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World Cup 2014: Group H Round-Up—Belgium Make it a Clean Sweep and Algeria Dare to Dream in the Last 16

GROUP H

Belgium 1-0 South Korea

De Rode Duivels joined Holland, Argentina and Colombia in achieving a 100 percent winning record during the group phase.

Dries Mertens came close on a couple of occasions in the first-half but lacked his typical composure in front of goal.

Patience was key but the evening would become even more taxing for the Belgians given Steven Defour’s rash tackle just before the interval.

Despite being one man down, the numerical disadvantage was not noticeable as Belgium continued to create the vast majority of the play.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen scored the winner with a classic centre-forward’s finish after South Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu had parried Divock Origi’s shot.

Algeria 1-1 Russia

Fabio Capello was once again derailed by Algeria for the second successive World Cup. In 2010, the Italian was in charge of England and their then 0-0 group phase draw resulted in considerable criticism.

Now at the helm of Russia, Capello’s World Cup quest was halted in the group phase thanks to Islam Slimani’s second-half equaliser, which cancelled out Aleksandr Kokorin’s early header.

 

FINAL GROUP H STANDINGS:

Source: BBC

Source: BBC

 

SECOND ROUND FIXTURES

– Germany vs Algeria—Monday 30th June (9pm GMT)

– Belgium vs USA—Tuesday 1st July (9pm GMT)

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