BELGIUM 2 – 1 USA
I have really enjoyed watching the United States of America in this World Cup. They’ve played their hearts out in this tournament, whether winning, drawing or losing. Clint Dempsey’s goal (from a previous game) in just 30 seconds will be a World Cup moment not easily forgotten. Tim Howard’s record breaking amount of saves will give future potential American goalkeepers something to aspire to achieve.
Just being a part of the last 16 was an incredible achievement most American fans can appreciate at least, despite not winning the entire tournament. Some teams (including Spain, Italy, England and others) did not even manage to get out of their group and into the knockout stage. I hope the Americans have pride in doing so and the squad can go home with their heads held high.
President Barack Obama would be questioned about his national soccer team and quoted as saying “what you achieved is still significant” and I totally agree. WELL DONE AMERICA!
The game would have zero goals in it for over 90 minutes. There had been chances to score but neither side looked like they could make them count and the goalkeepers stood up to any and all challenges they face for the length of a full match that would have ended in a goalless draw with a point for each side if it wasn’t a knockout stage game.
The extra 30 minutes would be played and it would be Belgium who overcame exhaustion as Kevin de Bruyne put Belgium ahead around 93 minutes (just three minutes into the added period of extra time). At this point, the Americans knew they would have to reply with a goal before the second half of extra time was up or they would not even get a chance to participate in a penalty shootout now that the score had risen to 1-0. However with at least 27 minutes left (from both halves) to get their goal, it really didn’t seem out of the question.
America played good football and never gave up. They would make plenty of attacks and even when they were 2-0 down after Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium in the 105th minute, they kept on fighting.
Two minutes after the Belgians second goal, Julian Green would come on a substitute and score with his very first chance of the game. He gave the Americans hope and they looked like a new team who had not just been playing for over 100 minutes in the Brazilian heat… they charged on and on, attacking more and more – forcing the Belgian goalkeeper to do his very best and deny them an equalizer, time after time.
KEY PLAYERS: Belgium’s goals in extra time by Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku were crucial to their progression in the tournament.
TIM HOWARD has been great in this tournament and the Everton goalkeeper has broken records for highest ever amount of saves in a World Cup. Well done Tim! Apparently on Twitter, Hollywood movie star Tom Hanks was tweeting “Tim Howard remains a God” about the record-breaking American. His well earned status as a legendary World Cup goalkeeper seems to be set in stone.
Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones were a solid part of the Americans attacking force. Julian Green was the player who seemed to bring an exhausted team together once more for their final push of the game… and the tournament. I think a final shout out to their manager – Jurgen Klinnsman – is respectfully deserved. He’s been a part of it all as the Americans achieved so much this year. We’ll miss you, USA!
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.