President Barack Obama congratulates USA for World Cup success

The USA football team have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup.

President Barack Obama has congratulated the USA football team after they reached the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup.

The United States lost 1-0 to Germany on Thursday, but advanced from Group G nonetheless as Portugal could only beat Ghana 2-1.

"I have to begin by congratulating our US soccer team, Team USA, for advancing to the next round of the World Cup," said Obama.

He added: "We've still got a chance to win the World Cup and we could not be prouder of them. They are defying the odds and earning a lot of believers in the process."

The United States opened their World Cup campaign with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Ghana, before drawing 2-2 with Portugal to put themselves in a great position to advance.

The USA would have qualified after just two games had they not conceded a last-gasp equaliser to Silvestre Varela against Portugal.

A point against Germany would see the USA through, however, but after losing 1-0, they were relying on the result in the other match. Portugal's narrow win meant Jurgen Klinsmann's men qualified on goal difference.

Now the US face Group H winners Belgium in the round of 16. The Red Devils have been largely unimpressive in this tournament, but managed to grind out three victories in the group stage.

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