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World Cup 2014: Times, TV, preview for USA-Germany and Thursday’s other games

The World Cup continues Thursday with the final group-stage matches of the tournament in Groups G and H (all times EDT). Group G: United States vs. Germany in Recife, noon (ESPN) Group G: Portugal vs. Ghana in Brasilia, noon (ESPN2) Group H: Algeria vs. Russia in Curitiba, 4 p.m. (ESPN2) Group H: South Korea vs. Belgium in Sao Paulo, 4 p.m. (ESPN) MATCH OF THE DAY United States vs. Germany (come on, did you think we’d say Algeria-Russia?) All the United States needs to do is win or draw and it’s through to the knockout round. Even a loss doesn’t spell doom for the Americans, depending on the Portugal-Ghana result. The Germans looked great in their opening decimation of Portugal but beatable in their second game against Ghana, and if anyone knows how to beat Die Mannschaft, it’s U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was born in Germany, played for Germany and coached Germany at the 2006 World Cup. Here are all the advancement scenarios for the United States. PLAYER TO WATCH Sofiane Feghouli, Algeria The French-born, 24-year-old right winger and attacking midfielder scored Algeria’s first World Cup goal in 28 years on a penalty kick against Belgium and has six goals in 21 games since switching allegiances from France to Algeria in 2011. Feghouli hopes to lead Algeria into the knockout round for the first time ever after a long history of World Cup disappointment. MORE FROM THE WORLD CUP: U.S. Coach Klinsmann is a mix of his German homeland and adopted California For U.S. soccer, matchup with Germany is ‘massive’ for many reasons Will FIFA suspend Luis Suarez for biting? History says yes. Messi nets two more goals to lead Argentina over Nigeria; both teams advance Argentine fan invasion adds to World Cup’s Latin accent Bosnia gets its first-ever World Cup victory, eliminating Iran France wins Group E, Ecuador out after scoreless draw Switzerland beats Honduras to advance to knockout stage Revisit Wednesday’s action on our live blog Is FIFA doing enough to treat concussions in soccer? Jermaine Jones’s present and past will collide vs. Germany Klinsmann says World Cup scheduling has U.S .at disadvantage Video: How the U.S. can advance to the knockout round CONCACAF teams are serving notice Thousands of American soccer fans make Brazil feel like home Scores and schedule | Group standings | Stats

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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