Arena de Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo 26/06/2014 - 22:00CET (17:00 local time)

Final tournament - Group stage - Group H

Korea Republic - Belgium
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Vertonghen clinches perfect record for Belgium

Published: Thursday 26 June 2014, 23.45CET
South Korea 0-1 Belgium
Jan Vertonghen's 78th-minute goal sent Belgium into the last 16 as Group H winners after the Red Devils survived a first-half red card.

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Match statistics

Korea Republic
Belgium

0

Goals scored

1

16

Total attempts

16

5

Attempts on target

8

5

off target

5

5

blocked

7

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

4

1

Offsides

4

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

1

15

Fouls committed

11

11

Fouls suffered

15

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2014 01:35 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Thursday 26 June 2014, 23.45CET

Vertonghen clinches perfect record for Belgium

South Korea 0-1 Belgium
Jan Vertonghen's 78th-minute goal sent Belgium into the last 16 as Group H winners after the Red Devils survived a first-half red card.

Already qualified Belgium wrapped up first place in FIFA World Cup Group H after responding bravely to the setback of Steven Defour's first-half dismissal by rallying to beat South Korea 1-0 in Sao Paulo.

Marc Wilmots's team had booked progress with wins in their opening two games against Algeria (2-1) and Russia (1-0) and the only question at the Arena de Sao Paulo – where their lineup showed seven changes – was whether they would retain top billing in their group. This they achieved thanks to a determined reaction to Defour's sending-off which had its reward with Jan Vertonghen's 78th-minute close-range goal.

Belgium, who now face a round of 16 tie against the United States, had begun the third matchday requiring a solitary point to clinch pole, yet they started on the front foot. Dries Mertens lashed the ball over the bar after it broke fortuitously for the Belgium forward following Marouane Fellaini's flicked header and Kevin Mirallas's skip in the South Korea box. The SSC Napoli player also drifted a shot wide when well placed.

At the other end Thibaut Courtois twice excelled himself to keep the first half scoreless. First he turned behind Ki Sung-Yong's rasping drive from distance; from a similarly grounded position he blocked out a ball that deflected off defenders Nicolas Lombaerts and Mousa Dembélé under pressure from Son Heung-Min.

Belgium were reduced to ten men on the stroke of half-time, however, when Defour was red-carded for a challenge on Shin-Wook Kim. Myung-Bo Hong's men made the running early in the second period, with Keun-Ho Lee nodding dangerously over. Ki also had a headed opportunity while Son's cross-shot landed on top of the bar.

However, the European side continued to carry a threat through the pace of Mertens, Adnan Januzaj and Nacer Chadli, with the latter eliciting a save from Kim Seung-Gyu. When Kim subsequently saved substitute Divock Origi's powerful low strike, the ball rebounded for Vertonghen, Belgium's acting captain, to follow up and sweep home. Eden Hazard might have made it two, but the Red Devils already had their perfect record to take into the knockout phase.

Last updated: 27/06/14 0.16CET

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Lineup

Korea Republic

Korea Republic

Belgium

Belgium

21Seung-Gyu Kim (GK)1Thibaut Courtois (GK)
3Suk-young Yun5Jan Vertonghen (C)
Goal78
5Kim Young-gwon8Marouane Fellaini
9Son Heung-Min
Substitution73
11Kevin Mirallas
Substitution88
12Lee Yong14Dries Mertens
Substitution60
13Ja-Cheol Koo (C)15Daniel Van Buyten
14Han Kook-Young
Substitution46
16Steven Defour
Red Card45
16Ki Sung-Yong18Nicolas Lombaerts
17Lee Chung-Yong19Mousa Dembélé
Yellow Card50
18Shin-Wook Kim
Substitution66
20Adnan Januzaj
Substitution60
20Hong Jeon-ho
Yellow Card35
21Anthony Vanden Borre

Substitutes

1Jung Sung-Ryong (GK)12Simon Mignolet (GK)
23Beom-Yung Lee (GK)13Sammy Bossut (GK)
2Changsoo Kim2Toby Alderweireld
4Tae-Hwi Kwak6Axel Witsel
6Seok-Ho Hwang7Kevin De Bruyne
7Kim Bo-Kyung
Substitution66
9Romelu Lukaku
8Dae-Sung Ha10Eden Hazard
Substitution88
10Park Ju-Young17Divock Origi
Substitution60
11Keun-Ho Lee
Substitution46
22Nacer Chadli
Substitution60
15Jong-woo Park23Laurent Ciman
19Ji Dong-won
Substitution73
22Park Joo Ho

Coach

Myung-Bo Hong (KOR) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Williams Benjamin (AUS)

Assistant referees

Matthew James Cream (AUS), Hakan Anaz (AUS)

Fourth official

Victor Carrillo (PER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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