That's the U-S of A against the world champions away. And they won, 2-1. Bobby Wood did the honors, scoring the winner five days after doing the same against the Netherlands and sending the U.S. home from Europe with two wins from two matches ... AGAINST THE NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY.
The U.S. were generally dominated for the first half hour of the match. They couldn't keep the ball and saw Germany pass circles around them, pushing the ball into the final third with ease. The Americans did a bit better there, generally getting men behind the ball once their press broke down, but even then the world champions looked very dangerous and forced Brad Guzan into a good save, while another chance missed the frame.
Germany finally broke through with a gorgeous passing move that left the U.S. dumbfounded. Finally, a run in from the right unlocked the American backline and a square pass let Mario Götze tap the ball in for the go-ahead goal.
Even after the goal, there was no doubt that Germany were the better side, but the U.S. did better and began to play their way into the match. Then, a 30-pass passing sequence that lasted over 90 seconds ended with Michael Bradley hitting a gorgeous diagonal ball onto Mix Diskerud's chest. Mix brought the ball down expertly, then knocked the ball home for the equalizer.
The second half went even better for the U.S. They weren't out-played and, for stretches, even looked like the team that had a better grasp on what is was doing. Germany were missing several of their best players, including their entire first choice defense, but they were still stupendously talented.
If anyone looked more likely to score in the second half, it was certainly the U.S. They had a good opportunity when Gyasi Zardes got free, but he took a touch too many and saw his chance taken away by a great tackle. He had another look later, but his shot got blocked in front and a follow up effort missed the frame. Jordan Morris nearly scored, too, hitting a shot from 20 yards that barely went wide of the post just minutes after coming on as a sub.
The Americans' looked all set to win the match in the 83rd minute when a wonderful move sent DeAndre Yedlin down the right. Yedlin drove the Germany defense deep before dragging the ball back for an oncoming Bradley, who got to the ball at the penalty spot. He had almost all of the net to shoot at, but he managed to hit it right at the goalkeeper.
It looked like the U.S. would have to take a draw, which is a great result away to Germany, but then Wood struck. He used a clever touch to earn himself a bit of space then hit a rocket from 25 yards that got just inside the post for a beautiful goal.
The U.S. needed a bit of luck late on to hold on as a late Germany header hit the crossbar, but the ball didn't find the net and that's all that mattered. The final whistle went and the U.S. didn't just go to Germany and getting a result from the world champions -- they beat them.