Skip to comments.World Cup 2014: Belgium Eliminates U.S.A., 2-1
Posted on 07/01/2014 4:16:50 PM PDT by mojito
The United States was eliminated from the World Cup, but it went out battling. Belgium beat the Americans, 2-1, in the Round of 16 at Salvador, with all the goals coming in extra time.
Tim Howard was heroic in keeping the game scoreless through 90 minutes, and he ended the evening credited officially with 15 saves. But in the third minute of extra time, Kevin De Bruyne finally broke the deadlock. He was set up by Romelu Lukaku, who had just come into the match.
Lukaku made it 2-0 at 105 minutes, seemingly putting the match out of reach.
But the 19-year-old Julian Green came on for the start of the second extra period and scored on his first touch, taking an inch-perfect pass from Michael Bradley and volleying it home to make it 2-1 in the 107th minute.
The Americans came close to tying a couple of times in the final minutes but couldnt quite connect.
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A good show by the US team, especially goal keeper Tim Howard, but ultimately losing to a technically superior Belgian team.
Oh Please let it be over!
I’m tired of my employees disappearing for hours to watch the World Cup matches.
Why can’t these matches be played at night like a normal sport?
We don’t play the Super Bowl at 3 in the afternoon.
Okay, maybe now Coulter can address the voter fraud her pal Mitch financed. How about it, Ann?
Our team exceptionalism must have really p!ssed Obama off.
So now we Americans spell it “futbol” accent grave?! What a country.
I hate to tell you this but there are things called time zones and not every nation is in the same one.
Why, there are even parts of the globe that are dark when it’s broad daylight in ‘Murica!
Thanks, it’s finally over. They only let them stay around that long to milk the tourist fans and fools from the US.
They don't play the Super Bowl in Brazil, either.
PS the Super Bowl kicked off between 3-4 pm eastern for many years.
Good. Now we can get back to American sports.
Meh...my paint is peeling. Think I’ll crack open a beer and watch it.
Yes it did, before the flood of pregame hype and commercials became almost unbearable, LOL.
Next WC is in Putinville, so the games will be on earlier I’d think.
Tim Howard was great, the rest of the team not so great. 3-4 misses that could have been goals.
It’s not your Dad’s soccer any more.
Belgium isn’t even a real country!
BELGIUM DOESN’T EXIST
Nigel Farage even said Belgium was a non-country
Belgium was invented by the British to annoy the French!
My dad played softball in the backyard with a tree stump as third base. It’s not my America anymore!
Interesting that the acronym for World Cup is the same as a toilet.
I'll grab a 12-pack and join you. When we're done, we can go in the back yard and watch the grass grow.
Of course, there's no accent in “whiffle ball.”
The sports landscape is changing. Now we have soccer, lacrosse, board sports, etc. I was in Fort Myers last week. A bunch of kids in my hotel for a select team baseball tourney. But they were playing soccer in the hotel parking lot!
...and you had to be a REAL American to slide into third!
Well, I can go back to hating soccer now.
And a lot of torn up knees!
Who is up for an exciting game of checkers?
It does not even resemble the country I grew up in
It's also the same as Winston Churchill, but don't let that stop you. :)
Everybody picks on inner cities. But in my local inner city we still have sand lots where black kids bring a bat, a ball and a mitt. As bad as this area is, suddenly it looks like 1959 and all is right with the world.
No, it won’t. Nobody called Winnie “wc” to his face.
I just about always want the U.S. to win but I am sort of glad it is over. I tried several times to get interested in soccer but I just can’t understand how it ever got so popular.
I will be glad when the whole thing is over.
Maybe this is why Obama is bringing the 3rd world into our country via the southern borders - to beef up the interest in soccer.
I am certain that has to be a top priority for this country!
Did you watch the game?
LOL. I loved whiffle balls as a kid for some reason. I guess I got good hits off them or something. Spaldeens went right into the ground. I don’t know why my father, uncles and brother put up with my bad batting.
No, I was too busy placing accents grave and a goo on my English words.
As a kid one game we played a lot was kick-ball. It was like baseball except the (thin, air-filled ball) ball was rolled and we kicked it.
Disclaimer: Not a rabid soccer fan, it's just that "It was my only line!!!"
He did. He had the acronym on his shoes.
And no one refers to a WC as a toilet in the United Statesv that I know of. It’s. ..horrors. ..English. And you know what sport was invented THERE.
Let’s not call them anything, let’s just ignore them.
At least you got "accents grave" correct. So don't complain about folks who are fussy about being correct.
BTW, you should have watched the game. It was incredibly good.
I guess you hate sushi also.;-)
“Meh...my paint is peeling. Think Ill crack open a beer and watch it.”
And for REAL excitement, you could then paint everything after the old paint peels and watch the paint dry. If you get lucky, there might be a paint drip or two to watch. Beats watching soccer for sure, though.
My husband just said he played that in the schoolyard in the Bronx. We played stickball in summers with at least one fire hydrant as first base. We also played stoopball which is nothing like baseball. It’s basically handball using a city stoop instead of a cement wall.
No, I don’t hate sushi. But it’s deeply silly to spell football the way you just did.
The commenters have only praise for the US side, saying that they were “heroic” and played like “lions” even in defeat, that they played with great sportsmanship and that they gave their all for their country, unlike the disappointing English side.
Maybe it's hard for us to see the Americaness of soccer, but it seems quite clear to fans of other nations when they watch the US team play.
Scroll down for the comments here:
KRYTEN:Yes, we can go to any time period in history.
RIMMER: Well for me it would be 19th Century Europe as one of Napoleon’s army Generals. The chance to stomp around killing Belgians! Marvellous!
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