Belgium 1-0 Russia

Belgium scored once through substitute Divock Origi to qualify for the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Russia at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro.

Belgium edged Russia with the late goal that came in the 89th minute, after Hazard floated towards the byline before cutting back for Origi who struck home from eight yards out. Origi, 19, came off the bench in Belgium’s 2-1 victory over Algeria to impress and the story barely changed for their second. Lukaku made way for the goal scorer in the 56th minute before getting an immediate chance after going down in the penalty area.

Fabio Capello’s Russia lacked the cutting edge despite holding their defence firm as they capitalized on counter attacks. Belgium also lacked final touch but the decisive goal was just enough for a place in the round of 16.

South Korea 2-4 Algeria

Algeria kept their hopes of getting out of the group stage for the first time as the African representatives beat South Korea 4-2 at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. Islam Slimani broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, when he ran onto a long ball from Carl Medjani to lift it over Jung in goal for a fine finish.

South Korea lost the ball straight from kickoff, conceding the second 2 minutes after the first following a corner off Slimani’s shot. Rafik Halliche powered an accurate header into the back of the net for the African side. Djabou slotted the third past Jung Sungryong in the 37th minute for a devastating three goal spell that sent Algeria into the lockerroom 3-0 ahead.

South Korea responded with a goal in the 49th minute from Son Heung-min, who fired a shot between the goalkeeper’s legs to pull back one for his side. Yacine Bahrami scored Algeria’s third past Jung after a lovely one-touch passing with Feghouli but South Korea pulled another back, through Koo’s 72nd minute strike.

The result meant Algeria settle for second position in the group two points clear of South Korea and Russia. A draw for them against Russia may see them through.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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