Rooney, Armstrong & more: Twitter reacts as Belgium beat USA

Wayne Rooney and Lance Armstrong tweet their thoughts after Belgium are 2-1 winners against USA in last 16 on Tuesday

Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku score in extra-time to secure a 2-1 win against the United States and book Belgium’s place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The former Chelsea midfielder broke the deadlock in the first minute of extra-time before Lukaku added a second in the 105th minute, although Julian Green pulled one back to ensure a nervy finish.

Here is the best of the enthusiastic Twitter reaction from the sports stars acrosss the world, in chronological order, as plucky USA are eliminated.

England striker Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) is going for #TeamUSA: “Have to admit I’m a USA fan today”

NBA star LeBron James (@KingJames): “Let’s Go! Best of luck to USA. #UnitedWeStand #WorldCup2014”

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) gives Marc Wilmots’s some tactical advice: “Get Hazard through the middle behind Origi please Wilmots…”

Ex-Fulham and USA striker Brian McBride (@BMcBride20) praises the American defence: “How good is Matt Besler!! Always impresses me.”

Another American who played for the Cottagers, Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) is impressed with DeAndre Yedin: “Agree w u guys, Yedin has been terrific Lots of game left & he needs to stay consistent. That’s the hardest part 4 the youngsters #Challenge”

Everton legend Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) makes a big statement considering the likes of Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan: “Tim best American goalie ever”

Former Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison (@morrisonclinton) can’t believe the Manchester City captain is bounding forward so late in the game: “Kompany mad energy great defending then nearly scores the winner”

Swansea striker Wayne Routledge (@WayneRoutledge) echoes the sentiment of many Americans: “Tim Howard for President!!!”

QPR midfielder Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) fancies a bit of Sir Tim Howard: “If the Yanks did knighthoods, Tim Howard would be nailed on for one after his performance tonight… #wall”

Ex-Crystal Palace man Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) feels the Americans deserve spot-kicks: “They deserve penalties. Come on you yanks. …”

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon (@Aaron7Lennon) reckons the final last-16 clash was the best of the World Cup: “Game of the tournament so far”

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong ‏(@lancearmstrong) is even impressed by Howard’s heroics: “I don’t know anything about soccer other than @TimHowardGK is a bad mofo.”

Finally, England goalkeeper Ben Foster (@BenFoster) lavishes praise on his contemporary: “Awesome game, incredible stuff from both teams. @TimHowardGK take a bow! #USAvsBEL”

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