World Cup Brazil: Mediocre Belgium wins again after golden substitute
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 25, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — For the first time since 2002, Belgium is through to the second round of the World Cup soccer. Just like against Algeria (2-1 victory), coach Marc Wilmots had a lucky hand in changing players against Russia. In the last part of the
soccer match against the Russiansin Rio de Janeiro, substitute Divock Origi scored the only goal: 1-0. In the match against Algeria, the
substitutesMarouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens were the scorers.
In the first half, only striker Mertens, like Fellaini a first team player today, was a bit dangerous up front.
Star player of Belgium Eden Hazardhad another off day.
The biggest opportunity in the Maracana Stadium was for Russian player Alexander Kokorin. The Dinamo Moscow striker headed just wide from a great cross. Toby Alderweireld could not complain that German referee Felix Byrch did not hold a penalty against him after tapping Maxim Kanunnikov.
Marc Wilmots relieved after late goal against Russia
In the second half, the
Belgian soccer teamdid not play any better. In fact, the play of the serious outsider from Europe is one of the biggest disappointments so far of World Cup 2014. Romelu Lukaku responded aggrieved after a substitution by Wilmots. Divock Origi replaced the angry striker, who refused shaking hands with his coach. Fifteen minutes before time, Wilmots also took Dries Mertens off, even though he made a good impression, as one of the few Belgians today.
In the final phase, Kevin Mirallas came close to scoring. The Everton striker hit the post with a free kick. Eventually it was substitute Origi who relieved the Belgians. The substitute of Lukaku benefited from a cross of Hazard and shot the ball in the Russian cage, three minutes before time. Very undeserved, but 1-0 was the final score
Matches & Standings Group H - World Cup 2014