Belgium 1 - 0 Russia

Match info: FIFA World Cup - Gp H at Estadio do Maracana

Date: 22/06/2014 KO: 17:00 Ref: F Brych Att: 73,819

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Divock Origi 88



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  • FT: The referee signals for full-time and Belgium have beaten Russia 1-0 thanks to a Divock Origi's late strike. It was a largely forgettable game, but Marc Wilmots' side are now on the brink of the last-16.

  • CHANCE! Mirallas should make it two as Akinfeev denies him from inside the area after more good play from Eden Hazard.

  • Russia make their final change as Aleksandr Kerzhakov replaces Alexander Samedov.

  • Belgium suddenly sprung to life and the substitute Origi has broken the deadlock. It was great play from Hazard down the left, working himself into a crossing position and the finish was equally as impressive from Origi who smashed it beyond Akinfeev.

  • GOAL! Divock Origi fires Belgium ahead after Eden Hazard's cutback! 1-0!

  • This is more like it! Belgium suddenly look the most likely to score here...

  • CHANCE! Hazard dances into the area and gets his shot away on goal, only to see it take the slightest deflections off his marker. Fellaini then heads over the resulting corner.

  • Russia have made another change as Alan Dzagoev has replaced Shatov.

  • CHANCE! Mirallas' clips the post with his low free-kick! Akinfeev looked beaten.

  • Belgium have a free-kick in a very promising position after Ignashevic was adjudged to have handled under the watch of Alderweireld.

  • CHANCE! That's the nearest we have come to a goal in the second half as the ball is shifted wide to the substitute Yeschenko. He drills a low first time effort towards goal but it's always straying away from Courtois' post.

  • Origi has been positive for Belgium since replacing Lukaku and he sees a strike blocked on the edge of the area after turning away from his marker.

  • Origi is blocked off by Berezutskiy as he tries to burst down the left. Hate to say it, but this looks destined to end goalless...

  • Kobarov's corner is easily headed away at the near post by Witsel but Belgium continue to keep men back defending. Russia appear to be growing in confidence as this game goes on.

  • That's a like-for-like change for Belgium in attack and it means that Adnan Januzaj's wait for a World Cup debut continues. Mertens was Belgium's best player in the first half, but he faded rapidly out of the game in the second.

  • Belgium make their third and final change as Kevin Mirallas comes on for Dries Mertens.

  • Toby Alderweireld is the second Belgium player to be shown a yellow card tonight after clipping the heels of Glushakov.

  • Samedov angles a dangerous looking free-kick towards Ignashevic inside the six yard box. He looks to flick it on towards goal but the presence of Van Buyten seems to unnerve him as he heads over the bar.

  • Russia break and Shatov surges into the area, Van Buyten is tracking him closely and manages to muscle across and get a good block in to steer it behind for a corner.


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