Day 11: Youngsters Fire Belgium to the Knockouts, Portugal on the Brink

Portugal avoided elimination in the 93rd minute, but they still need a very good goal return against Ghana to advance to the next round. Kenyan-Belgian youngster Divock Origi scored the goal for Belgium, assisted by Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard.

Belgium vs Russia:

Match Highlights:

SO CLOSE FOR RUSSIA! A beautiful cross from Glushakov hits the unmarked man, who headers just wide.

Half Time: Belgium 0-0 Russia

Axel Witsel is injured in the 50th. He stays on the field.

Lukaku is off in the 57th for Origi.

SO CLOSE! Belgium wins a free kick in the 84th, but Mirallas’s shot rolls into the post!

HAZARD! He wins a corner in the 85th. It goes to Fellaini, who is covered well and can’t get a good shot.

GOAL! ORIGI DELIVERS! Belgium 1-0 Russia

Russia has now brought Kerzakhov, in the 89th minute.

MIRALLAS! He has a 1 on 1 after a Hazard setup in the 92nd, but the shot is stopped by Akinfeev.

Full Time: Belgium 1-0 Russia; Goals, Origi; MOTM Hazard

Algeria vs Korea Republic:

Match Highlights:

GOAL! Slimani is in! Algeria 1-0 Korea Republic

2-0! Halliche does well to double the lead!

DJABOU SCORES #3! Algeria 3-0 Korea Republic

From Gubta

 

Half Time: Algeria 3-0 Korea Republic; Goals, Djabou, Halliche, Slimani

We are back with the 2nd half.

GOAL! In the 49th minute, Heung-Min Son takes advantage of the rare mistake from Bougherra and shoots it between the keeper’s legs. Algeria 3-1 South Korea

GREAT STOP! South Korea tries from far, but the shot is saved very well.

From Vox CDN

ALGERIA IS IN AGAIN! The 4th goal is scored in the 61st. Algeria 4-1 South Korea

AND SOUTH KOREA! South Korea 2-4 Algeria

Full Time: Algeria 4-2 South Korea; Goals, Djabou, Halliche, Slimani, HM Son, Brahimi, JC Koo; MOTM: Slimani

USA vs Portugal:

Match Highlights:

Goal! NANI puts Portugal ahead! Portugal 1-0 USA

From The Big Lead

Postiga seems to be injured. He comes off for Eder.

Dempsey is very close after a free kick in the 13th.

DEMPSEY! His shot in the 17th minute is hit out for a corner by Beto. He didn’t really have an angle.

BRADLEY! In the 24th, he shoots over from outside the box.

BRADLEY AGAIN! Dempsey makes a nice backpass play for Bradley to take a low drive. He is just out of the right post.

JOHNSON! He is set up outside in the 31st by Bradley and Dempsey, but his shot curls wide.

Ronaldo has a free kick in the 42nd, won by Nani. It is not too far away from the net. HE SHOOTS IT WAY OVER!

NANI! He hits the post in the 45th! Eder’s rebound is hit out by Howard for a corner! Portugal was very close! Veloso’s corner is headed over by Ronaldo.

Half Time: Portugal 1-0 USA; Goals, Nani

Half Time Report: Who would’ve thought that a player that hasn’t been out to play for 2 years would be carrying Portugal? Ronaldo doesn’t seem fit at all.

BRADLEY! A beautiful play by Johnson beats the keeper and sets up Bradley, but his shot is kicked out by Portuguese defender Ricardo Costa.

Ronaldo breaks away on the right in the 60th, but he shoots it way wide again!

WHAT AN EQUALISER! JERMAINE JONES! WOW! From a corner, the ball came out to him. He struck it, it looked wild, and Beto didn’t react! The shot flew into the bottom corner! USA 1-1 Portugal

From The Big Lead

MEIRELES! After a bit of a confusion in the box, the ball goes to him, with an unfocused goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Meireles, Howard recovers quickly and this hinders his chance.

Portugal is sacrificing Meireles for an extra attacker, as Varela comes on.

Jermaine Jones finally takes yellow.

USA ARE AHEAD! CLINT DEMPSEY! HE HAS AN OPEN NET AND CAN’T MISS! USA 2-1 Portugal

From The Big Lead

IN THE 94TH! THE EQUALISER! ASSISTED BY RONALDO! VARELA TAKES ADVANTAGE OF A BRILLIANT CROSS! Portugal 2-2 USA

From The Big Lead

Full Time: Portugal 2-2 USA; Goals, Varela, Nani, Dempsey, Jones; MOTM Jones

Tomorrow, we move on to the final round of Group fixtures. Netherlands and Chile fight for 1st while Australia and Spain play a consolation at 12pm ET. The afternoon gets more exciting, as Croatia must beat Mexico to advance and Cameroon will try to spoil the party in Brazil without Alex Song. Both the Group A fixtures will occur at 4pm ET.

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