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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Thomas Mueller
Toni Kroos scored twice in two minutes and Miroslav Klose added his record-setting 16th career World Cup goal. Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira also scored.
Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing.
Portugal was reduced to 10 men when Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Mueller as the German player sat on the ground.
Germany had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Cameroon on Sunday in its last match before coach Joachim Loew names his final squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller struck in extra time for Bayern Munich to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the German Cup final on Saturday, giving their side the double in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge.
Mario Goetze inspired Bayern Munich to a 4-1 win at Hamburger SV that left the home side relying on other results to stay in the Bundesliga's relegation playoff place on Saturday.
Nine-time champion Madrid will rue a number of missed opportunities to extend its lead going into Tuesday's return leg. Madrid wants to end a three-season semifinal losing streak and reach the final for the first time since winning in 2002.
Karim Benzema's goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 first-leg victory over title holder Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but the nine-time champions may live to regret the missed chances in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
Bayern Munich needed a bit of a wake-up call against a surprisingly resilient Manchester United team. Once it came, there was no stopping the defending champions from reaching a third straight Champions League semifinal.
Bayern Munich has topped the Associated Press weekly football poll in a fifth straight month after thrashing Wolfsburg 6-1 for a German-record 16th consecutive victory.
Bayern Munich topped The Associated Press weekly soccer poll for a fifth straight month after routing Wolfsburg 6-1 for a German-record 16th consecutive victory.
Second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller gave holder Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory over 10-man Arsenal and a firm grip of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.
League leader Bayern Munich won 2-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday as the Bundesliga resumed after a five-week winter break.
Bayern Munich is approaching its third Champions League final in four years with the calm of a team fully in control after a season of dominance.
After dominating the first legs of their Champions League semifinals, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund lead the latest Associated Press global soccer poll.
"After 20 minutes, we looked up at the clock and thought it was going to be a long day," Mueller said. "But we got into the match very well and when you lead by 2-0 in this heat and then even get the third, it was all over."