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The World United Through Football Tuesday, 17th June

Group Match - Surprised to be Not Surprised

Group H

Travel to Belgium Belgium vs Travel to Algeria Algeria in Belo Horizonte.

Match Preview

Belgium and Algeria have never met at a World Cup Finals but they have played two international friendly matches; in Brussels (2002) and Annaba (2003).

There were no goals in the Brussels encounter but Belgium did win (3:1) in Annaba, the following year. That was eleven years ago.

The Match

The referee, Marco Rodriguez of Mexico, has some red card form in previous World Cup Finals.

As one of the FIFA Referees at South Africa 2010, Rodriguez produced a red card in both of the matches he refereed: Germany vs Australia and Chile vs Spain.

As one of the FIFA Referees at Germany 2006, he also produced two red cards and nine yellow cards in his second match: Côte d'Ivoire vs Serbia & Montenegro.

Fingers crossed then.

Goalscorers 0:1
Algeria took the lead in the 24th minute, after a dozy Jan Vertonghen tugged at Sofiane Feghouli. Feghouli made no mistake from the spot. With the history of the referee, Vertonghen can think himself lucky that he didn't see red.

Lukaku started to show his frustration; his team mates needed to wake up and get up towards him quicker.

Passing the ball around is one thing, but it helps if you pass and move; to give others the option to make better passes as a result.

So Belgium became the surprise team of the tournamnet as most people thought they would be; surprised at themselves though, for trailing Algeria at the end of the first half of their opening game.

Half-time: Belgium 0 - Algeria 1

Not surprising that Algeria started to take their time in the second-half either.

Goalscorers 1:1
Marouane Fellaini might not have had the best of seasons in Manchester, but his introduction in the second half - for Mousa Dembele - brought Belgium back into the game; as he headed in Kevin De Bruyne's cross, after only six minutes on the pitch.

Goalscorers 2:1
You can only sit back and defend a penalty lead for so long, especially against a team that could be the surprise package of the tournament, spiced with inspired second-half substitutions of the Ottmar Hitzfeld calibre; Dries Mertens, the scorer.

Algeria might feel disappointed after being in front for so long but in all honesty, they can't be surprised they lost.

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Final Score: Belgium 2 - Algeria 1
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Goalscorers:
0:1 - Sofiane Feghouli (24 mins, penalty)
1:1 - Marouane Fellaini (70 mins)
2:1 - Dries Mertens (80 mins)

Teams

Travel to Belgium Belgium:
1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 4-Vincent Kompany, 15-Daniel Van Buyten, 5-Jan Vertonghen; 6-Axel Witsel, 19-Mousa Dembele, 22-Nacer Chadli, 7-Kevin De Bruyne; 10-Eden Hazard, 9-Romelu Lukaku.

Travel to Algeria Algeria:
23-Rais M'Bolhi; 5-Rafik Halliche, 2-Madjid Bougherra, 12-Carl Medjani, 3-Faouzi Ghoulam; 14-Nabil Bentaleb, 22-Mehdi Mostefa, 19-Saphir Taider; 21-Riyad Mahrez, 15-Hilal Soudani, 10-Sofiane Feghouli.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Marco Rodriguez - Mexico Travel to Mexico

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
23 mins - Jan Vertonghen (Belgium)
32 mins - Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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