Belgium wins late against Russia 1-0
It was a rather lackluster game by Belgium for most of the game, but they took advantage of a tired Russian defence near the end to take the full 3 points for the win.
Russia had an exceptional opportunity to take the lead in the first half when Denis Glushakov placed a perfect cross to a wide open Alexander Kokorin for a header. Kokorin, unfortunately, pushed the ball wide of the net from close range.
When opportunities are missed, World Cup caliber teams will punish, and that’s exactly what Belgium did. In the 88th minute, Eden Hazard zipped past a Russian defender, dribbled a pass to teammate Divock Origi who calmly laced a shot off the fingertips of Igor Akinfeev and into the roof of the net.
Belgium has now qualified for the Round of 16.
Algeria cruise past Korea 4-2
History was made this game as Algeria won their first World Cup match since 1982 and also became the first African team to score four goals in a single match.
The game was not even close in the first half as Algeria roared to a 3 goal lead.
Islam Slimani scored the first of the match at the 26 minute mark by taking a long pass up the middle, controlled the ball between two Korean defenders and then chipped it past goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong.
Just minutes later, Abdelmoumene Djabou sent a corner kick to an unmarked Rafik Halliche who sent a laser of a header into the back of the net. Sung-Ryong was positioned poorly on the kick and Algeria took advantage.
Another display of poor defending at the 38 minute mark allowed Slimani to get control of the ball deep in Korean territory, who then sent a simple pass to Djabou who made no mistake.
Korea finally showed signs of life in the second half when Son Heung-Min shot the ball between the legs of keeper Raïs M’Bohli.
However, Algeria restored their 3-goal lead when Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi played give-and-go with the ball. Brahimi was on the receiving end and calmly slid the ball underneath a sliding Sung-Ryong.
Korea did not give up as Koo Ja-Cheol scored in the 72nd minute to bring them within 2, but this was as close as they would get and the loss now puts Korea at the bottom of Group H.
Portugal draws with USA 2-2 in stunning fashion
Within 5 minutes to start the match, Portugal scored the opening goal. Geoff Cameron failed to clear properly and the ball instead fell at the feet of Nani who rocketed a shot past Tim Howard.
The Americans finally broke through after halftime when Jermaine Jones’ excellent strike from outside the box found the back of the net. They then took the lead in the 81st minute when Clint Dempsey used his body to redirect the ball into the net.
It was thought to be a sure victory for USA at this stage in the game. There were 5 minutes of added time, and Portugal needed almost all 5 to find the equalizer. Cristiano Ronaldo sent in the perfect cross from the right side and Silvestre Varela snuck behind the American defence to bury the header to tie the game.
The draw keeps Portugal’s hopes alive as they look to make it out of the group stages.