Belgium v USA: World Cup 2014

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Belgium v USA: World Cup 2014 tonight as the line up for the quarter finals draws to a conclusion

Belgium are troubled by defensive injuries, with captain Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen both doubtful.

Laurent Ciman and Anthony Vanden Borre are ruled out, while midfielder Steven Defour is banned for one game after being sent off against South Korea.

The USA have Jozy Altidore available after a two-match absence with a hamstring injury.

He is the only doubt for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who may opt to name an unchanged side.



  • Belgium and USA have met just once before in the World Cup, at the first tournament in 1930. The US ran out 3-0 winners in Montevideo.
  • Belgium have won the four subsequent meetings, keeping a clean sheet in three.
  • The Red Devils won 4-2 in Cleveland last year in their most recent encounter. Christian Benteke scored twice for Belgium that night, with Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini also among the goals. Clint Dempsey and Geoff Cameron replied for the USA.


  • Belgium won all three of their group matches at a World Cup for the first time. It was also the first time they had won three successive World Cup games.
  • Marc Wilmots’ side scored four goals during the group stage, the second lowest tally of the 16 teams who qualified for the second round (Greece scored twice).
  • The last six Belgium goals at World Cups have come in the closing 20 minutes of games.
  • Every outfield player featured during the group stage with the exception of defender Laurent Ciman.
  • Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois remains unbeaten at international level.


  • The USA have reached the knockout stage in three of the last four World Cups.
  • They have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 World Cup games, but have scored in all but one of their last nine.
  • Three of their last five strikes have come from set-piece situations (two corners, one penalty).
  • Clint Dempsey has four goals in nine World Cup appearances, scoring in each of his three World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014).
  • He needs one more goal to equal Landon Donovan as the USA’s all-time World Cup top scorer with five goals.


Belgium 2.08, USA 4.2, The Draw 3.5

The USA did well to get out of fiendish Group G, yet did so with only one triumph to their name, while they have ventured beyond this round at a mere one of the last six World Cups.

Belgium haven’t conceded from open play in Brazil, which perhaps isn’t surprising when they have the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Vincent Kompany (a slight injury doubt) in their defensive armoury. USA aren’t nearly as blessed up front, a situation that won’t be amended by the possible return of Jozy Altidore. A second blank in a row – and fourth in five against Belgium – is the likely result.

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