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USA reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way we wanted it.

Germany beat the US 1-0, following a drenched and soggy match, but USA held onto second place because Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in another game played simultaneously.

Many are running out of good excuses for missing work to watch the U.S. The World Cup.

Thousands of US employees in are placing work aside to watch these games, with or without their bosses' OK. Many more watched online as they could. ESPN tweeted that its online streaming application set a record with 1.4 million users during the first half, leading to minor technical issues.

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