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Belgium falls short at World Cup

Exhausted US players lie on the ground as Belgium's Axel Witsel (6) celebrates at the end of the extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Belgium held on to beat US 2-1 in extra time.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Belgium may have reached the quarterfinals of its first World Cup for a dozen years, but coach Marc Wilmots and his players will return home from Brazil with a sense of unfulfilled promise.

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In ’86 it was Maradona, now Messi faces Belgium

Belgium's Axel Witsel, center, stretches next to teammates during a practice session at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. On Saturday, Belgium will face Argentina in their World Cup quarterfinals soccer match. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is old enough to remember Diego Maradona dumbfounding four defenders and a goalie to stop the nation’s incredible run at the 1986 World Cup in the semifinals. What Maradona was to Argentina then, Lionel Messi is now.

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Rent-a-crowd? Belgium counting on Brazil fans

Brazil soccer fans celebrate their team's victory over Chile after a penalty shootout at a World Cup round of 16 match at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil (AP) — This is as close to ‘rent-a-crowd’ that the World Cup will come. And it won’t cost Belgium anything.

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