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The World United Through Football Sunday, 22nd June

Group Match - Almost Stalemate But Belgium Slip Through

Group H

Travel to Belgium Belgium vs Travel to Russia Russia in Rio de Janeiro.

Match Preview

Belgium beat Russia (3:2) in Shizuka during the Group Stage of Korea-Japan 2002.

Belgium also played the Soviet Union three times at the World Cup Finals: Mexico 1986, Spain 1982 and Mexico 1970.

The Match

A win for Belgium and they will qualify for the Second Round.

Belgium have a number of players who play in the English Premier League and Russia have a former England manager, Fabio Capello, out with a point to prove.

The early initiative came from Belgium; Kevin De Bruyne looking good in particular.

Russia's Igor Akinfeev wasn't feeling confident about catching the ball after the hash in his last game and resorted to punching away any danger.

Just before half-time, a lack of concentration in the middle of the Belgium defence almost allowed Russia to sneak a goal; Aleksandr Kokorin heading wide.

Not a great forty-five minutes at the Maracana. Maybe we expected too much from Belgium. Russia counter-attacked well but then faded when it came to thinking about how to finish.

Half-time: Belgium 0 - Russia 0

The second-half went from bad to worse; even the fans in the stadium were falling asleep.

Substitute Kevin Mirallas hit the post for Belgium as desperation set in during the final ten minutes.

Then Mirallas poked the ball through to Eden Hazard; deflected for a corner.

So that was the game plan: conserve energy for a surge towards the end of the game. Not a great plan for the fans though.

Goalscorers 1:0
Eden Hazard finally helped to break the deadlock, cutting the ball back to another Belgian substitute, Divock Origi.

Hazard and Mirallas combined to almost double the lead for Belgium, in the last minute of stoppage time.

They left it late, but key substitutions have taken Belgium through to the Second Round and Fabio Capello thinking about where he'll be managing next.

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Final Score: Belgium 1 - Russia 0
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Goalscorers:
1:0 - Divock Origi (88 mins)

Teams

Travel to Belgium Belgium:
1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 15-Daniel Van Buyten, 4-Vincent Kompany, 3-Thomas Vermaelen; 6-Axel Witsel, 8-Marouane Fellaini, 7-Kevin De Bruyne, 10-Eden Hazard; 14-Dries Mertens, 9-Romelu Lukaku.

Travel to Russia Russia:
1-Igor Akinfeev; 2-Aleksei Kozlov, 14-Vasili Berezutski, 4-Sergei Ignashevich, 23-Dmitri Kombarov; 8-Denis Glushakov, 20-Viktor Fayzulin, 19-Alexander Samedov, 17-Oleg Shatov; 6-Maksim Kanunnikov, 9-Aleksandr Kokorin.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Dr. Felix Brych - Germany Travel to Germany

Yellow Cards 3 yellow cards:
37 mins - Denis Glushakov (Russia)
53 mins - Axel Witsel (Belgium)
72 mins - Toby Alderweireld (Belgium)

Travel to South Korea South Korea vs Algeria Travel to 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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