The Huffington Post By Chris Greenberg
There was no surrender from the United States. But there would be no victory either in its final appearance at the 2014 World Cup.
Belgium overcame a historic performance by U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard in a 2-1 win in the Round of 16 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Tuesday. With Howard making one sensational save after the next, the elimination game remained scoreless through 90 minutes despite Belgium taking far more shots than the U.S. side. Howard’s 16 saves were the most in a World Cup game in over 50 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Howard told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap after the final whistle ended the 120-minute encounter. “I don’t think we could have given any more. What a great game of football.”
With reserve forward Romelu Lukaku providing a spark, Belgium finally got a ball past Howard in the fifth minute of extra time. Lukaku surged up the right wing, shrugging off U.S. defender Matt Besler before crossing the ball into the penalty area. Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne got to the ball and then drove a low right-footed shot past Howard.
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