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Mueller continues to lead Germany's attack, scores 9th goal in 9 career World Cup games

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Germany's Thomas Mueller (13) is congratulated by teammates avert he scored during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The Associated Press

With Thomas Mueller in a perfect position to pounce on a rebound, American cheers for yet another spectacular Tim Howard save didn't last long.

The U.S. goalkeeper was unable to cut down the angle after diving to punch away a deflected ball, and Mueller did what he does so well — calmly drive a first-time shot inside the far post for his ninth goal in nine career World Cup games.

The 24-year-old Mueller isn't flashy, and didn't generate the pre-tournament talk of Brazil's Neymar or Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. But the Bayern Munich star is tied with Neymar with four goals in Brazil after scoring a tournament-high five in South Africa.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, is going home, as have other high-profile stars such as England's Wayne Rooney and Italy's Mario Balotelli.