02/07/2014 Match of the Day


02/07/2014

Highlights from the final two matches in the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.


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Good morning. The last two places in the quarterfinals of the World Cup

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programmes last. Martin Keown is with me. We will show you Belgium

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against the USA later. We will start with the game in Sao Paulo,

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Argentina against Switzerland. Watched by Mark Lawrenson and

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Jonathan Pearce. Can Lionel Messi become the first

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man since 1930 to score in four successive Argentine World Cup final

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matches? It is a wonderful, raucous and thrilling atmosphere inside the

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ground. Argentina have made one change with Sergio Aguero ruled out

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with a five strain. Ezekiel Lavezzi replaces him. They are looking to

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make the last eight for the sixth time in eight finals. Switzerland

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have never won a game beyond the opening-round of the World Cup or

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European Championship. Fabian Schar brought in to shore up that leaking

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defence. He stays in there, I'm changed. They have lost just twice

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in 21 games. Over the last two years. We've had 20 minutes and

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nothing is really happening. Another corner kick. Argentina came out all

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over the place. Two against one, from a corner kick. Back into the

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bottom and that is a good save. And again, Sergio Romero called into

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action. I don't think he saw that second one until late. The first one

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was good because he could only save it with his feet. Still going, he

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stayed on his feet. Switzerland on the counterattack. Josip Drmic, the

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keeper stayed back. And that was a very weak finish. He is fortunate,

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Romero. He thought about it again, and in the end, it is such a poor

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finish from Josip Drmic. Gokhan Inler with a lovely ball forward.

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Shaqiri, the flag has stayed down. Josip Drmic. By the time he gets the

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ball, the angle has been closed down. It is virtually impossible to

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score from there. It was a narrow angle. What will Alejandro Sabella

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be thinking about at the moment, with his team? What is he doing?

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Showboating. He cannot be serious. If you were his team-mate, you would

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be going bananas, would you not? That is the first time they have got

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behind Rodriguez, for the whole game. That is a better ball in and

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the keeper has to save well. It was a much better ball in. He stole half

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a yard on the Swiss defence. Lionel Messi going into the gap the catered

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by Lavezzi. Gonzalo Higuain, and another big chance has come and

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gone. Lionel Messi! They are almost playing a front three now,

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Argentina, Zabaleta, following that up. Seven

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Swiss players in their own penalty area, plus the goalkeeper. The

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goalkeeper blocks. Argentina claim a penalty. The goalkeeper is injured,

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that is the first thing. The Swiss are complaining about a foul on the

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goalkeeper. Rodrigo Palacio came in for the rebound. Was there a foul on

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him? Three minutes of added time signalled.

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I wonder whether they will let Fabian Schar, the centre-half, he is

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standing offside at the moment, he has got himself back onside. In it

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comes towards Fabian Schar. Lavezzi was well pleased, wasn't he? He

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could not keep it down. That is one backed by Lionel Messi. And the

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final whistle blows of the 90 minutes. We will have an extra 30

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minutes of extra time. Argentina and Switzerland, 0-0. Lionel Messi. Can

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you change it in the blink of an eye? Angel Di Maria, he has gone for

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it. Splendid save. He has redeemed himself in one sweet moment there,

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Angel Di Maria. He struck it well, but it is a comfortable save.

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Rodrigo Palacio, back to the substitute left-back.

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Angel Di Maria. He cut inside. That came off Johan Djourou, didn't it? I

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think so. He did well, actually. Lionel Messi with the corner kick.

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Away to Angel Di Maria. Never in a month of Sundays. For a player who

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had such a magnificent season with Real Madrid, a magnificent Champions

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League final. Lionel Messi with the run. Can he finally win it? And it

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is Angel Di Maria! As soon as it broke away from Switzerland and went

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to the feet of Lionel Messi, you thought something might happen. It

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is as though he knew exactly where he was going. Once he goes, Lionel

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Messi, he waits, and that is a great finish. For a boy who has had such a

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bad day, that is a sensational finish, because he could have

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panicked, and he just placed the ball past the goalkeeper. That is a

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cool finish in the circumstances. Well it may not be the winning goal.

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He has had an absolute stinker. That is a cynical foul on Rodriguez. We

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are into the last ten seconds. Three minutes of stoppage time. Gokhan

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Inler with the free kick. That came off Haris Seferovic. You could tell

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by the way that they were rushing to get the ball. The goalkeeper is up.

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Up comes the good in. -- Diego Benaglio. That was an adventurous

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overhead. The goalkeeper is still up there. Unbelievable! Blerim Dzemali

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could not connect with the rebound. None of the Argentine players went

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for it. They had no idea what happened. That is such a good

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header. It was down and away from the goalkeeper. How unlucky is

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that? Switzerland, like Algeria, Nigeria, Mexico,

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that? Switzerland, like Algeria, close, only to fail at the last

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hurdle. Rodriguez put, and the goalkeeper has stayed up there. Now

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Angel Di Maria is beyond one defender. He has gone for it. He has

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not scored, but he is wasting valuable seconds. Still, the Swiss

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push on. Haris Seferovic. Xherdan Shaqiri, onto his left foot, he is

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brought down by Ezekiel Garay. He is claiming a dive. Where does the

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goalkeeper stand. Xherdan Shaqiri to keep Switzerland in it. Argentina

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celebrate. Argentina are through. It is all over. This therefore Diego

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Benaglio, beating after 118 minutes. And Angel Di Maria, Argentina into

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the quarterfinals again. 1-0, four Argentina against Switzerland. It

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was not the greatest of games, but like so many Argentina games,

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settled by a moment of brilliance by Lionel Messi. It was a great run

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from him and Angel Di Maria does the rest, a player who was out of sorts

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in the match. He did not realise how badly he was playing. It was such a

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bad evening for him. And the bad evening in general for Argentina.

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You cannot see them winning the competition. But they have got into

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the next round, and Lionel Messi is a revelation. I thought he was

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trying to take people on a little bit too much, but they got there, in

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the end. Is there a danger for the Argentina players that no matter how

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badly they feel that they are playing themselves, they expect

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Lionel Messi to get them out of it. He can attract offenders and shift

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the ball quickly and make space for others. Gonzalo Higuain is

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completely out thought. They need Sergio Aguero back from injury.

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Lionel Messi cannot keep doing it all on his own. If they want to win

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it, they are going to have to regroup. In that first game against

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Bosnia he was described as changing the game. He has not scored an

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international goal for 11 months. He does not look like he is going to

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change that any time soon. Mascherano is playing well in them

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at field. -- in their midfield. I would like the best place to be

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still in there, and he is certainly one of them. That left 1/4-final

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place Upper grabs. Who would be the opponents of

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place Upper grabs. Who would be the opponents Argentina in the last

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eight, Belgium or the USA? Time for a superhero. In a nation's time of

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need, 23 men have come together from across the globe to wear the red,

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white and blue in the fight for glory. From England, from Germany,

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superhuman strength from within and from Captain America himself,

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lightning strikes and a will to win. Together this force field shielding

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them from the threat of elimination. The leader on this quest is a true

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World Cup superhero. But they will have to have their wits about them

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as they face the inventive and fearless stars of Belgium. They will

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be hoping to make the headlines and live up to their billing as genuine

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contenders for the trophy. They have been far from exceptional but they

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

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

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

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

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Salvador. been in front for a total of 24

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minutes so far. On the whole, their performance has been a

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disappointment, none more though the Romelu Lukaku. Vincent Kompany is

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fit after having a niggling groin injury. The United States have one

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one, drawn one and lost one. Geoff Cameron is on in midfield and

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Alejandro Bedoya is the only other change. The earliest goal Belgium

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scored with the 78th minute winner against South Korea. The kid nearly

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scored by 40 seconds there! That is the pace he's got. A good save from

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Tim Howard. Good interplay with Bradley. Couldn't quite get it out

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off his feet. A comfortable save for devout core draft. -- Thibaut

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Courtois. They are in real trouble here. Kevin De Bruyne puts it wide.

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That was a brilliant chance. Loses it midfield.

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That is beautiful. Jan Vertonghen could've pulled it back, instead it

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is a way. DaMarcus Beasley did well. Lovely ball in by Jan Vertonghen. It

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was tempting and inviting and two of them went for it and neither of them

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got a touch. He does have options off the bench and he's used well,

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the Belgium coach. Three of his substitutions have scored for him in

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the tournament so far. A great header, just nudged the top of the

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crossbar. Much better pressure from Belgium. A good save by Tim Howard

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there. They are really up against it at the moment, the United States.

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That would've been the goal of the tournament. That would've been as

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good as anything we've seen. Great technique, this.

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Lovely footwork by Kevin Mirallas. Just get fit into the ground, it's

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not a clean strike. He will be disappointed by that. Normally the

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closer you get to 90 minutes, the more cagey and cautious it gets, but

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no sign of that. Lovely ball, Kevin Mirallas onside

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and I think Tim Howard got something on it. He did, it will be a corner.

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What a save. Three times now, Tim Howard. Jermaine Jones has made

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What a save. Three times now, Tim great run. Vincent Kompany comes

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across to say that is enough of that. Superb defending from Binns

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Co. He read that so well. -- from Vincent Kompany.

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Hold on, here is Romelu Lukaku. And it is 1-0 Belgium! Kevin De Bruyne!

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Great finish. Batman Romelu Lukaku causing the problems. Strength and

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power, fresheners. They couldn't cope with it. I actually thought he

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was going to go on his own. Really composed, isn't it. Yes, that is the

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perfect world. -- the perfect word. Top goal-scoring.

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2-0! Belgium is heading to Brasilia, where they will face

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Argentina. Romelu Lukaku would be second surely winning goal. Takes

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his time, a perfectly weighted pass. That is exactly the finish we would

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expect at the season at Everton. Confident, powerful. You can see the

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smile on his face. Oh, Diaz scored! What a fantastic

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goal and! Julian Green for the United States! What a moment for

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that young man. Onside. Just off the edge of his town. -- his toe. Listen

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that young man. Onside. Just off the to the noise. Cameron is driving

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forward. Oh, it is just wide. It is wide by a whisker. Jermaine Jones. I

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can't believe what I'm watching. Talk about turning a game around.

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Howard again. Howard again. Two of them couldn't stop him, but Howard

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did. Jones blocked by Vincent Kompany. A free kick for the USA.

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The Belgium manager looks more nervous than he did five minutes

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ago. They were virtually celebrating it. A brilliant save! What a free

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kick! That is the best free kick in the World Cup so far. And if you

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want anyone on the end of it, it is Thibaut Courtois. What a ball.

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Belgium are through. But what a scare. They are then run into the

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ground, the Belgians. We will come onto the side that won that game in

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just a moment but you have to give something to the USA their work.

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Truly amazing. They are so proud, the Americans. They just did not

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know when they would beat in. I don't think anybody wanted it to go

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to extra time, but once it did, I wanted them to take it back. Their

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attitude, they are never beaten. You could see their manager losing and

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squeezing out a little bit more from his team. They were so unlucky they

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didn't take it to penalties in the end. They were unlucky because they

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had chances. The free kick they had was incredibly well worked. Yes,

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Jones in that midfield, Gonzales at the back. Bradfield, the midfield

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maestro. Let's just hope the game continues to grow there. We wanted

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to be the number one sport in America. Yet again, Belgium reliant

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on a substitute, Romelu Lukaku who came on and change the game. To be

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honest, he's been like a pussy cat so far. Tonight, he changed. He was

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angry and he is a frightening sight. He is really at the top of his form.

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It will be interesting to see if he starts the next match. Kevin De

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Bruyne at the end grabbing the goal they needed in extra time. So often,

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the goal comes early in that extra time period. No, it's been a

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fantastic competition. Looking forward now to the latter stages. As

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Martin says, it gets better and better. We are down to the last

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eight. One of these teams will be your World Cup winner. We will see

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you at the weekend. The post! Brazil win in the most

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romantic of circumstances. This was not joy. This was pure relief. Are

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in chanting game is a universal language. Wherever you are, the same

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emotions stir. We wonder at the genius. Magic! Sheer brilliance!

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There is devastation at defeat seized from the jaws of victory.

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They have broken Mexican hearts. We have welcomed the world to our

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beautiful country, but it is time for some to leave. No one wants to

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go home early. Not yet. Those that remain continue with the carnival.

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go home early. Not yet. Those that This should be fun, no? Only in

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victory.

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