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RO 16 – Game 8

July 2nd, 2014 by · No Comments · Features, Football

USA v. Belgium – Jurgen Klinsmann v. Marc Wilmots. Could fritz silence the waffles?

Klinsmann took a lot of stick and should receive great credit for leaving out older ‘stars’ and blooding some younger players. He’s also imbued them with a fearlessness that a lot of european teams [now at home] could learn from. You know who you are.

This game was played at a relentless pace and was full of excitement. The USA did themselves proud and could easily have pulled it off at the end.

However, Belgium did have the quality to force Tim Howard into a record number of saves, 15 in total. Sadly he couldn’t stop Kevin De Bruyne and Lukaku in the 93rd and 107th minutes respectively.

Tintin De Bruyne -

Tintin De Bruyne

In extra time Belgium substitutions finally made the difference. They have a knack of scoring late and keeping up their energy levels to the final whistle.

All the group winners go through to the quarter finals for the first time ever. So, despite seeming to offer up lots of unpredictability the last eight games have gone to form, just. Five of eight games needed extra time with two penalty shoot-outs.

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