Best Loss Ever: Hollywood Reacts to US Advancing in World Cup

12:21 PM PST 06/26/2014 by Debbie Emery , THR Staff
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Despite going down 1-0 to Germany on Thursday, the U.S. national team still advances to the next round thanks to a win by Portugal over Ghana.

The U.S. advanced to the next round of the World Cup on Thursday despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, prompting millions of fans across America to celebrate after a defeat on the pitch. 

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The national team secured a spot in the knockout stage thanks to a victory by Portugal over Ghana, which was played simultaneously, with super star Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the match-winning goal in the 80th minute.

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From Group D, Germany took the top spot, but the U.S. still secured their second straight trip to the next stage.

As U.S. coach — and German native — Jurgen Klinsmann prepared for their next performance on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT against Belgium (the winner of Group H), social media exploded with reactions about the ironic victory. 

Instead of watching Wimbledon, tennis stars Andre Agassi (American) and wife Steffi Graf (German) had the match on.

Newscaster Piers Morgan shared everyone's confusion.

THR cover star Dwayne Johnson had strong words of support for the U.S. team.

Fargo star Colin Hanks was loving the victory — and the party scene in Brazil.

Bachelor producer Elan Gale said it was "the American way."

After admitting he was drinking a Bloody Mary for breakfast, Mario Lopez celebrated the loss/win.

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Actor Will Wheaton was just in shock.

Once the match was over, the U.S. team's yougest player, 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin tweeted that after surviving the "group of death," they were moving on to the next one.

ESPN's Steve Levy found it ironic that when the U.S. drew against Portugal it felt like a loss, but when they lose to Germany it felt like a win.

Grant Wahl offered his expert analysis.

ESPN host and former player Julie Foudy marveled at the miles the U.S. team has traveled.

ESPN World Cup guru Jeremy Schaap warned of new injuries for the U.S. team.

As for the real savior of the day for the U.S. fans, ESPN sent out an official thank you to Cristiano Ronaldo.

After it was announced that the U.S. will next face Belgium, the Men in Blazers from Grantland made their prediction by recalling a newspaper headline from 1930.

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