Tim Howard's 16 saves more than any keeper since 1966

Tim Howard denies Belgium's Vincent Kompnay - one of 16 saves he made. Credit: Reuters

The USA's Tim Howard produced the greatest World Cup performance by a goalkeeper in a generation but could not deny Belgium in last night's second round match.

Howard made 16 saves - the most by any keeper in a World Cup match since 1966 - before Belgium scored twice in extra time to secure a 2-1 win and a quarter-final place against Argentina.

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said: "What Tim played was just phenomenal, outstanding - he kept us in that game for a long time. We are proud to have him with us."

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