23 June, 2014 - 09:43

World Cup. Group H. Belgium progress to the last 16


Belgium beat Russia to join Netherlands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Argentina in the last 16 after two games.

Marc Wilmots’ side do not particularly impress in their second straight World Cup match, but they manage to grab the three points, and such teams as Bosnia and Herzegovina or England would be happy to trade their attractive performance for some positive result. They played against a well-organized Russia, built by Fabio Capello. Both teams created few chances and the game was destined to end in a goalless draw. However, Marc Wilmots is becoming an expert in substitutions. Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens turned the game upside down against Algeria, and the 19-year-old Divock Origi, who replaced the surprisingly numb Romelu Lukaku, scored a winner from a fine Eden Hazard’s assist two minutes from time to beat Russia. The Red Devils have booked a place in the last 16 and reserved the top spot in the group with a game against South Korea to spare.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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