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July 1, 2014

The knockout round continues with Argentina vs. Switzerland at noon, followed by the United States vs. Belgium at 4 p.m.

Viewer’s guide, TV listings for today’s games | Knockout-round bracket  |  Streaming coverage  |  Full coverage

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English reports are saying talks will open tomorrow between Liverpool and Barcelona to talk about a transfer deal for Suarez that’s worth roughly $140 million. Oh yeah, and Liverpool now also wants Alexis Sanchez to be thrown in, too. WHAT?!

Read the full article on the matter here.

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He was probably making that face in reaction to another amazing Tim Howard save. Just guessing.

(Via @petesouza, @WhiteHouse)

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Klinsmann is such a tease!

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Tim Howard was bonkers good.

(Via @RickMaese)

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Belgium’s captain Vincent Kompany’s latest tweet, everybody.

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Belgium United States
2 Goals 1
1 Assists 1
38 Shots 14
27 Shots on Goal 9
5 Saves 18
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
48 Crosses 35
19 Corner Kicks 4
2 Offside 0
27 Fouls Committed 11
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
47% Ball Possession 53%

It’s a huge compliment to the United States that out of 38 total shots and 27 shots on goal, Belgium only got two through. That, of course, is mostly thanks to Tim Howard who had a record 16 saves. The others were either saved by U.S. defenders or deflected.

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These Tim Howard reaction photos are so sad.

United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard reacts after Belgium's Romelu Lukaku scored his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

United States’ goalkeeper Tim Howard reacts after Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku scored his side’s second goal during the World Cup on Tuesday. AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

We know, buddy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

We know, buddy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Oh dear (Reuters)

Oh dear. (Reuters)

It'll be OK, pal. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Poor Tim Howard looks so sad. Also sort of mad. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

SOBBING. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

: ( (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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These aren’t the types of reactions I’d prefer to post, but they’re the ones I have to post.

San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Philadelphia (Matt Slocum/AP)

Philadelphia (Matt Slocum/AP)

Queens, NY (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Queens, NY (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Washington, D.C. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington, D.C. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

(Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

On the bright side, the U.S. doesn’t have to worry about Lionel Messi now!

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Howard congratulates Lukaku after the match. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Howard congratulates Lukaku after the match. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)


Tim Howard isn’t just a history-making goalkeeper, he’s a class act, too. In a post-game interview, he expressed his obvious disappointment with the outcome of the match (he called it “heartbreaking”), but complimented his opponents.

“Hat’s off to the Belgium team,” he said. “I think Romelu [Lukaku] changed the game, but that’s what he does.”

As for Howard’s own team, he compared the Belgian onslaught to a flood, noting at some point, “the levee was going to break.”

“Sometimes when you give your best it doesn’t come off, but I’m proud of this group. …I will never forget this night,” he said.

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Just a few more than his 16 saves from today’s match against Belgium. That’s the most in the World Cup in the last 50 years.

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Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Kevin De Bruyne. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with Kevin De Bruyne. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Wow, what a last half hour, right? Three goals in 30 minutes with plenty of U.S. chances at the end to attempt to equalize. This means Belgium will go on to meet Argentina in the quarterfinals and the United States will go home. They will go home, though, with their heads held high. The Americans put up one heck of a fight in Brazil.

And Howard? That might be the most memorable performance of this World Cup. Sixteen saves! I’ll end this post how I began it — WOW.

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Eden Hazard came out to make room for Nacer Chadli.

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Off a free kick foul on Green, Bradley stood over the kick with Dempsey peeling off the wall to shoot it toward the goal. Courtois, however, saved it. It may not have evened the score, but that deserves all the points for ingenuity. Wow.

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This time he took on Lukaku’s shot and, again, it was his legs that deflected it. Phew. The score is still 2-1, Belgium leading, but the U.S. is showing a lot of heart and ferocity.

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(Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

(Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

The youngest player to ever play in a World Cup match for the United States, 19-year-old Julian Green, made it happen! And it was a beauty, too, floating past Thibaut Courtois to hit the back of the Belgian net. The U.S. is still in this one, folks!

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