With a tie enough for both teams to progress, a lot of pressure was off as long as Portugal didn’t win by a large margin. Thomas Muller was once again Germany’s scorer, netting just 10 minutes into the start of the second half. It was a tight game with the American side trying to find opportunities via counter attacking football with the European team pressure hard in search for more goals. The match ended with a victory to the Germans, although both contestants are through to the next round.
Even though Portugal orchestrated their first victory of the tournament, it was a little too late to make a big difference as Ghana joined in on the pair being eliminated. The United States got the edge over the European side due to their goal difference after point having four points from three games. John Boye’s own goal in the 30th minute gave Paulo Beto’s men a little hope for qualification, but Asamoah Gyan cancelled the lead at the 57th minute mark. Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in almost all of his teams attacking play and eventually sealed all three points for his nation with a strike on the 80th minute mark.
Belgium began slowly once again, leaving it late before clinching all three points from their final game of the group stages. The 1-0 win over South Korea meant they were through as they picked up maximum points from the previous encounters. The Asian side should have capitalized on the fact that their opponents had only 10 men for the entire second half after Steven Defour was sent off in the 44th minute for harsh tackle on Shin-Wook Kim. Divock Origi’s 77th minute attempt was pushed into the path of Jan Vertonghen, who slotted the ball into the back of the net with ease.
History was made for the Algerians after their draw confirmed their progress into the round of sixteen for the first time ever. Russia was desperate for a win as it would guarantee their progression, which looks set to happen after Alexandr Kokorin scored an early header in the 6th minute. The match took a huge turn when Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev failed to grab a set piece cross leaving Islam Slimani to head the ball home from six yards out. The score line sent the Russians packing while Algeria await their encounter with Germany.