U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard shares an embrace with club teammate and World Cup foe Romelu Lukaku, who scored the eventual game-winning goal in Belgium's 2-1 win over the USA.
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By The SI Staff
July 01, 2014

U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard's heroic performance drew praise from just about every corner of the Twittersphere. Including Belgium's. 

In the aftermath of Belgium's 2-1 win over the USA in the round of 16 -- a game in which Howard made 16 saves, the most in a World Cup since 1966 -- Belgium captain Vincent Kompany took to social media to praise the American's dominant showing. 

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​Kompany, Manchester City's captain on the club level, is quite familiar with Howard's skillset from their Premier League encounters, but Howard's showing Tuesday was a step above his typical top-class showings with Everton. From his first-minute save on Divock Origi to his 15 others over the course of 120 grueling minutes, Howard earned worldwide acclaim, joining fellow CONCACAF goalkeeper Gulilermo Ochoa (Mexico) and Keylor Navas (Costa Rica) at the forefront of the discussion for the World Cup's top shot-stopper.

Nobody knows that better than Kompany, whose Belgium required two goals in extra time to fend off the Americans and set a date with Argentina in the quarterfinals.