Germany Knows How Sweet 16 Really Is

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23: Arne Friedrich celebrates with Mesut Oezil of Germany during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Ghana and Germany at Soccer City Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

    Mesut Oezil scored on a left-footed blast from outside the area Wednesday to give Germany a 1-0 win over Ghana and first place in Group D at the World Cup.

    Despite the defeat, Ghana also advanced to the round of 16 -- taking second place in the group with four points. Australia also finished with four points, but Ghana was ahead on goal differential.  Ghana is the first African team to make the knockout phase of the tournament.