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American fans celebrate U.S. advancing to World Cup knockout round

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The Post’s Adam Kilgore, Dan Steinberg, Kira Tiana and Fritz Hahn have scattered throughout D.C. to, well, watch American fans watching today’s U.S.-Germany tilt. Adam Kilgore is at Laughing Man Tavern, Dan Steinberg and Kira Tiana are at Dupont Circle and Fritz Hahn is reporting from Dacha Beer Garden.

[Updates on the match can be found in our live blog]

The U.S. may have lost to Germany, but American fans get to celebrate their team escaping from the “Group of Death.”

Germany strikes first.

Fans of all ages get in on the act.

T-minus 10 minutes till game time, who’s excited?

Flags are quite the fashion statement at Dupont.

The Germans have invaded Dupont.

But the Americans seem ready to handle them.

Long lines at Beer Garden

Dan Steinberg is at Dupont Circle where quite the crowd has gathered a half-hour before game time.

From Adam Kilgore: As doors opened at 11am, a three-wide line formed at the door, slinked all the way down G and curled around the corner, extending halfway down 13th. Patrons scrambled for seats and spots at the bar — Zusis and Altidores and Dempseys, frat bros with flags draped on their shoulders or tied around their foreheads, girls with scarves and cowboy boots, ordering up buckets of Bud and three-dollar PBR. A cheer went up at 11:11 when Tim Howard flashed on the TVs. Still 49 minutes to game time.