MATCH CENTRE

THU 26 JUNE 2014, 22:00, ARENA DE SAO PAULO

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10-man Belgium rack up third win

by Graeme Jackson

Fri June 27, 00:07

Belgium confirmed top spot in Group H at the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Korea Republic at the Arena de Sao Paulo on Thursday evening.


The result sees the ‘Red Devils’ end the first round with a 100 percent record, and they will be especially pleased with this victory as they played half of the game with just 10 men following the dismissal of Steven Defour.


The match featured little goal-mouth action, though Belgium created the best chance 25 minutes in when a Kevin Mirallas shot deflected off a defender and fell kindly for Dries Mertens, who blasted over from close range for perhaps the worst miss of the tournament so far.


The only real talking point of the first half arrived in the final minute of regulation time before the interval, with Belgium’s Steven Defour receiving a deserved red card for a late, studs-up challenge on Kim Shinwook.


With a numerical advantage, Korea predictably dominated possession in the second half but they lacked the attacking nous to break down the European side’s disciplined defence, though goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did watch one swirling cross bounce away off his bar.


As the Asian side began throwing more and more players forward, it gave Belgium a chance to threaten on the counter.


In the 77th minute Marc Wilmots’ side broke the deadlock against the run of play, with substitute Divock Origi’s low shot only half-saved by the ‘keeper, allowing Jan Vertonghen to turn the ball into the back of the net.


Belgium will face the United States in Salvador on July 1 in the round of 16. They were joined in the next phase by Algeria, who advanced thanks to a 1-1 draw with Russia in Curitiba.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA DE SAO PAULO
KOREA REP. GOALS BELGIUM GOALS
5. Jan Vertonghen (77')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1 1
KOREA REP. STARTING LINEUP BELGIUM STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
35'
20
21
Defender
5
15
Defender
12
Defender
77'
5
Defender
3
18
Midfielder
46'
14
Midfielder
60'
20
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
59'
14
Midfielder
73'
9
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
16
Midfielder
50'
19
Forward/Striker
66'
18
Midfielder
45'
16
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
88'
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lee Keun-Ho
Forward/Striker
46'
11
Divock Origi
Forward/Striker
59'
17
Kim Bo-Kyung
Midfielder
66'
7
Nacer Chadli
Midfielder
60'
22
Ji Dong-Won
Midfielder
73'
19
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
88'
10
CARDS
Hong Jeong-ho
Defender
35'
20
Steven Defour
Midfielder
45'
16
Moussa Dembele
Midfielder
50'
19
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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