Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:50 pm
The U.S. team's dramatic and unexpected run in the World Cup came to an end today in Salvador, Brazil.
For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0. Belgium attacked and attacked, but U.S. goal keeper Tim Howard held them off with save after save in spectacular fashion. By some counts, Howard had the most saves in World Cup history.
But as the game went into extra time, however, Howard couldn't hold back the attacks.
Belgium scored its first goal a couple of minutes in, and then quickly added another one.
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Today, players and fans of the U.S. and Belgium are building toward a decisive game that will send one team to the World Cup's quarterfinals and send the other packing. Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.