Estadio Mineirão - Belo Horizonte 17/06/2014 - 18:00CET (13:00 local time)

Final tournament - Group stage - Group H

Belgium - Algeria
2-1
 

Belgium - Algeria 2-1 - 17/06/2014 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Substitutes get Belgium off to winning start

Published: Tuesday 17 June 2014, 19.00CET
Substitutes get Belgium off to winning start
Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) ©Getty Images

Belgium's first match at a FIFA World Cup finals since 2002 ended in victory as they recovered from a goal down to defeat Algeria in the opening game of Group H.

Twelve years to the day since a side captained by Marc Wilmots lost to Brazil in the round of 16, the Red Devils coached by the same man fell behind to Sofiane Feghouli's 25th-minute penalty in Belo Horizonte. Belgium were unable to breach a well-organised Algeria defence until beyond the midway point of the second half when Marouane Fellaini headed in. Another substitute, Dries Mertens, sealed the points ten minutes from time.

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Last updated: 18/06/2014 02:05 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Belgium
Algeria

2

Goals scored

1

14

Total attempts

3

7

Attempts on target

1

6

off target

2

5

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

2

1

Offsides

0

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

21

Fouls committed

17

12

Fouls suffered

13

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Belgium's first FIFA World Cup match since 2002 ultimately ends in victory but it was far from straightforward. Behind for long spells, they were indebted to substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens for getting their Group H campaign off to a triumphant start. Marc Wilmots's men play Russia next.
  • Substitution
    84
    Ghilas (in) - Medjani (out) (Algeria)
  • Goal
    80
    Mertens (Belgium) scores!
    Eden Hazard leads the Belgium attack and slides a cross-field ball into the path Dries Mertens, who takes a touch before rifling a shot into the roof of the net.
  • Substitution
    72
    Lacen (in) - Mahrez (out) (Algeria)
  • Goal
    70
    Fellaini (Belgium) scores!
    Belgium's pressure pays off as substitute Marouane Fellaini glances Kevin De Bruyne's left-wing cross into the net via the underside of the crossbar. Game on.

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