June 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm

U.S. vs. Germany

World Cup live tweets: Americans lose and win

Omar Gonzalez of the United States competes for the ball with Mesut Oezil of Germany. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

United States vs. Germany

When: Noon Thursday

Where: Recife, Brazil

TV: ESPN

Follow the game with live tweets from Geoff Robinson of The Detroit News:

UNITED STATES LINEUP

Goalie -- 1 Tim Howard

Defense -- 7 DaMarcus Beasley

Defense -- 5 Matt Besler

Defense -- 3 Omar Gonzalez

Defense -- 23 Fabian Johnson

Midfielder -- 14 Brad Davis

Midfielder -- 13 Jermaine Jones

Midfielder -- 4 Michael Bradley

Midfielder -- 15 Kyle Beckerman

Midfielder -- 19 Graham Zusi

Striker -- 8 Clint Dempsey

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How the Americans can advance:

The United States will clinch a spot in the World Cup knockout stage with a victory or tie against Germany on Thursday. But if the Americans lose they will need some help:

* If the United States loses and Ghana and Portugal draw, the United States will advance.

* If Ghana defeats Portugal and the combined victory margin of that game and Germany’s victory over the United States is more than two goals, Ghana would advance on goals differential and the United States would be left out.

* If Portugal defeats Ghana and the combined victory margin of that game and Germany’s victory over the United States is more than five goals, Portugal would advance on goals differential and the United States would be left out.

* If the United States and either Ghana or Portugal wind up tied in points and goal differential, the next tiebreaker is goals scored. If that, too, is even, lots will be drawn to determine who advances.

World Cup standings

Here are the World Cup standings heading into Thursday’s matches:

Germany: 1-0-1 (4 points), +4 goal differential

United States: 1-0-1 (4 points), +1 goal differential

Ghana: 0-1-1 (1 point), -1 goal differential

Portugal: 0-1-1 (1 point), -4 goal differential