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Watch the last time Jurgen Klinsmann crushed Belgium at a World Cup

Watch the last time Jurgen Klinsmann crushed Belgium at a World Cup

There are no World Cup games today, which means we'll have to settle for watching old World Cup games.

Here is a clip of Germany defeating Belgium 3-2 in the second round of the 1994 World Cup in the United States. The scorer of Germany's second goal should be familiar to fans of the U.S. men's team: one Jurgen Klinsmann, who finishes off a lovely give-and-go with his striking partner Rudi Voeller to give the Germans a 2-1 lead. Start at the 6:25 mark.

The game was not without controversy. As this contemporaneous L.A. Times account narrates, the Belgians were denied a penalty that could have sent the game into extra time, thanks to a bad non-call from the ref. Afterward, Belgian coach Paul Van Himst said the non-call was a "scandal." The response of German coach Berti Vogts was so circular that it may as well have been a Zen koan: "The referee did not whistle, therefore, it was not a penalty kick." See what he did there?

The Americans will hope Klinsmann can recreate that magic on July 1, when they face off against the Belgians.