Belgium left it late to win in extra-time in a thrilling and tense game in Salvador where the Red Devils defeated a strong USA side.
Belgium almost took the lead within the first 40 seconds of the game when Lille striker Divock Origi was played through on goal but a fantastic save from Tim Howard denied the 19 year old. USA right-back Fabian Johnson limped off in the 32nd minute and was replaced by 21-year-old DeAndre Yedlin, who performed terrifically on the biggest stage of all tonight.
Tim Howard shines
In the second half Tim Howard was called upon multiple times to save the day for America with saves from Mertens, Hazard and Kompany. Origi came close again when his effort hit the corner of the crossbar. After 90 minutes of no goals and end-to-end action, the match went to extra time.
In the third minute of extra-time the deadlock and Tim Howard had finally been broken. Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. The Wolfsburg player picked up on a poor American clearance and De Bruyne powered a low shot past Tim Howard to put Belgium ahead. In the last minute of the first half of Extra Time Lukaku had made it 2-0. De Bruyne turned creator as he rolled a ball towards the Chelsea striker who fired a vicious shot past Tim Howard.
USA stage late fight-back
However, in the second half of extra-time, the USA came out fighting. Within a few minutes the comeback was on. Michael Bradley chipped in a great ball into the penalty box where 18-year-old Julian Green pounced on the ball and volleyed it brilliantly past a shocked Courtois. The stadium exploded and the USA side, which had struggled through out the game, had been resurrected.
The USA almost equalised in the 114th minute after a brilliant free-kick routine involving Bradley, Wondolowski and Dempsey saw the former Fulham and Tottenham striker 1-1 with Courtois however the young keeper read the play well stopped the shot.
Sadly the USA couldn't get the equaliser that they so throughly deserved and Belgium now progress to the quarter-finals where they will face a unconvincing Argentina side who also won their Last 16 tie in extra-time against Switzerland.
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