Belgium 2-1 USA (aet): Chelsea man makes huge impact

Belgium 2 - 1 USA

  • 93" Kevin De Bruyne
  • 105" Romelu Lukaku
  • 107" Julian Green

Ref: Djamel Haimoudi
Attendance: 51,227

Lukaku Belgium

Romelu Lukaku come off the bench to score one and assist one as Belgium knocked out USA team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

The last second round match continued like the other seven matches, good first half but no early goals.

The best chance fell to Belgium, who were looking dangerous on the counter-attack. A Jan Vertonghen ball across the penalty area was brilliantly cleared by USA left-back DeMarcus Beasley, when the ball looked destined for the goal.

The second half was dominated by Belgium, with the Red Devils making chance after chance throughout the half.

Divock Origi hit the bar with a header, and substitute Kevin Mirallas missed a great chance when through on goal, only for Everton club teammate Tim Howard to make the save.

Neither team could score, and extra time started in Salvador, but the goals started to come in extra time.

Romelu Lukaku come on for Origi, and made an instant impact. Just three minutes into the start of Extra-time, Lukaku made a strong down the right before pulling it back to Kevin DeBruyne, who found the bottom corner with a lovely finish.

De Bruyne then assisted Lukaku to score on 105 minutes, to go into a 2-0 lead, and look like they were comfortably going through.

Then a Julian Green volley pulled a goal back with 14 minutes left, but despite great effort from the Americans, they couldn’t find an equaliser and were knocked out of a World Cup that continues to excite.

Statistics

Belgium

USA

Possession

45.9%
54.1%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Belgium

  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Jan Vertonghen
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Daniel van Buyten
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Axel Witsel
  • Eden Hazard
  • Marouane Fellaini
  • Dries Mertens
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Divock Origi

Substitutes

  • Sammy Bossut
  • Simon Mignolet
  • Nacer Chadli
  • Kevin Mirallas
  • Adnan Januzaj
  • Nicolas Lombaerts
  • Laurent Ciman
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Mousa Dembélé

USA

  • Tim Howard
  • Omar González
  • Fabian Johnson
  • Matt Besler
  • DaMarcus Beasley
  • Jermaine Jones
  • Michael Bradley
  • Alejandro Bedoya
  • Geoff Cameron
  • Graham Zusi
  • Clint Dempsey

Substitutes

  • Brad Guzan
  • Aron Jóhannsson
  • DeAndre Yedlin
  • Jozy Altidore
  • Mix Diskerud
  • Julian Green
  • Brad Davis
  • Kyle Beckerman
  • Timothy Chandler
  • Nick Rimando
  • Chris Wondolowski
  • John Anthony Brooks

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