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(Reuters) - A well-timed substitution can change the course of any soccer match but when the game runs to 120 minutes and is played in the energy-sapping heat of northeast Brazil, substitutes really come into their own.
So it proved in Belgium’s 2-1 victory over the United States on Tuesday.
For the first 90 minutes of their World Cup second-round clash, Belgium threw everything they had at the Americans but could not find the back of the net. It ended 0-0 and went to extra time.
Enter striker Romelu Lukaku.