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    Fans watch USA play Belgium in the World Cup competition at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

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    From left: Toledoans Carly Gains, Morgan St. Julian and Austin Burgess watch USA play Belgium in the World Cup competition at Fifth Third Field.

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    Fans react to USA missing a goal opportunity against Belgium in the World Cup competition at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

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    Toledoan Greg Lilienthal wears an American flag as a cape as he watches USA play Belgium in the World Cup competition on the giant screen at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

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    Blissfield brothers Isaiah Rupp, 19, left, and Josiah Rupp, 16, bottom right with flag, react to Belgium scoring against USA in the World Cup competition on the giant screen at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

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Blissfield brothers Isaiah Rupp, 19, left, and Josiah Rupp, 16, bottom right with flag, react to Belgium scoring against USA in the World Cup competition on the giant screen at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

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Toledoan Greg Lilienthal wears an American flag as a cape as he watches USA play Belgium in the World Cup competition on the giant screen at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

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Enthusiastic fans draped in red, white and blue are filling up Fifth Third Field this afternoon for the World Cup match between the United States and Belgium.

The stadium is hosting a free viewing party, showing the game on its outfield video boards, and opening stadium restaurants for fans.

“I don‘‍t know exactly how many people are here yet, but I know it’‍s a couple thousand,” Communications Director Andi Roman said early in the game‘‍s first half.

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Belgium won the game 2-1 in extra time.

Soccer lovers showed up festooned in red, white and blue and quickly began filling the stadium’‍s first-base side, where they waved U.S. flags as the game began.

The U.S. failed to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals. The American team has only gotten that far in the tournament once before, in 2002.

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