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.