USA Falls To Belgium In World Cup Round Of 16
USA lost to Belgium in a 2-1 match in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup Tuesday afternoon.
U.S. Loses To Belgium
After 90 minutes of hard-fought play, the score was tied. Belgium had flooded the U.S. penalty box with opportunities on goal, but was repeatedly denied by Tim Howard and the defense. In stoppage time of regulation play, U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski hit a sitter – what could have been a winning goal – over the crossbar.
Early in the first 15-minute overtime half, Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne managed to finally put one in the back of the net. Romelu Lukaku scored the second goal in the 105th minute, putting Belgium ahead by two. Two minutes later, the U.S. started to wage a late-game comeback with a goal by Julian Green on an assist from Michael Bradley. Despite a few more chances on net, the U.S. couldn’t find the equalizer to send the game into penalty kicks.
By the end of the match, Howard had tallied a total of 16 saves – the most made by any goalkeeper at a World Cup game in the tournament’s history. In a post-game interview, Howard told ESPN, “I will never forget this night.”
In addition to Howard’s historical performance, it was Team USA’s first knock-out round World Cup appearance. They had made it through the “Group of Death” with a win against Ghana, tie versus Portugal and a loss handed to them from Germany.
With the win, Belgium advances to the quarterfinals where they’ll meet the Lionel Messi-led Argentina. The match will be played July 5 at 12 p.m. EST.