a draw but questions will be raised on their integrity towards the game. They will be looking to clinch all three points and secure the top spot in the group.

Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller - Golden Boot winner at the 2010 World Cup - who has scored three goals will be looking to add to this tally against USA.Getty Images

This fixture bears emotional significance for Klinsmann who managed the German team at the World Cup in 2006, guiding them into the semi-finals on home soil. Low was the assistant at that time and will certainly be looking to prove a point in his current role over his dear friend and compatriot.

Ghana and Portugal will be hoping to win their final fixture at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília, in the hope that they can oust either Germany or USA for the second place depending on goal difference if the game at Recife does not end in a stalemate.

What Managers Say

Jurgen Klinsmann (USA): "We're not made for ties. The United States is known to give everything they have in every single game. We have that fighting spirit, and we give everything in every game. We will go to Recife and we will give everything to beat Germany. Both teams go into this game and they want to win the group. So we go into this game and try to beat Germany. To put ourselves in the driver seat for the last-16, that is our goal."

Hansi Flick (Assistant Coach - Germany): "The play-offs have effectively begun for us. We want to beat the USA to finish the group stages top and play in Porto Alegre. We looked at the 90 minutes against Ghana to see what we liked and the things we need to improve. We want the team to react in a more clever fashion and cut out the space behind when the opposition counter-attack us. We have a few things to iron out and we have enough quality to create chances, but we have to close down the space behind."

Prediction: USA 1-4 Germany

Betting Odds (bwin)

  • USA – 15/2
  • Draw – 37/19
  • Germany – 8/13

Team Form

  • USA
    Last Five (all competitions, most recent first)
    : D W W W W
  • Last Result: USA 2-2 Portugal


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W W D D
  • Last Result: Germany 2-2 Ghana

Team News

Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low are good friends but will be on opposite ends on Thursday.Getty Images


  • Injured: Jozy Altidore (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Howard; Johnson, Besler, Cameron, Beasley; Beckerman, Bradley, Jones; Bedoya, Dempsey, Green


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Sami Khedira (knock), Jerome Boateng (knock)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Neuer; Mustafi, Mertesacker, Hummels, Howedes; Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Ozil, Muller, Gotze