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    Belgium - Algeria 2:1 (0:1)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    17 June 2014 Belo Horizonte /Estadio Mineirao 13:00 56800
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    DE LUISA Yon (MEX)
    Did not play in Match
    SIEBER Walter (CAN)
    Fifth Official
    KAMRANIFAR Hassan (IRN)
    Referee
    RODRIGUEZ Marco (MEX)
    Assistant Referee 1
    TORRENTERA Marvin (MEX)
    Assistant Referee 2
    QUINTERO Marcos (MEX)
    Fourth Official
    FAGHANI Alireza (IRN)

    Total Goals scored

    Sofiane FEGHOULI (ALG) 25' Penalty goal, Marouane FELLAINI (BEL) 70' , Dries MERTENS (BEL) 80'


    Belgium

    Algeria
    1
    COURTOIS (GK)
    23
    RAIS (GK)
    2
    ALDERWEIRELD
    2
    BOUGUERRA (C)
    4
    KOMPANY (C)
    3
    GHOULAM
    5
    VERTONGHEN
    5
    HALLICHE
    6
    WITSEL
    10
    FEGHOULI
    7
    DE BRUYNE
    12
    MEDJANI (-84')
    9
    LUKAKU (-58')
    14
    BENTALEB
    10
    E.HAZARD
    15
    SOUDANI (-66')
    15
    VAN BUYTEN
    19
    TAIDER
    19
    DEMBELE (-65')
    21
    MAHREZ (-71')
    22
    CHADLI (-46' HT)
    22
    MOSTEFA
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    MIGNOLET (GK)
    1
    SI MOHAMMED (GK)
    13
    BOSSUT (GK)
    16
    ZEMMAMOUCHE (GK)
    3
    VERMAELEN
    4
    BELKALEM
    8
    FELLAINI (+65')
    6
    MESBAH
    11
    MIRALLAS
    7
    YEBDA
    14
    MERTENS (+46' HT)
    8
    LACEN (+71')
    16
    DEFOUR
    9
    GHILAS (+84')
    17
    ORIGI (+58')
    11
    BRAHIMI
    18
    LOMBAERTS
    13
    SLIMANI (+66')
    20
    JANUZAJ
    17
    CADAMURO
    21
    VANDEN BORRE
    18
    DJABOU
    23
    CIMAN
    20
    MANDI
    Coach Coach
    WILMOTS Marc (BEL) HALILHODZIC Vahid (BIH)

    Cautions

    Jan VERTONGHEN (BEL) 24' , Nabil BENTALEB (ALG) 34'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Subs inspire Belgian comeback

    Second-half goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens enabled Belgium to come from behind and beat Algeria 2-1 in their Group H opener. There was as much relief as joy for Marc Wilmots' side at Belo Horizonte's Estadio Mineirao, although they ultimately merited a win that had looked unlikely until the coach began shuffling his pack. Belgium had began the match as overwhelming favourites - considered even as dark horses for the Trophy - but it was Algeria who began by far the brighter of the two teams. After forcing a few early set-pieces and pinning the Europeans back in their own half, Les Fennecs carved out their first big chance on 18 minutes when an off-balance Riyad Mahrez sliced wide from the angle of the box after bursting through in the left channel.

    They continued to look the livelier and more determined of the two teams, though, and on 25 minutes took the lead and ended their long wait for a FIFA World Cup™ goal. Algeria hadn't scored at the tournament since 1986 - a run of 506 consecutive minutes of football - but with Bolivia's unwanted World Cup record (517 minutes) beckoning, they finally found a way through. The goal came from the penalty spot, with Sofiane Feghouli - having been tugged back by Jan Vetonghen to win the kick - dispatching it himself with a coolly placed side-foot shot low to the left of the wrong-footed Thibaut Courtois.

    Belgium attempted to respond, but were lacking in both penetration and ideas. Indeed, it was holding midfielder Alex Witsel - frustrated by the lack of success being enjoyed by those in front of him - who had Les Diables Rouges' best two efforts of the half, crashing in 30-yard shots that on each occasion forced Rais Mbolhi to parry hastily clear. That same duo were reunited early in the second half, with the Algeria keeper flapping at a corner but applying just enough of a touch to prevent Witsel heading home. But the north Africans remained a threat at the other end and very nearly doubled their lead on 57 minutes when Carl Medjani's glancing header flashed just wide of the far post.

    In their attempts to find a way through a packed Algerian defence, Belgium introduced Mertens, Fellaini and Divock Origi from the bench, and initially it was the latter who came closest to saving the day. But while the 19-year-old's pace took him through on goal and his low shot was powerfully struck, Mbolhi stuck out a leg to make a brilliant instinctive save. Ultimately, it was Wilmots' final replacement who was finally able to restore parity, with Fellaini looping a magnificent header in off the underside of the bar from Kevin de Bruyne's inswinging cross. There were 20 minutes still to play at that stage, and with Belgian tails up, it was no surprise when they went on to snatch a winner with ten still remaining.

    And, once again, it was a substitute who did the damage, with Mertens racing through on to a measured through-ball from Eden Hazard and smashing an unstoppable right-foot shot into the roof of the Algerian net.

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    Belgium-Algeria: Quotes

    Marc Wilmots, Belgium coach
    The game was too slow in the first half, and we just weren’t able to find a way past a team that refused to play football. The substitutions I made injected a bit of pace, which changed the game after the break. The players seemed like beaten men in the dressing room, but I told them that I was sure that we would score eventually. The points are in the bag – we’ve still got a long way to go, but we showed our strength of character.

    Vahid Halilhodzic, Algeria coach
    I’m left with the disappointing feeling of having come close to achieving something great. We suffered a lot in the second half, allowing Belgium to impose themselves physically. The different level of experience was a key factor towards the end. The match came down to little things, really, as well as the talent of our opponents. Marouane Fellaini’s goal was a case in point, as he’s one of the world’s best headers of a ball. We weren’t far away from pulling off an upset. I’d talked about how effective the Belgians are at counter-attacking, and unfortunately that was confirmed on the pitch.

    Kevin De Bruyne, Budweiser Man of the Match
    I wasn’t happy with my first-half performance. Algeria played as a well-organised unit, but I improved my passing and we were able to get the upper hand in the second half. Despite that, I don’t think I deserve to be named Man of the Match. We had to be patient against a team like Algeria, and I never doubted that we could turn the match around.

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