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‘Victory our only target’

Santo Andre: Germany will go all out to beat the USA in their final World Cup Group G match and would not dream of settling for a draw that would send both teams through, defender Mats Hummels and assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Monday.

“That would be extremely unsportsmanlike to even entertain any thoughts in that direction,” Hummels told reporters at the German base camp. “We’re definitely thinking of only winning and anything else would be totally unfair to all the other teams.”

Germany and the USA have four points from two matches and would both qualify for the second round with a draw. That situation has revived memories of an infamous 1982 World Cup match in which West Germany and Austria essentially stopped playing when the Germans scored to lead 1-0 in the 10th minute, a result that put both sides through.

“I can absolutely rule out that happening,” Flick said. “We want to win the match. The playoffs have started. I’m sure the team is going to give the right answer on the pitch.”

The West Germany-Austria match remains a major blemish on the German FA (DFB) and was described as a disgrace in both countries. Flick patiently answered waves of questions about the 1982 game in three different languages and repeatedly insisted there was no way Germany would contemplate playing for a result that would help both teams.

US coach Juergen Klinsmann was the Germany coach from 2004 to 2006.

“We want to win the group,” said Flick. “We are quite clearly going to be playing to win. We’d like to advance to the next group at the top of the group and play the round of 16 match in Porto Allegre.” (Reuters)