FIFA World Cup

Belgium vs. USA: Live Player Ratings

United States' Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

The final round-of-16 match was played on Tuesday, with Belgium facing United States in Salvador. Belgium finished top of Group H, with USA ending as runners up in Group G.

After 90 minutes, the score remained 0-0, though it was an exciting and entertaining affair throughout. Extra time saw Belgium score twice through Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku before Julian Green's strike pulled one back. A late onslaught ensued, but Belgium just about clung on for a 2-1 win.

 

Belgium

Belgium Player Ratings
PlayerHTFTET
Thibaut Courtois666
Toby Alderweireld777
Daniel van Buyten677
Vincent Kompany687
Jan Vertonghen767
Axel Witsel776
Marouane Fellaini665
Dries Mertens55N/A
Kevin de Bruyne656
Eden Hazard777
Divock Origi68N/A
Kevin MirallasN/A65
Romelu LukakuN/AN/A8
Nacer ChadliN/AN/A6
b/r

First-half analysis

Courtois: Has looked comfortable when called upon.

Alderweireld: Getting forward well, pressing high.

van Buyten: Has made a few important headed clearances.

Kompany: Booked, but has looked strong defensively.

Vertonghen: Overlapping well down the left, supporting the attack. Defensively bested at times.

Witsel: Neat and impressive as ever.

Fellaini: Hasn't really gotten involved in buildup play and isn't winning the ball back either.

Mertens: Bar a few bursts of pace, has not been involved much. Poor crossing.

de Bruyne: Getting the better of USA's defensive midfielders.

Hazard: Dribbling and creating danger, but poor decision making at times.

Origi: Had the game's best chance inside 60 seconds.

 

Full-time analysis

Courtois: Was strong aerially but not enough shots to really test him.

Alderweireld: Defended well until the last 15 minutes of extra time.

Van Buyten: Cool and collected throughout. Made several big tackles.

Kompany: Any organisation at the back disappeared in injury time, but Kompany was great all game.

Vertonghen: Better going forward but also good defensively considering he was left to fend for himself.

Witsel: Played well but ran out of steam.

Fellaini: Barely impacted the match.

Mertens: Not enough impact and subbed off.

de Bruyne: Poor decision-making and end product made up for by a goal.

Hazard: Showed talent in flashes.

Origi: Exciting, direct, fast and raw.

Mirallas: Didn't really achieve much.

Lukaku: Came on to great effect for extra time. An assist and a goal.

Chadli: Barely touched the ball.

 

United States

United States Player Ratings
PlayerHTFTET
Tim Howard799
Fabian Johnson6N/AN/A
Omar Gonzalez789
Matt Besler688
DaMarcus Beasley666
Geoff Cameron565
Jermaine Jones678
Graham Zusi55N/A
Michael Bradley666
Alejandro Bedoya655
Clint Dempsey677
DeAndre Yedlin788
Chris WondolowskiN/A55
Julian GreenN/AN/A7
b/r

First-half analysis

Howard: Has made a few routine saves.

Johnson: Had started well but subbed off with injury.

Gonzalez: Looking strong in the air and is constantly talking to his defence.

Besler: A few nervy moments but coping better.

Beasley: A little loose in possession but hasn't really been tested down the left.

Cameron: Poor so far, giving the ball away and not really shutting down spaces ahead of the defence.

Jones: More impressive going forward than protecting his back line.

Zusi: Hasn't started too well, mis-timing passes and managing to air-shot a good chance.

Bradley: Plenty of running as ever, but not finding the touch to link play enough in final third.

Bedoya: Keeping the width but not heavily involved.

Dempsey: Isolated at times but hard-working.

Yedlin: Came on and performed very well at both ends immediately.

 

Full-time analysis

Howard: Had an incredible 90 minutes, but so many shots will eventually find a way in.

Yedlin: Awesome performance, great athleticism. Only caught out late on when chasing the game.

Gonzalez: Grew into the game and performed admirably.

Besler: The number of blocks and tackles he made was more than impressive.

Beasley: Up and down throughout the game but had little effect in final third.

Cameron: Not his best game all-round.

Jones: Became more of a presence the more the game went on. Great energy.

Zusi: Played poorly.

Bradley: Set-piece delivery was atrocious. Became more involved and took responsibility in extra time.

Bedoya: Never really got at Alderweireld.

Dempsey: Quiet, as he was starved of service, but worked tirelessly.

Wondolowski: Missed two great chances.

Green: Took his goal exceptionally well; he kept the game going.

 

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