Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Clint Dempsey scored a second-half brace and
Jozy Altidore added a goal as the United States men's national team hung on
for a 4-3 victory over Germany on Sunday at RFK Stadium.
After a difficult 4-2 defeat at the hands of Belgium last Wednesday, the
U.S.faced a daunting task against the second-ranked Germans, but rose to the
challenge extremely well behind Dempsey and Altidore.
Heiko Westermann, Max Kruse and Julian Draxler bagged goals for Germany, but
they weren't able to find a late equalizer as the United States hung on for
Germany had the first great chance of the afternoon in the 11th minute when
defender Per Mertesacker found a loose ball in the U.S. box, but pushed his
shot just wide of the left post.
Three minutes later, the United States opened the scoring with an excellent
piece of play when Graham Zusi whipped a first-time cross into the Germany
penalty area from the right wing where Altidore was there to finish it into
the top right corner with a well-struck, right-footed volley.
The Americans were then gifted a second goal in the 16th minute as some high
pressure from Altidore and Dempsey forced Germany defender Benedikt Howedes to
push it back to goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the pass caught him off
guard and the ball trickled into the far corner for a 2-0 United States lead.
After up-and-back action early in the match, the pace slowed considerably in
the latter stages of the second half and Germany began to get back into the
game in the 41st minute when Julian Draxler sent a ball into the box to Lukas
Podolski, but the Arsenal man smashed his shot well over the crossbar.
After the break, Germany got one back in the 51st minute when Westermann
worked himself free in the box and nodded a header past Howard to pull the
Germans within 2-1.
Nine minutes later, the Americans restored their two-goal advantage when
Altidore chipped a nice ball into the penalty area from the left wing and it
fell to Dempsey, who smashed it past ter Stegen to make it 3-1.
The United States captain added a second goal in the 64th minute when he
cracked a brilliant shot into the top left corner to give the Americans a 4-1
But Germany didn't panic and answered with goals two minutes apart as Kruse
scored in the 79th minute and Draxler buried a rebound past Tim Howard nine
minutes from time to make it 4-3.
But the U.S. defense held it together to earn their first victory over Germany
since 1999. The U.S. improved to 3-6-0 all-time against Germany and should
carry some confidence into their next match when the take on Jamaica in
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying on June 7.
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