But then the Belgians were actually magnanimous in victory. Vincent Kompany, an outstanding player and very likeable bloke from what we see of him on Twitter, tweeted this:
Two words.. TIM HOWARD #Respect #BelUSA
Respect to you, VK.
It has been a superb World Cup so far. Forget the squalid diving or play-acting Fred, Costa, Muller and Robben, the biting by Suarez and so on. There have been some truly wonderful games.
Belgium vs USA was one of them, played with skill, tempo and end-to-end excitement. The two sets of players got as close to observing the Corinthian spirit as any in the games I have seen. Kompany’s tweet says a lot.
Belgium – don’t forget, the readers’ poll show them now to be our team of choice – had better players in most positions, attacked more (especially in the second half) and created more chances. They didn’t quite have the sensational Never Say Die approach that saw men clambering upright after crunching tackles, showing breathtaking pace when retrieving the ball and truly menacing breakaway attacks.
And they didn’t have Tim Howard, at 35 still one of the Premier League’s best keepers. His saves made the USA resistance look simpler than it was. And the USA left the World Cup with Brazil 2014 feeling better for having had its players and supporters there.
Grant Tunkel, our Stateside correspondent, is promising words by tomorrow. Monsieur Salut has one for the USA: bravo.
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