World Cup 2014 live: Belgium defeats U.S., 2-1
The 2014 World Cup match between the United States and Belgium is in extra time at Salvador, Brazil.
The U.S. loses to Belgium in extra time, 2-1, ending its run at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Belgium advances to the quarterfinals to play Argentina on Saturday at 9 a.m. PDT.
The Americans strung together more chances in the final 15 minutes than they did in the previous 105. Time and again, they gain entry into the box, and it's Belgium that is clock-watching now. They missed attempts off Clint Dempsey's foot and Jermaine Jones' head in the final minutes of extra time.
With one minute left, DeAndre Yedlin makes one final run down the right side but cannot reel in a long pass. Coach Juergen Klinsmann is pleaded for more than a minute of stoppage time, but for naught.
Belgium hangs on for dear life, winning 2-1 over a never-say-die U.S.
The U.S., with no choice to press forward, is exposed to the counter. Sure enough, Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, eating up ground with his long stride, dribbles well into the box, leaving him one-on-one with Tim Howard. As usual, Howard wins the duel with another kick-save.
The Americans gain a free kick from straightaway outside the box. They run a beautiful set piece that produces a tremendous chance by Clint Dempsey, who slips unattended past the wall. Thibaut Courtois pulls off the best save, non-Howard division, of the day.
Midfielder Julian Green scores for the U.S. in the 107th minute to make the score 2-1 Belgium.
Green, a late sub for the U.S., makes a run into the box, controls a lovely pass from Michael Bradley and pops it in for a spectacular goal just two minutes into the second overtime frame.
The Americans have new life, and they display it with another rush up the field. Jermaine Jones gets off a shot that is wide but puts a world of worry into Belgium.
Romelu Lukaku scores in the 105th minute to give Belgium a 2-0 lead over the U.S.
Kevin De Bruyne scores for Belgium in the 93rd minute to give it a 1-0 lead over the U.S.
Belgium scores after putting together a rush down the right side. Romelu Lukaku eludes U.S. defender Matt Besler, who falls, and drives the ball deep before sending it to de Bruyne in the box. Tim Howard shows he's no machine and cannot find the proper angle to prevent the shot from going in.
Belgium started extra time by bringing on forward Lukaku to replace Divock Origi, who has been scary to the U.S. but has lacked the finishing touch.
Extra time begins with an oddity -- the U.S. controlling the ball on its offensive side of the field. Jermaine Jones gets off a decent try early on.
Late in the second half, the U.S. provides goalkeeper Tim Howard with a much-needed break by taking the ball deep enough to earn a corner kick. It goes to waste, and the Belgians are back down the field in a jiffy. Eden Hazard chooses the near post on a left-footer from the left side. He cannot squeeze it through. Howard, for once, is not required to save it.
The Belgians threaten yet again on a counter. Kevin De Bruyne dishes in the middle to Vincent Kompany, who comes up from his defensive post. Unaccustomed to shooting, Kompany makes it easy on Howard with a feeble attempt, the 30th try in the match by Belgium. Then Marouane Felliani overshoots the goal on a header.
The Americans appear to threaten on a perfect header in the box by Jermaine Jones to Chris Wondolowski. The offside flag goes up -- by mistake, as replays indicated -- but it does not matter. Wondo gets off a poor header that does not get near the goal.
Time runs out in the second half with the score tied, 0-0. The teams will play 30 more minutes in extra time.
Tim Howard makes another great save -- it seems like a broken record, but a sweet-sounding one for the U.S. Belgium's Divock Origi feeds Kevin Mirallas, a recent substitute, and the keeper charges forward for the kick-save to the left.
U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez collapses with a possible injury, forcing Juergen Klinsmann to ponder whether to spend his final substitute. When Gonzalez gets up and dusts himself off, the decision is deferred.
Stop us if you've heard this one -- another awesome save by Howard. Belgium works the ball around adroitly for a clear try from Eden Hazard, but no dice. Howard's stop is his 10th, with still 10 minutes remaining.
The most effective U.S. ploy is sending the fullback -- now DeAndre Yedlin, having replaced Fabian Johnson -- up the right side. Yedlin's cross from the corner is grabbed by lunging Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Belgium's Axel Witsel finds space between the two walls of defenders and rockets a shot wide of the net. While well struck, it is too far out to worry goalkeeper Tim Howard. The attempt is Belgium's 21st, 17 more than the U.S., though Clint Dempsey soon fires the fifth.
Belgium rushes upfield and creates yet another chance for Divock Origi. Howard, again, comes to the rescue.
The U.S., craving a goal, brings in forward Chris Wondolowski for Graham Zusi.
Finally, the U.S. gets a chance. After spending nearly the entire second half so far in the defensive third, the Americans push forward. Graham Zusi unleashes a decent shot that is blocked.
Back down at the other end, the dynamic teen Divock Origi drives it to the goal line, and his centering pass to Dries Mertens results in a shot wide left.
With half an hour left in regulation, the question is whether dominant Belgium can break through for a goal or the U.S. can steal one of its own while Tim Howard continues his excellent goalkeeping.
Belgium jumps out hurriedly in the second half, same as the first. A midfield turnover allows for a deep push that concludes with an attempt by Dries Mertens. It's not struck hard enough to scare Tim Howard, but he still must leap skyward for an over-the-crossbar save.
The Belgians are up to nine corner kicks. Preventing so many chances is praiseworthy for the U.S., along with its slight possession advantage.
A cross on the run from the left side gives Belgium one of its most inviting chances, but it does not connect. Following yet another Belgian incursion, Howard charges out from his station for some emotional on-field coaching.
His words immediately go unheeded. Belgian promptly presses forward and Divock Origi's header bangs off the bar. Then the U.S. keeper must make a diving save.
A punchout on a shot by the U.S. triggered a Belgian break that ended with a deep attempt from Kevin de Bruyne. This was more solidly struck than his previous one but winded up in Tim Howard's gut.
Halftime arrived with Belgium having the better of it. But the U.S. will take the score -- or lack of it. Surprisingly, the Americans own a slight edge on ball possession (53% to 47%) but have managed just three shots.
Not that Team USA is concerned about it now, but the diagnosis for Fabian Johnson is -- sound familiar? -- a strained hamstring.
DeAndre Yedlin made his presence felt with a Fabian-like run up the right send and an accurate cross to a charging Clint Dempsey in the box. Dempsey, well defended, craned his neck but could not get his head on the ball.
Minutes later, another Yedlin sprint up the right flank ended weakly. Graham Zusi, the target for his pass, virtually whiffed on it.
Belgium's Kompany was assessed a yellow card on a rough tackle, evening the cards at 1-1.
The U.S. survived a scare after a giveaway by Graham Zusi. Belgium had the numbers of a break, only to see Kevin de Bruyne badly mis-hit an open shot wide from reasonable range.
Another dangerous Belgium chance was thwarted by defender Demarcus Beasley, who dove into the path of a try (or pass) by Axel Witsel after the Belgian dribbled unimpeded along the left flank.
Belgium kept pressing down the left side, where the U.S. has become vulnerable, and earned its sixth corner kick before half an hour had elapsed. No harm, again, for the U.S.
The action was halted when fullback Fabian Johnson, a critical piece to the U.S. at both ends, sank to the turf, clutching his lower leg. He was immediately replaced by DeAndre Yedlin, who has been effective in reserve but entered without warming up.
Geoff Cameron, who has been disruptive defensively in midfield, drew a yellow card on a trip in the 18th minute. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann must decide at some point whether to replace him or risk a second yellow.
Quickly, Cameron made a case for staying on. His header on a U.S. corner kick, although not a serious threat, put Belgium on notice.
Soon after, Michael Bradley maneuvered into the box and dished to Clint Dempsey, forcing Thibaut Courtois to lunge for a save. It has taken awhile, but the U.S. has awakened offensively.
Another Belgium corner kick is made possible when Cameron unnecessarily heads the ball across the goal line rather than trying to clear it. The experts at set pieces fail to cash in as Cameron knocks the corner attempt harmlessly out of the box.
The U.S. wins the ball possession battle in the opening quarter-hour but has yet to manage a shot.
Belgium, which has not scored sooner than the 70th minute in prior games, nearly struck promptly after the kickoff. On the Belgians' first possession, Divock Origi got free in the box for a shot, but keeper Tim Howard knocked it away.
Jozy Altidore was absent from the U.S. starting 11, but that was no surprise. A potentially 120-minute-plus match is not conducive to a player still rehabbing from a strained hamstring. The striker will be on call as a reserve.
There still were surprises with the lineup -- though, by now, nothing from should be unexpected.
Kyle Beckerman, a three-time starter at midfield, was omitted. His replacement: Geoff Cameron, who started the first two games -- at defender -- before a demotion against Germany.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's rationale for starting Cameron over Beckerman became evident on Belgium's initial corner kick. At 6-foot-3 -- five inches taller than Beckerman -- Cameron is physically more equipped to prevent headers in the box.
Klinsmann listed usual midfielder Alejandro Bedoya as a forward, but he is likely to lay back in a typical role.
Belgium's biggest lineup mystery -- the fate of captain Vincent Kompany -- was answered with his inclusion at starting centerback. Kompany has been dogged by a groin injury. Teenager Divock Origi slides in for unproductive Romelu Lukaku at forward.
The oppressive heat that has impacted previous U.S. games will be no issue in Salvador. As kickoff approaches, temperates are in the low 70s.
The improbable run of the U.S. men’s World Cup soccer team continues in this round of 16.
Both the United States and Belgium are itching for a win and a long-waited appearance in the quarterfinals. Belgium has not reached the quarterfinals since 1986, and the U.S. hasn’t since 2002. The U.S. hasn't played Belgium in the World Cup since a 3-0 victory in its opening match of the very first tournament in 1930.
Today's winner will face Argentina in Brasilia on Saturday.
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