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Belgium 2-1 USA

Belgium 2-1 USA

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at23:33

    Marc Wilmots and Jurgen Klinsmann share an embrace in the centre, both coaches knowing that their teams gave their all.

    Quality entertainment.

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at23:32

    A brilliant, brilliant game. Belgium will face Argentina in the last eight and if they can improve their finishing by 20% they will beat them...

  • FULL-TIME

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at23:31

    Belgium are through. What a game, one of the greatest periods of extra-time I've ever seen...

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at120 mins

    USA free-kick. Get them all up! All of them!

  • INJURY TIME

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at120 mins

    TWO MINUTES added on and Jurgen Klinsmann is furious...

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    Lennie: Penalties would be the fairest way to settle this stunning contest.

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at119 mins

    The Rock to play Tim Howard. United States pumping crosses in but Vincent Kompany clears well...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "Belgium have thrown away control of the match and now they are hanging on. It is because Belgium did not take their two central midfielders off whose legs had gone. They can't move and the pressure is on them."

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at118 mins

    There have been 54 attempts on goal in the game. Ridiculous.

    Ridiculous!

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "The first 90 minutes were incredible but this is so much better still. Try getting this game down to 10 minutes of highlights, you have got absolutely no chance.

    "Surely USA will get another chance - just one more - they deserve one now."

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at116 mins

    If the US turn this one around, it's a shoo-in for a Hollywood remake.

    Tom Hanks as Jurgen Klinsmann, Ryan Gosling as Clint Dempsey...

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "This game is a shootout, it is face to face, two teams staring each other down, absolutely frantic."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at115 mins

    Goals change games, and Julian Green's goal has changed this one beyond all recognition. There only looked one winner at 2-0 but now Belgium are hanging on. They have five more minutes to see this out...

  • MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

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    "If you went to bed at 2-0 get up! This is ridiculously entertaining!"

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "What a free-kick. Fabulous. That's the best free-kick of the World Cup. If you want anyone on the end of it, then it's Dempsey. What a save from Thibaut Courtois."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "This game is absolutely off the scale. I cant believe how fresh the USA players suddenly look. They were exhausted just moments ago and now they are bossing the game."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at112 mins

    What a free-kick! The States work a genius ball around the wall, like Javier Zanetti v England in 1998, but Thibaut Courtois makes a big save to shut them out!

    Clint Dempsey denied. Belgium all over the place.

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    Ashley Harrington: Many Americans learning that football is the best sport in the world tonight.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "How many times has Tim Howard saved with his legs? What an evening he has had. That substitution for Belgium should not be Eden Hazard going off. The two men playing behind him look dead on their feet."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at111 mins

    Belgium are in again on the break! Romelu Lukaku wrestles his defender to the ground and his low shot is saved again by Tim Howard. Incredible display from the Everton keeper.

    Belgium bring on Nacer Chadli for Eden Hazard.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "After Julian Green scored Jurgen Klinsmann ran onto the pitch to kick the ball back because Belgium were trying to waste time. Just moments ago they had already won it. Surely not?

    "Then a brilliant chance for Jermaine Jones and now USA have got massive danger down both wings. All game DeAndre Yedlin has been brilliant on the right but I want to see more of Green on the left. Get the ball out there!"

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at110 mins

    "USA! USA! USA!" is the chant in Salvador. Lyrical genius that one, but where are they getting this energy from? Belgium thought they were through but they are the ones hanging on now...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

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    "Game over? Why did I just say that? Green takes his goal so well, Toby Alderweireld let him go and it just came off the edge of his toe. I can't believe what I'm watching."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at108 mins

    In the history of unlikely comebacks, this would be up there with Noel Edmonds or Blankety Blank. But they go so close to an equaliser, as Jermaine Jones toe-pokes a cross a yard wide. It went past the post in slow motion...

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    GOAL

    Belgium 2-1 USA - Julian Green

    Posted at106 mins

    Wow! The 19-year-old scores with practically his first touch! Michael Bradley floats the pass over the top and Julian Green volleys past Thibaut Courtois!

    He's played three minutes for Bayern Munich's first team...

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 2-0 USA

    Posted at105 mins

    Could Belgium give Argentina a real scare? You bet.

    We are back playing.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-0 USA

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    "Anyone who can beat Tim Howard tonight really deserves applause because he has been magnificent.

    "When Romelu Lukaku works he can be one of the best centre-forwards around, but he doesn't always put it in. Being dropped to the substitutes' bench must have woken him up because he has come on and bullied USA. If he carries on like this then Belgium can go as far as you like at this World Cup."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-0 USA

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    "That's the game. It was a good break away, Kevin De Bruyne took his time, played a perfectly-weighted pass and that's the finish we have seen so many times from Romelu Lukaku.

    "He has done more in the first 15 minutes of extra-time here than he had done in the rest of the World Cup and you can see the smile on his face."

  • HALF-TIME

    Belgium 2-0 USA

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    Fifteen minutes away from a game with Argentina then.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 2-0 USA

    Posted at105 mins

    Alejandro Bedoya is replaced by Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green as Jurgen Klinsmann looks distraught on the sidelines. His lads have given their all.

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    Garreth Frank: Can't help but think Romelu Lukaku might have had this effect at 75 minutes leading to a victory in normal time.

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    GOAL

    Belgium 2-0 USA - Romelu Lukaku

    Posted at104 mins

    Game, set, and the match, Belgium.

    It's a substitute again as Belgium catch America dead on their feet, Kevin De Bruyne gets an assist to go with his opening goal as he plays in Romelu Lukaku, and he leathers the ball home at the near post.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

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    "Psychologically, losing a goal so early in extra-time is huge, and to concede another goal would be the end of the road for USA. But they are still in this. They can make a chance, they only need one."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at103 mins

    Tim Howard with yet another save, keeping out a low drive from Kevin Mirallas. It's a stupendous display from the Everton keeper...

  • Persistence

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at102 mins

    Minutes of Belgium goals in the 2014 World Cup: 70, 80, 88, 77, 93.

    Belgium finally scored with what was their 32nd shot of the game. Thirty-two!

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    Tayo Falore: I don't understand this false nine role. Romelu Lukaku, a true number nine, made the difference.

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at100 mins

    Romelu Lukaku is all over the United States defence, rolling them again to get clear and hit a low shot which forces another save from Tim Howard.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

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    "The game has opened up and that has helped Romelu Lukaku, but he is playing with a point to prove and sometimes players need that and come out fighting.

    "Their substitutions have been really good and have made a huge impression. But, if Belgium get through, I would be worried for them when they play better opposition as there is a lack of tenacity in the middle of the park."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at98 mins

    He was wasteful in the first half but he kept going and Kevin De Bruyne was the man to finally break the deadlock and American dreams.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 1-0 USA

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    "The USA players are absolutely exhausted, while the Belgium players have got a spring in their step. I wouldn't be surprised if they score more. The sadness for USA now is that they don't really have a plan B."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at98 mins

    Belgium v Argentina in Brasilia next Saturday. That's pencilled in unless the United States can somehow find some attacking verve.

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at95 mins

    You're in! Romelu Lukaku sends Jan Vertonghen away, he has all the time in the world and takes it all, ending up coming in on to his right foot and wasting the chance to book the Americans' flight home.

    Lukaku is tearing it up.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 1-0 USA

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    "Kevin de Bruyne scores and half the Belgium team and all of the substitutes are celebrating on the pitch, and the backroom staff.

    "USA have showed incredible heart in this competition so far. At this World Cup nothing surprises you, but it is a massive ask to come back from this."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

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    "USA will have to show real character and strength of mind now."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at93 mins

    Last night Germany hit the early goal in extra time to finally put Algeria away and it's been a similar pattern to this game. United States playing the part of plucky superpower.

    Great celebration from Marc Wilmots by the way, the Belgian coach on the field and halfway to the goal before wisely coming back to the dugout.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

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    "It was that man Romelu Lukaku causing the problems with his strength, power, freshness and USA could not cope with it.

    "Kevin De Bruyne took a touch and it was a very composed finish from a talented young player."

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    GOAL

    Belgium 1-0 USA - Kevin De Bruyne

    Posted at92 mins

    It's in there! Ninety-two minutes of pressure and United States finally crack. Tremendous strength and pace from Romelu Lukaku down the right, his cut-back is not the best but Kevin De Bruyne is able to sort his feet out and fire low into the far corner. Tim Howard finally beaten. Are his nation?

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at91 mins

    First chance of extra-time falls for United States midfielder Jermaine Jones, but he heads it over.

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "How on Earth is this still 0-0? It was attack after attack from Belgium but the most important thing that has let them down is their finishing. They have gone into the final third every time they have gone forward.

    "But for USA it shows what you can do with 13 or 14 committed players when they are giving everything they can for the shirt and for their country.

    "That performance from USA was everything that says 'we want to stay in this competition, we believe in our manager'. I expect Belgium to have the majority of the play in this 30 minutes, but can they have the final touch?"

  • Former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "Tim Howard has once again proved what a good goalkeeper he is. Overall at the World Cup the standard of goalkeeping has been very high, and Howard has only added to that."

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Extra-time then. Here we go...

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:56

    Belgium make a switch, Romelu Lukaku on in place of Divock Origi. Not what a US centre-half wants to see..

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "The Belgium manager Marc Wilmots will say the simple words: 'Go again.' But Jurgen Kilnsmann must be looking around wondering which of his USA players have got any legs left, and who can take a penalty. Everyone knows USA's best chance of winning is to take it to penalties."

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Salvador

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "And so we go to the afters and the question now is how will the USA hold on for another 30 minutes? The US players are down on the ground having legs massaged, being geed up by their team-mates.

    "The Belgium players look fresher, stronger but if this World Cup has taught us anything, it is that just when you think you know what is going to happen, it all goes out the window."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:55

    Tim Howard could have saved Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. What a performance...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:55

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:53

    the last three games have all been goalless at 90 minutes. Nil-nil is the new black. Very much on trend.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "Chris Wondolowski was miles onside. If he had scored there and the linesman's flag was raised then that would have been an absolute disaster for this competition.

    "I loved every second of that and am delighted we will have another 30 minutes."

  • HIGHLIGHTS

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:51

    If you have missed any highlights, check out the tab at the top of your screen and see many clips called 'x denied by Tim Howard' or 'Howard denies x'...

  • FULL-TIME

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    For the second day in a row we have a very good 0-0. We will have extra time...

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Chris Wondolowski misses an incredible chance for the United States! Six yards out and he shanks it over the top, a horrible finish!

    The offside flag momentarily rescues his blushes, but the replays show he was miles onside...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "For the USA to keep going and keep getting the blocks in shows a fantastic attitude and desire to win."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "It wasn't Vincent Kompany's fault, the ball was played half a yard behind him. Play it in front of him and that would have been of the great goals of the World Cup."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Tim Howard - human wall.

  • INJURY TIME

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Marouane Fellaini! If there's one thing he should be doing, it's heading in from three yards out. But he doesn't.

    We have THREE minutes added on...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "Eden Hazard has to pull it back. It's on his left foot and he is running away from goal.

    "That was a bad decision from Hazard and I don't believe he thinks he can score. It's either tiredness or greed. A player of his quality has to do better there."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    What a save again! Complete mishit from Vincent Kompany but he has ran the whole length of the field to meet Kevin De Bruyne's cross and it is going in until Tim Howard makes another diving save.

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    Christopher Campbell: There hasn't been a goal scored as yet but the entertainment value is second to none! Great effort from both teams.

    Jon Walters: This game is crying out for Adnan Januzai to tear it up whilst there are tired legs out there.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at88 mins

    Chance! Kevin De Bruyne finds Eden Hazard in the area but for once Tim Howard doesn't have to make the save as Hazard ripples the side-netting with his left foot. Got to go far post...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at87 mins

    THREE minutes to go. It's looking like extra-time...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "Marc Wilmots the Belgium manager is suffering with every chance his side don't take. You can see the fear etched on his face. It will be hard for him to live with Belgium not winning this match."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "What a tackle from Besler. USA have a never-say-die attitude and it is admirable. The players are certainly playing for their manager and their country, but they do look tired. They have to maintain their shape and their concentration.

    "I'm amazed Marouane Fellaini is still on the pitch for Belgium. All he has done is have a couple of knock downs, but they have players like Adnan Januzaj and Mousa Dembele on the bench, who will offer something different."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at84 mins

    Another save from Tim Howard, turning away Divock Origi's rising drive.

    Howard is on for throwing the first pitch of the baseball season, ringing in New Year in Times Square and carrying Floyd Mayweather's belts into the ring...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "USA have just had another extra little bit of lift. DeAndre Yedlin is tearing down the right again. And Tim Howard has had a brilliant game tonight, he looks a sure thing for the man of the match award."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at83 mins

    Brilliant defending from US centre-back Matt Besler as he shuts out another opening.

    Besler is so popular for his team Sporting Kansas City that when fans got hold of the present list for his wedding to Amanda in December, they bought every remaining item between them.

    Nice touch...

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

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    "I wonder if America is beginning to understand that sport without goals/points/runs can be gut-wrenchingly exciting!"

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at82 mins

    Our man DeAndre Yedlin has had a stormer. One minute he is putting in a dangerous cross, seconds later he tracks back and strips Eden Hazard of the ball with a proper slide tackle.

    Seven minutes remain...

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

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    "Divock Origi has six caps and really looks at home at the World Cup. Love seeing young players play like this."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "You feel Belgium are getting on top of USA and are creating the better chances. Kevin Mirallas has made a big difference for Belgium and he has already done more than Dries Mertens."

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    Mitch H Mansfield: Can't help but wonder if Jurgen Klinsmann might regret leaving Landon Donovan at home - could've done with his energy and experience here.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at79 mins

    Tim Howard will get a medal from Barack himself if the States get through - yet another save keeps out Eden Hazard. Hazard scuffed his shot but it was flying in...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "Again Divock Origi's play was brilliant, in fact it was a superb break in which everything was perfect. Except Tim Howard just got a toe to Kevin Mirallas' shot and and put it behind.

    "Living dangerously is an understatement. USA are on the edge. But oddly enough they have been passing it better since making that change in midfield."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at78 mins

    Dear oh dear that looks nasty! United States defender Omar Gonzalez lands with his ankle at a right-angle but after a brief bit of treatment he appears to be OK. In slow motion that looked sickening...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "A brilliant save from Tim Howard. That was the first time in the match where Eden Hazard tracked back and won a tackle. He gave it to Mirallas, who tried to slide it down the side of Howard, but what a save from the American."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at76 mins

    This is the first time in history that two Everton players have come up against each other in a World Cup match - and Tim Howard has just denied fellow Toffee Kevin Mirallas the opener.

    It's the move of the match, Eden Hazard finding Divock Origi, he flips it round the corner for Mirallas, onside, but he can't beat super Tim Howard...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at75 mins

    FIFTEEN to go then. Are we on for more extra time? It's the theme of this World Cup. Best group stage ever, goals drying up when it counts.

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    Sola Akingbola: USA backs to the wall. Divock Origi looks a real talent. I can see why Romelu Lukaku is on the bench.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "That was a great save from Tim Howard. But after his excellent run, it was a clear sight of goal for Divock Origi and he should've done better. He just scuffed it into the ground, it was not a clean strike and he will be disappointed with that."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "The longer this goes on, with USA only getting the odd break because Clint Dempsey is not able to hold up the ball, it just gets harder and harder to play the way they are playing. Getting very little of the ball and always putting in last-ditch tackles is soul-destroying.

    "I haven't noticed any desperation coming from the Belgium players. They still believe they can do it. If they keep playing the way they are playing they will continue to get chances and the likelihood will be they score.

    "For me, USA have got to score first or they will go out, but they are hanging on by their fingernails."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at72 mins

    And Jurgen Klinsmann does make a change. It's Chris Wondolowski on for Graham Zusi.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Brazil

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "The US are wilting under a barrage of Belgium attacks. In the stadium there is a real sense that it is a matter of when and not if Belgium get the goal their play in this second half has warranted. The US are clinging on and Jurgen Klinsmann is nowhere to be seen in his technical area. He is going to have to alter something."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at71 mins

    What a save again from Tim Howard! For the first time since the opening 40 seconds Belgium get right through the massed US defence as Eden Hazard beats two men and the ball runs on to Divock Origi - he has the whole goal to aim at but can't beat the sprawling Howard.

    Great keeper, great moment for the US. But can they hang on?

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at70 mins

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at69 mins

    If Axel Witsel could shoot as accurately as Axel Foley, Belgium would be ahead. Another long spell of possession ends with the Zenit midfielder drilling wide from 20-odd yards.

    Into the last 20 we go. This is when Belgium have tended to score...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "The battling qualities of the USA players are second to none. They are not the most skilful side, in fact if they were to go through to the quarter-finals they would probably be the eighth-best of eight. But you still wouldn't write them off because of how hard they work."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "USA cannot keep the ball at the moment and they are looking tired. They need to get some possession to give themselves a breather."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at65 mins

    It's a flat back eight for USA now as they soak up the pressure, and soak it up well. Are they just starting to tire? The runs to close down when the ball goes out wide are starting to come slower and slower...

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    Martin Lowe: I'm getting cynical about about the poor finishing in these knockout stages. It's like everyone's agreed to go to extra time.

    Thomas Dolfi: What a volley from Jan Vertonghen! That would've been the goal of the tournament had it found the back of the net!

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at63 mins

    Again Kevin De Bruyne fritters away a counter by coming inside and slowing it down. Wasteful.

    Into the last half hour and it's opening up again.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "I don't think that's a bad substitution. I'm not sure Mertens has contributed enough. We know Kevin Mirallas from Everton, he has energy, is direct and can score goals."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at60 mins

    Belgium's subs have had a storming World Cup and here's another one, as Kevin Mirallas replaces Dries Mertens.

    One-way traffic since the break but can the Everton man find the breakthrough?

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "Belgium are getting closer. Down the right-hand side they are overloading DaMarcus Beasley, who is not getting any support from Alejandro Bedoya. So unlucky Divock Origi to hit the bar.

    "Then for Jan Vertonghen's strike the entirety of the audience here held their breath knowing he was going to take that on the volley. But it is so hard to keep those ones down."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at60 mins

    Almost brilliant!

    Divock Origi beats three men inside the penalty area, goes to the outside and drills in a low cross which Dries Mertens flick into the side-netting. Inches away...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

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    "What's interesting is that when Belgium get forward, Marouane Fellaini moves to become a second striker, looking for the diagonal ball forward, but Belgium are not using him like that. He is moving off the centre-half, hoping for a pass, but they are not aiming for him. If he is in the team you have to play to his strengths."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at58 mins

  • HITS THE WOODWORK

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at56 mins

    Quality again, this time from the other full-back as Toby Alderweireld drifts over a cross and Divock Origi heads it against the top of the crossbar.

    Seconds later Jan Vertonghen tests Tim Howard with another low shot.

    What's French for 'we're gonna score in a minute...?'

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at54 mins

    What a ball in! A dream cross from Jan Vertonghen, he arcs it inbetween the centre-halves and Tim Howard, but Kevin De Bruyne and Divock Origi both miss it on the stretch.

    Such a good delivery, but it's all Belgium now. Surely, surely a Belgian goal is coming...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at52 mins

    It's Marc Wilmots who is having his patience tested now as Marouane Fellaini decides to shoot from a good 35 yards, floating a tame effort wide when he had three men ahead of him. Got to do better big man...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Dries Mertens has disappointed me. His end product has been poor."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at50 mins

    Another poor cross from Dries Mertens, he's really testing Danny Murphy's patience now. Will Marc Wilmots make a change out on that right-hand side?

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Fantastic link-up play by Divock Origi in the build-up to Dries Mertens' header. Of all the strikers available to Belgium, I think he has the best touch and he holds it up brilliantly."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Belgium have the better players from the bench to make the difference, if it is close in the later stages. I can see USA's players getting tired.

    "Marouane Fellaini's best position is off the front man. His best games in an Everton shirt came off the front man. He can play in midfield, but he is at his best when he is causing problems for the centre-halves."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at47 mins

    Marc Wilmots is wildly waving his arms around on the touchline, encouraging his men to (I think) keep their width and stretch the American defence.

    From the very next cross Dries Mertens loops in a header and Tim Howard has to turn it away for a corner, but it comes to nothing.

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at45 mins

    And we are under way...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:01

    The players are in the tunnel. Twelve of the 15 goals in the knockout stages so far have come after half-time so let's have some...

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    Posted at

    Matthew Ashley: Every time Belgium come forward the USA have seven or eight bodies in front of the ball. Phenomenal defending!

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA have too many players ahead of the ball and when they lose it they are open to the counter-attack. You have to praise USA for their attacking intentions and the way they are playing but they will get caught out by Belgium's pace."

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    Kevin: You think Fabian Johnson is a huge loss but then they got DeAndre Yedlin who is flying like Johnson!

    JK: As an Everton supporter I'm torn this evening but given what Tim Howard has done for us...USA: come on boys!

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:57

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:56

    Let's not have extra-time and penalties tonight eh?

    A nice early goal to set us on our way...

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Brazil

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "I am not sure I have seen two more animated coaches on the touchline during a half in this World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann and Marc Wilmots have worked up a sweat, pointing, shouting, gesticulating and the rest in that opening 45 minutes.

    "The USA coach even had to bring down a high ball with that famed first touch. He's still got it. Belgium have looked the better side and have had the better chances, but the US have created some decent chances deserve to go in all square. I suspect they would take penalties right now. But maybe that is a little harsh."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:54

    Belgium have now gone five World Cup first-halves without a goal. Come on now!

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:54

    BBC News reporter Taylor Kate Brown in Washington DC's Freedom Plaza:"The plaza is about two city blocks by one city block and is almost full, with plenty of Americans flags and bandannas. That is more impressive given it is currently 95F (35C) and there are plenty of bars with air conditioning offering the match. The city has blocked off part of Penn Avenue, the boulevard of official Washington, for the match."

    "Do not discount the fact that later this week is the 4th of July. It is peak patriotic time in these parts."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Belgium should be in front but we expected them to have more of the play. They have stepped it up a little bit today, but that's what teams should do in tournaments - in the same way we've seen teams like Italy and Germany manage their performances at past tournaments.

    "I'm not sure Belgium are managing it, I think it's more that they are learning each other's styles, but you'd still back Belgium to win this one."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA are playing into Belgium's hands and the Belgians look at their best when they are counter-attacking with Eden Hazard and Divock Origi."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:52

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:50

    It could have been very different had Divock Origi opened the scoring inside 40 seconds of course. The Belgian youngster was denied by a top save from Tim Howard.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Everything has been down the right for USA. DeAndre Yedlin is Eden Hazard's nightmare. Hazard doesn't often play against players his height, and against Yedlin he can't take advantage of having a lower centre of gravity and turn him.

    "For Belgium, Divock Origi is another with fantastic pace, but I'm still not sure about his final ball."

  • HALF-TIME

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    And we still haven't. The goals have dried up as the pressure increases.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at45 mins

    Into added time. We've not had a first-half goal since Saturday...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The space for USA is coming down their right-hand side where Jan Vertonghen is defending, but I feel a bit sorry for him as Eden Hazard is not coming back and not tracking his full-back.

    "Vertonghen is good going forward but can struggle defensively in that left-back role, especially when he is left isolated."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at45 mins

    Kevin De Bruyne hits an early shot at Tim Howard from 30 yards at the end of another swift counter. I've seen somebody call De Bruyne the Shermanator on Twitter and I just can't get that image out of my head...

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    Posted at

    The White House: In America, we don't settle. We out-hustle the competition. That's who we are. Let's do this!

    Wayne Rooney: Have to admit I'm a USA fan today.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "All USA are trying to do is survive to half-time now. Yes they are playing well but eventually somebody will not cover their runner. Jurgen Klinsmann is shouting for his players to keep concentrating for a few more minutes."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at42 mins

    Vincent Kompany goes into the book for clattering Clint Dempsey as the US continue to threaten out wide.

    DeAndre Yedlin may have a strange name but he can run all right. Forrest Gump would struggle to cover his runs down that right-hand side, and he almost finds Graham Zusi with a cut-back, but the Kansas man misses his kick.

  • Posted at21:40

    Thanks Gary. I have officially learned something there.

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    Gary Welsh: Tom, a 'Sounder' is the nickname for those native to the 'Puget Sound', an inlet of the Pacific Ocean.

    David Morris: Feel sorry for Fabian Johnson. He has been one of the most impressive players of the tournament.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA should be really proud of how they have performed. It has been a really good team performance from them throughout the competition.

    "I'm a little disappointed with a couple of the Belgium players. Dries Mertens has not done much down the right side and Marouane Fellaini has not broken into a sweat yet. He has hardly had a touch.

    "He is not linking the play, or playing as a second striker as Kevin De Bruyne is doing that. Fellaini is better either really high up or just in front of the defence, protecting them. But at the moment he is not doing either."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at40 mins

    Dries Mertens wastes a good free-kick for Belgium and then hits a poor cross. He has impressed at stages of the World Cup but that was not up to scratch. Kevin Mirallas could be an option out there on the right.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "You have to admire the USA's work ethic. The effort and desire to get back and make tackles, they do not hold back. And they do not strike you generally as being dirty, just strong."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at38 mins

    DeAndre Yedlin whips in a great cross and Clint Dempsey attacks it but a Belgian head nips it away! There's goals in this. Trust me...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at36 mins

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at35 mins

    We've got a Mexican Wave in Salvador, but it's a much better game than that may suggest. After that wave of Belgian pressure it's the States who have control in midfield.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

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    Posted at

    "Get Eden Hazard through the middle behind Divock Origi please Marc Wilmots..."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at34 mins

    DeAndre Yedlin wins a corner with his first touch, great energy down the right. He plays for the Seattle Sounders by the way - anyone know what a Sounder is?

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "This is the third or fourth USA player who has pulled up with a hamstring problem in this World Cup, and this is a real blow for them. Fabian Johnson, arguably their best player so far, was having some success against Jan Vertonghen."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at32 mins

    Jurgen Klinsmann has to make a change as Fabian Johnson is replaced by 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin.

    That's not a typo by the way. DeAndre. The youth of today...

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    Calum Crowe: Belgium playing with much more freedom. Almost as if the pressure of failure is off after making it out the group.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at30 mins

    Big problems for the USA as dynamic right-back Fabian Johnson pings a muscle and is down. The former Germany youth international will not run this one off. He's finished.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The first 20 minutes were cagey but now it is open and it feels like a Belgium goal is coming. USA have to hold on because if they were to go a goal down it would be very hard to come back.

    "We just saw the first piece of brilliance of the night from Eden Hazard. Belgium are moving the ball quickly which is exhausting for the opposition. Hard work for USA now but they don't mind that. They will work all night long."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "So much for the tight game we talked about. Both sides are having a real go and it's exactly what we wanted to see."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at29 mins

    So open, end-to-end stuff, this is an antidote to the knockout stages so far.

    Toby Alderweireld has to recover well to prevent Clint Dempsey from getting in and moments later Eden Hazard drills a shot at Tim Howard.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at27 mins

    There's got to be goals in this one. Surely...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "When Marouane Fellaini is trying to get back into position, it is like he is in slow motion and he really needs to try hard to get back quicker.

    "But that chance for Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne was the best chance of the game. He completely mis-hit it and a player of his quality, who was their top scorer in qualifying with the top number of assists, will be disappointed with that."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at25 mins

    It's got to be! No!

    Lovely stuff form Belgium though as they scythe through the US defence, Jan Vertonghen is in behind and does the right thing in drilling the ball across, but Divock Origi is crowded out.

    Great stuff...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Real belief from the USA, I think they had gone into their shells at the start of the game but they are beginning to come into it now. It's as if they have just been released. They are now going at full pace and both their full-backs are coming into it."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at23 mins

    And now a great chance at the other end!

    Belgium nick the ball back in the centre-circle and spring away, a three-on-two break. Jan Vertonghen is the legs through the middle, he finds Kevin De Bruyne on the overlap but from the moment he cuts inside on to his right foot the momentum is gone. The former Chelsea man gets a shot off but it's tame and wide.

    Encouraging few minutes though. Both teams looking dangerous.

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at20 mins

    That state of national optimism will be continuing to grow as the US have a strong few minutes. Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey combine superbly on the edge of the box and Dempsey tests Thibaut Courtois with a low shot from 18 yards.

    The crowd are alive now. The men in white making all the running, pressing Belgium's players high up the pitch and forcing errors.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "That yellow card has been coming, too many players have been diving into challenges. When you are taking on a team with the likes of Eden Hazard in it, don't dive in. It's exactly what they want you to do.

    "Geoff Cameron, playing in central defensive midfield, will now be scared to make a challenge and won't dive in again."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at20 mins

    USA win a corner, they've scored from a few already and they create danger again, Geoff Cameron winning the header and flicking it on but Clint Dempsey can't get on the end of it.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Salvador

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "This US side are, once again, showing they are extremely organised, very well-drilled and technically sound. What they lack is genuine pace and star quality, the ability to make something happen from nothing and what we are already seeing is Belgium's back four holding a pretty high line because they know there isn't a lot of pace on the US side that can hurt them."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at18 mins

    A stick-on booking. Belgium look to break with pace as Kevin De Bruyne tees up Dries Mertens down the wing and Geoff Cameron cynically takes him out. First man in the book.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA have weathered the early scare and they are finding their feet nicely. Divock Origi had a chance in the first minute and it would've been a huge blow for USA to concede so early.

    "But they will have to be careful with that high defensive line they are playing as you do not want to give someone with a lot of pace room to run into."

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    Posted at

    Toby Foot: This game definitely needs an early goal to spice it up, not looking forward to another draw and extra time.

    John Dykes: Belgium have the better players but USA have phenomenal spirit and I think it will carry them through!

    Dan Hayes: As an occasional sporter of rather large hair, I am stunned Marouane Fellaini hasn't shaved his head because of the heat.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at17 mins

    A long throw, a pitch invader and a drop-ball. I'm ticking off all my niche footballing bingo cards in this game.

    The invader is swept away and Belgium continue to boss the ball with little or no impact.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "There is a defensive weakness in this Belgium side and strangely enough it is Eden Hazard. He doesn't look over his shoulder enough. Chelsea fans will remember that from the match against Atletico Madrid."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at12 mins

    Eden Hazard is the most dangerous Belgian since Jean-Claude Van Damme but the Americans have restricted him to just three touches in the opening 10 minutes.

    Problems here now for the Belgians as Divock Origi goes down after a heavy challenge. He's alright though.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The problem for USA is when they push numbers forward, if it breaks down they could get caught. Belgium will look to play on the break with the pace of Eden Hazard and Divock Origi."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at9 mins

    Play to your strengths. Nothing wrong with that, as Belgium launch in a Rory Delap-style long throw and look for the extras off Marouane Fellaini. That's the first long throw I've seen in the World Cup, but it comes to nothing in the end.

    The US are settled now, into that two lines of four formation that will be tough to break down. Get it wide, get it to Hazard...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at8 mins

    The new Dirk Kuyt - not the most common moniker to hand out. But I like it...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Geoff Cameron is playing in a central midfield position and Fabian Johnson will be marking Eden Hazard on his own. I'm a big fan of Johnson. He could be the new Dirk Kuyt. He will be asked to fly forward but also get back and cover Hazard when he can."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Some people are suggesting that Belgium have not been tested at this World Cup. But in the first game they went 1-0 down and won 2-1 against Algeria and in their last game they went down to 10 men and beat South Korea, so I think they've shown good character."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at6 mins

    Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the bench as his side sort themselves out after that nervous start. Michael Bradley gets on the ball in midfield and puts together a flowing move but they can't find lone frontman Clint Dempsey.

    DaMarcus Beasley then hurtles forwards down the left wing but he can't complete the cross. With Vincent Kompany and Daniel van Buyten in the middle, Belgium will be comfortable dealing with those all day.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at3 mins

    This is already more promising than Argentina v Switzerland. Belgium starting superbly, winning a corner which is just about dealt with.

    Can the US ride the storm?

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Salvador

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "I was speaking to a group of US fans last night in Salvador who told me thousands of the supporters who came out for the group stages have had to go home.

    "They have notoriously little annual leave in the US and many of the fans had to go back or face losing their jobs. The ones who have stayed are carrying a Stars and Stripes flag signed by all those who have gone home. They are here in spirit, it would seem."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at1 min

    What a start for Belgium, what a start for youngster Divock Origi as he instantly gets in behind the States defence. Clean through, one-on-one, foiled by a fine stop from Everton keeper Tim Howard.

    Huge, huge chance.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "A really rousing rendition of the United States anthem from their fans but oddly the players weren't as pumped up as they have been. In the game against Portugal they were bawling it out.

    "It looks to me like they have decided to take a more calm approach and not waste too much nervous energy before the game starts."

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at0 mins

    We are under way in Salvador. Who will join Argentina in the last eight?

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Jurgen Klinsmann has got USA organised and every player knows their job inside out. They will have two blocks of four and will say to Belgium 'try and break through us'."

  • Posted at20:55

    It is what it is, we are where we are. And that is at kick-off time...

  • Parlez-vous Anglais?

    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann has criticised Fifa's appointment of an Algerian referee for their World Cup second-round match against Belgium.

    Djamel Haimoudi, 44, will take charge of the tie in Salvador.

    Klinsmann maintains the Belgians will be able to communicate better with the referee as they both speak French and pointed out that the USA knocked Algeria out of the 2010 World Cup.

    "Is it a good theory? No," he said. "We hope it's not a concern."

    He added: "I understand it's difficult for Fifa to choose the right referees for the right games and it has always been tricky for Fifa, but it is what it is."

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    Will: Hoping for a Belgium win. Have lots of American friends, and have nightmares of them celebrating winning the "Soccer World Series".

  • Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:53

    Here we go then. The US all in white up against Belgium all in red.

    Salvador has been the city of goals so far - more of the same please lads...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "One of the great things about youngsters such as Divock Origi is that they come in without any fear. If you give them the chance at this stage, nothing is going to spook them again.

    "And that means youngsters grow up feeling comfortable in that environment. It's something I think we don't do enough."

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    Paolo Brand: Don't think the USA are gonna enjoy entering the Garden of Eden tonight.

    Vinny Person: USA will make this hard and try suffocate Belgium but I expect them to finally click and eventually rout the Yanks.

    Tom Miszkowski: Romelu Lukaku on the bench won't be a happy bunny but Divock Origi has earned a start.

  • Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:51

    So it's all set up for Eden Hazard to be double marked out of the game, young striker Divock Origi to toil alone up front for Belgium and the thousands of 'believers' to witness a famous US win.

    Right?

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "When Eden Hazard gets the ball, you don't know what he's going to do. If he improves his goalscoring return he will be one of the best players in the world.

    "His decision making, for a young guy, is very good and I love watching him play. He is so strong and explosive, you can't catch him and he makes it look so easy."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

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