They watched by the tens, if not hundreds of thousands. In cozy sports bars and cavernous sports stadiums. In living rooms and in public spaces. In front of computer screens and in front of big screens in downtown plazas.
Untold thousands of soccer fanatics skipped work or sneaked away Tuesday to catch the World Cup game between the United States and Belgium.
It is, after all, a do-or-die match. The winner advances. The loser goes home.