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Belgium peppered the opposing target with shots on Tuesday, and that it took until extra time for them to find a breakthrough is due to the heroics of goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Goalkeepers have been the stars of the round of 16, what with Hugo Lloris, Manuel Neuer and Diego Benaglio putting in standout performances for France, Germany and Switzerland, respectively.
USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann applauded the Everton No. 1 after the game, as David Kent of the Daily Mail reported:
What Tim played tonight was just phenomenal, outstanding. He kept us in that game for a long time. We are proud to have him with us.
It was an absolutely amazing match tonight and you can give him the biggest compliment in the world.
It was Howard’s turn in Tuesday's second match, and the United States international stood on his head—making more saves than any other goalkeeper in a single match at this World Cup—until Kevin De Bruyne finally beat him with a well-placed shot to the far corner.