Spain's 1-0 win over Ghana in Group A makes them the first team through to the second round.
The Black Stars made a valiant effort to get something from the game, but European champions Spain held on for a victory that puts them into the knockout phase with one group match to spare.
The USA were on the brink of exiting the tournament when Daniel Cuevas earned them a late 1-1 draw with France, who missed out on the chance to join Spain in the second round ahead of schedule.
Substitute Cuevas, who plies his trade in Mexico with Santos Laguna, finished with five minutes left after France failed to clear a free-kick.
It was just desserts for the US, who had seen a Luis Gil penalty saved by young PSG keeper Alphonse Areola.
France had taken the lead early in the second half through a Yaya Sanogo penalty after Javan Torre fouled Dimitry Foulquier.
Monday’s results mean the US must beat Ghana – who are out – and hope France lose to Spain on Thursday.
In Group B, South Korea twice came from behind to hold Portugal to a 2-2 draw.
Aladje put Portugal ahead with a third-minute header from a corner, but early in the second half Ryu Seungwoo scored a fabulous equaliser after skinning Liverpool taget Tiago Ilori.
Portugal went back in front on the hour mark as Bruma hit a fierce drive for his third goal of the tournament, but Korea were not to be denied as Kim Hyun finished off a fine team move with 14 minutes left.
Portugal and Korea both have four points, with Nigeria on three after a 3-0 win over Nigeria.
Aminu Umar scored two first-half goals for the Super Eagles, with Abdul Ajadun adding a third in the second half.
Those results mean Portugal will qualify with a draw against Cuba, who are bottom with no points, while Korea must draw against Nigeria, who have to win to reach the last 16.
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