Belgium – Algeria 2-1
Another twist winning in the World Cup in Brazil, this time the first match of Group H in which Belgium celebrated against Algeria 2-1.
Mainly with not much ideas Belgians can be satisfied from the conquered three points that came up with more trouble than expected in the last 20 minutes of the meeting. Previously, whole 70 minutes, the elected of Vahid Halilhodzic was provided maximum strong resistance without ever subordinate role duel.
In 24th minute there was a very obvious holding by Jan Vertonghen. The referee immediately stopped the play for a foul. Algeria were given a penalty kick.A yellow card for a tackle by Jan Vertonghen (Belgium). Marco Rodriguez doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) cooly converts his spot-kick! He sends the ball low into the middle of the net and there was 1-0 for Algeria.They kept the lead till the half time with no problems at all.
In the second half,there was pretty boring football till the 70.minute when Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) produces a superb lofted pass and the ball gets in the space where Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) latches on to it and from around the penalty spot plants his header past diving Rais Mbolhi (Algeria), bouncing in off the crossbar. He displays his eye for goal and evened the result 1:1.
In 80th minute another Goal for Belgium and complete turnaround.Eden Hazard (Belgium) provides Dries Mertens with a nice pass inside the box. It allows him to finish with a precise effort into the top right corner. 2:1.
We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many stirring situations. There is a space for improvement in other games. Belgium players were controlling the game most of the time.They presented themselves with possession football and the away players focused especially on the well-organized defence.
Brasil – Mexico 0-0
Brazil failed to beat Mexico. Much of it’s because the Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who made several fantastic interventions to tame dangerous flashes of Neymar and Thiago Silva. When the home fans already saw the ball in the net, he defended excellently, preventing the ball to his net.
In 26th minute Guillermo Ochoa dives superbly to block a header by Neymar from around the penalty spot. His effort was directed straight towards the left post, but Guillermo Ochoa pulls off a remarkable save!That was a brilliant piece of goalkeeping!
In 42nd minute Mexico threat.Jose Vazquez receives a quality pass and releases a rocket of a shot from distance. Unfortunately for him, his amazing effort goes just wide.
2 minutes later Thiago Silva finds Paulinho with a nice pass so he can go on towards the goal. Paulinho clutches his head in despair after he blew a huge opportunity! He received the ball from a free kick, took a good first touch and unleashed a projectile from close range to the middle of the goal, but Guillermo Ochoa makes a nice save.Again.
In 69th minute a nice lofted cross finds Neymar unmarked who takes an excellent touch, and he gets a shot off that goes to the bottom-right post, but the goalkeeper makes a brilliant save!
In 86th minute Guillermo Ochoa again makes a sensational save as he stops a header Thiago Silva produced from inside the penalty area. He latched on to a precise lofted pass, but failed to beat the goalkeeper with his attempt to the middle of the target.
Most of the fans probably aren’t overly pleased with the development of the game. It hasn’t been very exciting show. There wasn’t any evident superiority on either side today. The home team made a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. Players of the away team tried to constantly keep their opponents under pressure.
In the last match for the day Russia play against South Korea.