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.


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


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


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


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


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


superpowers. From England, extendable limbs. From Germany,


superhuman strength from within. And from Captain America himself,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Salvador. Yes, indeed. The two teams have not


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Nobody has really grabbed the tournament by the scruff of the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


breakthrough moment for Belgium, the second golden generation after the


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


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


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


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


galvanising of the relationship between the team and supporters in a


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


breeze. But in the group stages here they


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


appearances. Captain Vincent Kompany has overcome a groin injury to


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


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


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


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


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


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


created chances and provided assists. Divock Origi starts up


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Salvador is the World Cup capital city of goals.


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


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


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


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


first. He their last four cups. This is as


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


appointment which has been criticised by the US coach. The


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


save, then Howard. Right from the off.


It is interesting with because Beckham was quite impressive


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


against this Belgian side. The United States have travelled more


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


under 2000 miles. What you can expect and hope you


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


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


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


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


Pepsi is off and moving. -- Dempsey.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Disappointed end of the tournament with the home


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


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


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


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


by Yann Vertonghen. Origi is onside -- well anticipated


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


from the air yesterday. Vincent Kompany puts it forward.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


responsibilities when tracking back. Especially against somebody like


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


about. He will Cameron using the pressure we talked


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


DeMarcus Beasley. De Bruyne lurking on the edge of the


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


results in a needless corner put behind by Geoff


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


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


corner. Dries Mertens to take. Vincent Kompany has trotted


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


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


Alderweireld on DeMarcus Beasley which is given the US an escape


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


World Cup squads himself. Gonzalez again. Johnson, outside


him. Hitting the back of Jan Vertonghen.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


play. 15 minutes play, Belgium might have taken the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


things that the has in this tournament. Gave the


ball away has in this tournament. Gave the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


That is very of play from Kevin De Bruyne.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


taken by Graham Zusi for the United States.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dempsey. Courtois saves. Great stuff. Good play.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


midfield. Jan Vertonghen picks the pants -- pass.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


counterattack or turnover of possession. That is when the USA


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


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


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


solid. Belgian corner. In the three matches they have


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


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


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


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


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


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


Can see the disappointment in his face.


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


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


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


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


against Russia. Eden Hazard teeing up Origi.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


in the by Gonzalez. Jones just beat Origi


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


it won by the Belgian. Cameron. Gives


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


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


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


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


difficult to contain. The six Belgian corner already. A


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


know what is surprisingly. The central defender went off with


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


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


change. Yedlin will come on. This is a big


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


-- Stadium at the moment. Brilliant stuff and


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


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


time. This should be proud of how well


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


badly. -- done two things well and one


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


Dries Mertens. Alderweireld available. Mertens drives it in.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that. Yellow card the Vincent Kompany.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alderweireld. De Bruyne. Alderweireld here. Another lovely


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


contributing, they will struggle because some of their players are


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


American attack. Vertonghen. He would have been quite


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Buyten. This is the early chance from De


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


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


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


US is left, and all the good play from the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


entertaining game in Salvador with the last of the quarterfinal places


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


watched Switzerland play this afternoon and they were never going


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


children can find themselves blessed or saddled with a permanent


reminder. You have to say, that is meant


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


Apparently there is a Fernandinho named after you,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


World Cup finals. Semifinalists previously, in a historic occasion


against Turkey. Belgian's first semifinal since 2002.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


think many people could have predicted what has happened in this


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


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


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


selection. That does not trouble Tim Howard at


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


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


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


A bit of a target. Mikkel Bradley snapping it.


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


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


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


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


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


thoroughly useless from the little nuggets.


Here is Bradley. Fellaini is going to have a pop


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


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


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


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


game against South Korea. Vertonghen sprinting ahead. Hazard has


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


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


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


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


diagonal cross. Lovely ball


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Good Vertonghen. He wants it back again.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


could have gone anyway. Powerful from Vertonghen.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


-- Zusi, Yedlin. Van Buyten cleared it.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


smoothly, and Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany between them


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


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


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


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


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


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


stuff at the moment. Brilliant. Really open.


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


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


Vertonghen needed to Vertonghen. Here's hoping.


out of it before he touched it. This is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


defending. Brave. Alderweireld. Deflection on that.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


better. No agreement between Lille and Liverpool although we understand


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


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


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


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


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


substitutes on with a bad wrong with Davis.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


well, Fellaini. Bariti. He has played


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Vertonghen. Vincent Kompany. Argentina are waiting in the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


times, not connecting with the ball. Just a bit heavy. Jan Vertonghen


finds Hazard. Will he create something magical to break American


hearts. A bit of a slice from Gonzalez for yet another Belgian


corner kick. Taken short. Fellaini at the back post. Howard did well.


Beasley did as well. Full of running still. Wondolowski. Jermaine Jones.


Yedlin is supercharged. Vertonghen have a head start. But Yedlin's


persistence and pace has brought them a throw. He made about 40 yards


there, considering he has hardly played at this level, how wonderful


there, considering he has hardly he has tonight. He can be proud of


himself. Dempsey. Cameron. Bradley. Beasley. Bradley. There he is


again, Yedlin, in behind. Yedlin. Jones. Fellaini did well. Eden


Hazard. Great tackle by Yedlin. He ran 40 yards and he ignored him


again and did not defend, then got back and tackled him. What a


performance he has put in. Hazard. Mirallas is off chasing this. Takes


on DeMarcus Beasley. That needed to be timed right, and it was. It is a


corner. Again, he is a threat. You make a mistake there you run the


risk of conceding something think attack -- catastrophic. A Belgian


corner. That is away by Dempsey. What a tackle. We donor family times


he has done that tonight. The never say die attitude is so admirable.


Some of those lads are dying on their feet. Again, a corner kick.


Vincent Kompany having his shirt pulled. Fits not a great save, it's


a great block. They've certainly played for their manager and the


country. But they do look tired. Got to try and regain some shape and


energy to stay in the game. Is there a late winner? It has been a feature


of the round of 16 games. Late winners. I'm amazed Fellaini are


still on the pitch, his contribution has been next to nothing. There has


been the odd header down or chest down. The likes of Zanuzaj and


Dembele on the bench, even Chadli. Have to try and do something


different. Vincent Kompany. Have to try and do something


Belgium. Fellaini. Eden Hazard. Already. -- Origi got the shot away.


Howard with a reaction stop. Hit firm Andrew, rising, but straight at


the keeper. Good play from Origi, confident turn,


the keeper. Good play from Origi, save it. Another corner. -- straight


at Howard. Almost into the last five minutes of the 90.


De Bruyne with the deep corner. Fellaini's header at the back post.


Did it come off a USA head? Apparently not. They only committed


for men in the box to the corner. Five minutes to go, and you wanted


win the game. I'm surprised they did not commit


win the game. I'm surprised they did For many is an easy number to defend


against. De Bruyne has gone For many is an easy number to defend


yet -- for men is an easy number to defend stick -- defend against.


yet -- for men is an easy number to Shocked at the strength that he has


on the bench and there is Shocked at the strength that he has


movement. Really am surprised. Jan Shocked at the strength that he has


into Eden Hazard. Well timed by Gonzalez. Michael Bradley.


Wondolowski. It is that time of the game. If you


concede now, you are in big trouble. Wondolowski. Jones. Jones's bawling.


Cleverley away by Van Buyten with Dempsey behind him and waiting. Not


sure that was clever. A good break from the USA. That could have gone


anywhere. That is a tired clearance rather than a clever one. Well, he


did what needed to be done I guess. Alejandro Bedoya will take the


corner kick the United States. The fans are on their feet.


Bedoya's corner. Witsel's header. Eden Hazard. Origi. DeMarcus Beasley


does not want to be beaten here. A foul.


He is having a real war of words with his manager. Omar Gonzalez


here. Another good ball. Jan Vertonghen.


Eden Hazard. De Bruyne, and you still feel that the Belgian quality


might count in the end. Kevin De Bruyne. Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard,


side netting. Got to pull it there, on his left foot, away from the


goal. Bad decision from Eden Hazard. Look at the red shirts in the


middle. I'm not sure how he thinks he will score. Must be an


unbelievable strike to score from there. That is greedy, that. Either


tired or greedy. A player of his quality has to do better there.


Bradley. Cameron. Behind the Yedlin. Belgium with the


throw. The Tongan -- Vertonghen. De Bruyne. Two minutes of normal time


plus added on. Well timed again from Gonzalez. Spreading it well, Kevin


De Bruyne. Mirallas. Fellaini waiting to the diagonal


again. Besler forward. They can break. Alejandro Bedoya. Wondolowski


in the middle. Jermaine Jones with a run. Bedoya takes on Van Buyten, but


Vincent Kompany is across. Just say, that is of that. Superb defending


from Vincent Kompany. Read that so well. Hazard, into Witsel. Vincent


Kompany continuing. Company in the middle. Tim Howard, away. Now that


would have been the goal of the tournament. Captain fantastic,


Vincent Kompany. Just a tiny bit behind him. Needs a better quality


ball. One or two yards in front of him. I am breathing heavier just


watching him make that run. Corner. 15th Belgian corner here.


Kevin De Bruyne. The referee, I thought he had blown his whistle but


it was someone in the crowd. Eden Hazard. Hazard, taking on Yedlin.


Hazard, did well, put behind by Omar Gonzalez.


16 corners now. Not sure I can find any more words or eulogies for the


American defending. To keep going the way they have, keep getting in


there, getting the blocks, fantastic attitude. And desire. Into the three


added minutes. Fellaini, over the bar.


Well, well, well. That is where Fellaini is dangerous. That has been


his only contribution, actually, set plays and diagonals.


Tim Howard's clearance downfield. Witsel.


Dempsey has done well and shrugged off Axel Witsel. Jan Vertonghen is


there. It will be a USA corner no, a US throw. 90 seconds of added time


to go. Good strength. Keeps his team at the pitch.


Wondolowski. Of Vincent Kompany. A slice from De Bruyne. Wondolowski.


Cameron. Yedlin will reach this. Yedlin, time to look up. See who is


there. Three in the middle. Vincent Kompany away. Geoff Cameron. Lofting


it up towards Jones. Wondolowski. He has missed it! Offside. It would not


have counted. I am pleased for him. Clever ball


from Cameron. A mile offside. Oh, my word. Fellaini's header.


It is that the thin line. We saw the Swiss hit the post in the last


seconds. Jones is charging down the middle here for the United States.


Vincent Kompany will not be beaten. We will have extra time. More of the


same, please. It might be 0-0, but you do not need 200 points in a game


to have fun. Their Dietmar minutes to come. -- 30 more minutes to come.


to have fun. Their Dietmar minutes I think Americans might be beginning


to understand a sport without goals or points to be runs -- or runs to


be wrenchingly exciting. What a performance from Howard. Just got in


the of everything. And credible. Attack after attack from Belgium.


They got into the final third. It goes to show what you can do with 14


or 13 committed guys who believed in the manager in the system and are


willing to give everything for their country. You can get to where you


want to be through hard work and sheer grit and determination, and


that performance from the USA was everything that said, we want to


stay in this competition, we believe in ourselves, because they have


given everything for their country. If he had scored there and it was


offside, he was a couple of yards on. He was flagged offside. He would


have been in trouble after that. Origi has been impressive.


Brilliant. He came on previously as a substitute in the pressure was not


as great Bend. a substitute in the pressure was not


to seeing how he would come in at the start of a game. He has taken it


on head and. He is creating chances and is not scared to have a go. We


mentioned Liverpool. He is willing to run in behind. He was very good


in the air and looked strong. His finishing let him down. He looks


comfortable taking the ball anywhere. He is aware of people


around him. He is one for the future, Origi. I think my favourite


moment came at the end when a certain


moment came at the end when a scored one of the most marvelous


goals of all-time if it had gone in. He just kept running and running and


passed it and followed it. I've got to say, that is a terrible finish!


If you see it from a different angle, it was awful. There is the


captain of Belgium. You just wonder how long America can hang on and if


they have the legs for it. Can Belgium do something to win this


game? The final ball, the final pass, the finish. 18 has so many


chances and they look back and regret it. --


This is how they play every game. I have never seen them change tactics.


I got a glimpse of Lukaku sneaking on. When your legs are weary and you


see him coming and wanting to prove a point, he has a point to prove.


Another young guy that has not really achieved what he wants to


achieve and certainly not in this World Cup. He has a point to prove.


He will be screaming, get the ball into me. The ball breaks down a lot.


Origi looks after the ball very well. Let's go back and join Steve


and Danny. Lukaku and four Origi. The referee


blows his whistle and the United States get the first period of extra


time under way. They have swapped De Bruyne on the left. I think that is


partly... The right back has gone on the whole game, hasn't he? I think


De Bruyne will be more disciplined in his footwork. Hazard will get a


young striker more involved than he has been in the match on the


left-hand side, because Lukaku has not yet had a shot in this World


Cup. Here is Bradley. A definite change. Oh, it has gone through.


Good cross from Beasley. Doug it out from around the corner. Jones is


somehow still going. He cannot quite get over it. You would think the


chances would be few and far between in this extra time. Geoff Cameron.


Cameron forward. Jones scrapping for it. Cameron. Dempsey. When you think


that United States... Hold on. De Bruyne, 1-0 Belgium. Kevin De


Bruyne. Great finish. Lukaku causing the problems. Strength and power,


freshness. He shrugged him off, Lukaku. There it was. I've thought


he was going to go on his own but he looks to square it. Really composed,


isn't he? Composed is the perfect word. Top goal scorer in qualifying.


We see why. He had never scored for Belgium before this World Cup. That


is fit for his country, and now the United States, somewhere, somehow


have to find some reserves of energy in a way back into this game and


Jermaine Jones immediately throwing the gauntlet down. Argentina is the


prize or whoever goes through. That prize will the on Saturday. They


will have to show some rough strength. -- real strength.


Bradley's free kick. A long run back for those centre halves who have


gone up. He just takes his time, take the extra touch and picks his


spots. There he composed take the extra touch and picks his


a talented young player. He wants to go and celebrate and realises he


must go back or he will get a yellow. Kevin De Bruyne, who


celebrated his birthday three days ago. If that proves to be the


winning goal, it will earn a small celebration this evening. Bradley.


Dempsey. Bradley. Dempsey. Plenty of time for the Americans. Yedlin, and


Vertonghen away. Hazard. Away to the left-hand side, Vertonghen.


Vertonghen, what is he going to do? Too long. Defender in the box now.


Far too long. Get out on your feet and smash it. Free kick to United


States. That was a chance to put a game away. I am thinking of the game


that Greece had, with extra time, game away. I am thinking of the game


against Costa Rica. You never know. That was a good chance. The only


upside, the cloud of that goal is that it


has come so the cloud of that goal is that it


What they don't want to concede another. Eden Hazard here. De


Bruyne. Lukaku, got the shot away, and Tim Howard turns it the way. --


away. Lukaku has done more in six minutes in extra time than he has


really contributed in the two games in which he played the best part of


90 minutes. The game is open, which helped him. He has a point to


prove, and sometimes players need that. They come out fighting. The


substitutions have both made a huge impression. Free kick to USA. If


they go through, their lack of tenacity, it is only


they go through, their lack of Hugh is looking tired now -- who is


looking tired now, and the rest of them are attacking


looking tired now, and the rest of Good covering from Mirallas.


looking tired now, and the rest of Cameron, too deep.


On Friday, in the quarterfinals, we bring you France against Germany,


live on BBC One, 430 p.m.. At the moment, it is Belgium's to lose. It


is Belgium's to win, isn't it? I never understood that expression.


The football lexicon. Beasley. Geoff Cameron. Cameron again. Dempsey


coming deep, finding Bradley. Bradley, clipped away to Jones.


Ciman always willing to make an option, and has it now. -- Yedlin


always willing. A tired looking ball. Bedoya is there. Beasley.


Almost cut out by Hazard. Here is Cameron on the nicely away from


Fellaini. Beautifully done. Act into Dempsey. Brilliant, let the ball


roll away from Dempsey. The whistle has gone. Still hope for them, still


chances. There are tired legs out there on both sides. Chris Wood is


out there alongside Jurgen Klinsmann. On his knees, getting


some air. 22 tired lads out there. He tried to shoot. He will hopefully


be OK. A little bit of added time at the


end of this period of extra time. Courts want -- Courtois away. Lukaku


again, and Howard once more. Got to contact -- got to contain Lukaku.


His freshness has made a real difference. The next goal in this


game if there is one must not be a Belgian goal. They might get one,


but I'd don't see it. To lose a goal in extra time, psychologically...


Straight out of place for an American throw in. They are still in


this, they have to have belief. It could be a set play. You have seen


it with the Greeks. Too last goals. Anything is possible. -- to


last-minute goals. Anything is possible. Yedlin. Bradley. Dempsey.


Great ball. It is hammered into Jones and the referee has stopped


play. What a good move, what a block. This first 15 minutes could


last about 25, couldn't it? Unfortunate. That is an accident. He


will be all right. He has had a ball in the face before. Give him a


little breather, a little water, get on with it. Good attack. For a young


man, that is great composure. Tim Howard, finally beaten. They need


Jones back on quickly, because they do not want to be playing with one


man less in extra time, that is for sure. Jones is back on now. De


Bruyne. Hazard. Van Buyten. Alderweireld. Mirallas. Fellaini.


This is good possession. Howard, good save. Goode, good faith. How


many times have we said that this evening? Poor finish from Mirallas.


He is better than that normally. Certainly making chances. Here is


Jones. Lukaku, 2-0. Belgium will face


Argentina. Lukaku with the second goal. Jurgen Klinsmann's United


States team are undone, and another Belgian substitute makes the


difference. A good breakaway. De Bruyne takes his time. That is the


exact finish we expect from him. Confident, powerful, and as you say,


he has done more in the last 15 minutes here of extra time and he


has done in the rest of the World Cup. See the smile on his face.


Well, we are into added time at the first period of extra time. 2-0 is a


obviously, there will be more obviously, there will be more


counter. They deserve it, you can't argue with that. They


chances and were the dominant team. We are playing to


chances and were the dominant team. the end of the first 15. Is that too


more added minutes? They have arty played nearly two. Julian


more added minutes? They have arty about to come on as soon as the


fourth official has decided which number is coming off. Or at least


reflecting what Jurgen Klinsmann has decided which number should come


off. It is Bedoya here is coming off and Julian Green, who is with Bayern


Munich, though mostly in their second team, which plays below are


tears in German football. He is on. It is the end of the first period of


extra time. Substitutions again. You have got to hand it to him, every


substitution he has made in this tournament has paid off. He is


fortunate because he has a squad full of talented players all over


the pitch, various options, and he has chosen them while at the right


times. His substitutes have a determination to make an impact and


to show him that he was wrong not to have


to show him that he was wrong not to place. Maybe he is not quite sure of


his best team. Belgium will be assuming that the last 15 minutes


down throughout the last amazing 15 minutes from the US but


down throughout the last amazing 15 have Thomas Vermaelen bit but alas


eight, but have Thomas Vermaelen bit but alas


extraordinary now. That would be a remarkable comeback


extraordinary now. That would be a climb this mountain. They have given


their all so far, they really have. There's not one of them out there


who cannot be proud of themselves. 15 minutes away, Belgium, from the


last eight. The last eight of the World Cup. De Bruyne, forward.


Lukaku giving it straight to Yedlin. But if they get one early in this


half... Yedlin. Lovely bit of skill. As Cameron got the legs to get


there? It is a free kick for the foul on Yedlin. Set pieces are


important now. Bradley to take. Bradley. It might still fall for


them. Kevin De Bruyne. They are in real trouble and if DeMarcus Beasley


had not been first to the clearance, and he shouldn't have been, not a


good ball. A sloppy. Here is Bradley. Jones. Bradley. Julian


Green making the run. He has scored! What a fantastic goal. Julian Green


for the United States. And they are only back in it. It is 2-1. I told


you I should not predict anything. Game over? Why did I not be quiet.


you I should not predict anything. What a moment that young man.


Bradley looks up. Onside. What a moment that young man.


take that well. Alderweireld letting go. Just off the edge of his toe. He


deserves a bit of luck for making a superb run. 13 minutes to go, and 13


minutes might be plenty because Belgium who were practically


celebrating in extra time up against it. This World Cup has been


absolutely brilliant. Fellaini. Lukaku wants it. Fellaini. Goalkick.


I am amazed that they have not made a change and put some fresh legs on.


Witsel and Fellaini are gone. They cannot make a run between them.


Yedlin. Listen to the noise. Cameron striding forward. Yedlin. For in the


middle for the USA. Wondolowski. Jones. Just wide. It is wide by a


whisker. A hair's Brett. Jermaine Jones. It looked in. I cannot


believe what I am watching. Talk about turning the game around.


Brilliant ball from Yedlin. What a clever finish it was. So I'm lucky


from Jones. Outside of the right foot. Macro Yedlin, not sure what he


has had foot. Macro Yedlin, not sure what he


stopped. Beautifully foot. Macro Yedlin, not sure what he


DeMarcus Beasley. Here is a man who is contender for Man of the Match.


Besler. Julian Green, the man who has changed the face of the game.


Michael Bradley for the United States. Yedlin. Bradley.


Donovan. Julian Green. Green can see Bradley. He does. Bradley. Trying to


work out a rate around Fellini. DeMarcus Beasley. Omar Gonzalez.


Jermaine Jones for the United States. Suddenly it is the Belgium


legs that are aching. De Bruyne, given away by Jones. Poor ball.


Given straight back. Cameron. Away by Vincent Kompany. Omar Gonzalez


has not won it. Lukaku. Besler. Lukaku running at Gonzalez. Lukaku.


Howard again. Howard again. The two of them could not stop him, but Tim


Howard did. Great feat. Not the best finish, but again, Tim Howard, how


many times has he saved with his legs? What an evening he has had.


What a game. Belgium are throwing on Nacer Chadli. Their last change. It


shouldn't be for Hazard. You can hear the response for the Belgium


fans, he still looks fresh. The two guys behind


fans, he still looks fresh. The two feet. Chad liaison. Tim Howard.


Tipping it away. Another Belgian corner. The 19th Belgian corner of


the game. Here is this brilliant moment for Julian Green. Catches the


end of his toe, but he won't care, at all. And then the chance for


Jones a minute or two later. It is Belgian with this corner kick.


Morale is to take it. Headed out by Omar Gonzalez. Chadli, just on.


Kevin De Bruyne working it to Mirallas. He can charge in. He trod


on it. Cameron, way too green. He has got through one challenge.


DeMarcus Beasley. Back to Julian Green. Mirallas is helping out.


Foul. Free kick. Showing some spirit and some fight. Bradley. Jones.


Blocked by Vincent Kompany. It comes to Geoff Cameron. Miss time, but


pushed, free kick USA. It is dead centre. Michael Bradley is onto it.


It's quite a way out. Not sure he should be shooting. I have not seen


his strike. The Belgian


nervous than he did five minutes ago. I think we all thought it was


game over. Half-time in extra time. They were virtually celebrating.


Jermaine Jones will free kick will stop Courtois with


the save to deny Dempsey. Bradley. Cannot find Wondolowski. Jan


Vertonghen. One back by Wondolowski. Where have they got the energy from?


They look the fitter and stronger team. Bradley. Bradley getting


through Fellaini. Still going. Smashed away by Jan Vertonghen. That


is the best free kick of the World Cup so far. What a save from


Courtois. Cameron with the ball into the box. Jones attacks it. Dempsey


at the back post. As he kept it in? Yes, Yaz. Five in the middle.


Michael Bradley. Everyone but Lukaku back. Kevin De Bruyne. Belgium are


desperate for respite. Who could have seen this coming? DeMarcus


Beasley will stop Julian Green. Not the best ball of the night. Courtois


will live on it. Look at this for invention. Such a clever little


move. His first touch just took it into his path. So unlucky. Quick off


his line. Straight through to Tim Howard, and that is not done his


his line. Straight through to Tim your bottom dollar it is coming


his line. Straight through to Tim would have loved to have seen that


gone in. I don't want this to stop. Fellaini has booted out of play for


an American throw. Fellaini has booted out of play for


evening up. For years they have been an anomaly in world football, the


country that doesn't get the game. Always qualifying, but this is a


proper team and they are backed by some proper fans. They get it. The


noise, the atmosphere, it's fantastic. It's a pleasure to be


noise, the atmosphere, it's here and witness this. Witsel.


Gonzalez got a foot in, but free kick to Belgium. Whichever one of


these teams go through, they face Argentina, and it will be a terrific


quarterfinal, that is for sure. What a game that will be. It would be for


Belgium if they get their, a repeat a game that will be. It would be for


of their finest hour, the semifinal a game that will be. It would be for


good as the second one he scored against England in the quarterfinal.


It is an American throw. Three half minutes, or thereabouts. Will


It is an American throw. Three there be one more chance? You can


see the central defender has gone up. Gonzalez is here. Lovely


backheel by Dempsey to Bradley. Yedlin. Great ball. Just behind.


Smashed away by Fellaini. What a ball from Yedlin. Coming back in


from DeMarcus Beasley. Julian Green. Five in the box for the USA. Green.


Still green. Jones. Driven. No, he has to put that in the middle. A


puff of the cheeks. From Marc Wilmots. He's going to be


disappointed because they have thrown a comfortable position awake


and now they are hanging on for dear life, and that's because he did not


replace the men in central midfield with no legs. They cannot move, the


pair of them. The pressure is relentless. Courtois taking his time


and Jurgen Klinsmann is doing his not. Courtois with a clearance.


Besler underneath it. Fellaini. Fellaini finds Lukaku. Silence falls


as Belgium have the ball. Lukaku. Besler in front of him. Mirallas.


as Belgium have the ball. Lukaku. Looking for the corner flag. Free


kick USA. Doesn't need to take him on. Keep the ball in the corner,


trying to foul. Silly play. Time ticks on. Michael Bradley charges


on. Julian Green. Geoff Cameron. Dempsey. Dempsey. Bradley. Fellaini


comes out to meet him. Bradley. Holds Fellaini and is fouled by


Fellaini. Free kick. I think Holds Fellaini and is fouled by


the first tackle Fellaini has made. 75 seconds on my watch. Out from Jan


Vertonghen. Jones beaten it. The ball in. Out by Van Buyten. Hammered


away by Fellaini. Lukaku. Lukaku. He can knock it square for Chadli.


Blocked by DeMarcus Beasley. It looked like handball. Lukaku again.


That is a great ball. Wonderful ball, just over the top of Cameron


but Mirallas saw it late. A good ball, but he's need to try it. Just


run in the corner. Six foot three, 16 stone of muscle, protect the ball


in the corner and get the country through. Fellaini. I don't know


about you, I'm glad he did. It's been that kind of game. I don't want


the game to end with a Belgian sitting on the ball in the corner


quadrant. The excitement is unbelievable. Here goes Julian


Green. Green's Allin. Yedlin! . Yedlin, the pain searing through his


legs. I thought that was it. I thought that was the moment. What a


reward that would have been that young right back. He has been


magnificent. One added minute and he cannot understand why it is not


more. Mirallas forward, handball. Get them


all up. Get Tim Howard up. Get them all up.


Well, it is the USA, so here come the cavalry. Tim Howard, long and


high. Fellaini with his head on it. They can run it downfield and run


away the clerk. They are through. Belgium are through. But what a


scare. What a scare they have had. They have been run into the ground,


the Belgians. They got over the line, but they do go on to a


quarterfinal against Argentina and what a mouthwatering one it is on


Saturday. They have won the match after extra time but what a


performance. What a performance from the USA. I think it is worth giving


the USA huge credit and thanking them for what they have contributed


to the World Cup because that's the best I've seen. I have not seen


character and commitment and desire and what I saw tonight. Well done to


Belgium as well, because they showed good quality to digging near the


end. I now look forward to watching them in a brilliant quarterfinal


against Argentina against Lionel Messi. It


against Argentina against Lionel World Cup, and that was right up


with the best of them. Lovely to see the coaches embrace. Klinsmann's


Americans are out and Marc Wilmots's Belgians are through.


Wow. What a truly, exhilarating, pulsating, wonderful game of


football. Victory to Belgium, but congratulations to an


extraordinarily brave American team who just kept going and going until


the very end. But it wasn't to be. Alan, I can't remember an extra time


that has been so exciting as that. What a game of football. What a


World Cup this is turning out to be. It really is. It is just


staggering. Wearing earth do they get the fitness from, those American


guys, to keep going -- where on earth? It was just a joy to watch.


That extra time, that extra 30 minutes. Both teams desperately,


desperately not wanting to go out and giving everything for the shirt


they were wearing, and I really enjoyed that 30 minutes. Even the 90


minutes beforehand. No goals, but a great game. Fabulous stuff. Rio, we


were jumping out of our seats with the excitement at the end. It was


like watching a Premier League game. Ball in the box, players


like watching a Premier League game. get on the end of it. Unbelievable.


You have to talk -- start taking Belgium seriously. The manager is


making good substitutions and winning them the games. From the


bench, they might have better players from anyone in the


tournament, and that will be a big factor in the latter stages. Enjoy


that, Chris? It was brilliant. Honest, 100%, everything they've


got. What they lack in ability they make up in desire and passion.


People like to see that. Belgium, for me, he has


People like to see that. Belgium, midfield. He has to play Eden Hazard


as a number ten to progress. I agree. Great scenes at the end, and


great sportsmanship between the managers earlier on. Congratulating


each other's teams, no doubt. Whilst Belgian girl on, the Americans go


home with their heads held high. -- go home. They have been a breath of


fresh air. For the way they approach their football, they know they have


limited ability, but the way that Jurgen Klinsmann has set them up and


the way he gives them confidence to believe in themselves, and the way


they giving him back, they believed in him. They really have been


brilliant. It's a shame to see them go out. But they have given


absolutely happens, nobody can complain.


I saw a tweet from the New York Times saying it was a shame that


soccer is so boring. The Americans have a sense of irony. What is great


about this for the USA team is they have layers that have enhanced the


reputations, and the young lad who came on, the right back was


phenomenal, and he came on for a guy who was probably their best player.


Let's have a look at the quarterfinals. There you have it.


France against Germany, Brazil against Columbia, all eight group


winners went through in the end, which is a first. It is the first


time that has happened since we had eight groups, anyway. We will have


the first of this quarterfinals live on the BBC. France against Germany


at tea time on Friday. on the BBC. France against Germany


against Costa Rica on Saturday. Let's remind ourselves of the goals.


No goals in 90 minutes, but it all started after that. The coach


No goals in 90 minutes, but it all did was, he moved De Bruyne to the


left-hand side and that Hazard did was, he moved De Bruyne to the


the number ten roll. Look at the desire of De Bruyne. He started on


the edge of the zone box -- of his own box. He showed his desire to get


in there and finish it off. A very good finish. Howard could not save


that one. The defender will be good finish. Howard could not save


disappointed in himself. Someone that big and strong who is fresh,


you have got to try to push into the side. He got bowled over, really.


Tim Howard was side. He got bowled over, really.


chances do they have? Lukaku made the difference with his strength and


speed when the Americans were getting tired. The goalkeeper goes


down very early. Good play from De Bruyne, left-hand side. An


intelligent run from Lukaku. The weight of pass is Billy and. --


brilliant. A lot of tired legs around. A lot of open space around.


He had his chance and he finish it off very well. He had a point to


prove. He had not played particularly well. But back came


America. It reminded me of a previous player. This was


unbelievable. You see the emotion, the belief in their team am of the


belief in the manager to keep pushing them. You could easily have


thought 2-0, that's it. The way they fought back, the way they were not


prepared to give in the and they just kept on attacking at every


opportunity. They have two or three very good chances to get themselves


back in the game. We were screaming. But they kept on going,


America. Very clever. Straight off the training ground. A great save.


We were screaming, hitting the roof. But they never gave up. They were


hanging on because the two lads in the field had nothing left in the


tank. They were out on their feet and they needed help. I've think the


midfielder was trying to go on the attack. You want bodies around it.


We have seen some stunning goalkeeping in this World Cup.


Hardly any mistakes from Tim Howard. We just thought it was going to be


his night, because everything was stopped by him, whether it was hands


or legs. He just had a fantastic night, he really did. He was just


unstoppable. Nothing could get by him, Lukaku. Chris was saying during


the game, someone please lift the ball. To his credit, it was working


for him. The moment that Lukaku came on and lifted one of the balls...


Quarterfinalists. It is hard to pick a standout team. Who would you go


for? When the fixtures came up, I went for all the home teams. There


is only one, Chris. But the way the fixtures are set up... I can't for


member what they were! Argentina, Holland and France. I sticking with


Brazil. You still think they have what it takes? I'd do. I'd think


they have got a fantastic player. I have lost confidence in Argentina. I


went for Brazil, but one thing that has been startling during this


tournament is the lack of good defending from teams in general.


There have been a lot of goals that could have been prevented or stopped


the defensive shape has not been up to scratch. I think it is the best


World Cup ever, I really do. to scratch. I think it is the best


World Cup ever, I really Thank you very much. That is it from us. After


an exhilarating night, Belgium and the American dream, and we have our


eight quarterfinalists could indict the Schreiber quarterfinalists. At


night. -- quarterfinalists. Good night. This should be fun. A nation


held its breath. Brazil when in the most rheumatic of circumstances!


This is not joy, this was pure relief. Our enchanting game is a


universal language, wherever you're from some of the same emotions stir.


Oh, Magic! Sheer brilliance! Devastation and effete seized from


the jaws of victory. -- and defeat. They have broken Mexican hearts! We


welcome the world to our beautiful country, but it is time to say good


night. No-one wants to go home early. Not yet. Those that remain,


the carnival continues. This should be fun, no? Only


We don't have to prove who used a knife any more.


He's only gone and stabbed someone, hasn't he?


If you were there, you'll all get done for murder.