[Update: Belgium defeats USA, 2-1]
Despite a virtuoso performance by American goalkeeper Tim Howard, Belgium scored twice in the first half of extra time in Salvador to advance to the quarterfinals, 2-1. Substitute Romelu Lukaku was instrumental with both gaols. The forward helped put pressure on the U.S. goal with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Lukaku.
Teenager Julian Green responded with a goal in the second half of extra time. A reserve for Bayern Munich scored for the U.S. in his first touch of the game.
The Red Devils dominated much of the match. Attacking midfielder Eden Hazard had his way along the left side. Belgium also received a strong effort from De Bruyne.
Belgium will face Argentina on July 5.
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A major development occurred at about the 32nd minute. Right back Fabian Johnson appeared to injure his hamstring, and had to be substituted out of the match for DeAndre Yedlin.
[Update at 6:39 ET]
The U.S. face a Belgium squad looking to shed their under-achiever label in the final second-round match of World Cup 2014. The match features multiple storylines, particularly on the injury front.
Team USA will kick off against Belgium at 4 p.m. EST from Salvador on Tuesday. The winner advances to the quarterfinals to face the winner of Argentina-Switzerland who kicked off at 12 p.m. in Sao Paulo. While Belgium have a star-studded team, the U.S. have a reputation for playing more as a unit than their opponents.
Where to watch this game? The game will be shown on ESPN and Univision. With many Americans stuck at work and without access to a television, ESPN will be livestreaming the U.S. match on its Watch ESPN app here, but it requires a valid cable subscription.
What if I don’t have a cable subscription? For those without a cable subscription, Univision is the best free live stream option, though it is broadcasted in Spanish. Here is a link to Univision's USA – Belgium live stream.
Are there other free options to watch the game? For those who can’t watch the game on either platform, there are other options, such as First Row Sports. It is considered a riskier link for online livestreaming. However, it offers multiple different viewing options for a World Cup 2014 match. The website provides viewers a totally free option to watch streams like the BBC's without needing to get past an IP address block.
What to expect from USA - Belgium? It should be a tense battle with both teams looking to go deep in the World Cup after years of disappointment. The U.S. may have a full roster with Jozy Altidore considered fit for the match after suffering a hamstring injury in the first half of the opening group match against Ghana. It is unclear how much Altidore will play against Belgium, but he is expected to be available for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Should Altidore not see playing time, expect Clint Dempsey to play more of an attacking role, and perhaps Chris Wondolowski could come off the bench if needed to supply more offense.
Belgium boasts several notable players like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Daniel van Buyten. The Belgians also have a superstar goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois. Star center back Vincent Kompany was listed as doubtful for the match. Meanwhile, Steven Defour is unavailable due to a red card in Belgium’s last match.
Prediction for World Cup 2014 match: USA over Belgium, 1-0
IBTimes reporter Bobby Ilich contributed to this report.