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USA World Cup Run Ends in 2-1 Extra Time Loss to Belgium

Updated: 07/01/2014 10:04 PM
Created: 07/01/2014 3:23 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game.

But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with an overtime loss in the World Cup's round of 16.

Kevin De Bruyne finally beat goalkeeper Tim Howard in the third minute of extra time, Romelu Lukaku scored 12 minutes later to give Belgium a two-goal lead, and the Red Devils hung on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Before exiting, the U.S. showed the spunk that captured America's attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the U.S. roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley's pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.

They nearly tied it up in the 114th, when Clint Dempsey peeled off the ball and was stopped point-blank by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after being fed by Bradley on a free kick.

But it wasn't enough, and U.S. players fell to the field at the final whistle in their all-white uniforms like so many crumpled tissues.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

==Read KSTP.com's as-it-happened live blog of USA-Belgium below==

BEL: 2, US: 1 FINAL

The US had several scoring chances at the end to tie the match against Belgium. Goalie Tim Howard racked up 17 saves in one of the best World Cup matches played by a goalie.

The US seemingly came undone with a first goal by De Bruyne and a follow up by Lukaku. However, they then appeared to gain momentum with scoring chances, namely a missed goal as Jones kicks it over the net.

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US is able to move the ball around. Jones poised to score on edge of area, but shoots it over the goal.

Just before, Yedlin gets bounce off Dempsey's foot but its cleared.

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Bradley standing over free kick and Dempsey has a scoring chance, but it is saved by Courtois.

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US on the counter as Beasley is caught playing in Green. Green is fouled, setting the US up for a free kick.

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US: 1, BEL: 2 Julian Green scores for US. Bradley had lifted the ball, setting the Green up. Green able to volley the ball into the net.

Bradley with a free kick and he puts it in low. Bounces around a bit before Belgium clears.

Julian Green on for Alejandro Bedoya...The referee blows the whistle to end the first period of Extra Time.

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BEL: 2, US: 0 Third time is the charm, as Lukaku is finally able to score after set-up by De Bruyne. He countered and plays in Lukaku who rifles it home from close range. Howard was nearly powerless against the aggressive goal.

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5-minutes- Lukaku matches up again, running at the defense. He cuts inside and drills a shot, which is saved by Howard.

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Lukaku goes against Howard near the post and its saved. Corner is cleared by the US and Belgium gets called for a foul.

Howard has 25 total saves, the most of any player at the World Cup. He has 13 total against Belgium.

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Goal for Belgium. De Bruyne pounces on a blocked shot and buries it from close range. Lukaku (on as a sub) turned the corner and cut it back for De Bruyne. His first shot was blocked, his second was in the bottom right corner.

Howard has 25 total saves, the most of any player at the World Cup. He has 13 total against Belgium.

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Beasley to the far post. Jones heads it over. Decent effort from the US to start extra time.

90 Minute

The United States held tough against Belgium's relentless pressure and took Tuesday's second round match to extra time at 0-0 at the World Cup.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard made a tough save in the first minute to deny teenager Divock Origi to start a standout game as waves of Belgian attacks largely went unanswered in a lopsided match.

Yet the United States relied on its stamina, and on Howard, to force extra time.

The game was briefly delayed when a man ran onto the field in the 16th minute and had to be escorted off.

90-Minute- Belgium is besting the US in shots and corner kicks. US Goalie Tim Howard has had the most saves of his 2014 World Cup Career.

Wondo misses huge open goal after Jones flicks him the ball.

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Howard makes another save nearing the 85-minute. He pushes Origi's shot over the goal. Corner to the far pot where Fellaini heads wide.

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Belgium unable to break scoreless ceiling. Kompany tries to slide it through for Van Buyten after a corner. Besler down to slide away and clear. Another Belgium header and its cleared wide.

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Hazard makes huge attempt at a goal, but is denied by Howard. Howard has now made 8 saves.

Teams making multiple substitutes throughout the game.

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Howard now has 7 saves. Origi comes up with a huge chance following Dempsey's attempt that Courtois saved.

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Belgium and the US are matching up better as the game stretches on. First Yedlin cross is cleared and a long ball is cut out by Besler, who shows quality defending.

Belgium then counters. A shot by De Bruyne is blocked out of play and Vertongon shoots. Another save by Howard.

is averaging a distance of 23 yards on its shots against US. For US, . 9 of 16 have come from outside the penalty box.

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60-minute: US misses on two scoring opportunities during the second half. Firse time Beasley crosses ball to far post and Zusi gets ahold of volley, but its slightly off. Belgiunm then clear the ball. Second chance comes shortly after with Origi hitting the near post, comes wide from Mertens.

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Howard now has topped his record for saves this World Cup with six. Ball crossed in Vertonghen and missed too far for De Bruyne and Origi at the far post.

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54-minute: Belgium settling into this second half and controlling the ball so far. Beasley fouled and US takes their time getting it clear.

Howard has made 5 saves on 10 total shots, already tying his most saves in a game for the 2014 World Cup (5 against Germany).

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Belgium dominating offense. Players overload the US box, flicked in by De Bruyne hoping to get to Origi. Ball is cleared.

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Belgium begins the second half with the first scoring chance. De Bruyne scoops to Mertens. Howard with the save, tipping header over the goals.

FIRST HALF

The United States held tough against Belgium's pressure and went into halftime even at 0-0 in the second round of the World Cup.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard made a tough save in the first minute to deny teenager Divock Origi as Belgium dominated possession for much of the first half.

Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne stood out in the opening 45 minutes and saw a shot go wide in the 23rd minute.

Clint Dempsey had the best chance for the United States in the 21st minute, but Thibaut Courtois made a good save.

The game was delayed for about a minute when a fan ran onto the field in the 16th.

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Hazard takes on Yedlin and wins corner. Half running out of time.

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Origi on move, squares it for De Bruyne. De Bruyne one-times it on goal, but its saved by Tim Howard.

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Belgium captain Kompany hacks US captain Dempsey around the halfway line and collects a Yellow Card.

UPDATE: Johnson with strained left hamstring. Could be the end of his World Cup play.

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Belgium on the move and it falls to Hazard on the edge of the his shot is blocked by a few USA players. Beasley fouled. 0-0, 37-minute.

Yedlin with a cross pass to the far post, setting up Dempsey. Van Buyten back to head away. Zusi puts in and is cleared.

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Belgium has had several scoring chances in the beginning minutes of the match.

U.S. Right Back Fabian Johnson was carried off in a stretcher after he was seen holding his hamstring. DeAndre Yedlin enters the game with little warm-up.

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Belgium captain Vincent Kompany started the World Cup match against the United States after struggling with a groin strain for several days.

Up front, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots picked teenager Divock Origi to start as center forward in place of Romelu Lukaku, who disappointed in the two games he started.

The U.S. made two changes from its 1-0 loss to Germany. Geoff Cameron, who started the first two games in central defense, replaced Kyle Beckerman in defensive midfield. Alejandro Bedoya, who also started the opening two games, was back in right midfield in place of Brad Davis.

The winner will play Argentina in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Brasilia.

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Lineups:

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens; Divock Origi, Eden Hazard.

United States: Tim Howard; Fabian Johnson, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley; Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi; Clint Dempsey.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can not stop a shot by United States' Julian Green (16) as Green scores his side's first goal in extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador
Photo: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, left, gets away from United States' Matt Besler during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday.
Photo: AP/Matt Dunham
Photo: U.S. Soccer
US midfielder Michael Bradley continues to battle for the ball in the first half.
Photo: U.S. Soccer

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