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.