Belgium v USA Match of the Day Live


Belgium v USA

Gary Lineker with live coverage from Salvador as the rising stars of Belgium take on 'group of death' survivors the United States. With commentators Steve Wilson and Danny Murphy.


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is in in. Unbelievable. Argentina are through.

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With messy and Argentina squeezing through, we know that seven of the

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eight World Cup quarterfinalist -- Messi. Belgium face the USA to the

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final spot and it could all get rather animated. In a nation's time

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of need, 23 men have come together from across the world to wear the

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red white and blue and fight for glory, bringing with them different

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superpowers. From England, extendable limbs. From Germany,

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superhuman strength from within. And from Captain America himself,

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lightning strength and a will to win. Together they have formed a

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force field shielding them from the threat of elimination. Their leader

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on this quest is already a true World Cup superhero. But they will

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have to have their wits about them as they face the young, inventive

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and fearless stars of Belgium. They will be hoping to make the headlines

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and build up -- live up to them build up as genuine contenders. They

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have always seem to have the story on the opponents. With their faces

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familiar all over the world, there can be no hiding place if they find

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themselves in a tricky spot tonight. In this long overdue World Cup

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sequel, these two nations will do battle for supreme justice in

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Salvador. Yes, indeed. The two teams have not

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met competitively since the 3-0 win at the USA is the first ever so --

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first-ever World Cup in 1930 when they finish third. Jurgen

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Klinsmann's men are looking to join the Germans in the quarterfinal.

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Belgium are looking to reach the last eight for only the second time

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in their history. Their best run came in 1986 when they lost in the

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semifinal to Maradona's Argentina. Here in the studio, looking forward

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to this one are Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Chris Waddle. All

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seven of the last 16 games have been very tight with the exception of

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Columbia. But the favourites have always gone through --: B. Do you

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see the same thing happening here -- Colombia. I am putting up a case for

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the USA. I think they've been and they are disciplined no real stars

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in the team. They've done incredibly well to get out of the top group and

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I would not be surprised if you saw exactly the same performance as they

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put up in the first three games. You will see the same again tonight.

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Hopefully, they can hit Belgium on the break with Dempsey upfront.

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Nobody has really grabbed the tournament by the scruff of the

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neck. I hope that Belgium will come alive in this game. We have been

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waiting for it. They almost like the so-called golden generation I came

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from. They have the expectation and pressure on their shoulders. They

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need to come alive and put their stamp on the tournament. How was it

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handling that expectation? We did not coined the phrase ourselves, it

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was put upon us, and these guys are the same is in terms of them being

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great individuals playing at the highest levels for their clubs, but

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can they put it into a team framework for their country? Can

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they do it, it remains to be seen. As many Americans, what they lack in

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talent they seem to make up for with determination. That is what they are

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all about. They have not got a star player, they just work hard. The

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Americans have always relied on fitness, and they can cover the

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ground, they are well-organised and they will give everyone a game, but

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they lack that bit of quality in the final third, and if they could find

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a player like that, they could progress. This is the first time

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Belgium have qualified for a major tournament since 2002, the players

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and fans alike think this might be the start of something big.

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Belgium, in my eyes, are one of the better squads in the tournament.

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Quality, the likes of Hazard, Fellaini. Until it is proven

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otherwise, I don't believe any team is stronger than mine. Belgium are

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into the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup. This World Cup might be the

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breakthrough moment for the USA, but arguably it is the second

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breakthrough moment for Belgium, the second golden generation after the

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Enzo Sheaffer led team of the 1980s. They might be a tiny country in

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terms of stature and population against their opponents, but on the

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football pitch there is no doubt that Belgium are the Goliath. The

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watchword of qualifying was unity. The make us proud campaign was the

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galvanising of the relationship between the team and supporters in a

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way that was unprecedented. And it worked as well. Qualification was a

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breeze. But in the group stages here they

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have started, as much as a team can start when winning all of their

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games and finishing top of the start when winning all of their

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group. Lukaku was a major disappointment. You see him there.

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He did not show that on the pitch. It is a different kind of pressure

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to deal with. I don't think we've been in a position like this, we

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have always been the underdogs. If you analyse the team in a physical

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and tactical way, they are as good as anyone. Psychologically, have

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they got the know-how of previous experiences? Looking back at Spain,

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it was so hard to win that first tournament, so you are psychically

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unknown. -- psychologically. We are careful, but at the same

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time, we believe, and we This is the Belgium starting

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line-up. Courtois yet to be on the losing side in 20 international

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appearances. Captain Vincent Kompany has overcome a groin injury to

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play. Van Buyten is the only player in the Belgium squad with previous

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World Cup experience having played in South Korea and Japan 12 years

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ago. Axel Witsel is one of the first names on the team sheet according to

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the coach, Marc Wilmots, and no player has completed more passes

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than him. Marrow way in Fellaini will play further forward. --

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Mullaney will play further forward. Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard have

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created chances and provided assists. Divock Origi starts up

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front instead of Romelu Lukaku, who is yet to record a shot on target in

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this World Cup. The star man going forward, Hazard, and you have played

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against him. What is his bread? He is -- what is his threat? He is

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great to watch, exposing, and when he shoots he gets the shots off

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early. He can do what he wants. When he gets the ball, you don't know

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what he he gets the ball, you don't know

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ways. He is quick enough to go on the outside and come back on the

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stronger foot. If he improves his goal-scoring return, this guy could

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be one of the best players in the world in a couple of years. He was

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unplayable in France, and he's starting to get that kind of form in

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a Chelsea shirt. A bit more consistency required? That is part

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of the problem when he has played for Belgium, and that is the job of

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the manager to get that out of him and make a team performance and get

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his strengths out. Chris, shaking your head there. I

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played on the wing and it was hard, and you rely on service, and you get

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judged on what you do with the football. For him, he could get them

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out of the game, if you cut his line off and get tight, he's out the

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game. He has to say to him, there is your shirt, go and play. He can win

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football matches. What about Origi upfront? A big call. I've been

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impressed with him. You look for guys to come on and change the game,

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and he's done that. He has pace, he is direct, and that is the one thing

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they have lacked with Lukaku or Mirallas. He is quick. One-on-one,

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he is 19 years old, and he is Mirallas. He is quick. One-on-one,

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on and playing with no fear. Very good vision, the delivery is

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excellent. We showed his goal where he pulls off a defender. That is

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clever. I have seen other guys try to get in there on the far post, but

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he just drops off and set one up here for Vertonghen, a big call, but

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the right call because the other two have not delivered. They are just

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out of form. If the US make the quarterfinals they will match their

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previous best. Off the pitch, Klinsmann and his men have captured

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the imagination of the Americans like never before. This calls for a

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proper anchor. Let's do this. USA making a bright start, and maybe

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a chance already for Dempsey. Perfect start to the 2014 World Cup.

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Ever since I started watching football in the 70s when LA watched

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the New York Cosmos, I've been waiting for football to explode in

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the United States -- when LA joined. 3400 tweets per minute. The

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United States up to 21 in the opening game of the World Cup. I am

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so pumped up about the USA soccer team. USA! USA!

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Jones, it is the equaliser. It is in. Late drama, and almost the last

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kick of the game. The United States have turned many doubters into

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believers, and I am one of them. We have looked at the scheduled for

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Thursday to see how we can peak in some peaks of the game and we will

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watch on the International Space Station. What will you do, Germany,

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when the US soccer team runs wild on you? Yes, they lost the game

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tonight, but they have won the battle. Look at the smile on Jurgen

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Klinsmann's space. Nobody, and I mean nobody, the US had a chance of

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the group. We were in the group of death, but we got through, so you

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can say the chances are there to win the World Cup. I believe that we

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will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I

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believe that we will win! Or rather understated, as you might

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expect. A big factor in that explosion of interest is Jurgen

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Klinsmann, and here is his team for the night. Tim Howard lines up and

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he made his international debut 12 years ago. DeMarcus Beasley winces

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120th cap today at left-back. Fabian Johnson has been one of the star

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performers at right back. Jermaine Jones will be the holding midfielder

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with Michael Bradley, and Stoke City's Geoff Cameron is called into

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the side. And Clint Dempsey leads the line with four goals in nine

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World Cup matches, including two so far in Brazil. Allen, you've been

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impressed with the organisational skills of the US. -- Alan Shearer.

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Yes, and the togetherness. Jurgen Klinsmann has them organised. Every

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single one of them knows their job inside and out, and that is what

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they do very well. They have got the two banks of four players and they

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will say to Belgium, OK, try and break through us because they are

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solid and they are tight and ARA unit. They work very hard and they

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are all disciplined, exactly the same thing, one defender goes in,

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one comes out and the other one drops in. Don't be surprised if you

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see that again tonight. There are nine guys there. They are tight. It

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will have to be a Hazard at the top of his game. This is what they can

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do. They have to send it. They will wait until they get their

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opportunity. If they can do this, they will hit you on the break. They

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should actually score. Three or four in the box. They can attack if given

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the opportunity. You questioned if they have the quality in the

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knockout stages. I think they have had a great journey. I think Belgium

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will take control of this game. The underdogs have managed to hang on

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for quite a long time. Yes. This could be similar. USA could hold

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on, but it is just the quality that Belgium will have at the top of

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their game. I think Hazard could be the guy who changes the game. Not

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think the USA considers the underdogs. Their coach has got them

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so well organised. It will be difficult to beat them. A lot of

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players play in the Premier League and a lot of people will support

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those players. They are quite popular. I've be supporting them. I

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know them and they hope they do really well. I have played with Tim

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Howard as well. I think it will be a good contest. I'd think Ofgem has

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better quality. It is the -- I think Belgium have that are quality.

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Argentina await the winners. Let's join our commentators. Good evening.

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Salvador is the World Cup capital city of goals.

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21 goals in four games here in what was the first capital city of

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Brazil. The current capital is the destination for one of these teams

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in the finals, and Argentina will -- in the quarterfinals. All seven

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group winners are through to the semifinals. The Belgium and them

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first. He their last four cups. This is as

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far as Belgium has gotten. The only other USA-Belgium meeting

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in the World Cup with the -- was July 1934. France were winning

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against Mexico in eight to print Stadium across the city. Belgium

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were one of only four teams to win all three of their group games, but

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they have only been in front for a total of 24 minutes in this World

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Cup. And behold, their performance has a disappointment. -- on the

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whole. Lukaku oh is expected to has a disappointment. -- on the

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Liverpool after the World Cup. The referee is Algerian. This is an

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appointment which has been criticised by the US coach. The

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United States have drawn one and lost one so far. They played an

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astonishing 27 games, losing only four. Belgium have played only 13

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matches since they met in Cleveland. The exclusion of Kyle Beckerman is

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not a surprise. Geoff Cameron of Stoke City take the place in

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midfield. The only other change is Bedoya for Davis. Just how relaxed

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and smiling the coach for the USA is. He is going to be the most

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relaxed man in the Stadium. He has seen it and done it. It is going to

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be a fascinating contest. A little bit of bias towards the USA, with my

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crazy brother in law, but I am fancying Belgium, with their pace

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and power and creativity. Hazard has yet to set this World Cup alight.

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The referee and happy fourth up from right to left in the first 45

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minutes. A sultry evening in Salvador. This, over the Gonzalez.

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Number 20, Cameron, on the ball there. He is a good athlete. I am

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sure he has played there before. there. He is a good athlete. I am

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Good save by Tim Howard. Nearly scored after 40 seconds. Great

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start. That is the pace he has got. Electric pain. -- pace. A very good

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tournament for Mertens so far. It is cleared away. Clint Dempsey. Good

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save, then Howard. Right from the off.

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It is interesting with because Beckham was quite impressive

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in his three games. The coach has told the US journalists that

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Beckerman is fit. Another corner. The point being made -- the point

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you made not long before the teams have gone in with the point you

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made. He feels Geoff Cameron is more athletic and more suitable. Which is

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understandable. Mertens with this corner. They have started strongly.

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Over the top of Origi. Belgium have to think about defence. Took it away

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from phase macro -- Bedoya. Belgium free kick. United States were pretty

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content, they lost 1-0 in that game. It had him for hours less

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recovery time. Recovery time key. It is an important factor in the way

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the US play. It is a high tempo game. They need their rest periods.

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They don't have the ball very much, they tend to give away possession

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and play on the counterattack, so they will need all their energy

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against this Belgian side. The United States have travelled more

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than any other nation, over 10,000 miles, and Belgium have travelled

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under 2000 miles. What you can expect and hope you

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have already thought, if a game with some piece about it. Some have

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suggested the Belgian side has not been tested yet. In the last game

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they played the majority and still managed to beat the Koreans 1-0. It

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has shown good talk tour so far. Here is Origi tussling with Bradley.

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Pepsi is off and moving. -- Dempsey.

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Thomas Vermaelen is out of action, though Belgium are hoping that he

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might be available if they reach the last eight. The coach of the USA

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team has a full set to choose from. Possession conceded cheaply by the

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United States. The Tongan. Kevin De Bruyne running behind that he won't

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trouble Tim Howard -- Vertonghen. I'm disappointed to see Mousa

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Dembele not playing, I think he gives them an extra spark in

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midfield. Speaking to them this morning, he had a knock in training

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yesterday, so maybe that is why. Here is DeMarcus Beasley getting

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forward. Fellaini getting onto him. Onto the net of Thibaut Courtois,

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but good to see DeMarcus Beasley willing to get forward and able to

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get forward. Going down the left flank for the US from left-back.

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Aldo Wear it forward for Origi. -- Aldo Wyer old.

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Disappointed end of the tournament with the home

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nation him out. Cameron The chase is on here. Bedoya has

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done well. No white shirts in the box. Bradley available here. Jones

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helps it on, looking for Dempsey, well anticipated Bayan Vertonghen.

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helps it on, looking for Dempsey, Origi is onside -- well anticipated

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by Yann Vertonghen. Origi is onside -- well anticipated

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that the US, when they commit men forward, when it breaks down, they

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are open, and that is what Belgium will look to do, play on the

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counterattack with the pace of Origi and Hazard. A bit more care, and

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would have been through. The impressive Fabian Johnson. He has

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been wonderful, hasn't he? Really terrific. Athletic, good footballer.

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Borussia M?nchengladbach have done well and signed him up from

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Hoffenheim before the World Cup. He has possibly been the most

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impressive writeback I've seen in the tournament. -- right back. It's

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been a tournament in which the tournament. -- right back. It's

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number nines have been conspicuous by their absence, and the number

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tens have been the key to a lot of the victories. I don't mean

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literally the number nines and the number tens, but those who play in

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that position. Lukaku is one of the number nines who has not really

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shone. I feel a bit for him. A lot of pressure, still young, probably

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only played a season and a half in the Premier League and still

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learning the game and people expect such big things. A good charging run

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from Fabian Johnson and he is unable to keep the ball in play.

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from Fabian Johnson and he is unable side trained here in the build up to

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the game. The fact -- Fifa requested that they save the playing surface

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by playing and training across on the other stadium. That is quite an

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by playing and training across on impressive stadium, and I saw it

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from the air yesterday. Vincent Kompany puts it forward.

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Speaking about number tens, Eden Hazard, who is not really in number

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ten for Belgium, but can play their, I wonder what his best

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position is, playing behind the striker on the left, as he has done

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so often in the World Cup. This goes towards Fellaini, and the referee's

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whistle is blown. What you get with him wherever he plays is creativity

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and the ability to beat people and create goals. The question

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and the ability to beat people and the end of the season was defensive

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responsibilities when tracking back. Especially against somebody like

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Johnson. It will be an interesting battle stop -- battle. Matt Besler

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for the United States. That will carry all the way through to

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Courtois. Messages from all quarters of the USA, one from Mike Tyson this

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morning. I understand that Chicago, home of the Bears is filled up with

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supporters of the United States team watching on big screens. Aldo Wear

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a. The referee's whistle goes against the American and in the

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favour of Belgian. -- Belgium. Geoff Cameron using the pressure we talked

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about. He will Cameron using the pressure we talked

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minute piece. That is of Beazley. -- a minute's peace. -- that is off

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DeMarcus Beasley. De Bruyne lurking on the edge of the

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penalty area. Fellaini with the flick on. A lack of understanding

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results in a needless corner put behind by Geoff

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results in a needless corner put was behind him. He couldn't have

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heard the call. There was nobody behind him. Given away a needless

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corner. Dries Mertens to take. Vincent Kompany has trotted

:35:14.:35:16.

forward. Belay -- Fellaini in there as well. Cameron, out. It's going to

:35:17.:35:24.

come back in, onto the right foot Besler. And then a foul by

:35:25.:35:32.

Alderweireld on DeMarcus Beasley which is given the US an escape

:35:33.:35:39.

route. Marc Wilmots is pointing and gesturing. Member of four Belgian

:35:40.:35:41.

World Cup squads himself. Gonzalez again. Johnson, outside

:35:42.:35:53.

him. Hitting the back of Jan Vertonghen.

:35:54.:36:22.

Good play from the USA, weathering the early few minutes and the little

:36:23.:36:26.

scare from Origi. Finding their way into the game nicely.

:36:27.:36:30.

Eden Hazard. Axel Witsel, up towards Origi. Did well, Cameron. DeMarcus

:36:31.:36:43.

Beasley. A man down on the far side, and that is Divock Origi.

:36:44.:36:56.

The physio will come under the young man who had the chance after 40

:36:57.:37:01.

seconds to open the scoring. Just catches him a bit late there.

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Besler on Origi. Hopefully he will be all right to carry on. It would

:37:13.:37:16.

have been a huge blow to concede so early. Just have to be careful with

:37:17.:37:22.

the high line when you play against players with such pace, giving them

:37:23.:37:25.

the yards to run into. We've already seen twice that on the counterattack

:37:26.:37:31.

Belgium of the thread. Nothing wrong with keeping your shape. And keeping

:37:32.:37:36.

those two banks of four players solid and building into the game,

:37:37.:37:38.

which they have done in the group stages. He is back on the pitch.

:37:39.:37:55.

I would be fascinated no of Thibaut Courtois has been given any promises

:37:56.:38:01.

by Jose Mourinho about his place in the goalkeeping order at Stamford

:38:02.:38:05.

by Jose Mourinho about his place in Bridge next season. DeMarcus

:38:06.:38:09.

Beasley, that's a foul. Dries Mertens with it. One thing that is

:38:10.:38:19.

important about that Oie is that he's a terrific goalkeeper -- about

:38:20.:38:25.

that boy. Such a young guy, he's so -- shows such calmness. Cameron.

:38:26.:38:29.

This time it is a Belgium throne. -- throw stop -- throw. Just a little

:38:30.:39:06.

something between Jones and Fellaini, but not much. You don't

:39:07.:39:09.

need that. No, we don't. And interloper on the field of

:39:10.:39:23.

play. 15 minutes play, Belgium might have taken the

:39:24.:39:25.

play. 15 minutes play, Belgium might but the US have settled the ship

:39:26.:39:31.

since then and there seems to be a marked lack of urgency about getting

:39:32.:39:36.

our friend here off the pitch. I think Jurgen Klinsmann will be the

:39:37.:39:42.

happier of the managers. Other than the first chance, after

:39:43.:39:45.

happier of the managers. Other than they've been reasonably comfortable.

:39:46.:39:48.

It is Belgium who we expect to make the play and the attacks and put

:39:49.:39:50.

pressure on the US, but so far the play and the attacks and put

:39:51.:39:54.

haven't, really. They have not played with the tempo we expect from

:39:55.:40:05.

players like De Bruyne and Hasn't. -- Hazard. My suspicion is a

:40:06.:40:09.

Brazilian prison cell is not the best place to spend the night. I can

:40:10.:40:15.

agree with you. Bradley has given it away. That's careless. Origi inside.

:40:16.:40:25.

agree with you. Bradley has given it Cameron did enough. One of the

:40:26.:40:27.

things that the has in this tournament. Gave the

:40:28.:40:34.

ball away has in this tournament. Gave the

:40:35.:40:51.

Johnson. Jan Vertonghen. DeMarcus Beasley with a clearance. Vincent

:40:52.:40:54.

Kompany's header. Zusi here. Dempsey. Look at Johnson, sprinting

:40:55.:41:07.

ahead. Bradley, working it wide. Cut out by Alderweireld. Would have been

:41:08.:41:10.

behind Bedoya anyway. That is a public challenge, and Geoff Cameron

:41:11.:41:20.

will surely get a yellow card here. -- the public challenge. Took out

:41:21.:41:28.

Dries Mertens. -- a bad challenge. Trying to uses energy and

:41:29.:41:30.

athleticism to let him know he's there, but silly to get a yellow

:41:31.:41:36.

card so early. The point about Bradley, maybe he could have done

:41:37.:41:39.

more in terms of attacking play, but is running stats, he has been 15 or

:41:40.:41:47.

20% more than anyone in his team, so he's

:41:48.:41:48.

20% more than anyone in his team, so quality not there. Eden

:41:49.:41:52.

A threat down both flanks for taking it away from Bedoya.

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A threat down both flanks for Belgium. Dries Mertens on one side,

:42:04.:42:09.

Hazard on the other. Witsel. Alderweireld. Bedoya got a foot in.

:42:10.:42:18.

That is very of play from Kevin De Bruyne.

:42:19.:42:31.

The former Scotland team manager, and German manager, assisting Jurgen

:42:32.:42:39.

Klinsmann, the man who won Euro 96. Vincent Kompany. Poor touch from

:42:40.:42:49.

Dempsey, unlike him. Just running at the back four,

:42:50.:42:52.

Dempsey, unlike him. Just running at his first touch. Zusi. Johnson,

:42:53.:43:00.

trying to test Jan Vertonghen. That is a corner kick. It's a good ball,

:43:01.:43:06.

they should look at it more often. He has got the legs over Jan

:43:07.:43:11.

Vertonghen. Playing the blind ball and letting players run at it, that

:43:12.:43:16.

gets the team up, and now they have a corner. Sensible play. It will be

:43:17.:43:22.

taken by Graham Zusi for the United States.

:43:23.:43:31.

Six, seven white shirts up to the corner kick. Up went Cameron. Almost

:43:32.:43:39.

fell beautifully for Dempsey, but not quite, trying to take on Vincent

:43:40.:43:43.

Kompany who would not be beaten. Origi, FEC is the run of Hazard.

:43:44.:43:51.

DeMarcus Beasley pixies pocket. Has to get his head up, as a man over.

:43:52.:43:56.

Didn't look, a bit of awareness. A bad touch. Lost the chance. That is

:43:57.:44:04.

from America's corner. Again, it's the counterattack when talking

:44:05.:44:10.

about. Lovely ball around the corner, Dempsey into Bradley.

:44:11.:44:14.

Dempsey. Courtois saves. Great stuff. Good play.

:44:15.:44:21.

Dempsey again. Just up under his feet, his left foot. -- stuck under

:44:22.:44:34.

his feet. This is a very, very promising match for the last place

:44:35.:44:39.

in the last eight of the 2014 World Cup. Here goes Eden Hazard. Blocked

:44:40.:44:47.

by Besler. Witsel. Jan Vertonghen. Axel Witsel. Eden Hazard. Jan

:44:48.:44:55.

Vertonghen. Kevin De Bruyne onside. Origi in the middle. Headed out by

:44:56.:44:59.

Gonzales. Alderweireld back in. Two or three standing in an offside

:45:00.:45:05.

position. Tim Howard gets the moving, quickly. Here is DeMarcus

:45:06.:45:10.

Beasley. Bedoya wanted it. Dempsey trying to feed it back.

:45:11.:45:17.

Ebb and flow, this way and that, it is great. Just opened up a couple of

:45:18.:45:23.

minutes, but great pressure from minutes, but great pressure from

:45:24.:45:26.

Bradley to win it back. Here is Bradley again. Cameron. DeMarcus

:45:27.:45:33.

Beasley. Bedoya in the middle. Vincent Kompany, away. You have to

:45:34.:45:41.

say, Fellaini, trying to get back in position, it is slow motion. He has

:45:42.:45:49.

to try a bit harder to get back in. Dempsey, running into that man,

:45:50.:45:53.

Fellaini. Origi holding it up, turning. Besler. Captain played by

:45:54.:45:57.

Dries Mertens. Now Fellaini. Gonzalez. Zusi has been caught in

:45:58.:46:09.

possession. In real trouble here. Zusi lost it. Jan Vertonghen can go

:46:10.:46:15.

either way. Kevin De Bruyne puts it wide. Brilliant chants, loses in

:46:16.:46:27.

midfield. Jan Vertonghen picks the pants -- pass.

:46:28.:46:32.

A player of his quality, top goal-scoring qualifying, top in

:46:33.:46:39.

assists. He will be disappointed with himself. Best chance of the

:46:40.:46:45.

game so far. All came from sloppy play in the middle of the park. It

:46:46.:46:47.

was Zusi lost the ball. Yes, play in the middle of the park. It

:46:48.:46:52.

What a let off for him. Huge. Courtois. Alderweireld. And again.

:46:53.:47:11.

Origi trying to get him behind. Besler at the place to stick with

:47:12.:47:20.

him. -- had the pace. Every good attack from Belgian has come through

:47:21.:47:23.

counterattack or turnover of possession. That is when the USA

:47:24.:47:28.

will be most vulnerable, when they have the ball themselves. Origi. Of

:47:29.:47:35.

the outstretched toe of DeMarcus Beasley. The reason I say that is

:47:36.:47:40.

when they set up and have the two banks of four, they look quite

:47:41.:47:41.

solid. Belgian corner. In the three matches they have

:47:42.:47:57.

played, this is as well as I have seen Belgium play. Dries Mertens

:47:58.:48:05.

with the corner. Fellaini the back post, over him, and there holding

:48:06.:48:12.

going on. The World Cup is not about how you start, it's how you finish,

:48:13.:48:17.

which is a cliche, but if you improve through the tournament...

:48:18.:48:23.

Yes, this is the Dempsey chants, couldn't get it out of his feet.

:48:24.:48:28.

Takes it first touch. Comfortable save for Courtois -- Dempsey chance.

:48:29.:48:32.

Can see the disappointment in his face.

:48:33.:48:57.

Jan Vertonghen. Jurgen Klinsmann I be worried about the retention. Jan

:48:58.:49:03.

Vertonghen, could have pulled it back to Origi but it is a way as he

:49:04.:49:07.

aimed for Fellaini. DeMarcus Beasley did well. He played it too late.

:49:08.:49:15.

Eden Hazard here. Almost a carbon copy of the goal they scored late

:49:16.:49:19.

against Russia. Eden Hazard teeing up Origi.

:49:20.:49:45.

Axel Witsel. They say if you want goals in the World Cup, this is the

:49:46.:49:51.

place to come, Salvador. We haven't had any yet, but I wouldn't put a

:49:52.:49:55.

lot of money on this finishing 0-0. Nor would I. Fellaini was the right

:49:56.:50:01.

ball if he had played it earlier. Eden Hazard here. Hazard. Cameron

:50:02.:50:16.

got footing. -- got a foot in. Vincent Kompany. The collision

:50:17.:50:24.

between DeMarcus Beasley and Origi, both are OK, it was accidental. Jan

:50:25.:50:28.

Vertonghen, he spent a fair amount of time up the field in the last

:50:29.:50:31.

five minutes and he has won a corner. He has had some joy, Jan

:50:32.:50:40.

Vertonghen, Zusi has lost a couple of time, and there is a man over on

:50:41.:50:47.

the far side. He has to switch on. It only takes a couple of seconds

:50:48.:50:51.

and you have lost the full-back. Dries Mertens to take it. Taken

:50:52.:50:56.

and you have lost the full-back. by Gonzalez. Jones just beat Origi

:50:57.:50:59.

in the by Gonzalez. Jones just beat Origi

:51:00.:51:05.

scrap with Alderweireld which was won by the Belgian. Cameron. Gives

:51:06.:51:06.

it won by the Belgian. Cameron. Gives

:51:07.:51:26.

he's in the mood today. Theory goes. Hazard -- here he goes. Gonzalez,

:51:27.:51:30.

knocking it between one ankle and then the other like a pinball. It's

:51:31.:51:36.

a corner. Popping up in the holes like you does at Chelsea, hard to

:51:37.:51:41.

pick up. When he starts running, with that balance and boys,

:51:42.:51:46.

difficult to contain. The six Belgian corner already. A

:51:47.:51:57.

difficult to contain. The six it to bounce, and that gives Jan

:51:58.:51:58.

Vertonghen something to do. They Vertonghen something to do. They

:51:59.:52:02.

might have a problem because Zusi can play it to Dempsey. Covering

:52:03.:52:09.

might have a problem because Zusi Brilliant defending, good break away

:52:10.:52:14.

from the US. Four players at the Belgium. Eden Hazard. He went a hot

:52:15.:52:21.

from the US. Four players at the say. So much for the tight game we

:52:22.:52:26.

talked about. These two having a real go. Just what we want to see.

:52:27.:52:40.

The kick-off time will help both. 5:30pm local time, so not the full

:52:41.:52:48.

heat of the day. The sun is setting as we speak. They don't need Fabian

:52:49.:52:56.

Johnson to get injured. , a great turnaround. He could have played it.

:52:57.:53:01.

As soon as he took the touch, the defender back inside. Zusi switching

:53:02.:53:09.

off. He was caught ball watching. DeMarcus Beasley, good defending.

:53:10.:53:19.

Origi here. The brine in the middle. Dries Mertens getting forward.

:53:20.:53:22.

Ricocheting into Geoff Cameron -- the brine -- De Bruyne in the

:53:23.:53:31.

middle. Howard's first thought, every time, is to get the US moving

:53:32.:53:39.

forward. We saw it on the replay, problem with Fabian Johnson. This

:53:40.:53:45.

would be a big blow, because he looks to get -- good get out down

:53:46.:53:47.

the right with Fabian -- Jan Vertonghen. Fabian Johnson, who's

:53:48.:53:54.

played in each of the games, and he has pulled up. That doesn't look

:53:55.:54:00.

good. Doesn't look good at all. Already got strapping on it. You

:54:01.:54:04.

know what is surprisingly. The central defender went off with

:54:05.:54:24.

hamstring problem in the first game. They have already made a decision

:54:25.:54:31.

that Yedlin is going to come on and it will be a straight positional

:54:32.:54:46.

change. Yedlin will come on. This is a big

:54:47.:54:55.

blow. I was talking earlier about the people who didn't witness and it

:54:56.:55:01.

was intimated that the stucco type of witness -- the people who did the

:55:02.:55:17.

thickness. The arguably losing their best player. Yedlin on, Jonathan

:55:18.:55:27.

off. -- John. And purged a bunch of my friends who

:55:28.:55:49.

works... Even Hazard a got back to help out.

:55:50.:56:26.

A good start. Confident, quick. Give me the ball. I'd think the visitors

:56:27.:56:45.

have really enjoyed themselves in Salvador. This is a vibrant and

:56:46.:56:53.

colourful baby them at the moment. Best record Stadium at the moment.

:56:54.:57:02.

-- Stadium at the moment. Brilliant stuff and

:57:03.:57:38.

Perhaps click to is the most reliable goal-scorer. PA. -- the

:57:39.:57:53.

booth. Heathcliff Dempsey, he is always wrong place at the right

:57:54.:57:55.

time. This should be proud of how well

:57:56.:58:02.

they have performed to stop --. Just over ten minutes to go in the

:58:03.:58:32.

first half. The Kompany. That was handball, I think. Fellaini, who has

:58:33.:58:52.

not proved to be a fight. They have not had any big books haters.

:58:53.:59:22.

Good advantage. Lots of white shirts. That is the one time you

:59:23.:59:40.

want him to go and left the stop -- on his left. That is going to be a

:59:41.:00:02.

big help put a bow by to stop -- by De Bruyne will stop --.

:00:03.:00:29.

Four years ago I've both in the town and my phone rang and a. I would be

:00:30.:00:42.

bound to by someone in the office, but Yedlin had asked me who was

:00:43.:00:50.

feeding on the game tonight and they spent half an hour on the phone with

:00:51.:01:14.

him. A weekend top. -- he won everybody's hearts when he came to

:01:15.:01:19.

Tottenham. Jan Vertonghen with the overlap. That will be a goal kick.

:01:20.:01:28.

Been a very enjoyable game so far. I'm not sure what Fellaini's role

:01:29.:01:32.

is. He's not linking the play or playing as

:01:33.:01:33.

is. He's not linking the play or De Bruyne is doing that. I always

:01:34.:01:39.

think he's better suited when he is high up or getting on the end of

:01:40.:01:42.

things or protecting the back four. At the moment he's not doing either.

:01:43.:01:49.

Yedlin, the substitute. A good ball in, and just too high for Dempsey.

:01:50.:01:56.

Daniel Van Buyten jumped with him. What a superb defensive header that

:01:57.:01:57.

is. Zusi, too high for What a superb defensive header that

:01:58.:02:06.

Jan Vertonghen. -- out. What a superb defensive header that

:02:07.:02:15.

that's not like me. Good cross from Yedlin though. It was. He has

:02:16.:02:21.

that's not like me. Good cross from -- done two things well and one

:02:22.:02:22.

badly. -- done two things well and one

:02:23.:02:33.

bad ball. De Bruyne. Under pressure from Yedlin. Origi. Eden Hazard.

:02:34.:02:44.

Dries Mertens. Alderweireld available. Mertens drives it in.

:02:45.:03:46.

Besler knocks it away. That is his third poor cross into minutes. He's

:03:47.:03:54.

got to do better. His approach work was very good against Russia, but

:03:55.:03:59.

the end product didn't match it. And he hasn't run that out of play for a

:04:00.:04:06.

USA throw. Yes, he is a talent, he is quick. He got the goal coming on

:04:07.:04:15.

as substitute. Good finishing. That was against Algeria. In the first

:04:16.:04:25.

game against Algeria yes. Timing has been the keeper Belgian with late

:04:26.:04:28.

goals in all the matches. Yedlin is flying down the wing. Dempsey

:04:29.:04:32.

arriving in the middle and Bedoya. Great pull-back, and Jones couldn't

:04:33.:04:35.

finish it. Great awareness by Yedlin. A bit of an air shot by

:04:36.:04:38.

Jones. Bradley. Brilliant break from Yedlin. He's

:04:39.:04:59.

impressed me since he came on. De Bruyne. Vertonghen. Deflection on

:05:00.:05:02.

that. Yellow card the Vincent Kompany.

:05:03.:05:25.

Dashboard Vincent Kompany. -- for Vincent Kompany. Is coming down the

:05:26.:05:32.

side where Yan Vertonghen is, because Hazard is not coming back.

:05:33.:05:38.

Three times the right backers come bombing down and Hazard has not been

:05:39.:05:44.

there. If you play down the left-hand side, you have to track

:05:45.:05:54.

the full-back. Zusi. Yedlin. I apologise to Jermaine Jones in the

:05:55.:05:59.

US midfield. It was actually Graham juicy -- Zusi with the shot. Jones.

:06:00.:06:09.

A little ricochet taking it through to Vincent Kompany. Van Buyten

:06:10.:06:13.

Alderweireld. De Bruyne. Alderweireld here. Another lovely

:06:14.:06:32.

ball. Jan Vertonghen. Deflection on the cross, made it tough for

:06:33.:06:38.

Gonzalez. Belgian corner. Again, Vertonghen getting down the left.

:06:39.:06:45.

Really good when he goes forward, Vertonghen. Just defensively he can

:06:46.:06:51.

be vulnerable. Especially when isolated. Since Yedlin has come on,

:06:52.:06:56.

three times he's got down the right with no pressure from Hazard. A

:06:57.:06:59.

token gesture of running back. Kevin De Bruyne with a corner. Tim

:07:00.:07:14.

Howard with two fists on it. Came off Dries Mertens last. Bedoya gets

:07:15.:07:18.

the decision. US throw. got to this stage of the World Cup,

:07:19.:07:55.

in South Korea, beaten in a very tame, strange performance against

:07:56.:07:58.

Mexico. It's been a very different evening so far this evening here.

:07:59.:08:13.

likes of Mirallas the likes of Fellaini,, if they don't start

:08:14.:08:20.

contributing, they will struggle because some of their players are

:08:21.:08:25.

flat. Zusi. Running at Vertonghen. It's a corner kick. They have now

:08:26.:08:31.

had three, and Belgium have had seven. Zusi to take it.

:08:32.:08:45.

Zusi's ball in. Gonzalez climbed hugely. Courtois, don't know why he

:08:46.:09:00.

punched it. Origi. Three added minutes. Origi, he got away from

:09:01.:09:06.

Jones. Origi. De Bruyne, good try, but straight at Tim Howard. It it

:09:07.:09:14.

early. Yes, good technically, and had no choice really. Add to try and

:09:15.:09:21.

take it early to deceive Tim Howard. Again, a breakaway after the

:09:22.:09:24.

American attack. Vertonghen. He would have been quite

:09:25.:09:43.

pleased to see Fabian Johnson going off injured but, to be honest, this

:09:44.:09:47.

young fellow is not giving him much of a break, is he? They are

:09:48.:09:52.

similar. Athletic, love getting forward. Skilful. Not exactly a

:09:53.:09:59.

night off for Vertonghen. That is for sure. Here is Yedlin. Van

:10:00.:10:05.

Buyten. Don't know where that's going. Going to Dries Mertens, who

:10:06.:10:09.

has done well. Witsel now for Belgium. For wrapping this attack.

:10:10.:10:16.

Eden Hazard. Chased by Yedlin -- four up in this attack.

:10:17.:10:21.

Bradley, back to help out as well. Has tried to get between the two of

:10:22.:10:28.

them. He has at least one corner. Good defending. Stood on his feet,

:10:29.:10:32.

did not dive in. Good body shape. De Bruyne, to take it for Belgium.

:10:33.:10:48.

Vincent Kompany is come forward. Van Buyten as well. The header that met

:10:49.:10:53.

it was that Jones. Jones was then pushed. That was by Daniel Van

:10:54.:10:59.

Buyten. This is the early chance from De

:11:00.:11:09.

Bruyne, didn't quite wrap is foot around it enough. Easy stop for Tim

:11:10.:11:13.

Howard. -- he is foot. around it enough. Easy stop for Tim

:11:14.:11:17.

play from Belgium is coming down the left, and all the good play from the

:11:18.:11:19.

US is left, and all the good play from the

:11:20.:11:23.

mainly because the wide men are not defending properly. They keep

:11:24.:11:27.

getting caught out and not tracking the runners. If I was the full-back

:11:28.:11:31.

I would be screaming at them the runners. If I was the full-back

:11:32.:11:37.

me out, because it is Jan Vertonghen and Yedlin who have to do all the

:11:38.:11:40.

work when they are two against one. A Belgium throw. Jurgen Klinsmann a

:11:41.:11:46.

few seconds away from getting his side into the dressing room.

:11:47.:11:56.

The referee's whistle brings the first after an end. Belgium have

:11:57.:12:03.

edged it, that the best chance came in the first. Origi denied by Tim

:12:04.:12:07.

Howard, who saved from Kevin De Bruyne. It has been a very pacey,

:12:08.:12:13.

entertaining game in Salvador with the last of the quarterfinal places

:12:14.:12:18.

up for grabs between Belgium and the USA. Half-time, 0-0.

:12:19.:12:24.

Well, goals have been hard to come by in all of the first halves of the

:12:25.:12:30.

first 60. Rodriguez scored, but other than that I can't think of

:12:31.:12:35.

another. But it has been end to end, and it's hard to realise why it is

:12:36.:12:41.

0-0. No goals, but entertaining. The USA are so opening the way that they

:12:42.:12:45.

are attacking and committing men forward, so if they're

:12:46.:12:49.

are attacking and committing men concede a goal, it will be conceded

:12:50.:12:50.

by them getting forward and being hit on the counterattack, but

:12:51.:12:57.

Belgium, the final ball and their play in the final third has been

:12:58.:13:01.

poorer. A little bit more quality in their and they should be

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poorer. A little bit more quality in game because they've had the better

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chances. We've seen game because they've had the better

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It's a similar game to Germany and Algeria. End to end, lots of

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chances, but final finishing lacking. I think the USA are playing

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into Belgian's hands. Belgium look at their best when they

:13:20.:13:22.

counterattack, the likes of Hazard, De Bruyne, Dries Mertens on the

:13:23.:13:29.

other side. Origi on the other side. The pacey showed to get onto that

:13:30.:13:34.

and hit a shot, that was inches from going in. A good save from the

:13:35.:13:39.

keeper but they continue doing that they can get caught. How do you see

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it, Chris? I don't know what America do, they will play the same. The

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squad is similar. It Belgium want to win the game, you have to get Hazard

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as a number ten. I would put Januzaj on the left and Dembele in the

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midfield to make a three and then the front three can win the game. We

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watched Switzerland play this afternoon and they were never going

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to come out of their system and they were quite content to sit and wait

:14:08.:14:11.

over the USA are the opposite. Their attitude is, if we are going to get

:14:12.:14:15.

knocked out, we will get knocked out having a go. It's refreshing to see.

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It is good to see. We watched Switzerland, and while they gave

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themselves the best chance of going through, possibly by penalties, it

:14:25.:14:28.

doesn't make great rearing. It doesn't, but we did not expect this

:14:29.:14:33.

from America. We talked about how organised they were, but they come

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on today, and it is like, we will go out at blazing. They got off to a

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quick start, Belgian, chance in the first minute, and a decent save from

:14:43.:14:48.

Tim Howard. It was about 30 seconds. I liked the movement. He read the

:14:49.:14:52.

game well, spacing behind for him and it's a good touch. A good save

:14:53.:14:59.

from Howard in the end. But that set the tone. Attacking, spacing behind

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the US. They got caught there. I wonder how many strikers do their

:15:06.:15:09.

homework on goalkeepers, because Tim Howard, if you throw one, he tends

:15:10.:15:14.

to sit down. I have played with players who do do their homework,

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and these obviously don't, because I've watched this tournament, and

:15:20.:15:21.

Tom Howard goes down early -- Tim Howard. That should just happen. If

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you're a centre forward, you need to know what the strengths and

:15:28.:15:32.

weaknesses are. Or the defenders. But more importantly, the

:15:33.:15:35.

goalkeeper, what he's good at and not good at. I know that Tim Howard

:15:36.:15:41.

is going down, so the chances are, I might try and lift the ball a bit

:15:42.:15:45.

higher. That is down to the players. With the technology you have got, it

:15:46.:15:51.

is there, and you have the access. I used to go up on the Friday and look

:15:52.:15:55.

at the opponents. It could be a variation of three and I looked all

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of them in depth, so if one of them came off the bench, I knew what I

:15:59.:16:02.

was dealing with. If it's not up to the players,

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was dealing with. If it's not up to the the managers should force you.

:16:04.:16:07.

That is what you need to know. That is a new job, that. There's a job

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and everything else apart from that. Chris, Dempsey, probably the best

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chance for America. Good bit of players well. They have played when

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they have the ball. Very open, the USA, good movement. Going down to

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the right. It is is a quick shot, but that's how he scores. Doesn't

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quite get hold of it. A short bit of backlift, not time to think about

:16:38.:16:42.

it, slightly behind him. Just doesn't get the pace or accuracy

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it, slightly behind him. Just wants. He looked disappointed

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because it was an instinctive finish. This kid looks very good.

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This is the one he pulls back and he finish. This kid looks very good.

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cannot get a strike. He has fizzed it out and put some pace on it.

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Yedlin needs no invitation to get down that side. When they do get

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forward, that is when they are at their most vulnerable. You have to

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get them credit. They are willing to get men forward. You now four

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against three. The ball doesn't connect properly. USA are committing

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men forward there. Just over the halfway line and already you have

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five or six of them looking to attack. If that is what is going to

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break them down, that will be their downfall. They are going to go out.

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The exact thing happens again. The full-back lets them down. He has got

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to pick that ball up earlier, Vertonghen. His head is down. Why

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the time he lists it up, it is to wait. Exactly the same thing again.

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Six of them ahead of the ball. They open themselves up to a

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counterattack. Keep on attacking, but just have one eye behind you

:18:32.:18:44.

also. He is not going to track you. He is basically saying, don't go,

:18:45.:18:49.

but you want it to go. He is playing to the weakness of the opposition.

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Four guys in the box. You have got to admire the way they are playing.

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This is what you have to be wary of. You might just yet punished. -- gets

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punished. The Belgian strikers, when you win that ball, don't pass the

:19:17.:19:21.

ball sideways, get the ball up to us, because they have the pace. The

:19:22.:19:30.

Brazilian love affair with the World Cup seems to be limitless. Even

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children can find themselves blessed or saddled with a permanent

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reminder. You have to say, that is meant

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missing! -- that is magnificent! He has got great

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Apparently there is a Fernandinho named after you,

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Apparently there is a Fernandinho Moving on. As we move on, we thought

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we would look at some of the skills and joy of the last two days.

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Wonderful stuff. If you anything of this World Cup, here is

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how you can catch up. Huge credit to anything of this World Cup, here is

:24:10.:24:21.

all of them, nobody gave them a chance. It had to be Lionel Messi!

:24:22.:24:37.

Has just been handed a bit of paper. 12 of the 15 goals have come

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in the second half or later, so a reason to be cheerful. Let's keep

:24:44.:24:53.

our fingers crossed. There is a more likelihood of goals as the players

:24:54.:24:59.

get more tired. I'd think Belgium have got the better

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get more tired. I'd think Belgium a difference. Eye can see the USA's

:25:02.:25:10.

legs might be getting a bit tired. We can see Fellaini, what is his

:25:11.:25:20.

position? Front man. We have played against him many times. He is

:25:21.:25:28.

difficult to play against. He is awkward. He puts his arms

:25:29.:25:33.

everywhere. He can play midfield, but you get the best out of him...

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He never got to play at Manchester United. His best position is causing

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problems for the centre half. He is going to struggle to play in that

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position. The USA cannot play any other way. They have a little bit

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more quality and fitness. It is other way. They have a little bit

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refreshing to see the way the USA are playing. They do not want to be

:26:15.:26:22.

giving Clint Dempsey to many tries at goal, because he could finish.

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Danny Murphy and Steve Wilson. Thank you very much. The two teams

:26:34.:26:40.

are out there and ready to go, and there has been no half-time

:26:41.:26:46.

substitutions. Jurgen Klinsmann had to make one during play with the

:26:47.:26:53.

right back who was injured, who was replaced by Yedlin, who has kept

:26:54.:27:02.

Vertonghen equally tight. Here we go. Belgium all in red, USA all in

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white. The second half. Both teams have a habit of scoring late. That

:27:16.:27:22.

is good news. Seven out of eight USA... Seven out of the last eight

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USA games, they scored in the second half. Five out of 64 Belgium have

:27:30.:27:36.

come in the last 20 minutes of the game. -- five out of six games for

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Belgium. United States has a free kick. It is not always about goals.

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Both are willing to have a go. America are leaving themselves

:27:59.:27:59.

open. That is out of play and it will be a

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Belgian coming down on this near side. The USA are in their 10th

:28:20.:28:30.

World Cup finals. Semifinalists previously, in a historic occasion

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against Turkey. Belgian's first semifinal since 2002.

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A flick over the top of the crossbar, a good one by Howard. A

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clever little ball. I am not sure Howard needed to make that look as

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extravagant as he did. We will give him the benefit of the doubt. Plenty

:29:16.:29:26.

of time to move his feet. In comes the Belgian corner. Poor delivery.

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Really sloppy. Vertonghen. Belgium broke. Mertens is disappointing me.

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Towards Fellaini. Too many white shirts in there. Knowing the way my

:30:01.:30:13.

predictions have gone, Mertens will probably score a hat-trick. I do not

:30:14.:30:19.

think many people could have predicted what has happened in this

:30:20.:30:34.

World Cup. Mertens is backpedaling. Dempsey waived his right foot,

:30:35.:30:45.

controlled it. Vincent Kompany on a yellow card. If you have just joined

:30:46.:31:00.

us, the Stoke defender is replacing Kyle Beckerman. No injury, just

:31:01.:31:01.

selection. That does not trouble Tim Howard at

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all. I have said enough about his lack of quality. This is his earlier

:31:30.:31:38.

save. He had time to step back and catch that. ABT last -- maybe he

:31:39.:31:55.

lost his bearings. A great thrower. He is a perfectionist.

:31:56.:32:13.

A bit of a target. Mikkel Bradley snapping it.

:32:14.:32:27.

Too much for the liking of the referee. Bradley has covered more

:32:28.:32:37.

ground in this World Cup than any other player, and yearly 24 miles.

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-- nearly 24 miles. He does not stop. Unbelievable athletes. I'd

:32:50.:32:58.

-- nearly 24 miles. He does not not get that from just seeing him,

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I've got that from statistics. It is hard sometimes to sift out the

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thoroughly useless from the little nuggets.

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Here is Bradley. Fellaini is going to have a pop

:33:18.:33:38.

here, not his best effort. It is interesting, there are some

:33:39.:33:40.

interesting statistics, but a lot of them do not matter ultimately. Here

:33:41.:33:58.

is Vincent Kompany, shielding it and winning L Jim a throw in. --

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Belgium. Vincent Kompany did not feature at all in the last group

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game against South Korea. Vertonghen sprinting ahead. Hazard has

:34:15.:34:38.

Van Buyten finds Vincent Kompany. He was trying to feed Mertens but

:34:39.:35:06.

someone was in the way. A free kick to the United States. When the ball

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gets wide, Fellaini is nearly a second striker for the diagonal

:35:24.:35:32.

ball. Hit a few diagonal balls, play off him. He is looking for a long

:35:33.:35:41.

diagonal cross. Lovely ball

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Neither got a touch. William ball from Vertonghen -- are brilliant all

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from Vertonghen. Origi does not anticipate the defender missing it.

:36:19.:36:39.

Eden Hazard here. Immediately under pressure I Jones and proudly -- by

:36:40.:36:54.

Jones and Bradley. A slightly sleepy start to the second half, but it is

:36:55.:37:03.

getting going now. That is a poor shots by De Bruyne. If you are going

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to have him in the team, you have to play to his strengths. Hazard is

:37:21.:37:24.

drifting into central areas, and when he does, the whole pitch opens

:37:25.:37:32.

up to him. He has the ability to go both ways and to meet people. He has

:37:33.:37:41.

options off the bench and he has used them while -- used them well,

:37:42.:37:50.

the Belgian coach. Three of his substitutions have scored for him so

:37:51.:37:58.

far. A good header from Origi and it just smudged the top of the

:37:59.:38:05.

crossbar. Really good cross, good header, Origi. I am not sure whether

:38:06.:38:16.

Howard is the coolest man in the stadium or what. Just across the top

:38:17.:38:24.

of the crossbar. Here goes Vertonghen. He wants it back again.

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Good Vertonghen. He wants it back again.

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really up against it at the moment, United States. That would have been

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goal of the tournament and the competition right there if it had

:38:49.:38:55.

gone in. That would have been as good as anything we have seen. This

:38:56.:39:01.

is the confidence he is playing with. He is getting down the left,

:39:02.:39:05.

getting crosses, great technique. The reason it is happening is

:39:06.:39:11.

because Zusi is just not defending. I cannot believe he is not being

:39:12.:39:16.

screamed at by the bench and by his right back. Bradley has found him.

:39:17.:39:27.

For runners for the USA. They shot the fax. -- this shot to flex. That

:39:28.:39:37.

could have gone anyway. Powerful from Vertonghen.

:39:38.:39:50.

quite get it to Zusi. By Kenneth -- I cannot for the life

:39:51.:40:57.

of me think it is a deliberate tactic by Zusi. I wonder if a

:40:58.:41:11.

substitution will affect things. Mirallas could play as a striker. We

:41:12.:41:13.

will see. Vertonghen. Origi has been brilliantly. So close

:41:14.:41:35.

to sneaking in through Mertens. A great run from Origi. Good, positive

:41:36.:41:46.

run. It is Mertens coming off. This is his last contribution. I do not

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think that is a bad substitution. I do not think Mertens has contributed

:41:52.:41:56.

enough in this game. He causes problems with his pace. His energy,

:41:57.:42:09.

his directness. Mirallas comes on for Mertens. Looks as though he was

:42:10.:42:17.

-- is going to play on the side where Mertens was. Here is Bradley.

:42:18.:42:30.

Yedlin is a handful. A free kick. I was watching Hazard when they were

:42:31.:42:41.

attacking, USA, and I'd find it Dempsey. Bradley. Pace macro, Yedlin

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-- Zusi, Yedlin. Van Buyten cleared it.

:43:19.:43:25.

They might break now. Again by Besler. Good defending.

:43:26.:43:43.

Great tackle. Origi. Play on, says the revelation. Pocket well

:43:44.:43:50.

Great tackle. Origi. Play on, says truly picked by De Bruyne. That is

:43:51.:43:52.

the work ethic. They don't stop, the Americans. Winning it back, that is

:43:53.:43:57.

what has got them Americans. Winning it back, that is

:43:58.:44:01.

place. Alejandro Bedoya picking a the stadium. DeMarcus Beasley.

:44:02.:44:21.

Gonzalez. Yedlin. Yedlin again. Zusi. Couldn't quite take it

:44:22.:44:28.

smoothly, and Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany between them

:44:29.:44:31.

conspire. De Bruyne is onside because he was inside his own half.

:44:32.:44:37.

Kevin De Bruyne. Mirallas is available. Here he is. Fellaini to

:44:38.:44:43.

the right. Kevin morass. Held up, but not stop. Still morass. Still

:44:44.:44:48.

morass. Now De Bruyne. Block by camera -- still Mirallas. Blocked by

:44:49.:44:55.

Cameron. Not sure he needed to come back. Gave the USA defender is a

:44:56.:45:04.

Cameron. Not sure he needed to come chance to get back in. End to end

:45:05.:45:06.

stuff at the moment. Brilliant. Really open.

:45:07.:45:11.

stuff at the moment. Brilliant. back at home might even start to

:45:12.:45:16.

appreciate a goalless game. Vertonghen. Here's hoping.

:45:17.:45:22.

Vertonghen needed to Vertonghen. Here's hoping.

:45:23.:45:25.

out of it before he touched it. This is

:45:26.:45:55.

just getting a breeder. Been under some pressure. Keep the boil

:45:56.:46:01.

dashboard were a little while. -- ball for a little while. Jones

:46:02.:46:07.

jumping the Vincent Kompany. -- with Vincent Kompany. Axel Witsel with

:46:08.:46:16.

the Frick -- quick free kick. Of course the free kick was taken

:46:17.:46:19.

quickly, it's that kind of game. DeMarcus Beasley is in. Great hope

:46:20.:46:26.

after the 1994 World Cup that football would take off in the

:46:27.:46:30.

States, and it didn't really. But it has to be taken pretty seriously

:46:31.:46:34.

now. It is not just a retirement home. It's a nice retirement home,

:46:35.:46:41.

for some, but it's a bit more than that to. They can be really proud of

:46:42.:46:47.

their players, again, tonight. Mirallas. Axel Witsel. Cannoned off

:46:48.:46:58.

the back of Alejandro Bedoya. Putting his body on the line, good

:46:59.:47:00.

defending. Brave. Alderweireld. Deflection on that.

:47:01.:47:17.

Origi couldn't get the touch. De Bruyne finds Fellaini. Jan

:47:18.:47:24.

Vertonghen. A measured ball in, but headed away by Gonzalez. Missed by

:47:25.:47:30.

Graham Zusi. Yedlin, keeping it from hazard. Everything Yedlin does seems

:47:31.:47:37.

to cause his team-mates a problem. He's got a free kick. Yes, I don't

:47:38.:47:45.

think he is aware of switching on when he needs to be inside or

:47:46.:47:49.

outside, passing the players. I'm amazed they haven't made a change,

:47:50.:47:53.

because he looks tired. His defending has been reactive. He sees

:47:54.:47:58.

the problem but it is almost too late. There will be a major

:47:59.:48:06.

tournament held in the US in a couple of years time, and they are

:48:07.:48:12.

tournament held in the US in a hosting the copper America, the

:48:13.:48:12.

tournament held in the US in a centenary edition. All ten South

:48:13.:48:16.

American teams will take part. And six from the Conqueror catheter.

:48:17.:48:21.

Yedlin. Courtois takes it. And he takes it well. Yedlin has got

:48:22.:48:38.

taken from Courtois. Vertonghen. taken from Courtois. Vertonghen.

:48:39.:49:02.

Vincent Kompany, away to Mirallas. Out by Cameron. They can't keep the

:49:03.:49:06.

ball at the moment and the Americans. Need some possession.

:49:07.:49:15.

ball at the moment and the Eden Hazard. Jones has missed it.

:49:16.:49:24.

ball at the moment and the Origi skips away. Good take by Tim

:49:25.:49:31.

Howard. Jones, gesturing to come short. Lost too easily. That is poor

:49:32.:49:39.

from Jones. He looks really tired. Struggling. He has put such a shift

:49:40.:49:48.

in. That is a really good tackle. DeMarcus Beasley at the back for the

:49:49.:49:54.

US. Started the tournament with Geoff Cameron in that position but

:49:55.:49:58.

he had an unfortunate moment or two against Portugal, one of which led

:49:59.:50:03.

to Nani's goal. Gonzalez has come in and done really well. He's done very

:50:04.:50:09.

well. Jan Vertonghen. A decent ball in, and Besler waved a foot. That

:50:10.:50:17.

might have been ill-advised. Bedoya's shanked clearance.

:50:18.:50:21.

Fellaini. Alderweireld. Axel Witsel. Good hit. Tim Howard knew where his

:50:22.:50:28.

post was and he felt he had it covered. A decent strike from

:50:29.:50:35.

Witsel. Patient from Belgium. A few yards wide. This is the header from

:50:36.:50:45.

earlier. Good effort from Divock Origi. He is quick, strong. Eager to

:50:46.:50:56.

run behind. And of course, had such a young age, he will get better and

:50:57.:51:11.

better. No agreement between Lille and Liverpool although we understand

:51:12.:51:23.

there will be further discussions. Might be getting a bit more

:51:24.:51:32.

expensive than every moment goes by. A few players who have added a lot

:51:33.:51:35.

of value to themselves in this tournament. I'm surprised we haven't

:51:36.:51:51.

seen some more substitutions. We might see some movement on the

:51:52.:51:58.

American bench. Wondolowski is about to come on. They always put the

:51:59.:52:05.

substitutes on with a bad wrong with Davis.

:52:06.:52:22.

Yedlin. Dempsey. Courtois was behind it. Good strike. A quick snapshot

:52:23.:52:41.

from Dempsey on his weaker foot. Capable from those areas. Yedlin

:52:42.:52:45.

again down the right. Great change-up footwork by Moranis.

:52:46.:52:59.

Howard was behind it. Twice he has denied Divock Origi. Lovely footwork

:53:00.:53:09.

by Mirallas. Fellaini. Origi again. One in the box for Belgium. He could

:53:10.:53:19.

not get it away from Cameron. That's what we were talking about,

:53:20.:53:28.

committing people. Scrapping away. The free kick goes the way of

:53:29.:53:32.

Belgium. I wonder if the US will make the change. I think it will be

:53:33.:53:36.

Graham Zusi coming off, the man who conceded the free kick. Chris

:53:37.:53:42.

Wondolowski will come out to replace him. He is dead on his feet. He

:53:43.:54:00.

should have done better. He snatched at it a bit. A clear site on goal.

:54:01.:54:08.

To changes made for the USA now. And at it a bit. A clear site on goal.

:54:09.:54:14.

one for Belgium. Kevin De Bruyne with this free kick. Jan Vertonghen.

:54:15.:54:18.

There are four inside the US area. Fellaini. The whistle has gone. I

:54:19.:54:25.

think for handball. Fellaini. The whistle has gone. I

:54:26.:54:30.

diagonal we talked about, the only one they have hit, well, the second

:54:31.:54:36.

one. As soon as it comes down on his chest, there are problems. Maybe he

:54:37.:54:49.

felt the first one was Upadhay. Just scuffs it a little bit. He will be

:54:50.:54:57.

disappointed with that. Probably the two best chances of the game. Only

:54:58.:55:10.

his sixth cap. He scored in Americana stadium, not a bad place

:55:11.:55:13.

to score the first goal for your country. Certainly isn't. Omar

:55:14.:55:26.

Gonzalez. Not often on these occasions, the closer you get to 90

:55:27.:55:30.

minutes, the more cagey and cautious it gets. No signs of that yet.

:55:31.:55:33.

Dempsey, racing forward. Dempsey. it gets. No signs of that yet.

:55:34.:55:41.

Dempsey's shop, and Courtois behind it. He could have

:55:42.:55:52.

Dempsey's shop, and Courtois behind Bedoya. Leaders are normally give it

:55:53.:55:53.

away around those areas, very Bedoya. Leaders are normally give it

:55:54.:56:12.

knocks him over. I keep forgetting he's not in a Fulham shirt. I keep

:56:13.:56:19.

getting excited for him. Yedlin, they had him on loan for a short

:56:20.:56:22.

spell. YELLOW no, it didn't work. I think if they had even had Lionel

:56:23.:56:44.

Messi on loan they would have gone down. I was there on the relegation

:56:45.:56:53.

day, and it was with a whimper. Fellaini. Bariti. He has played

:56:54.:57:01.

well, Fellaini. Bariti. He has played

:57:02.:57:09.

interceptions. Bradley. Jones making the forward run. A test for

:57:10.:57:14.

Vertonghen. Second ball. Vincent Kompany first to it. Cameron. Eden

:57:15.:57:32.

Hazard chases back and tackles. Lovely ball. Mirallas onside. It is

:57:33.:57:44.

a corner. He wins a tackle and gets them on the break. Lovely turn.

:57:45.:57:53.

Tries to site -- sliding down the side. What a save. Three times now,

:57:54.:58:12.

Tim Howard. A Belgian corner. At least we know that Eden Hazard can

:58:13.:58:19.

do it. He is capable. Double figures now, the corner can. Origi giving

:58:20.:58:31.

chase. Gonzalez giving chase. The US central defender is slowly getting

:58:32.:58:34.

back to their feet. Eden Hazard here. He's back on his feet now.

:58:35.:58:40.

Vertonghen. Vincent Kompany. Argentina are waiting in the

:58:41.:58:50.

quarterfinals. Kevin Mirallas. A block by Cameron. He's done more in

:58:51.:58:58.

the ten minutes he has been on than Dries Mertens did in the whole

:58:59.:59:02.

match. Causing problems. Set pieces as well stop he takes a mean free

:59:03.:59:09.

kick. Gonzalez will get the treatment he was hoping he would get

:59:10.:59:18.

a couple of minutes ago. If you see his left ankle. Oh, dear. You know

:59:19.:59:25.

what, he might be lucky. I've done that a few times and it can come

:59:26.:59:30.

back for you after a couple of minutes. He might be OK. Let's hope

:59:31.:59:40.

he is, because he has been immense. They still have a change up their

:59:41.:59:44.

sleeve, if they need to use it. He doesn't want to use it in case of

:59:45.:59:50.

extra time. Geoff Cameron might slot back into defence and bring somebody

:59:51.:59:55.

back in midfield. But at the moment, he looks OK. You do feel, the longer

:59:56.:00:05.

it goes on, Belgium are getting on top of the US and creating the

:00:06.:00:09.

better chances. Surprised there has not been a substitute at the

:00:10.:00:21.

quality. The Belgians have taken the opportunity to get some liquid on.

:00:22.:00:30.

They do seem to be enjoying the match and each other's company these

:00:31.:00:38.

two. It's nice to see. Dempsey with a click away downfield. Onto the

:00:39.:00:49.

header Van Buyten. Mirallas. Mirallas taking on DeMarcus Beasley.

:00:50.:00:55.

Great ball in. Hazard. Good save by Tim Howard again. That was curling

:00:56.:01:01.

in the far post. He didn't quite catch it. Might break. Michael

:01:02.:01:11.

Bradley. Cameron. Bedoya. DeMarcus Beasley is outside him. Alejandro

:01:12.:01:17.

Bedoya. DeMarcus Beasley. Blocked by Van Buyten. Look at this. End to

:01:18.:01:30.

end. Kevin morale is at full pelt. Trying to run through the lot of

:01:31.:01:35.

them. He has made such a difference. What a brilliant run for Eden

:01:36.:01:40.

Hazard. Talk about trying to prove a point. Again, he'd sit in the

:01:41.:01:46.

ground. Makes the save easier for Tim Howard. We've seen it a few

:01:47.:01:52.

times, not connecting with the ball. Just a bit heavy. Jan Vertonghen

:01:53.:02:03.

finds Hazard. Will he create something magical to break American

:02:04.:02:13.

hearts. A bit of a slice from Gonzalez for yet another Belgian

:02:14.:02:28.

corner kick. Taken short. Fellaini at the back post. Howard did well.

:02:29.:02:34.

Beasley did as well. Full of running still. Wondolowski. Jermaine Jones.

:02:35.:02:47.

Yedlin is supercharged. Vertonghen have a head start. But Yedlin's

:02:48.:02:51.

persistence and pace has brought them a throw. He made about 40 yards

:02:52.:02:58.

there, considering he has hardly played at this level, how wonderful

:02:59.:03:00.

there, considering he has hardly he has tonight. He can be proud of

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himself. Dempsey. Cameron. Bradley. Beasley. Bradley. There he is

:03:13.:03:23.

again, Yedlin, in behind. Yedlin. Jones. Fellaini did well. Eden

:03:24.:03:32.

Hazard. Great tackle by Yedlin. He ran 40 yards and he ignored him

:03:33.:03:37.

again and did not defend, then got back and tackled him. What a

:03:38.:03:49.

performance he has put in. Hazard. Mirallas is off chasing this. Takes

:03:50.:03:57.

on DeMarcus Beasley. That needed to be timed right, and it was. It is a

:03:58.:04:11.

corner. Again, he is a threat. You make a mistake there you run the

:04:12.:04:15.

risk of conceding something think attack -- catastrophic. A Belgian

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corner. That is away by Dempsey. What a tackle. We donor family times

:04:39.:04:45.

he has done that tonight. The never say die attitude is so admirable.

:04:46.:04:49.

Some of those lads are dying on their feet. Again, a corner kick.

:04:50.:04:58.

Vincent Kompany having his shirt pulled. Fits not a great save, it's

:04:59.:05:13.

a great block. They've certainly played for their manager and the

:05:14.:05:19.

country. But they do look tired. Got to try and regain some shape and

:05:20.:05:30.

energy to stay in the game. Is there a late winner? It has been a feature

:05:31.:05:34.

of the round of 16 games. Late winners. I'm amazed Fellaini are

:05:35.:05:43.

still on the pitch, his contribution has been next to nothing. There has

:05:44.:05:46.

been the odd header down or chest down. The likes of Zanuzaj and

:05:47.:05:50.

Dembele on the bench, even Chadli. Have to try and do something

:05:51.:05:57.

different. Vincent Kompany. Have to try and do something

:05:58.:06:10.

Belgium. Fellaini. Eden Hazard. Already. -- Origi got the shot away.

:06:11.:06:19.

Howard with a reaction stop. Hit firm Andrew, rising, but straight at

:06:20.:06:24.

the keeper. Good play from Origi, confident turn,

:06:25.:06:28.

the keeper. Good play from Origi, save it. Another corner. -- straight

:06:29.:06:36.

at Howard. Almost into the last five minutes of the 90.

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De Bruyne with the deep corner. Fellaini's header at the back post.

:06:43.:06:49.

Did it come off a USA head? Apparently not. They only committed

:06:50.:06:54.

for men in the box to the corner. Five minutes to go, and you wanted

:06:55.:06:58.

win the game. I'm surprised they did not commit

:06:59.:07:01.

win the game. I'm surprised they did For many is an easy number to defend

:07:02.:07:04.

against. De Bruyne has gone For many is an easy number to defend

:07:05.:07:14.

yet -- for men is an easy number to defend stick -- defend against.

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yet -- for men is an easy number to Shocked at the strength that he has

:07:17.:07:19.

on the bench and there is Shocked at the strength that he has

:07:20.:07:23.

movement. Really am surprised. Jan Shocked at the strength that he has

:07:24.:07:30.

into Eden Hazard. Well timed by Gonzalez. Michael Bradley.

:07:31.:07:31.

Wondolowski. It is that time of the game. If you

:07:32.:07:46.

concede now, you are in big trouble. Wondolowski. Jones. Jones's bawling.

:07:47.:07:55.

Cleverley away by Van Buyten with Dempsey behind him and waiting. Not

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sure that was clever. A good break from the USA. That could have gone

:08:03.:08:08.

anywhere. That is a tired clearance rather than a clever one. Well, he

:08:09.:08:15.

did what needed to be done I guess. Alejandro Bedoya will take the

:08:16.:08:19.

corner kick the United States. The fans are on their feet.

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Bedoya's corner. Witsel's header. Eden Hazard. Origi. DeMarcus Beasley

:08:29.:08:38.

does not want to be beaten here. A foul.

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He is having a real war of words with his manager. Omar Gonzalez

:09:03.:09:08.

here. Another good ball. Jan Vertonghen.

:09:09.:09:28.

Eden Hazard. De Bruyne, and you still feel that the Belgian quality

:09:29.:09:32.

might count in the end. Kevin De Bruyne. Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard,

:09:33.:09:39.

side netting. Got to pull it there, on his left foot, away from the

:09:40.:09:45.

goal. Bad decision from Eden Hazard. Look at the red shirts in the

:09:46.:09:50.

middle. I'm not sure how he thinks he will score. Must be an

:09:51.:09:53.

unbelievable strike to score from there. That is greedy, that. Either

:09:54.:09:59.

tired or greedy. A player of his quality has to do better there.

:10:00.:10:01.

Bradley. Cameron. Behind the Yedlin. Belgium with the

:10:02.:10:19.

throw. The Tongan -- Vertonghen. De Bruyne. Two minutes of normal time

:10:20.:10:25.

plus added on. Well timed again from Gonzalez. Spreading it well, Kevin

:10:26.:10:27.

De Bruyne. Mirallas. Fellaini waiting to the diagonal

:10:28.:10:49.

again. Besler forward. They can break. Alejandro Bedoya. Wondolowski

:10:50.:10:53.

in the middle. Jermaine Jones with a run. Bedoya takes on Van Buyten, but

:10:54.:10:58.

Vincent Kompany is across. Just say, that is of that. Superb defending

:10:59.:11:05.

from Vincent Kompany. Read that so well. Hazard, into Witsel. Vincent

:11:06.:11:08.

Kompany continuing. Company in the middle. Tim Howard, away. Now that

:11:09.:11:16.

would have been the goal of the tournament. Captain fantastic,

:11:17.:11:24.

Vincent Kompany. Just a tiny bit behind him. Needs a better quality

:11:25.:11:28.

ball. One or two yards in front of him. I am breathing heavier just

:11:29.:11:39.

watching him make that run. Corner. 15th Belgian corner here.

:11:40.:11:43.

Kevin De Bruyne. The referee, I thought he had blown his whistle but

:11:44.:11:51.

it was someone in the crowd. Eden Hazard. Hazard, taking on Yedlin.

:11:52.:11:56.

Hazard, did well, put behind by Omar Gonzalez.

:11:57.:12:03.

16 corners now. Not sure I can find any more words or eulogies for the

:12:04.:12:13.

American defending. To keep going the way they have, keep getting in

:12:14.:12:16.

there, getting the blocks, fantastic attitude. And desire. Into the three

:12:17.:12:22.

added minutes. Fellaini, over the bar.

:12:23.:12:30.

Well, well, well. That is where Fellaini is dangerous. That has been

:12:31.:12:38.

his only contribution, actually, set plays and diagonals.

:12:39.:12:43.

Tim Howard's clearance downfield. Witsel.

:12:44.:13:10.

Dempsey has done well and shrugged off Axel Witsel. Jan Vertonghen is

:13:11.:13:29.

there. It will be a USA corner no, a US throw. 90 seconds of added time

:13:30.:13:32.

to go. Good strength. Keeps his team at the pitch.

:13:33.:13:47.

Wondolowski. Of Vincent Kompany. A slice from De Bruyne. Wondolowski.

:13:48.:13:52.

Cameron. Yedlin will reach this. Yedlin, time to look up. See who is

:13:53.:13:57.

there. Three in the middle. Vincent Kompany away. Geoff Cameron. Lofting

:13:58.:14:03.

it up towards Jones. Wondolowski. He has missed it! Offside. It would not

:14:04.:14:16.

have counted. I am pleased for him. Clever ball

:14:17.:14:30.

from Cameron. A mile offside. Oh, my word. Fellaini's header.

:14:31.:14:47.

It is that the thin line. We saw the Swiss hit the post in the last

:14:48.:14:59.

seconds. Jones is charging down the middle here for the United States.

:15:00.:15:07.

Vincent Kompany will not be beaten. We will have extra time. More of the

:15:08.:15:15.

same, please. It might be 0-0, but you do not need 200 points in a game

:15:16.:15:22.

to have fun. Their Dietmar minutes to come. -- 30 more minutes to come.

:15:23.:15:32.

to have fun. Their Dietmar minutes I think Americans might be beginning

:15:33.:15:37.

to understand a sport without goals or points to be runs -- or runs to

:15:38.:15:48.

be wrenchingly exciting. What a performance from Howard. Just got in

:15:49.:15:54.

the of everything. And credible. Attack after attack from Belgium.

:15:55.:16:06.

They got into the final third. It goes to show what you can do with 14

:16:07.:16:13.

or 13 committed guys who believed in the manager in the system and are

:16:14.:16:16.

willing to give everything for their country. You can get to where you

:16:17.:16:21.

want to be through hard work and sheer grit and determination, and

:16:22.:16:28.

that performance from the USA was everything that said, we want to

:16:29.:16:33.

stay in this competition, we believe in ourselves, because they have

:16:34.:16:39.

given everything for their country. If he had scored there and it was

:16:40.:16:45.

offside, he was a couple of yards on. He was flagged offside. He would

:16:46.:17:02.

have been in trouble after that. Origi has been impressive.

:17:03.:17:11.

Brilliant. He came on previously as a substitute in the pressure was not

:17:12.:17:13.

as great Bend. a substitute in the pressure was not

:17:14.:17:18.

to seeing how he would come in at the start of a game. He has taken it

:17:19.:17:28.

on head and. He is creating chances and is not scared to have a go. We

:17:29.:17:41.

mentioned Liverpool. He is willing to run in behind. He was very good

:17:42.:17:47.

in the air and looked strong. His finishing let him down. He looks

:17:48.:17:55.

comfortable taking the ball anywhere. He is aware of people

:17:56.:18:05.

around him. He is one for the future, Origi. I think my favourite

:18:06.:18:14.

moment came at the end when a certain

:18:15.:18:19.

moment came at the end when a scored one of the most marvelous

:18:20.:18:24.

goals of all-time if it had gone in. He just kept running and running and

:18:25.:18:33.

passed it and followed it. I've got to say, that is a terrible finish!

:18:34.:18:40.

If you see it from a different angle, it was awful. There is the

:18:41.:18:50.

captain of Belgium. You just wonder how long America can hang on and if

:18:51.:18:59.

they have the legs for it. Can Belgium do something to win this

:19:00.:19:07.

game? The final ball, the final pass, the finish. 18 has so many

:19:08.:19:16.

chances and they look back and regret it. --

:19:17.:19:34.

This is how they play every game. I have never seen them change tactics.

:19:35.:20:01.

I got a glimpse of Lukaku sneaking on. When your legs are weary and you

:20:02.:20:13.

see him coming and wanting to prove a point, he has a point to prove.

:20:14.:20:21.

Another young guy that has not really achieved what he wants to

:20:22.:20:25.

achieve and certainly not in this World Cup. He has a point to prove.

:20:26.:20:32.

He will be screaming, get the ball into me. The ball breaks down a lot.

:20:33.:20:43.

Origi looks after the ball very well. Let's go back and join Steve

:20:44.:20:53.

and Danny. Lukaku and four Origi. The referee

:20:54.:21:02.

blows his whistle and the United States get the first period of extra

:21:03.:21:07.

time under way. They have swapped De Bruyne on the left. I think that is

:21:08.:21:20.

partly... The right back has gone on the whole game, hasn't he? I think

:21:21.:21:25.

De Bruyne will be more disciplined in his footwork. Hazard will get a

:21:26.:21:35.

young striker more involved than he has been in the match on the

:21:36.:21:41.

left-hand side, because Lukaku has not yet had a shot in this World

:21:42.:21:46.

Cup. Here is Bradley. A definite change. Oh, it has gone through.

:21:47.:21:57.

Good cross from Beasley. Doug it out from around the corner. Jones is

:21:58.:22:17.

somehow still going. He cannot quite get over it. You would think the

:22:18.:22:24.

chances would be few and far between in this extra time. Geoff Cameron.

:22:25.:22:38.

Cameron forward. Jones scrapping for it. Cameron. Dempsey. When you think

:22:39.:22:46.

that United States... Hold on. De Bruyne, 1-0 Belgium. Kevin De

:22:47.:23:12.

Bruyne. Great finish. Lukaku causing the problems. Strength and power,

:23:13.:23:29.

freshness. He shrugged him off, Lukaku. There it was. I've thought

:23:30.:23:38.

he was going to go on his own but he looks to square it. Really composed,

:23:39.:23:47.

isn't he? Composed is the perfect word. Top goal scorer in qualifying.

:23:48.:23:57.

We see why. He had never scored for Belgium before this World Cup. That

:23:58.:24:04.

is fit for his country, and now the United States, somewhere, somehow

:24:05.:24:10.

have to find some reserves of energy in a way back into this game and

:24:11.:24:15.

Jermaine Jones immediately throwing the gauntlet down. Argentina is the

:24:16.:24:27.

prize or whoever goes through. That prize will the on Saturday. They

:24:28.:24:33.

will have to show some rough strength. -- real strength.

:24:34.:24:46.

Bradley's free kick. A long run back for those centre halves who have

:24:47.:24:52.

gone up. He just takes his time, take the extra touch and picks his

:24:53.:24:56.

spots. There he composed take the extra touch and picks his

:24:57.:25:04.

a talented young player. He wants to go and celebrate and realises he

:25:05.:25:08.

must go back or he will get a yellow. Kevin De Bruyne, who

:25:09.:25:18.

celebrated his birthday three days ago. If that proves to be the

:25:19.:25:25.

winning goal, it will earn a small celebration this evening. Bradley.

:25:26.:25:46.

Dempsey. Bradley. Dempsey. Plenty of time for the Americans. Yedlin, and

:25:47.:26:01.

Vertonghen away. Hazard. Away to the left-hand side, Vertonghen.

:26:02.:26:16.

Vertonghen, what is he going to do? Too long. Defender in the box now.

:26:17.:26:22.

Far too long. Get out on your feet and smash it. Free kick to United

:26:23.:26:28.

States. That was a chance to put a game away. I am thinking of the game

:26:29.:26:32.

that Greece had, with extra time, game away. I am thinking of the game

:26:33.:26:49.

against Costa Rica. You never know. That was a good chance. The only

:26:50.:26:56.

upside, the cloud of that goal is that it

:26:57.:27:02.

has come so the cloud of that goal is that it

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What they don't want to concede another. Eden Hazard here. De

:27:08.:27:16.

Bruyne. Lukaku, got the shot away, and Tim Howard turns it the way. --

:27:17.:27:25.

away. Lukaku has done more in six minutes in extra time than he has

:27:26.:27:28.

really contributed in the two games in which he played the best part of

:27:29.:27:32.

90 minutes. The game is open, which helped him. He has a point to

:27:33.:27:37.

prove, and sometimes players need that. They come out fighting. The

:27:38.:27:46.

substitutions have both made a huge impression. Free kick to USA. If

:27:47.:28:04.

they go through, their lack of tenacity, it is only

:28:05.:28:09.

they go through, their lack of Hugh is looking tired now -- who is

:28:10.:28:17.

looking tired now, and the rest of them are attacking

:28:18.:28:25.

looking tired now, and the rest of Good covering from Mirallas.

:28:26.:28:28.

looking tired now, and the rest of Cameron, too deep.

:28:29.:28:42.

On Friday, in the quarterfinals, we bring you France against Germany,

:28:43.:28:55.

live on BBC One, 430 p.m.. At the moment, it is Belgium's to lose. It

:28:56.:29:06.

is Belgium's to win, isn't it? I never understood that expression.

:29:07.:29:21.

The football lexicon. Beasley. Geoff Cameron. Cameron again. Dempsey

:29:22.:29:37.

coming deep, finding Bradley. Bradley, clipped away to Jones.

:29:38.:29:42.

Ciman always willing to make an option, and has it now. -- Yedlin

:29:43.:29:51.

always willing. A tired looking ball. Bedoya is there. Beasley.

:29:52.:30:00.

Almost cut out by Hazard. Here is Cameron on the nicely away from

:30:01.:30:08.

Fellaini. Beautifully done. Act into Dempsey. Brilliant, let the ball

:30:09.:30:17.

roll away from Dempsey. The whistle has gone. Still hope for them, still

:30:18.:30:26.

chances. There are tired legs out there on both sides. Chris Wood is

:30:27.:30:32.

out there alongside Jurgen Klinsmann. On his knees, getting

:30:33.:30:47.

some air. 22 tired lads out there. He tried to shoot. He will hopefully

:30:48.:30:53.

be OK. A little bit of added time at the

:30:54.:31:02.

end of this period of extra time. Courts want -- Courtois away. Lukaku

:31:03.:31:30.

again, and Howard once more. Got to contact -- got to contain Lukaku.

:31:31.:31:40.

His freshness has made a real difference. The next goal in this

:31:41.:31:47.

game if there is one must not be a Belgian goal. They might get one,

:31:48.:31:57.

but I'd don't see it. To lose a goal in extra time, psychologically...

:31:58.:32:08.

Straight out of place for an American throw in. They are still in

:32:09.:32:14.

this, they have to have belief. It could be a set play. You have seen

:32:15.:32:25.

it with the Greeks. Too last goals. Anything is possible. -- to

:32:26.:32:32.

last-minute goals. Anything is possible. Yedlin. Bradley. Dempsey.

:32:33.:32:49.

Great ball. It is hammered into Jones and the referee has stopped

:32:50.:32:58.

play. What a good move, what a block. This first 15 minutes could

:32:59.:33:08.

last about 25, couldn't it? Unfortunate. That is an accident. He

:33:09.:33:18.

will be all right. He has had a ball in the face before. Give him a

:33:19.:33:27.

little breather, a little water, get on with it. Good attack. For a young

:33:28.:33:49.

man, that is great composure. Tim Howard, finally beaten. They need

:33:50.:34:04.

Jones back on quickly, because they do not want to be playing with one

:34:05.:34:08.

man less in extra time, that is for sure. Jones is back on now. De

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Bruyne. Hazard. Van Buyten. Alderweireld. Mirallas. Fellaini.

:34:25.:34:39.

This is good possession. Howard, good save. Goode, good faith. How

:34:40.:34:44.

many times have we said that this evening? Poor finish from Mirallas.

:34:45.:34:56.

He is better than that normally. Certainly making chances. Here is

:34:57.:35:01.

Jones. Lukaku, 2-0. Belgium will face

:35:02.:35:37.

Argentina. Lukaku with the second goal. Jurgen Klinsmann's United

:35:38.:35:56.

States team are undone, and another Belgian substitute makes the

:35:57.:36:02.

difference. A good breakaway. De Bruyne takes his time. That is the

:36:03.:36:13.

exact finish we expect from him. Confident, powerful, and as you say,

:36:14.:36:20.

he has done more in the last 15 minutes here of extra time and he

:36:21.:36:24.

has done in the rest of the World Cup. See the smile on his face.

:36:25.:36:37.

Well, we are into added time at the first period of extra time. 2-0 is a

:36:38.:36:45.

obviously, there will be more obviously, there will be more

:36:46.:37:01.

counter. They deserve it, you can't argue with that. They

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chances and were the dominant team. We are playing to

:37:10.:37:14.

chances and were the dominant team. the end of the first 15. Is that too

:37:15.:37:18.

more added minutes? They have arty played nearly two. Julian

:37:19.:37:27.

more added minutes? They have arty about to come on as soon as the

:37:28.:37:32.

fourth official has decided which number is coming off. Or at least

:37:33.:37:37.

reflecting what Jurgen Klinsmann has decided which number should come

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off. It is Bedoya here is coming off and Julian Green, who is with Bayern

:37:44.:37:50.

Munich, though mostly in their second team, which plays below are

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tears in German football. He is on. It is the end of the first period of

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extra time. Substitutions again. You have got to hand it to him, every

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substitution he has made in this tournament has paid off. He is

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fortunate because he has a squad full of talented players all over

:38:26.:38:33.

the pitch, various options, and he has chosen them while at the right

:38:34.:38:39.

times. His substitutes have a determination to make an impact and

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to show him that he was wrong not to have

:38:44.:38:50.

to show him that he was wrong not to place. Maybe he is not quite sure of

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his best team. Belgium will be assuming that the last 15 minutes

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down throughout the last amazing 15 minutes from the US but

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down throughout the last amazing 15 have Thomas Vermaelen bit but alas

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eight, but have Thomas Vermaelen bit but alas

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extraordinary now. That would be a remarkable comeback

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extraordinary now. That would be a climb this mountain. They have given

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their all so far, they really have. There's not one of them out there

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who cannot be proud of themselves. 15 minutes away, Belgium, from the

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last eight. The last eight of the World Cup. De Bruyne, forward.

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Lukaku giving it straight to Yedlin. But if they get one early in this

:39:50.:39:54.

half... Yedlin. Lovely bit of skill. As Cameron got the legs to get

:39:55.:40:04.

there? It is a free kick for the foul on Yedlin. Set pieces are

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important now. Bradley to take. Bradley. It might still fall for

:40:16.:40:23.

them. Kevin De Bruyne. They are in real trouble and if DeMarcus Beasley

:40:24.:40:28.

had not been first to the clearance, and he shouldn't have been, not a

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good ball. A sloppy. Here is Bradley. Jones. Bradley. Julian

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Green making the run. He has scored! What a fantastic goal. Julian Green

:40:57.:41:01.

for the United States. And they are only back in it. It is 2-1. I told

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you I should not predict anything. Game over? Why did I not be quiet.

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you I should not predict anything. What a moment that young man.

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Bradley looks up. Onside. What a moment that young man.

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take that well. Alderweireld letting go. Just off the edge of his toe. He

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deserves a bit of luck for making a superb run. 13 minutes to go, and 13

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minutes might be plenty because Belgium who were practically

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celebrating in extra time up against it. This World Cup has been

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absolutely brilliant. Fellaini. Lukaku wants it. Fellaini. Goalkick.

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I am amazed that they have not made a change and put some fresh legs on.

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Witsel and Fellaini are gone. They cannot make a run between them.

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Yedlin. Listen to the noise. Cameron striding forward. Yedlin. For in the

:42:29.:42:32.

middle for the USA. Wondolowski. Jones. Just wide. It is wide by a

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whisker. A hair's Brett. Jermaine Jones. It looked in. I cannot

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believe what I am watching. Talk about turning the game around.

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Brilliant ball from Yedlin. What a clever finish it was. So I'm lucky

:42:56.:42:59.

from Jones. Outside of the right foot. Macro Yedlin, not sure what he

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has had foot. Macro Yedlin, not sure what he

:43:15.:43:19.

stopped. Beautifully foot. Macro Yedlin, not sure what he

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DeMarcus Beasley. Here is a man who is contender for Man of the Match.

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Besler. Julian Green, the man who has changed the face of the game.

:43:28.:43:31.

Michael Bradley for the United States. Yedlin. Bradley.

:43:32.:43:50.

Donovan. Julian Green. Green can see Bradley. He does. Bradley. Trying to

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work out a rate around Fellini. DeMarcus Beasley. Omar Gonzalez.

:44:05.:44:11.

Jermaine Jones for the United States. Suddenly it is the Belgium

:44:12.:44:16.

legs that are aching. De Bruyne, given away by Jones. Poor ball.

:44:17.:44:28.

Given straight back. Cameron. Away by Vincent Kompany. Omar Gonzalez

:44:29.:44:37.

has not won it. Lukaku. Besler. Lukaku running at Gonzalez. Lukaku.

:44:38.:44:47.

Howard again. Howard again. The two of them could not stop him, but Tim

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Howard did. Great feat. Not the best finish, but again, Tim Howard, how

:44:55.:44:58.

many times has he saved with his legs? What an evening he has had.

:44:59.:45:06.

What a game. Belgium are throwing on Nacer Chadli. Their last change. It

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shouldn't be for Hazard. You can hear the response for the Belgium

:45:19.:45:25.

fans, he still looks fresh. The two guys behind

:45:26.:45:28.

fans, he still looks fresh. The two feet. Chad liaison. Tim Howard.

:45:29.:45:35.

Tipping it away. Another Belgian corner. The 19th Belgian corner of

:45:36.:45:47.

the game. Here is this brilliant moment for Julian Green. Catches the

:45:48.:45:55.

end of his toe, but he won't care, at all. And then the chance for

:45:56.:46:03.

Jones a minute or two later. It is Belgian with this corner kick.

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Morale is to take it. Headed out by Omar Gonzalez. Chadli, just on.

:46:10.:46:14.

Kevin De Bruyne working it to Mirallas. He can charge in. He trod

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on it. Cameron, way too green. He has got through one challenge.

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DeMarcus Beasley. Back to Julian Green. Mirallas is helping out.

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Foul. Free kick. Showing some spirit and some fight. Bradley. Jones.

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Blocked by Vincent Kompany. It comes to Geoff Cameron. Miss time, but

:46:50.:46:53.

pushed, free kick USA. It is dead centre. Michael Bradley is onto it.

:46:54.:47:09.

It's quite a way out. Not sure he should be shooting. I have not seen

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his strike. The Belgian

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nervous than he did five minutes ago. I think we all thought it was

:47:24.:47:33.

game over. Half-time in extra time. They were virtually celebrating.

:47:34.:47:37.

Jermaine Jones will free kick will stop Courtois with

:47:38.:47:54.

the save to deny Dempsey. Bradley. Cannot find Wondolowski. Jan

:47:55.:47:59.

Vertonghen. One back by Wondolowski. Where have they got the energy from?

:48:00.:48:04.

They look the fitter and stronger team. Bradley. Bradley getting

:48:05.:48:07.

through Fellaini. Still going. Smashed away by Jan Vertonghen. That

:48:08.:48:16.

is the best free kick of the World Cup so far. What a save from

:48:17.:48:21.

Courtois. Cameron with the ball into the box. Jones attacks it. Dempsey

:48:22.:48:27.

at the back post. As he kept it in? Yes, Yaz. Five in the middle.

:48:28.:48:33.

Michael Bradley. Everyone but Lukaku back. Kevin De Bruyne. Belgium are

:48:34.:48:36.

desperate for respite. Who could have seen this coming? DeMarcus

:48:37.:48:49.

Beasley will stop Julian Green. Not the best ball of the night. Courtois

:48:50.:48:57.

will live on it. Look at this for invention. Such a clever little

:48:58.:49:02.

move. His first touch just took it into his path. So unlucky. Quick off

:49:03.:49:14.

his line. Straight through to Tim Howard, and that is not done his

:49:15.:49:19.

his line. Straight through to Tim your bottom dollar it is coming

:49:20.:49:23.

his line. Straight through to Tim would have loved to have seen that

:49:24.:49:30.

gone in. I don't want this to stop. Fellaini has booted out of play for

:49:31.:49:32.

an American throw. Fellaini has booted out of play for

:49:33.:49:41.

evening up. For years they have been an anomaly in world football, the

:49:42.:49:44.

country that doesn't get the game. Always qualifying, but this is a

:49:45.:49:48.

proper team and they are backed by some proper fans. They get it. The

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noise, the atmosphere, it's fantastic. It's a pleasure to be

:49:55.:50:01.

noise, the atmosphere, it's here and witness this. Witsel.

:50:02.:50:03.

Gonzalez got a foot in, but free kick to Belgium. Whichever one of

:50:04.:50:09.

these teams go through, they face Argentina, and it will be a terrific

:50:10.:50:17.

quarterfinal, that is for sure. What a game that will be. It would be for

:50:18.:50:21.

Belgium if they get their, a repeat a game that will be. It would be for

:50:22.:50:24.

of their finest hour, the semifinal a game that will be. It would be for

:50:25.:50:34.

good as the second one he scored against England in the quarterfinal.

:50:35.:50:43.

It is an American throw. Three half minutes, or thereabouts. Will

:50:44.:50:54.

It is an American throw. Three there be one more chance? You can

:50:55.:50:56.

see the central defender has gone up. Gonzalez is here. Lovely

:50:57.:51:09.

backheel by Dempsey to Bradley. Yedlin. Great ball. Just behind.

:51:10.:51:19.

Smashed away by Fellaini. What a ball from Yedlin. Coming back in

:51:20.:51:29.

from DeMarcus Beasley. Julian Green. Five in the box for the USA. Green.

:51:30.:51:38.

Still green. Jones. Driven. No, he has to put that in the middle. A

:51:39.:51:46.

puff of the cheeks. From Marc Wilmots. He's going to be

:51:47.:51:53.

disappointed because they have thrown a comfortable position awake

:51:54.:51:56.

and now they are hanging on for dear life, and that's because he did not

:51:57.:52:00.

replace the men in central midfield with no legs. They cannot move, the

:52:01.:52:04.

pair of them. The pressure is relentless. Courtois taking his time

:52:05.:52:09.

and Jurgen Klinsmann is doing his not. Courtois with a clearance.

:52:10.:52:15.

Besler underneath it. Fellaini. Fellaini finds Lukaku. Silence falls

:52:16.:52:21.

as Belgium have the ball. Lukaku. Besler in front of him. Mirallas.

:52:22.:52:28.

as Belgium have the ball. Lukaku. Looking for the corner flag. Free

:52:29.:52:37.

kick USA. Doesn't need to take him on. Keep the ball in the corner,

:52:38.:52:46.

trying to foul. Silly play. Time ticks on. Michael Bradley charges

:52:47.:53:01.

on. Julian Green. Geoff Cameron. Dempsey. Dempsey. Bradley. Fellaini

:53:02.:53:10.

comes out to meet him. Bradley. Holds Fellaini and is fouled by

:53:11.:53:12.

Fellaini. Free kick. I think Holds Fellaini and is fouled by

:53:13.:53:22.

the first tackle Fellaini has made. 75 seconds on my watch. Out from Jan

:53:23.:53:27.

Vertonghen. Jones beaten it. The ball in. Out by Van Buyten. Hammered

:53:28.:53:37.

away by Fellaini. Lukaku. Lukaku. He can knock it square for Chadli.

:53:38.:53:41.

Blocked by DeMarcus Beasley. It looked like handball. Lukaku again.

:53:42.:53:47.

That is a great ball. Wonderful ball, just over the top of Cameron

:53:48.:53:51.

but Mirallas saw it late. A good ball, but he's need to try it. Just

:53:52.:53:57.

run in the corner. Six foot three, 16 stone of muscle, protect the ball

:53:58.:54:01.

in the corner and get the country through. Fellaini. I don't know

:54:02.:54:10.

about you, I'm glad he did. It's been that kind of game. I don't want

:54:11.:54:16.

the game to end with a Belgian sitting on the ball in the corner

:54:17.:54:21.

quadrant. The excitement is unbelievable. Here goes Julian

:54:22.:54:37.

Green. Green's Allin. Yedlin! . Yedlin, the pain searing through his

:54:38.:54:48.

legs. I thought that was it. I thought that was the moment. What a

:54:49.:54:51.

reward that would have been that young right back. He has been

:54:52.:54:59.

magnificent. One added minute and he cannot understand why it is not

:55:00.:55:01.

more. Mirallas forward, handball. Get them

:55:02.:55:19.

all up. Get Tim Howard up. Get them all up.

:55:20.:55:24.

Well, it is the USA, so here come the cavalry. Tim Howard, long and

:55:25.:55:31.

high. Fellaini with his head on it. They can run it downfield and run

:55:32.:55:36.

away the clerk. They are through. Belgium are through. But what a

:55:37.:55:46.

scare. What a scare they have had. They have been run into the ground,

:55:47.:55:51.

the Belgians. They got over the line, but they do go on to a

:55:52.:55:54.

quarterfinal against Argentina and what a mouthwatering one it is on

:55:55.:56:03.

Saturday. They have won the match after extra time but what a

:56:04.:56:06.

performance. What a performance from the USA. I think it is worth giving

:56:07.:56:13.

the USA huge credit and thanking them for what they have contributed

:56:14.:56:15.

to the World Cup because that's the best I've seen. I have not seen

:56:16.:56:25.

character and commitment and desire and what I saw tonight. Well done to

:56:26.:56:31.

Belgium as well, because they showed good quality to digging near the

:56:32.:56:36.

end. I now look forward to watching them in a brilliant quarterfinal

:56:37.:56:38.

against Argentina against Lionel Messi. It

:56:39.:56:43.

against Argentina against Lionel World Cup, and that was right up

:56:44.:56:48.

with the best of them. Lovely to see the coaches embrace. Klinsmann's

:56:49.:56:52.

Americans are out and Marc Wilmots's Belgians are through.

:56:53.:56:58.

Wow. What a truly, exhilarating, pulsating, wonderful game of

:56:59.:57:08.

football. Victory to Belgium, but congratulations to an

:57:09.:57:10.

extraordinarily brave American team who just kept going and going until

:57:11.:57:14.

the very end. But it wasn't to be. Alan, I can't remember an extra time

:57:15.:57:20.

that has been so exciting as that. What a game of football. What a

:57:21.:57:24.

World Cup this is turning out to be. It really is. It is just

:57:25.:57:29.

staggering. Wearing earth do they get the fitness from, those American

:57:30.:57:33.

guys, to keep going -- where on earth? It was just a joy to watch.

:57:34.:57:39.

That extra time, that extra 30 minutes. Both teams desperately,

:57:40.:57:44.

desperately not wanting to go out and giving everything for the shirt

:57:45.:57:49.

they were wearing, and I really enjoyed that 30 minutes. Even the 90

:57:50.:57:55.

minutes beforehand. No goals, but a great game. Fabulous stuff. Rio, we

:57:56.:58:00.

were jumping out of our seats with the excitement at the end. It was

:58:01.:58:04.

like watching a Premier League game. Ball in the box, players

:58:05.:58:06.

like watching a Premier League game. get on the end of it. Unbelievable.

:58:07.:58:12.

You have to talk -- start taking Belgium seriously. The manager is

:58:13.:58:15.

making good substitutions and winning them the games. From the

:58:16.:58:18.

bench, they might have better players from anyone in the

:58:19.:58:21.

tournament, and that will be a big factor in the latter stages. Enjoy

:58:22.:58:29.

that, Chris? It was brilliant. Honest, 100%, everything they've

:58:30.:58:33.

got. What they lack in ability they make up in desire and passion.

:58:34.:58:37.

People like to see that. Belgium, for me, he has

:58:38.:58:40.

People like to see that. Belgium, midfield. He has to play Eden Hazard

:58:41.:58:42.

as a number ten to progress. I agree. Great scenes at the end, and

:58:43.:58:48.

great sportsmanship between the managers earlier on. Congratulating

:58:49.:58:54.

each other's teams, no doubt. Whilst Belgian girl on, the Americans go

:58:55.:58:57.

home with their heads held high. -- go home. They have been a breath of

:58:58.:59:03.

fresh air. For the way they approach their football, they know they have

:59:04.:59:08.

limited ability, but the way that Jurgen Klinsmann has set them up and

:59:09.:59:10.

the way he gives them confidence to believe in themselves, and the way

:59:11.:59:15.

they giving him back, they believed in him. They really have been

:59:16.:59:19.

brilliant. It's a shame to see them go out. But they have given

:59:20.:59:22.

absolutely happens, nobody can complain.

:59:23.:59:31.

I saw a tweet from the New York Times saying it was a shame that

:59:32.:59:39.

soccer is so boring. The Americans have a sense of irony. What is great

:59:40.:59:53.

about this for the USA team is they have layers that have enhanced the

:59:54.:59:59.

reputations, and the young lad who came on, the right back was

:00:00.:00:04.

phenomenal, and he came on for a guy who was probably their best player.

:00:05.:00:15.

Let's have a look at the quarterfinals. There you have it.

:00:16.:00:19.

France against Germany, Brazil against Columbia, all eight group

:00:20.:00:24.

winners went through in the end, which is a first. It is the first

:00:25.:00:30.

time that has happened since we had eight groups, anyway. We will have

:00:31.:00:36.

the first of this quarterfinals live on the BBC. France against Germany

:00:37.:00:38.

at tea time on Friday. on the BBC. France against Germany

:00:39.:00:48.

against Costa Rica on Saturday. Let's remind ourselves of the goals.

:00:49.:00:53.

No goals in 90 minutes, but it all started after that. The coach

:00:54.:01:02.

No goals in 90 minutes, but it all did was, he moved De Bruyne to the

:01:03.:01:03.

left-hand side and that Hazard did was, he moved De Bruyne to the

:01:04.:01:07.

the number ten roll. Look at the desire of De Bruyne. He started on

:01:08.:01:19.

the edge of the zone box -- of his own box. He showed his desire to get

:01:20.:01:24.

in there and finish it off. A very good finish. Howard could not save

:01:25.:01:28.

that one. The defender will be good finish. Howard could not save

:01:29.:01:34.

disappointed in himself. Someone that big and strong who is fresh,

:01:35.:01:37.

you have got to try to push into the side. He got bowled over, really.

:01:38.:01:42.

Tim Howard was side. He got bowled over, really.

:01:43.:01:52.

chances do they have? Lukaku made the difference with his strength and

:01:53.:01:56.

speed when the Americans were getting tired. The goalkeeper goes

:01:57.:02:07.

down very early. Good play from De Bruyne, left-hand side. An

:02:08.:02:12.

intelligent run from Lukaku. The weight of pass is Billy and. --

:02:13.:02:21.

brilliant. A lot of tired legs around. A lot of open space around.

:02:22.:02:27.

He had his chance and he finish it off very well. He had a point to

:02:28.:02:33.

prove. He had not played particularly well. But back came

:02:34.:02:48.

America. It reminded me of a previous player. This was

:02:49.:02:56.

unbelievable. You see the emotion, the belief in their team am of the

:02:57.:03:00.

belief in the manager to keep pushing them. You could easily have

:03:01.:03:13.

thought 2-0, that's it. The way they fought back, the way they were not

:03:14.:03:16.

prepared to give in the and they just kept on attacking at every

:03:17.:03:24.

opportunity. They have two or three very good chances to get themselves

:03:25.:03:29.

back in the game. We were screaming. But they kept on going,

:03:30.:03:37.

America. Very clever. Straight off the training ground. A great save.

:03:38.:03:54.

We were screaming, hitting the roof. But they never gave up. They were

:03:55.:04:00.

hanging on because the two lads in the field had nothing left in the

:04:01.:04:08.

tank. They were out on their feet and they needed help. I've think the

:04:09.:04:17.

midfielder was trying to go on the attack. You want bodies around it.

:04:18.:04:25.

We have seen some stunning goalkeeping in this World Cup.

:04:26.:04:35.

Hardly any mistakes from Tim Howard. We just thought it was going to be

:04:36.:04:39.

his night, because everything was stopped by him, whether it was hands

:04:40.:04:45.

or legs. He just had a fantastic night, he really did. He was just

:04:46.:04:53.

unstoppable. Nothing could get by him, Lukaku. Chris was saying during

:04:54.:04:56.

the game, someone please lift the ball. To his credit, it was working

:04:57.:05:06.

for him. The moment that Lukaku came on and lifted one of the balls...

:05:07.:05:13.

Quarterfinalists. It is hard to pick a standout team. Who would you go

:05:14.:05:19.

for? When the fixtures came up, I went for all the home teams. There

:05:20.:05:26.

is only one, Chris. But the way the fixtures are set up... I can't for

:05:27.:05:31.

member what they were! Argentina, Holland and France. I sticking with

:05:32.:05:39.

Brazil. You still think they have what it takes? I'd do. I'd think

:05:40.:05:50.

they have got a fantastic player. I have lost confidence in Argentina. I

:05:51.:05:55.

went for Brazil, but one thing that has been startling during this

:05:56.:06:00.

tournament is the lack of good defending from teams in general.

:06:01.:06:03.

There have been a lot of goals that could have been prevented or stopped

:06:04.:06:07.

the defensive shape has not been up to scratch. I think it is the best

:06:08.:06:10.

World Cup ever, I really do. to scratch. I think it is the best

:06:11.:06:14.

World Cup ever, I really Thank you very much. That is it from us. After

:06:15.:06:20.

an exhilarating night, Belgium and the American dream, and we have our

:06:21.:06:25.

eight quarterfinalists could indict the Schreiber quarterfinalists. At

:06:26.:06:32.

night. -- quarterfinalists. Good night. This should be fun. A nation

:06:33.:06:44.

held its breath. Brazil when in the most rheumatic of circumstances!

:06:45.:06:47.

This is not joy, this was pure relief. Our enchanting game is a

:06:48.:06:56.

universal language, wherever you're from some of the same emotions stir.

:06:57.:07:13.

Oh, Magic! Sheer brilliance! Devastation and effete seized from

:07:14.:07:21.

the jaws of victory. -- and defeat. They have broken Mexican hearts! We

:07:22.:07:26.

welcome the world to our beautiful country, but it is time to say good

:07:27.:07:30.

night. No-one wants to go home early. Not yet. Those that remain,

:07:31.:07:40.

the carnival continues. This should be fun, no? Only

:07:41.:07:45.

We don't have to prove who used a knife any more.

:07:46.:07:47.

He's only gone and stabbed someone, hasn't he?

:07:48.:07:52.

If you were there, you'll all get done for murder.

:07:53.:07:56.