BRAZIL –(CNN) — No guts no glory, or so the saying goes.
But perhaps the vanquished United States soccer team can rest in the knowledge that if the World Cup was decided on guts, it would surely be lifting the trophy.
For 120 minutes of its ultimately unsuccessful last-16 clash with Belgium, each one of Jurgen Klinsmann’s men left everything on the field in Salvador.
From the second they went 2-0 down in extra time thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, the rearguard started.
Julian Green’s goal offered the nation a lifeline and energized its fatigued players with a quarter of an hour to play.
Two golden chances came and went, and with it the hopes and dreams of a nation as Belgium claimed their place in the quarterfinals thanks to a 2-1 win.
We’re in the 33′ here. Johnson is off, DeAndre Yedlin of the Seattle Sounders is on.
Game is highly contested so far. Good back and forth. Some close shots on goal for Belgium, but also chances for the U.S.
The crowd at CenturyLink Field erupted when Yedlin entered the game.
Yedlin with another chance! Also, Beasley looks faster than ever.
Yedlin with yet another chance! Gosh he’s fast. Like seeming him streak down the side.
42′ minute yellow card to Kompany. It’s his first yellow card.
In other news, futball is incredibly hard to live tweet. Moves way too fast.
3 Minutes of extra time. Good chance by Belgium at the start of first half extra. By the red head kid.
Halftime! Tied 0-0.
The numbers seem to lean heavy Belgium. But the game looked about even.
Belgium: 9 shots, 7 on Target
USA: 3 shots, 1 on target
From the NYTimes: The U.S. had more quality opportunities than their shot record attests, but will need to do a better job of putting shots on frame to win this one.
We’re back. Lets see how the U.S. handles the second half.
Yedlin quickly made a quality mark on the game, the Times reports. His speed is remarkable. Belgium with a corner in the 47′
Belgium controlling the ball a majority of this half so far.
40-yarder for Belgium goes high. Announcers are talking about missing Altador. This is more than true.
Great chance for Belgium in the 53rd minute. Went through a player’s legs. Fellaini — the big haired Belgian — is dominating up front.
From NYTIMES: All Belgium, but They are messing up all their chances.
We’re in the 60′ here. Still tied 0-0, but darn, this is close. The newsroom continues to scream and groan with the ebb and flow.
Belgium has 17 shots, USA 3. Could be tough scoring for USA here.
Yedlin is the bright spot in this game for USA. Great cross from him.
Fellini just wide!
We’re in the 70′. Still tied 0-0. Great block by Howard to save the continued tie.
You guys, Tim Howard has tattoos. Is this the kind of guy we want to be the face of the USMNT?
— Andy (@avolosk) July 1, 2014
We’re in the 80′. Can Tim Howard get any better? Even if the US losses, this has been one hell of a game for Howard.
Please. Get it out of the zone U.S. Howard needs a break.
All four of Belgium’s goals at this tournament have come in the last 20 minutes of regulation.
We have a U.S. corner here! Lets see if something can come of it.
Sloppy play by the U.S. Lose the ball out on a forward kick. But sloppy play by both teams.
3′ of extra time. It’s frankly a miracle that the U.S. is still in this.
I don't know anything about soccer but from watching this game I take it that Tim Howard is kind of good at soccer.
— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) July 1, 2014
Extra time is two 15 minutes periods. If they’re still tied afterwards, they go to penalty kicks.
U.S. has one substitution left.
Darn. Belgium scores. #USMNT down 0-1 in extra time.
Jones gets it right in the face. Howard has 15 saves. The most in the world cup for half a century.
Sigh… Belgium scores again. Goes up 2-0 in extra time.
So you’re saying there’s a chance…
Only 5 minutes left…
Into the last 90 seconds…Belgium have everybody back in the box. Bradley fouled. Could be the last chance here…
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) July 1, 2014
CNN: Belgium defeated the United States by a 2-1 score on Tuesday to advance to the
quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup.