Mexico held Brazil to an excruciating draw while Belgium got their first win of the tournament. Russia drew 1-1 with Korea Republic in what was an exciting game for both teams.
FIFA World cup round-up Day Six: Brazil, Russia held to a draw, Belgium winJune 19, 2014 276 0 0
Belgium 2 Algeria 1
Two second half goals from Belgium saw them beat a stubborn Algeria 2-1. 25 minutes into the game saw Jan Vertonghen foul Sofiane Feghouli in the box which led to a penalty. Feghouli comfortably put the shot in the back of the Belgium net and the Les Fennecs held onto their lead for the rest of the first half.
Eden Hazard crossed a brilliant shot over to Nacer Chadli who’s shot was directly on goal and was comfortably held by M’Bolhi at the near post.
Second half saw the introduction of Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini who missed a shot early on, but went on to convert a deep cross from Kevin de Bruyne into a goal. The ball hit the top of Fellaini’s perfect afro hair and he headed the shot beyond M’Bolhi and equalised.
Belgium looked completely in control of the game after that goal and with 10 minutes to go, Mertens lashed the ball into the roof of the net. Algeria was lost and there was no coming back for them, expect for a spectacular save by M’Bolhi who denied Fellaini his second goal of the night.
Brazil 0 Mexico 0
A brilliant game, plenty of excitement but neither team were able to break the deadlock. Brazil were, without a doubt, the better team, having managed eight shot on target, but failed to a ball in the back of Mexico’s net.
One could also say that Mexico had a stunning performance, with their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa putting on a spectacular show. Fred let Brazil down on numerous occasions having scored Oscar’s sublime pass but being deemed offside.
Neymar came close to scoring thanks to a beautiful Dani Alves pass, but Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a mind-boggling save, leaping to his right to claw the ball off the line and away one-handed.
José Vazquez was the only one who managed to get close to the Brazilian goal for Mexico. Ochao pulled off yet another heroic save to deny Chelsea defender David Luiz from scoring.
The second half was a rather dull affair with Brazil attacking and Mexico blocking every shot that came their way. Ochao was the star of the night, undoubtedly. Silva headed in a stunning shot, but the goalkeeper pushed it away.
Marcelo saw a penalty shout turned down and Raul Jiminez blazed just over the bar to end the game 0-0. One of the best 0-0’s you might ever see, but a goalless draw nonetheless.
Russia 1 Korea Republic 1
Russia and Korea Republic begun their World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw. The first half saw Russia start off strongly with Sergei Ignashevich smashing a free-kick right on goal, but Korea goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong pushed it away.
Both went into halftime without a goal, and Korea struck first in the 68th minute. Russia’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was having a shaky night and he failed to stop Lee Keun-ho’s shot.
Aleksandr Kokorin scored a goal from close range just minutes later to level scores on 74 minutes. Post that, both teams failed to find a second goal and had to be content with a draw.