When the World Cup draw first came out, the popular thinking was that Germany would have likely secured passage into the knockout rounds by the time they played the United States. This was not shaping up as a particularly intriguing matchup on Thursday in Recife (ESPN, noon ET).
But this World Cup has been anything but predictable, so maybe it shouldn't be surprising that this match is now dripping with intrigue.
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A tie would put both teams through to the knockout rounds, but that might be too predictable a result for this World Cup. Here's how to watch the match online.
Both teams come in tied on four points and with the ability to finish anywhere from first to third in the group, although it would take a rather epic collapse to keep Germany from moving along. A tie would put both sides through, while a multi-goal German victory would leave the United States in serious trouble.
The group winner gets a very winnable match against one of Russia, Algeria or South Korea while finishing second will mean a match against Belgium and Argentina likely awaiting them in the quarterfinals.
Match Date/Time: 1 p.m. local, noon ET
Venue: Arena Pernambucho, Recife, Brazil
TV: ESPN (U.S. - English), Univision (U.S. - Spanish), BBC 1 (U.K.), CBC (Canada), Servus TV (Germany)
United States announcers: Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman
Online: WatchESPN (U.S.), ITV Player (U.K.)