Altidore Back For U.S. – World Cup Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. is back in action at the World Cup this afternoon. The Americans will face Belgium in a second round match with the loser eliminated. The Americans got some good news yesterday as Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tih-dohr) will be available for the match. The forward strained his left hamstring in the Americans' opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn't appear in their next two games. The U.S. Soccer Federation tweeted that Altidore "is ready and available." The extent of his availability was not clear.
Belgium will be without midfielder Steven Defour, who has been suspended for the match after being sent off in his team's final group match with South Korea.
Germany has earned the right to face France in the quarterfinals at World Cup.
The Germans beat Algeria 2-1 after neither team scored through 90 minutes. Germany tallied late in injury time and again in the 120th minute to avoid having the game decided on penalty kicks.
The French scored in the 79th minute before benefiting from an own goal to complete a 2-0 triumph over Nigeria.