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Today's match-winner, Divock Origi, is the son of former Kenya international, Mike Origi.
Divock was born in England, but chose to play for Belgium...
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Belgium have qualified and are through to the knockout phase of the World Cup. #BEL pic.twitter.com/mSeORinKyQ— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 22, 2014
Belgium have qualified and are through to the knockout phase of the World Cup. #BEL pic.twitter.com/mSeORinKyQ
Hardly a game to grace such a famous football stadium but at least we got a goal
Well-deserved win for Belgium.
Russia aren't eliminated, but may need to win their final match against Algeria
Belgium win 1-0 and progress to the Last 16
That's Belgium's third goal of the 2014 Soccer World Cup and they have ALL been scored by substitutes...
Was I the only one that got woken up by the sound of the ball hitting the post? #BoreDraw— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 22, 2014
Was I the only one that got woken up by the sound of the ball hitting the post? #BoreDraw
83' - Russia make another changeOleg Shatov off, on comes Alan Dzagoev
The best thing about #BEL at this World Cup so far!! pic.twitter.com/F7gkSQ7HC7— Babes And Bets (@BabesAndBets) June 22, 2014
The best thing about #BEL at this World Cup so far!! pic.twitter.com/F7gkSQ7HC7
LIVE: #BELRUS is very even so far. Real-time stats see little difference between #BEL & #RUS - http://t.co/05rRitbLZs pic.twitter.com/JDUT1Ep58C— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2014
LIVE: #BELRUS is very even so far. Real-time stats see little difference between #BEL & #RUS - http://t.co/05rRitbLZs pic.twitter.com/JDUT1Ep58C
76' - Russia enjoying their best spell of the match
Good on them!
This game is so bad that the referee couldn't even be arsed to get his vanishing spray out.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2014
This game is so bad that the referee couldn't even be arsed to get his vanishing spray out.
74' - Belgium make a key change...
On comes Kevin Mirallas and off goes Dries Mertens as Belgium make an attacking substitution
73' - YELLOW
Toby Alderweireld sees yellow for a mis-timed challenge. About the most exciting thing to happen this half...
Crowd shouting "second division" to express their boredom here in Rio.— Fernando Duarte (@Fernando_Duarte) June 22, 2014
Crowd shouting "second division" to express their boredom here in Rio.
70' - And we're into the final 20 minutes of the match
A match CRYING out for a goal!
62. MATCH SHOT: City and Belgium skipper @VincentKompany in full flight. Still 0-0 #BEL #RUS #cityinbrazil pic.twitter.com/A2wAZ8IewU— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) June 22, 2014
62. MATCH SHOT: City and Belgium skipper @VincentKompany in full flight. Still 0-0 #BEL #RUS #cityinbrazil pic.twitter.com/A2wAZ8IewU
In all fairness, the fact that this would be only the fourth 0-0 draw in 30 games means we don't REALLY have the right to complain...— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 22, 2014
In all fairness, the fact that this would be only the fourth 0-0 draw in 30 games means we don't REALLY have the right to complain...
In case you didn't know... Fabio Capello is the current Russia coach.
Capello led England at the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa
I wonder how he feels seeing England crash out in Brazil after just two matches... ?
64' - A goal either way could well decide this match...
Expectation among the crowd that they are waiting for a football game to start...
56' - BELGIUM SWAP STRIKERS
Off goes Lukaku, on comes Divock Origi
53' - YELLOW
Witsel's first 'contribution' since returning to the field is to be shown a yellow...
@nealcol @YesWeCrann Fellaini has an admirer! pic.twitter.com/4fPTbZ9sg8— Thabo Nouse (@FahranKnowz) June 22, 2014
@nealcol @YesWeCrann Fellaini has an admirer! pic.twitter.com/4fPTbZ9sg8
Come on, Belgium, GET HIM ON! #BEL pic.twitter.com/sWbRUXAXUi— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 22, 2014
Come on, Belgium, GET HIM ON! #BEL pic.twitter.com/sWbRUXAXUi
49' - Early injury to Belgium's Axel Witsel
Looks like an elbow injury as he makes his way to the touchline, only to make a remarkable recovery.
The power of the touchline!
45' - AND WE'RE UNDER WAY FOR THE SECOND HALF!
No half-time changes to either side...
HT stats for #BEL 0 - 0 #RUS:
http://t.co/5Y4Yhwwkr8 pic.twitter.com/709aui893k— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) June 22, 2014
HT stats for #BEL 0 - 0 #RUS:
Belgium 0-0 Russia HT:
Chances created: 3-4
Dark Horses: 0
#BEL #RUS pic.twitter.com/JixAusiHdu— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 22, 2014
Belgium 0-0 Russia HT:
Chances created: 3-4
Dark Horses: 0
#BEL #RUS pic.twitter.com/JixAusiHdu
Russia are on form! ?? #RUS pic.twitter.com/tA9LLfTbLZ— Futbol Babes (@FutbolBabes) June 22, 2014
Russia are on form! ?? #RUS pic.twitter.com/tA9LLfTbLZ
The World Cup... Bringing out Hot Latin Chicks since 1930! ?? FAV if you agree! pic.twitter.com/YBQQEgu0wO— Futbol Babes (@FutbolBabes) June 18, 2014
The World Cup... Bringing out Hot Latin Chicks since 1930! ?? FAV if you agree! pic.twitter.com/YBQQEgu0wO
Waiting for someone to score like......#BELvsRUS #belrus #WorldCup #WorldCup2014 #BEL #RUS pic.twitter.com/1Yp5Ra26r9— FIFA World Cup 2014 (@FlFAW0rldcup) June 22, 2014
Waiting for someone to score like......#BELvsRUS #belrus #WorldCup #WorldCup2014 #BEL #RUS pic.twitter.com/1Yp5Ra26r9
The half-time whistle sounds at the Estádio do Maracanã and we're dead-locked at 0-0 in this Group H encounter
No, it's the THREE FELLANINI'S!
The Three Fellaini's. #BEL pic.twitter.com/yZEQhvEZ9A— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 22, 2014
The Three Fellaini's. #BEL pic.twitter.com/yZEQhvEZ9A
43' - ANOTHER CLOSE SHAVE
The TWO best chances of the match have no both fallen to Russia as this time Aleksandr Kokorin finds himself unmarked in the Belgium box - but his header is wide to the right...
The #BEL fans cheering #BEL #BEL #BEL #BEL #BEL #belgium #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HlmIetLeo0— FIFA World Cup 2014 (@FlFAW0rldcup) June 22, 2014
The #BEL fans cheering #BEL #BEL #BEL #BEL #BEL #belgium #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HlmIetLeo0
DON'T FEEL TOO SORRY FOR THOMAS
No need to feel too sorry for Belgium's Thomas Vermaelen who just hobbled off with a knee injury - this is his significantly better half!
Don't feel too bad for Vermaelen, his girlfriend is Polly Parsons!! #BEL pic.twitter.com/IbpKBEqibT— Babes And Bets (@BabesAndBets) June 22, 2014
Don't feel too bad for Vermaelen, his girlfriend is Polly Parsons!! #BEL pic.twitter.com/IbpKBEqibT
38' - YELLOW
Yellow card to Russia' Denis Glushakov for bad tackle on Dries Mertens
First 'slice of cheese' of the match
PHOTO: @T_Vermaelen05 replaced by @Jan_Vertonghen early on due to injury in warm-up #BELRUS - #worldcup pic.twitter.com/YbE7ywxBWv— FIFA World Cup 2014 (@FlFAW0rldcup) June 22, 2014
PHOTO: @T_Vermaelen05 replaced by @Jan_Vertonghen early on due to injury in warm-up #BELRUS - #worldcup pic.twitter.com/YbE7ywxBWv
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FULL TIME: BELGIUM 1-0 RUSSIA.
Russia bring on Alexander Kerzhakov for Aleksandr Samedov.
BELGIUM 1-0 RUSSIA. Hazard drifts past a couple of defenders before pulling the ball back from the byline for ORIGI to slam his shot home.
The last five minutes have been the most exciting of the match as Hazard's shot is deflected away for a corner, that comes to nothing.
Mirallas hits the post with his free-kick from the edge of the area with Akinfeev beaten.
Shatov makes way for Alan Dzagoev.
Eshchenko's low shot is only just wide of the target.
Origi tries to whip in a shot from the edge of the area but it is blocked.
Kombarov's corner fails to beat the first man and is easily headed clear.
Belgium make their final change as Kevin Mirallas replaces Mertens.
Another yellow card - this time for Alderweireld.
Kompany has been in imperious form and he heads two Russia corners in quick succession clear.
So poor has the second half been that boos are starting to ring all around the Maracana.
Alongside the Nigeria v Iran match, this game has to be the most disappointing of the tournament.
Since the first 20 minutes Belgium have been dire and the match has turned into very drab affair.
The defensive rock that is Vincent Kompany heads a cross clear, but Russia are currently enjoying the better of the play.
Russia bring Andrey Eshchenko on for Aleksei Kozlov.
Origi goes down under Sergei Ignashevitch's challenge but the referee waves away Belgium's penalty appeals.
Belgium bring on Divock Origi for Lukaku.
Yet another promising Russia attack breaks down with a poor final ball.
Witsel is booked for hauling Oleg Shatov back.
Belgium's build-up play, which was so exciting in the first 20 minutes, is now extremely slow and predictable.
Witsel is eventually able to return to the pitch after being patched up.
There's a break in play as Axel Witsel needs treatment after appearing to injure his shoulder in a clash with Maksim Kanunnikov.
Mertens swings in another cross but no team-mate can latch on to it and the danger is averted by the Russia defence.
The second half in Rio de Janeiro is underway.
HALF TIME: BELGIUM 0-0 RUSSIA.
Russia are ending the half well and Glushakov's cross is headed wide by the unmarked Alexander Kokorin when he should really have scored - best chance of the half wasted.
Slowly but surely Russia are starting to get a foothold in the game but Belgium have really lost their way.
Denis Glushakov is booked for a high challenge on Mertens.
Mertens' cross-cum-shot is turned away by Akinfeev.
The match has degenerated into a very scrappy affair now.
The two teams seem to be cancelling each other out and the pace of the match has slowed significantly.
Thomas Vermaelen appears to have picked up an injury and has to be replaced by Jan Vertonghen.
Whenever Russia move out of their own half they appear to run out of ideas.
The corner is wasted though - Belgium are still struggling to create many openings.
Mertens wins another corner for Belgium, who are completely on top.
Lukaku is struggling to get into the game and looks a rather forlorn figure at the moment.
Mertens lashes a right-footed shot narrowly wide of Akinfeev's goal but Belgium are stepping up the pace.
Russia look a poor team as an intended pass goes straight out for a throw-in.
Toby Alderweireld's cross is too high for Marouane Fellaini and drifts out of play.
Belgium are on top but have still to create a clear-cut opening and have not forced Akinfeev to make a save.
Kevin De Bruyne finds Mertens who tries to set up Lukaku when a shot appeared to be the better option.
Russia have the first shot on goal, Oleg Shatov forcing Thibaut Courtois to make the save.
The has all the makings of a routine Belgian victory as Russia look very one-dimensional in the opening exchanges.
Belgium are on top and are dominating possession - the Red Devils look sharp.
Mertens is everywhere in the early stages and has a shot blocked after beating the offside trap.
When Russia clear their lines they launch a rapid and dangerous counter-attack that eventually breaks down, although Belgium put too many players up then.
Belgium make a confident start as Dries Mertens wins an early corner.
The action at the Maracana is underway.
Romelu Lukaku will once again be leading the line for Belgium despite failing to impress against Algeria.
Belgium struggled before eventually edging past Algeria in their first match and will start as slight favourites to edge this one.
Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev keeps his place in the Russia team despite his error against South Korea.
Belgium make three changes to the side that beat Algeria 2-1 with Nacer Chadli, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele being replaced by Marouane Fellaini, Thomas Vermaelen and Dries Mertens.
Belgium starting line-up: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Kompany, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, Lukaku, Hazard, Mertens, Van Buyten.
Russia starting line-up: Akinfeev, Kozlov, Ignashevich, Kanunnikov, Glushakov, Kokorin, Berezutskiy, Shatov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Kombarov.
The first World Cup clash of the day is between Russia and Belgium at the Maracana.