Belgium snatches victory from Algeria, 2-1
The game started out well for Algeria as Jan Vertonghen pulled down Sofiane Feghouli in the penalty area to give Algeria a chance to score the game’s first goal.
Feghouli made no mistake on the penalty and scored Algeria’s first goal in 28 years!
As Algeria led into the halftime, Belgium finally started to press the issue midway through the 2nd half. A cross by Kevin De Bruyne was headed home by Marouane Fellaini to tie the match at one in the 70th minute.
Algeria looked to attack late in the match, but a no call by the referee for Algeria led to a dangerous counter-attack for Belgium. Dries Mertens took a pass from Eden Hazard in the 80th minute and was all alone on the right side when he sniped a shot past the goalkeeper to put Belgium ahead for good.
Mexico puts on a fine effort to draw with Brazil 0-0
This match was very exciting despite it being a goal-less draw!
Brazil should have scored multiple times had it not been for the stellar play of Mexico’s goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa.
With saves like this, Mexico deserved the tie at the very least.
Russia and Korea play to a 1-1 draw
It was a pretty even first half with both teams playing patient and waiting for the best opportunities to present themselves.
Lee Keunho of Korea opened the scoring in the 68th minute with a long shot that was rather poorly handled by Russia’s Igor Akinfeev. The shot was directed straight at Akinfeev from outside the box, but the keeper couldn’t stop the ball properly. It bounced off his hands, over his head, and into the net.
The Russians answered very quickly as they scored the equalizer just 6 minutes later. Alan Dzagoev first fired a shot on goal, which was initially stopped by Jung Sung-Ryong, but the resulting rebound was not cleared by the defence and Aleksandr Kerzhakov capitalized on the mistake.
Both teams should be satisfied with one point for the draw since Algeria lost to Belgium earlier in the day.