MATCH CENTRE

SUN 22 JUNE 2014, 18:00, ESTADIO DO MARACANA

1
VS
0

Origi’s late strike sends Belgium into second round

by Staff Reporter

Sun June 22, 20:08

Belgium sealed their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup in a largely forgettable 1-0 success over Russia in their Group H clash at the Maracana.

The great Rio de Janeiro stadium has seen some classic clashes down the years, but this was most certainly not one of them as both teams looked ponderous and, at time, devoid of ideas.

Teenage Lille striker Divock Origi scored the decisive goal three minutes from time, though on the balance of play Russia may feel they deserved at least a point.

It is now two wins from two for Belgium, who earlier came from behind to defeat Algeria 2-1.

The first half was as dull as we have seen in the tournament and largely devoid of clear-cut chances, bar a late headed opportunity for Russia’s Alexander Kokorin, who was brilliantly picked out by Denis Glushakov’s cross as he ghosted between the centre-backs, but placed his effort wide of the goal with the keeper beaten.

Dries Mertens looked lively for Belgium, the Napoli winger using his pace to run at the Russian defence, but with little end product.

Belgium suffered a blow just past the half-hour mark when Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen succumbed to an injury he picked up in the warm-up and had to leave the field.

Whether he plays any further part in the tournament is the big question now as he was replaced by Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen.

There was a real hope around the Maracana that the action would pick up in the second period but it was largely more of the same.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, clearly still carrying the ankle injury that had made him a doubt before the tournament, was pulled before an hour by manager Marc Wilmots and replace by Origi, who is of Kenyan origin.

Again it was the Russians, so ponderous in attack all game, who created the first real opening of the half but Andrey Eshchenko could not keep his effort on target.

Everton forward Kevin Mirallas, on for Mertens, came close to the opening goal when his low drive from 25 yards cannoned back off the post and away to safety.

But Belgium did finally get their goal as Origi coolly finished after being teed-up by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

The midfielder drew the Russian defence towards him and then slipped the ball to Origi, who showed great composure to finish into the roof of the net.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ESTADIO DO MARACANA
BELGIUM GOALS RUSSIA GOALS
17. Divock Origi (88')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
BELGIUM STARTING LINEUP RUSSIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
15
Defender
62'
2
Defender
31'
3
Defender
23
Defender
74'
2
4
Defender
4
14
Midfielder
54'
6
Midfielder
38'
8
Midfielder
75'
14
Midfielder
83'
17
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
90'
19
Forward/Striker
57'
9
Forward/Striker
6
SUBSTITUTIONS
Jan Vertonghen
Defender
31'
5
Andrey Eshchenko
Defender
62'
22
Divock Origi
Forward/Striker
57'
17
Alan Dzagoev
Midfielder
83'
10
Kevin Mirallas
Forward/Striker
75'
11
Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Forward/Striker
90'
11
CARDS
Axel Witsel
Midfielder
54'
6
Denis Glushakov
Midfielder
38'
8
Toby Alderweireld
Defender
74'
2
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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