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Soccer-Belgium and United States goalless at halftime

Reuters

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) - Tim Howard denied Divock Origi inside a minute and the United States held firm against Belgium despite losing right back Fabian Johnson to injury in a goalless first half in their World Cup last-16 clash on Tuesday.

Howard blocked Origi's clean strike after 40 seconds as Belgium made a rapid start but the keeper was otherwise untroubled, Kevin De Bruyne wasting his side's best other chance with a wasteful shot wide.

Clint Dempsey's shot was saved low down by Thibaut Courtois as the U.S. worked a good opening midway through the half but they then lost Johnson to a leg injury. (Writing by Justin Palmer; editing by Ed Osmond)

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