Story of the match:

  • Howard makes most saves in World Cup history
  • Kevin de Bruyne puts Belgium ahead
  • Lukaku adds a second in second period
  • Julian Green volley gives US late hope
  • Game sees 56 efforts on goal

Belgium's golden generation earned the chance to live up to their billing as they reached a first World Cup quarter-final for 28 years with an extra-time win over the USA in Salvador.

This was another brilliant and breathless occasion. Belgium walk away deserving winners but only after a performance of incredible spirit and bravery from the US.

As it was, Kevin de Bruyne scored the goal that finally broke USA resistance in the second minute of extra time at Arena Fonte Nova. Substitute Romelu Lukaku fired in a second 11 minutes later to apparently end the contest.

Analysis

"It was like watching a Premier League game. It was unbelievable.

"You have to start taking Belgium seriously. The manager is making great substitutions and from the bench they have better players than any other team to change a game."

The US would not go quietly, though. From nowhere they rose up to find hope and with it a goal from substitute Julian Green, who volleyed brilliantly past Thibaut Courtois. Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey both had chances to take the match to penalties but neither was able to take the chance to extend the USA's dream.

That Jurgen Klinsmann's men survived so long owed everything to an outstanding goalkeeping performance by Tim Howard, who made a record number of saves in a World Cup match. In front of him, his team-mates were simply outclassed.

Belgium will now play Argentina in a mouth-watering quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday. On this evidence, they will take some beating.

This was a battle of flair against function. Belgium, with their jet-heeled forwards and unquestioned technical superiority, against the organisation and energy of the United States.

Match facts

Tim Howard made more saves in a single game (15) than any other player in World Cup history (1966-2014).

Four of Belgium's six goals at the 2014 World Cup have been scored by substitutes.

Julian Green scored with his first ever touch of the ball in the World Cup.

Seven of the USA's 17 shots against Belgium came in the second period of extra-time.

Eden Hazard and Divock Origi were a pair of nuisances and their willingness to run at their opponents, and sheer athletic ability, caused the US problems throughout the 120 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne scuffed two chances wide and sent a third straight at Howard as Jurgen Klinsmann's side too often left themselves open to the counter-attack - Hazard, De Bruyne, Origi and Jan Vertonghen rampaged into wide open spaces in the US half.

President Obama: "What you guys accomplished is really, really significant"

DaMarcus Beasley's vital interception then denied Marouane Felliani at the back post as Belgium took the game by the scruff of the neck. The US were reliant on Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey to create their best moments and the pair combined to test Courtois just before half-time.

If the US had been second best in the first half, they hung on in the second. Belgium monopolised possession as the US dropped deeper and deeper.

Toby Alderweireld was finding space down the right from where he delivered a cross that Origi headed onto the top of Howard's crossbar. Hazard went close with flick soon after, and the introduction of substitute Kevin Mirallas only reinforced Belgium's dominance. He scythed through the US defence, the ball running to Origi, whose shot was beaten away by Howard.

Moments later, Howard was sprawling low to flick a shot away from Mirallas, his Everton team-mate, before Hazard drew another brilliant save.

The veteran keeper was at it again soon after, tipping Origi's fierce shot over.

End of the American dream

"On Twitter #ThingsTimHowardCanSave became a trending topic. Money on your car insurance was just one of the suggestions. 'Tim Howard remains a God,' Tom Hanks would tweet. His voice was echoed by many more.

"This was the end of a summer of soccer in the United States, a defeat that gave the many new converts to the game a taste of the other side of this sport, the immense and, at times, the cruel sense of disappointment that so many countries have experienced at some point."

Somehow, the US got over the line and into extra time - but the respite was brief.

The introduction of Lukaku had an immediate impact. He burst down the right and although his cross-shot was blocked by Matt Besler, De Bruyne pounced on the loose ball, found a yard of space and shot unerringly into the far corner.

De Bruyne then turned provider to find Chelsea striker, who turned the ball into the net with a brilliant finish at the near post.

With the US apparently dead and buried, there was a twist in the tale. Green, on as a substitute, latched onto Bradley's floated pass and fired a stunning volley beyond Courtois with practically his first touch of the match.

As late as it was, the US found new purpose. Jones poked just wide, before Dempsey found himself in possession eight yards out after a clever free-kick. The stadium held its breath but the American was denied by Courtois once more.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots: "We had a lot of opportunities, and we dominated the game, and in the end it was well deserved even if it was scary with the US goal.

"Lukaku had been much criticised, and I told him, 'do not worry - the second round might be your day', and that's what happened.

"Tom Howard had a fantastic match but we need to forget about this match and focus on Argentina.

"There shouldn't be any more worries from the media about us not playing football."

Tim Howard

United States keeper Tim Howard saves an early chance from Divock Origi with his legs

Divock Origi

Divock Origi came close to scoring on several occasions

Tim Howard

US keeper Tim Howard was in unbeatable form as the US held on in normal time

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his opener for Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his opener for Belgium

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne celebrate the second, which proved to be the winner

Julian Green

Julian Green gives the United States hope with a late goal

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Belgium

  • 01 Courtois
  • 02 Alderweireld
  • 15 van Buyten
  • 04 Kompany Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 08 Fellaini
  • 06 Witsel
  • 14 Mertens (Mirallas - 60' )
  • 07 De Bruyne
  • 10 Hazard (Chadli - 111' )
  • 17 Origi (Lukaku - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Vermaelen
  • 09 Lukaku
  • 11 Mirallas
  • 12 Mignolet
  • 13 Bossut
  • 18 Lombaerts
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 20 Januzaj
  • 22 Chadli
  • 23 Ciman

USA

  • 01 Howard
  • 23 Johnson (Yedlin - 32' )
  • 03 González
  • 05 Besler
  • 07 Beasley
  • 13 Jones
  • 20 Cameron Booked
  • 19 Zusi (Wondolowski - 72' )
  • 04 Bradley
  • 11 Bedoya (Green - 107' )
  • 08 Dempsey

Substitutes

  • 02 Yedlin
  • 06 Brooks
  • 09 Jóhannsson
  • 10 Diskerud
  • 12 Guzan
  • 14 Davis
  • 15 Beckerman
  • 16 Green
  • 17 Altidore
  • 18 Wondolowski
  • 21 Chandler
  • 22 Rimando
Ref: Djamel Haimoudi
Att: 51,227

Match Stats

Shots

39 17

On target

17 5

Corners

19 4

Fouls

27 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Belgium 2, USA 1.

120:00 +0:59

Second Half Extra Time ends, Belgium 2, USA 1.

120:00 +0:38

Hand ball by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

119:55

Attempt missed. DeAndre Yedlin (USA) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Julian Green with a cross.

118:37

Michael Bradley (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

118:37

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

117:58

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

117:58

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Belgium).

117:02

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jones (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Julian Green.

116:05

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

116:05

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Belgium).

115:27

Foul by Omar González (USA).

115:27

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

113:48

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jones (USA) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Geoff Cameron with a cross.

113:06

Attempt saved. Clint Dempsey (USA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Wondolowski with a through ball.

112:16

Geoff Cameron (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

112:16

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

112:11

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jones (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Bradley.

111:54

Julian Green (USA) wins a free kick on the left wing.

111:54

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Belgium).

111:00

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Tim Howard.

110:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Nacer Chadli replaces Eden Hazard.

110:05

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Omar González.

110:03

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vincent Kompany.

107:58

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jones (USA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Wondolowski with a headed pass.

107:28

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

106:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Belgium 2, USA 1. Julian Green (USA) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Bradley with a through ball.

105:24

DeAndre Yedlin (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

105:24

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Belgium 2, USA 0.

107:09

First Half Extra Time ends, Belgium 2, USA 0.

106:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. Julian Green replaces Alejandro Bedoya.

104:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Belgium 2, USA 0. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball following a fast break.

104:13

Attempt blocked. Michael Bradley (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Jones.

103:40

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

102:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

102:10

Delay in match Jermaine Jones (USA) because of an injury.

100:29

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

100:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

99:30

Delay in match Jermaine Jones (USA) because of an injury.

99:11

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jones (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.

96:54

Chris Wondolowski (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

96:54

Foul by Eden Hazard (Belgium).

96:21

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Tim Howard.

96:18

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

95:26

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

95:26

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

95:15

Attempt blocked. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

93:14

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

93:14

Foul by Eden Hazard (Belgium).

92:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Belgium 1, USA 0. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

91:00

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jones (USA) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by DaMarcus Beasley with a cross.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Belgium 0, USA 0.

90:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Romelu Lukaku replaces Divock Origi.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Belgium 0, USA 0.

90:00 +2:02

Attempt missed. Chris Wondolowski (USA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jermaine Jones with a through ball.

90:00 +0:21

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

89:55

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Omar González.

89:13

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Tim Howard.

89:10

Attempt saved. Vincent Kompany (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

87:33

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

86:38

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:38

Foul by Divock Origi (Belgium).

85:50

Corner, USA. Conceded by Daniel van Buyten.

84:45

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

84:45

Matt Besler (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:12

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Tim Howard.

84:11

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

83:31

Foul by Chris Wondolowski (USA).

83:31

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:53

Attempt missed. Daniel van Buyten (Belgium) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

82:31

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Matt Besler.

82:30

Attempt blocked. Daniel van Buyten (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vincent Kompany with a through ball.

81:56

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Alejandro Bedoya.

80:08

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Omar González.

78:52

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

78:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:30

Delay in match Omar González (USA) because of an injury.

76:18

Attempt missed. Vincent Kompany (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

75:33

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Tim Howard.

75:31

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Divock Origi with a through ball.

74:06

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:06

Foul by Eden Hazard (Belgium).

73:37

Attempt saved. Clint Dempsey (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin.

72:21

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

71:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. Chris Wondolowski replaces Graham Zusi.

71:24

Foul by Jermaine Jones (USA).

71:24

Daniel van Buyten (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:55

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:28

Attempt saved. Clint Dempsey (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin.

69:21

Offside, Belgium. Jan Vertonghen tries a through ball, but Kevin De Bruyne is caught offside.

68:21

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

65:36

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Belgium).

65:36

Graham Zusi (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:52

Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:02

Hand ball by Clint Dempsey (USA).

63:18

Attempt saved. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel van Buyten.

62:46

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

60:36

Foul by Divock Origi (Belgium).

60:36

Omar González (USA) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Kevin Mirallas replaces Dries Mertens.

59:27

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Divock Origi with a cross.

57:25

Attempt blocked. Graham Zusi (USA) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

56:43

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

56:31

Attempt saved. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

55:54

Divock Origi (Belgium) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld with a cross.

55:01

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

53:35

Foul by Clint Dempsey (USA).

53:35

Daniel van Buyten (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:58

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:58

Foul by Dries Mertens (Belgium).

51:23

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel van Buyten.

50:22

Foul by Michael Bradley (USA).

50:22

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:11

Attempt blocked. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

46:58

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Tim Howard.

46:57

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

45:34

Offside, Belgium. Vincent Kompany tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Belgium 0, USA 0.

45:00 +3:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Belgium 0, USA 0.

45:00 +2:02

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:02

Foul by Daniel van Buyten (Belgium).

45:00 +1:31

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

45:00 +0:12

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Divock Origi.

44:33

Corner, USA. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

44:06

Geoff Cameron (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:06

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

42:40

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Omar González.

41:22 Booking

Booking Vincent Kompany (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:17

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:17

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Belgium).

40:39

Attempt missed. Graham Zusi (USA) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin.

38:59

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (USA).

38:59

Dries Mertens (Belgium) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:52

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:52

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

35:34

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

34:36

Hand ball by Divock Origi (Belgium).

32:59

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jones (USA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Clint Dempsey following a corner.

32:25

Corner, USA. Conceded by Eden Hazard.

31:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. DeAndre Yedlin replaces Fabian Johnson because of an injury.

30:00

Delay in match Fabian Johnson (USA) because of an injury.

29:26

Attempt blocked. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

28:22

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

27:35

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Omar González.

26:37

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Fabian Johnson.

25:25

Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

24:13

Matt Besler (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:13

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

23:50

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Alejandro Bedoya.

22:21

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen following a fast break.

21:04

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

20:20

Attempt saved. Clint Dempsey (USA) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

19:06

Corner, USA. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

17:23 Booking

Booking Geoff Cameron (USA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:17

Foul by Geoff Cameron (USA).

17:17

Dries Mertens (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:15

Delay in match (USA).

14:14

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:14

Foul by Dries Mertens (Belgium).

13:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:15

Delay in match Divock Origi (Belgium) because of an injury.

11:32

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:32

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Belgium).

11:02

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

10:23

Foul by Geoff Cameron (USA).

10:23

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:22

Geoff Cameron (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:22

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

7:20

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:20

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Belgium).

6:05

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (USA).

6:05

Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:37

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:37

Foul by Graham Zusi (USA).

1:49

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Omar González.

1:47

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:40

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Tim Howard.

0:39

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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