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    Belgium - USA 2:1 a.e.t. (0:0, 0:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    01 July 2014 Salvador/Arena Fonte Nova 17:00 51227
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    JOHN Windsor (MAS)
    Fifth Official
    RANGE Marwa (KEN)
    Referee
    HAIMOUDI Djamel (ALG)
    Assistant Referee 1
    ACHIK Redouane (MAR)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ETCHIALI Abdelhak (ALG)
    Fourth Official
    HAUATA Norbert (TAH)
    Match Commissioner
    ABEGA Prosper (FRA)

    Total Goals scored

    Kevin DE BRUYNE (BEL) 93' , Romelu LUKAKU (BEL) 105' , Julian GREEN (USA) 107'


    Belgium

    USA
    1
    COURTOIS (GK)
    1
    HOWARD (GK)
    2
    ALDERWEIRELD
    3
    GONZALEZ
    4
    KOMPANY (C)
    4
    BRADLEY
    5
    VERTONGHEN
    5
    BESLER
    6
    WITSEL
    7
    BEASLEY
    7
    DE BRUYNE
    8
    DEMPSEY (C)
    8
    FELLAINI
    11
    BEDOYA (-105'+2)
    10
    E.HAZARD (-111')
    13
    JONES
    14
    MERTENS (-60')
    19
    ZUSI (-72')
    15
    VAN BUYTEN
    20
    CAMERON
    17
    ORIGI (-91')
    23
    JOHNSON (-32')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    MIGNOLET (GK)
    12
    GUZAN (GK)
    13
    BOSSUT (GK)
    22
    RIMANDO (GK)
    3
    VERMAELEN
    2
    YEDLIN (+32')
    9
    LUKAKU (+91')
    6
    BROOKS
    11
    MIRALLAS (+60')
    9
    JOHANNSSON
    18
    LOMBAERTS
    10
    DISKERUD
    19
    DEMBELE
    14
    DAVIS
    20
    JANUZAJ
    15
    BECKERMAN
    22
    CHADLI (+111')
    16
    GREEN (+105'+2)
    23
    CIMAN
    17
    ALTIDORE
    16
    DEFOUR
    18
    WONDOLOWSKI (+72')
    21
    VANDEN BORRE
    21
    CHANDLER
    Coach Coach
    WILMOTS Marc (BEL) KLINSMANN Juergen (GER)

    Cautions

    Geoff CAMERON (USA) 18' , Vincent KOMPANY (BEL) 42'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Belgium edge USA in thriller

    Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku finally took the umpteenth opportunities of a pulsating game as Belgium survived a late USA rally to reach the FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals. The hands, legs and even ankle of Tim Howard, coupled with some supreme defending from Matt Besler, had kept Jurgen Klinsmann’s side, who always looked a threat on the break, in it beforehand, before Marc Wilmots’ men scored twice before the 105-minute mark. A Julian Green volley nevertheless gave the Americans hope, but despite their admirable efforts, the Belgians held on to book a Brasilia date with Argentina.

    The American supporters made the decibel levels incalculable in the run-up to kick-off, but they were silent, hearts in mouths, within a minute of action. De Bruyne uncorked USA’s backline and sent the pacy Divock Origi one-on-one with Howard. The 19-year-old striker shot low and hard, but the 35-year-old goalkeeper saved impressively with his legs.

    DaMarcus Beasley was USA’s next saviour. Jan Vertonghen broke elegantly down the left and, from the byline, squared the ball towards Marouane Fellaini, who appeared set to tap home until the sliding fullback hacked it clear. It was all Belgium, with De Bruyne and Eden Hazard snapping at shots from the edge of the box, but the 32nd-minute introduction of DeAndre Yedlin for the injured Fabian Johnson gave the US a lift. The hypersonic wingback had already threatened on a couple of occasions when Michael Bradley’s gorgeous pass sent him racing down the right. A crowd of players expected Yedlin to square the ball from the byline, but he intelligently cut it back into the path of Graham Zusi, who mis-kicked it from a great position nine yards out.

    Just like they had in the first half, Belgium came close to breaking the deadlock within 60 seconds of the second. Dries Mertens, the smallest man on the pitch, met De Bruyne’s cross with a looping header which was heading into the net until the fingertips of a leaping Howard tipped it over. Vertonghen once again found space on the left after 54 minutes and delivered a teasing ball across goal, which somehow eluded Omar Gonzalez, De Bruyne, Besler and Origi and rolled out for a US throw-in.

    Howard’s legs again denied Origi on 71 minutes, before it was his ankle’s turn to maintain deadlock. Origi’s delightful, delicate pass with the outside of his boot sent substitute Kevin Mirallas through on goal, but the USA goalkeeper rapidly stuck out his boot and diverted the ball behind. Besler, a rock throughout, made a brilliant challenge to prevent Mirallas having a clear sight of goal, before Howard made another fine tip-over from an Origi piledriver and Hazard blasted into the side-netting when well placed.

    An unlikely source then had Belgium’s final chance of normal time. Vincent Kompany dispossessed Alejandro Bedoya in the Belgian box, galloped upfield and fed De Bruyne out left. The Wolfsburg midfielder cross low into the box and the Manchester City defender, who had continued his run, forced Howard into his umpteenth save of a pulsating match. Substitute Chris Wondolowski’s composure deserted him when a great opportunity fell his way in injury time, but the offside flag spared his blushes and it was on to an extra 30 minutes.

    Belgium required merely two of them to go ahead. Romelu Lukaku, on for Origi, made a purposeful dash down the right. His cut-back was intercepted, but the Americans failed to fully clear their lines. De Bruyne pounced on the loose ball, spun neatly, and fired the ball across Howard and into the back of the net.

    Before the referee’s whistle sounded for the next break, it was 2-0. Lukaku raced on to De Bruyne’s through-ball and clipped it past Howard. The American dream was seemingly over. It took Green two minutes to revive it after being sent on by Klinsmann. With his first touch, the 19-year-old volleyed the ball past Thibaut Courtois to provoke an almighty roar from the pro-USA crowd.

    The momentum was now with the Stars and Stripes and Jermaine Jones’ snap-shot went narrowly wide, but despite a valiant effort, Belgium held on for a 2-1 win. They now head to Brasilia. The USA head home following a World Cup campaign they can be immensely proud of.

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    Belgium-USA: Quotes

    Marc Wilmots, Belgium coach
    Tonight we’ve seen a forward-thinking Belgium team. We had 27 shots on goal, the first came after the second minute and we didn’t stop attacking for the remaining 118 minutes. I want to congratulate Jurgen Klinsmann and the USA team, especially Tim Howard who had a fantastic game and I think we deserved to win. We played football, we were brave and we pushed ourselves to the limits. Sometimes in games like that when you have so many chances and you are denied, the result doesn’t go your way but we didn’t stop believing. Now we have four days to prepare for the Argentina game, which isn’t long. We’re not favourites but we want to win.

    Jurgen Klinsmann, USA coach
    It’s hard for us to end up on the losing side after 120 minutes of giving absolutely everything. But this game had everything, it was a thriller. I have to say that what Tim Howard did tonight was phenomenal, outstanding and amazing. He kept us in the game. He had an absolutely amazing match and you have to give him all the plaudits. That said had chances to equalise, but congratulations to Belgium. I’m proud of the players not just for what they’ve done tonight, but what they’ve done throughout the tournament. They’ve made the country proud. The sport in the USA will only continue to grow. It’s getting stronger and there’s a lot to build on going forward.

    Tim Howard, USA goalkeeper and Budweiser Man of the Match
    It's heartbreaking, I don't think we could have given any more. We left it all out there. We got beaten by a really good team. They took their chances well. It's heartache, it hurts. But hats off to Belgium, they were fantastic.

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