In a competitive first half, both teams created few clear chances in front of goal.
Germany started the stronger of the two sides though, as Joachim Low’s team dominated possession and territory. A Lukas Podolski cross into Thomas Muller was collected by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard in what was the closest the three time World Champions were to scoring.
Jurgen Klinsman’s USA grew into the match as the half wore on though, but failed to create any clear chances to test Manuel Neuer.
Low looked to attack in the second half, bringing on Klose for Podolski at half time, and it didn’t take long for them to threaten.
On 55 minutes, a Per Mertesacker header was well saved by Howard, but the ball fell to Muller, and the striker powered his strike into the far corner with clinical ease, to give Germany a 1-0 lead.
USA failed to have a sustained period of pressure when it looked like they would equalise, and instead it was Germany who looked like scoring again.
The North Americans’ best chance of an equaliser come in the last minute when a brilliant block from Philip Lahm was followed up by a Clint Dempsey header that went just over, but the scoreline remained 1-0 at full time.
USA will join Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup, and both teams will feel confident of going further as Portugal and Ghana go home from Group G.