Schurrle celebrates against Fulham
Schurrle celebrates against Fulham

The celebrations in the US at a defeat that takes them through to the knockout phase to play Belgium, were truly staggering. Americans – well, the latino and intellectual north easterners are getting football. The Chelsea involvement in the match lasted a few minutes of injury time as Andre Schürrle came on at the death for a spell on the pitch. He barely got to touch the ball.

Germany did just enough in the match to scupper suggestions that they would do old boy Jürgen Klinsmann any favours. Klinsmann’s US team needed a draw to guarantee second spot but as it was Ghana lost to the petulant twerp and the US are through anyway.

It was clear from the opening moments that Germany could have run riot if their heart had been in it but as it was both sides plodded through a turgid half barely threatening.

Thomas Müller scored the goal but the fans that made it through flood waters and the traffic to reach the stadium 30km outside Recife were the real stars.

Müller’s achievements so far might outshine all pervious records as he won the golden boot at the last World Cup and is on course to become the first to retain it.