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As it happened: Belgium v Algeria

2014-06-17 20:00
Last Updated at 09:44
17 Jun 19:58
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17 Jun 19:55

In the end it was a well-deserved win for Belgium. They dominated possession (65%) and completed 515 passes, compared to Algeria's 184.

Belgium had a total of 16 attempts on goal, with Algeria only 3.

It was also a master-stroke by Belgium to bring on Fellaini and Mertens who won the game for them!

Belgium go top of Group H, while Algeria are rooted to the bottom. Russia and South Korea are the other teams in the group and will duel at midnight (SA time).

17 Jun 19:50
FULL-TIME: Belgium 2-1 Algeria
17 Jun 19:50
90 +2 - Algeria with one last throw of the dice. A long throw into the box is cleared by Belgium though as they counter...
17 Jun 19:48
90 + 1. A corner for Belgium as they look to wind the clock down...
17 Jun 19:47
90'- 3 minutes of added time will be played.
17 Jun 19:47
89'- It's all Belgium now. Algeria look clueless as to how to get back in it... Having only 34% possession has taken its toll.
17 Jun 19:45
87'- Another chance for Fellaini to finish it but he slips in the box... But he has really made a significant impact. Where was this form for Manchester United this past season? Perhaps he should go back to Everton...
17 Jun 19:43
Watch Dries Mertens give Belgium the lead.
17 Jun 19:41
84'- Algeria make their final substitution. Carl Medjani is off and replaced by Islam Slimani.
17 Jun 19:40
83'- Another stunning header by Fellaini but a great save by the 'keeper keeps Algeria in it... for now...
17 Jun 19:37

79'- Belgium catch Algeria on the counter and a thunderous strike from substitute Dries Mertens puts them in front. What a scorching strike that was!

Chelsea's Eden Hazard did well to play him though on goal...

2-1 to Belgium now.

17 Jun 19:36
17 Jun 19:32
75'- Belgium now launching wave after wave of attack. Algeria seem content to just hang on for the draw.
17 Jun 19:31
See how Fellaini levelled matters...
17 Jun 19:29
70'- Algeria make another substitution. Yacine Brahimi is on for Riyad Mahrez.
17 Jun 19:28
69'- Belgium substitute Marouane Fellaini latches on to a through ball in the box and heads over the 'keeper to level matters.
17 Jun 19:26
17 Jun 19:25
66'- A thunderous strike by Belgium's Divock Origi is saved by the 'keeper. This looks like it may just be an African team's day...
17 Jun 19:24
66'- Belgium starting to turn up the heat now, forcing a few saves by the Algerian 'keeper. They have enjoyed 65% possession in the whole match...
17 Jun 19:22
64'- Algeria now make their first substitution. Zemmamouche is on and El Arbi Soudani is off.
17 Jun 19:21
64'- Belgium make their third and final substitution. Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini comes on for Moussa Dembélé.
17 Jun 19:18


19-year-old Divock Origi, who has just come on for Belgium, is the youngest player ever to play for them in a World Cup.

17 Jun 19:16
59'- Another corner to Algeria but it leads to nothing...
17 Jun 19:15
57'- Romelu Lukaku is the second man replaced by Belgium. 19-year-old Divock Origi replaces him.
17 Jun 19:13
55'- A strong header from Soudani is just wide...
17 Jun 19:12
55'- Corner to Algeria. A rare attacking chance for them.
17 Jun 19:11
54'- Belgium probing hard here early in the second half, but the Desert Foxes are well organised...
17 Jun 19:08
50'- A powerful run from substitute Dries Mertens in the box but the Algerian defence cuts down his angle and his shot is easily covered by the Algerian 'keeper.
17 Jun 19:06
48'- Oh so close for Belgium but Axel Witsel's header goes over the bar...
17 Jun 19:05
48'- First corner of the second half goes to Belgium.
17 Jun 19:02
45' - Belgium start proceedings... Boy, would I have like to have been a fly on the wall in the Belgium dressing room at the break...
17 Jun 19:01
Welcome back for the second half. Belgium have made one replacement. Dries Mertens is on for Nacer Chadli.
17 Jun 18:54
Algeria celebrate Sofiane Feghouli's goal... (Getty Images)
17 Jun 18:51
Penalty and Sofiane Feghouli's goal.
17 Jun 18:48

Belgium have enjoyed 67% possession and have completed 251 passes to Algeria's 90, but somehow find themselves behind at the break.

They surely need to create more with the ball they have!

17 Jun 18:47
HALF-TIME: Belgium 0-1 Algeria
17 Jun 18:46
45'- 1 minute of added time will be played.
17 Jun 18:44
43'- Belgium's Nacer Chadli collects a Eden Hazrd though-ball into the box but his left-footed shot is weak one and is easily dealt with by the 'keeper.
17 Jun 18:42
Toby Alderweireld of Belgium controls the ball ahead of Algeria's Riyad Mahrez... (Getty Images)
17 Jun 18:39
38'- Jan Vertonghen hits the free-kick past the wall but it's too high...
17 Jun 18:38
37'- Belgium have a free-kick 10m outside the Algeria box after a rash tackle on Toby Alderweireld.