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World Cup: Germany beats US 1-0; both teams advance

Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Cody Mendoza of Yorba Linda sips a beer while watching the start of the Germany vs. United States World Cup game at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Stephanie Fehrmann of San Dimas celebrates after Germany scores on the United States during their World Cup match at a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Gina Masengale of Anaheim painted her nails with both German and American colors to represent her dual identity. She's originally from Munich but said she wants the United States to advance in the World Cup.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Roberta Hauptmann of Los Alamitos, left, and Robert Harris of Placentia react after the United States shoots on Germany's goal during their World Cup game. The soccer fans went to the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to watch the game.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Isolde Fehrmann celebrates Germany's sole goal against the United States in the World Cup. She joined hundreds of fans at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to watch the match.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
President Barack Obama and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett (L) watch the 2014 World Cup match between the US and Germany while en route to Minnepolis, Minnesota on June 26, 2014.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Omar Gonzalez of the United States competes for the ball with Mesut Oezil of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.
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Brent English of Walnut watches the United States shoot on Germany's goal during their World Cup game during a watch party at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.
Fans watch USA play Germany in a World Cup soccer match on one of two large screens placed for fans in Grant Park on June 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers expected as many as 20,000 people to watch the game in the park.
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Update 4:43 p.m. SoCal soccer fans gather to watch US vs. Germany

Close to 700 people watched the U.S.-Germany game at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, where Germany emerged victorious — but both teams are set to move on to the next round.

It was a real mix — Germany fans, U.S. fans — and people feeling completely torn, like Gina Masengale. 

"I’m rooting for both,” said Masengale, who works in customer service. "I’m half-half.”

Masengale was born in Germany but moved to the U.S. in her 20s and carries dual-citizenship. John Nikitscher is from Germany too, but he’s firmly team U.S. 

“We live here, right?” said Nikitscher, a retired BMW repair shop owner. “We have to support them to get the game going a little bit more in the United States.”

For many spectators, Anaheim was a fitting place to watch the game. The city was founded as a colony in the 19th century by German farmers and wine growers. Anaheim means “Home by the Santa Ana” or “Home by the River.”

Pool cleaner John Klewer came to root for his team, Germany. But he says he would’ve been OK with a U.S. win — U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is German, and five of the players are German-born.

The U.S. plays Belgium next.

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Previously: US advances to World Cup's 2nd round despite loss

Joachim Loew and Jurgen Klinsmann shook hands, smiled and patted each on the shoulders, like the two good friends they are. The two coaches had every reason to be pleased: both of their teams advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Loew's Germany beat Klinsmann's United States 1-0 thanks to Thomas Mueller's fourth goal of the tournament and the outcome allowed both teams to advance. Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 in the other Group G match but both were eliminated.

A draw would have been enough as well, and it had been the matter of much conjecture before Thursday's match at the rain drenched Arena Pernambuco. But neither team held back and both attacked, although Germany was clearly in control.

"Well, first I asked him (Klinsmann) for the result of the other match. I didn't know that and he also told me they advanced and I told him, I'm happy," Loew said.

"That is a tough group and the Americans were a bit the outsiders. Everybody considered Portugal a favorite to make it. ... (The Americans) really have qualities, they fight, they can run and they really are tough on the opponent. If you beat Ghana, play a draw against Portugal, I think you deserve to make it to the next round."

Germany, a three-time champion, now travels to Porto Alegre to play Algeria, the runner-up in Group H, on June 30. The Americans play group winners Belgium on July 1 in Salvador.

Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 and Algeria finished second in the group with a 1-1 draw against Russia.

"It's a good feeling because now it's really just a clear picture for everyone. Just focus on that one opponent you have for that next game. ... We'll just talk about one team to beat at a time and this is why I'm really excited" about this next phase, Klinsmann said.

Klinsmann was Loew's predecessor and made him his assistant, until Klinsmann quit following Germany's third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup at home. Loew then took over and is still looking for his first major title.

Klinsmann also warmly embraced Germany players, some of whom got their start under him. Mueller got his Bundesliga debut in August 2008 when Klinsmann was the coach of Bayern Munich.

Klinsmann must have had a good nose for talent, since Mueller is on track to retain his Golden Boot title by scoring his fourth goal of the tournament, to go with five he had in 2010.

Germany's goal came in the 55th minute after a corner by Mesut Ozil. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard did well to punch out a header by Per Mertesacker but pushed the ball into the path of Mueller who rifled a shot inside the far post from the edge of the penalty area.

"We clearly dominated the match and we played not a bad game against a top-fit American team," Mueller said. "I finally scored a pretty goal. I manage it every now and then. We're all terribly ambitious and this ambition can take us very far and I try to give my part in each and every match."

Mueller played despite needing five stiches to close a cut above his right eye sustained in the 2-2 draw with Ghana on Saturday and still visible five days later.

The United States had a chance to level the match in stoppage time, but Alejandro Bedoya's low shot inside the box was swept away by the sliding Mario Goetze, a late substitute. The Americans won a corner but Clint Dempsey's header at the far post went high.

"We knew it would be a difficult match today. We were ready for that. We controlled the match and did not allow any chances until late in the match," Loew said. "We failed to score a second goal that would have settled the issue earlier."

The Associated Press

This story has been updated.