Belgium 1-0 Russia
Substitute Divock Origi scored the vital winner two minutes from time to give Belgium another slender victory in Group H to ensure their qualification to the knockout stage.
Origi converted Eden Hazard’s lay-off after the Chelsea forward embarked on a teasing run into the Russian penalty area. Although Belgium did have a quiet day at the office, the goal came from Hazard’s sheer perseverance.
It was perhaps a harsh conclusion for Russia as they created their fair share of opportunities.
Despite their star-studded squad de Rode Duivels’ are not delivering the anticipated powerhouse performances and their biggest weakness appears to be in the final third—with Romelu Lukaku unable to replicate Christian Benteke’s cutting edge.
Algeria 4-2 South Korea
Algeria raced into a 3-0 half-time lead courtesy from some free-flowing attacking football where Islam Slimani, Rafick Halliche and Abdelmoumene Djabou all converted their chances.
South Korea needed a response and Song Heung-min reduced arrears five minutes after the interval.
With the Taegeuk Warriors being in the ascendency, they suffered a sucker-punch as Yacine Brahimi restored Algeria’s three-goal cushion. Koo Ja-cheol scored another consolation but the Fennec Foxes held out for the win.
FINAL GROUP H FIXTURES (Thursday 26th June—both games kick-off at 9pm GMT)
Belgium vs South Korea
Algeria vs Russia
– Dark horses Belgium off the mark with a comeback win over Algeria
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