First real test for Howard, and he smothers it in the 8th minute.
First sustained attack for the U.S., but they give it away without getting a shot off
Meanwhile...Ghana and Portugal are also scoreless in the 18th minute
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Zusi rips a shot just over the crossbar from a step outside the box
If this game seems a little sloppy, it's good to remember that it's been pouring rain all day in Recife
Portugal has scored against Ghana. Potentially big news for the U.S.
Howard with another save. He's been steady so far, as usual
of first half stoppage time added
Whistle blown, halfway home knotted up at 0-0
Brutal first-half own goal for Ghana. Not a good clearance, but hard to believe that ball went in the net
Teams are back on the field for the second half
And away we go again. 45 minutes to decide the day
Klose on for Podolski for Germany. He had the final, equalizing goal in Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana
Tense moments for the U.S. Germany with chances, but can not connect on a couple headers
The wall finally breaks. Terrific initial save by Howard, but Germany slams home the rebound. 1-0
Ghana scores. All tied up with Portugal, 1-1
A 1-1 draw in the Ghana-Portugal game is fine for the U.S. However, a Ghana win is far more problematic...
Americans on the break and Dempsey goes down in a heap just outside the penalty box...but no call