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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Korea Republic - Belgium 0-1 - 26/06/2014 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Vertonghen clinches perfect record for Belgium

Published: Thursday 26 June 2014, 23.00CET
Vertonghen clinches perfect record for Belgium
Jan Vertonghen wheels away after scoring the winner for Belgium in Sao Paulo ©Getty Images

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.

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

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Belgium have had their difficulties in this tournament, and had to play more than 45 minutes with ten men today, but they go through to the last 16 with a perfect record. The United States are up next.
  • Substitution
    88
    E. Hazard (in) - Mirallas (out) (Belgium)
  • Goal
    78
    Vertonghen (Belgium) scores!
    Seung-Gyu Kim saves Divock Origi's powerful low strike but cannot hold onto the ball, enabling Jan Vertonghen, Belgium's acting captain, to sweep the ball home from close range.
  • Substitution
    73
    Dong-won (in) - Son Heung-Min (out) (Korea Republic)
  • Substitution
    66
    Kim Bo-Kyung (in) - Kim (out) (Korea Republic)

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