Lionel Messi, Neymar and Robin van Persie make the headlines, but the World Cup's real heroes have been goalkeepers like Tim Howard, Guillermo Ochoa and Julio Cesar who throw themselves into the line of fire. (Vital Statistics: 154 goals! 10 Red Cards and More | All Fixtures)
"Two words .. TIM HOWARD #respect," was the simple Twitter comment made by Belgium's captain Vincent Kompany within minutes of his country finally beating the United States in the last 16 on Tuesday. (Tim Howard, the anchor of an evolving US team)
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, who hit the winning goal, and Dries Mertens, both hugged Howard at the end of their 120-minute onslaught on the 35-year-old Everton goalkeeper.