Best Loss Ever: Hollywood Reacts to US Advancing in World Cup
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.
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.
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.
Congrats #USA - you lose, but you win. Welcome to the confusing world of real football.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 26, 2014
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.
Ryan Seacrest even stopped working — briefly — for the match.
Bachelor producer Elan Gale said it was "the American way."
If only there was some history of the USA beating Germany— elan gale (@theyearofelan) June 26, 2014
After admitting he was drinking a Bloody Mary for breakfast, Mario Lopez celebrated the loss/win.
Well, it wasn't the final score I hoped for but the US team is moving on to the next round... We're still alive! Now the real fun begins— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) June 26, 2014
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Actor Will Wheaton was just in shock.
HOLY CRAP! I can’t believe that USA got out of the Group of Death! WOOO!!!— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) June 26, 2014
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.
This world cup business is mystifying. When USA ties it feels like a loss. When we actually lose today, we win. We're 1-1-1 and #1.— Steve Levy (@espnSteveLevy) June 26, 2014
Grant Wahl offered his expert analysis.
My 3 thoughts on Germany 1, USA 0 (US advances to World Cup Round of 16) http://t.co/mYUmWwv0kP— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 26, 2014
ESPN host and former player Julie Foudy marveled at the miles the U.S. team has traveled.
Most miles traveled in this WorldCup, in Group of Death, in Amazon, 1 day less rest & still USA gets through. REMARKABLE. #soproud— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) June 26, 2014
ESPN World Cup guru Jeremy Schaap warned of new injuries for the U.S. team.
Jermaine Jones says he thinks his nose is broken. That's two in 3 games for US's toughest characters.— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) June 26, 2014
As for the real savior of the day for the U.S. fans, ESPN sent out an official thank you to Cristiano Ronaldo.
From: U.S. Soccer fans To: Cristiano Ronaldo Subject: THANK YOU!!!— ESPN (@espn) June 26, 2014
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.