Jun 26, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena Pernambuco, Recife

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Philipp Lahm boosted by improved performance against USA

Philipp Lahm in action for Germany against Italy on November 15, 2013.
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Philipp Lahm was pleased to see Germany put in an improved display in the 1-0 victory over the USA in their final Group G fixture.

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has praised the team for taking a step forward in beating USA 1-0 in their final Group G fixture on Thursday evening.

The 30-year-old was keen to identify the defensive improvements as Germany returned to winning ways following a frustrating draw with Ghana on the weekend.

"We made big step forward," Lahm told reporters. "We did better than against Ghana. We can be absolutely satisfied.

"That's what makes our team strong - that we are very defensive, that everyone defends. That is what's important in a tournament like this.

"I had the feeling that the team really works together - in the defence as well in the attack, and that's a good feeling."

Finishing top of the group means that Germany will face Algeria in the last 16 on Monday.

Members of the Germany's national team pose prior to a Group G football match between Germany and Ghana at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014
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