United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann paid tribute to Tim Howard’s "phenomenal" performance as the Everton goalkeeper defied Belgium until extra-time.
Howard made 16 saves, the most by any keeper in a World Cup match since 1966 according to statistics, before two goals in extra time saw Belgium win 2-1 to secure a quarter-final place against Argentina.
Klinsmann said: "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."
The introduction of Romelu Lukaku – Howard’s Everton team-mate last season – made the difference, with the striker creating the opening for Kevin de Bruyne’s winner before scoring the second himself.
Teenager Julian Green gave the Americans hope and they had chances, but Belgium just held out.