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Forget Brazil or Germany, USA are most in form team in the world

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After Mexico managed to hold hosts Brazil to a 0-0 in their Group A World Cup game Tuesday evening, the United States are now technically the most in-form team in world football.

The result in Brasilia meant that Brazil's run of 10 consecutive victories was brought to a halt in just their second game of the World Cup.

That means that Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT are now the proud owners of the most consecutive wins amongst teams present at the summer tournament and beyond having won four straight.

Their 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday being their most recent W.

Brazil's sequence of wins started way back in August 2013 when they hammered Australia 6-0, and saw them rack up victories over the likes of Portugal, Chile, and most recently Croatia in the curtain-raiser of the 2014 World Cup last Thursday.

Team USA's four results meanwhile have all come in the space of under three weeks as they prepared for the World Cup in fine style.

Wins on home soil against Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Nigeria were followed when it really mattered with a crucial win in the 'group of death' against the Black Stars - defender John Brooks making himself an unlikely hero after heading home the winner with just five minutes to play.

Clint Dempsey and co will have to be on their best form should they wish to extend their run to five games however, as they prepare to take on Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Sunday with the latter nation desperately in need of a victory to keep their 2014 World Cup hopes alive.

Of course the in-form tag means little when it comes down to the 90 minutes out on the field during the intensity of a World Cup atmosphere but the team who historically has the best ever record certainly didn't do too badly.

Spain hold the record for most consecutive wins according to Twitter resident and stat expert Mister Chip, with the European nation having won an impressive 15 straight games between 2008 and 2009 - a period encompassing their Euro 2008 win.

The current German roster meanwhile are just a couple of ties away from running away with the current win record - having won 10 of their last 13, coming out level in the other three.

What with Mexico's impressive tie with Brazil, and the US' in-form status it has certainly been a good opening week of the World Cup for the North American pair.

However, Klinsmann, who has already written of his team's chances of winning the World Cup this time around, would surely be the first to concede that the stars and stripes have a minimal chance of getting anywhere near the magic 15 set by Vicente Del Bosque and Spain.

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