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U.S. versus Belgium: Each team's road to World Cup knockout round
U.S. versus Belgium: Each team's road to World Cup knockout round

Belgium and the U.S. had quite different experiences advancing to the round of 16, although fans of both teams probably lost a good bit of sleep along the way. Belgium advanced cleanly at the top of its group with three wins, but each came on late second-half goals. The U.S. moved on in a nail-biting manner unique to soccer — without winning, exactly. The U.S. opened with a gratifying 2-1 victory over Ghana, which had eliminated the U.S. at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Clint Dempsey (1’) scored about as early as possible, then John Brooks (86’) sealed the deal late. So far, so good, especially with the two-time spoilers out of the way. Then came a draw with...

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