Belgium scored a late goal to qualify for the next round, while Algeria shocked everyone by scoring four goals vs Korea Republic. Later, the United States of America drew with Portugal, making this the group of Death for Ronaldo and his team.
FIFA World Cup round-up Day Nine: Belgium, Algeria register wins, USA stuns the world with a 2-2 draw vs. PortugalJune 23, 2014 496 0 0
Belgium 1 Russia 0
A spot in the final 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been booked for Belgium after Divock Origi scored a last minute goal – the only goal of the match. Origi came on as an impact sub to replace Romelu Lukaku and scored in the 57th minute. He is only 19 years and is now Belgium’s youngest scorer in the world cup finals.
Eden Hazard was yet again the star of the match, having created numerous chances which the forwards failed to convert. But it was his spectacular pass that Origi took control of and smashed in the back of the Russian net.
The Russians played on the defence throughout the match and it took a long time for Belgium to get the better of them. Russia was however the first team to go forward and make an attempt to score, but they couldn’t get close enough.
Marc Wilmots got his substitutes right and the momentum changed. Russia started to tire out and ended up giving Belgium the room they needed to score.
Origi was called into the squad to replace the injured Christian Benteke, and no one thought this young Lille player would actually play in the world cup finals match, much less score.
Korea Republic 2 Algeria 4
12 minutes and three goals and the destruction of Korea Republic was complete. Algeria had stunned the world. No one had ever imagined this could happen. Group H is now a wide open group and anyone can qualify.
26 minutes into the game, Islam Slimani opened the scoring, and two minutes later, Rafik Halliche followed with a goal of his own. Abdelmoumene Djabou then made it a three-goal margin for the Algerians in the 38th minute.
Five minutes into the second half, Korea got back into the game with a goal from Bayer Leverkusen man Son Heung-Min, but 12 minutes later Yacine Brahimi restored Algeria’s three-goal cushion.
Koo Ja-Cheol scored a second for Korea in the 72nd minute, but it was too late by then.
Algeria is now second in their group, and is now the first African nation to score four goals in a World Cup match.
USA 2 Portugal 2
The United States of America would have almost advanced to the second round but a 90+5 minute goal from Silvestre Varela gave them a draw, leaving things until the last game day.
Portugal scored early with Nani blasting his shot into the roof of the net with just 5 minutes into the game. And Portugal managed to keep control until half-time.
The second half saw USA attack with a motive and it paid off in style – Jermaine Jones shot from 28.4 yards out and it curled into the net, leaving Portugal goalkeeper Beto speechless.
Clint Dempsey followed with a goal of his own – his trademark chested goal after some great passing by at least four teammates.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard made some fine saves throughout the game, but Cristiano Ronaldo, who had barely done anything throughout the match, made one final thrust down the right side and crossed the ball to Varela who scored, thus keeping Portugal’s world cup dreams alive.