VIDEO: USA coach Klinsmann wants to beat Germany

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Jurgen Klinsmann speaks ahead of his side's final Group G game against Germany.

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann is adamant that his side will be going for the win against Germany, even though a draw would be enough for them to qualify for the knockout stages.

The USA have impressed in their opening two games of the World Cup, beating Ghana 2-1 before drawing 2-2 with Portugal.

Now they are on the brink of advancing to the round of 16, and Klinsmann wants to see his men do so in style.

"We want to beat Germany, we want to be first in our group so we are not thinking about a tie," Klinsmann said. "We know a tie gets us through too, and at the end of the day maybe it ends up as a tie because it's an exciting game and a very close game - so be it."

"But our goal is to beat Germany and to be the first in our group in order to play the second in the other group in the round of 16," he added. "This is really important, so we cannot just hope that it goes our way, we have to work hard for it, we have to take all the energy in there."

The USA would already have qualified for the next round, had they not conceded a last-minute equaliser against Portugal. A Cristiano Ronaldo cross was headed in by Silvestre Varela in the fifth minute of injury time to keep Portuguese hopes alive.

Klinsmann says his side must use that disappointment and build on it to get a positive result against Germany.

"It's important that the players and everybody feels like there's more to come, there's more to build on." the coach said.

"I think this game against Portugal - even if the outcome at the end was a bit of a disappointment because we would have been already qualified - gives us even more confidence to take with us into the Germany game to get the job done."

World Cup fever has certainly hit the USA after the impressive performances so far by Klinsmann's side. There is real hope that this team can go far in the competition. They certainly don't fear Germany, and a win in Recife would send a real message to the other nations in the tournament.

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