Belgium beat Russia 1-0 to advance

Last updated 04:00 23/06/2014
Steven Defour
Reuters Zoom
Referee Benjamin Williams shows Belgium's Steven Defour a straight red card for a two-footed tackle.
Belgium
Getty
ON FIRE: Divock Origi of Belgium celebrates scoring his team's goal against Russia at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Related Links

Algeria thrash poor South Korea 4-2 Russia coach Fabio Capello still holding hope England players apologise for World Cup failure Bosnia bow out after defeat to Nigeria Germany fight back to deny Ghanaians Messi rescues Argentina with late strike

Relevant offers

Football

Southland's Megan Walker embraces West Ham United academy experience Four Kiwi football officials selected to referee at Rio Olympics Leicester City stands to gain up to $525 million from Premier League title Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas accused of provoking ugly finale at Stamford Bridge Jamie Vardy lookalike joins Leicester City party after completing mail run Atletico Madrid into Champions League final after loss to Bayern Munich Forsooth! Leicester City EPL win celebrated by King Richard III and buddhists Recap: Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid - Uefa Champions League semifinal 'I knew at Christmas Leicester would win title', says manager Claudio Ranieri Sydney FC top Asian Champions League group despite loss

Divock Origi sent Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup when the teenager struck an 88th minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory against Russia in a largely lifeless Group H match at the Maracana this morning.

He rifled in just minutes after Kevin Mirallas crashed a free kick against the base of the Russian post to give Belgium six points from two games.

Russia have one point with South Korea and Algeria meeting in the other Group H match in Porto Alegre this morning.

Apart from a rousing finale when Belgium finally awoke from their lethargy, the match was one of the poorest in the tournament so far with both teams regularly booed by the 73,000 crowd.

Despite a few flashes of inspiration from Belgium's right-winger Dries Martens in the first half and their attacking finish at the end, the match never rose above the largely forgettable.

Mertens did his best to spark Belgium into life before the break giving left back Dmitry Kombarov a torrid time, but although he was a constant threat, none of his work produced a goal.

He fired into the side netting and had another effort across the face of goal before the break as Belgium sought the victory that would put them into the knockout stages.

Russia had what appeared to be a decent penalty claim turned down when Toby Alderweireld appeared to catch Maksim Kanunnikov just inside the area and missed a great chance just before halftime when Alexander Kokorin miscued his header wide.

Belgium skipper Vincent Kompany recovered from a groin strain to take part and made some typically robust defensive tackles, but his left-back partner Thomas Vermaelen injured his knee in the warm-up and although he started the game he was replaced by Jan Vertonghen midway through the first half.

See below for play-by-play commentary of the game. 

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content