22 June 2014 | News Comments

Origi breaks Russian resolve as Belgium progress

World Cup grp. H 22 June 2014 Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho Maracana Finished

Belgium 1 - 0 Russia
Thomas Vermaelen 31'
Jan Vertonghen 31'
Denis Glushakov 38'
Axel Witsel 54'
Romelu Lukaku 57'
Divock Origi 57'
Alexey Kozlov 62'
Andrei Eshchenko 62'
Toby Alderweireld 73'
Dries Mertens 75'
Kevin Mirallas 75'
Oleg Shatov 83'
Alan Dzagoev 83'
Divock Origi 88'
Aleksandr Samedov 90'
Alexandr Kerzhakov 90'

Divock Origi sent Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup when the teenager struck an 88th-minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory against Russia in a largely lifeless Group H match at the Maracana on Sunday.

He rifled in just minutes after Kevin Mirallas crashed a free kick against the base of the Russian post to give Belgium six points from two games.

Russia have one point with South Korea and Algeria meeting in the other Group H match in Porto Alegre later this evening.

Apart from a rousing finale when Belgium finally awoke from their lethargy, the match was one of the poorest in the tournament so far with both teams regularly booed by the 73,000 crowd.

Despite a few flashes of inspiration from Belgium's right-winger Dries Martens in the first half and their attacking finish at the end, the match never rose above the largely forgettable.

Mertens did his best to spark Belgium into life before the break giving left back Dmitry Kombarov a torrid time, but although he was a constant threat, none of his work produced a goal.

He fired into the side netting and had another effort across the face of goal before the break as Belgium sought the victory that would put them into the knockout stages.

Russia had what appeared to be a decent penalty claim turned down when Toby Alderweireld appeared to catch Maksim Kanunnikov just inside the area and missed a great chance just before halftime when Alexander Kokorin miscued his header wide.

Belgium skipper Vincent Kompany recovered from a groin strain to take part and made some typically robust defensive tackles, but his left-back partner Thomas Vermaelen injured his knee in the warm-up and although he started the game he was replaced by Jan Vertonghen midway through the first half.   

Statistics

Possession

Belgium | 53% Russia | 47%

Shots on target

Belgium | 2 Russia | 3

Shots off target

Belgium | 5 Russia | 6

Fouls

Belgium | 14 Russia | 9

Throw ins

Belgium | 12 Russia | 6

Offsides

Belgium | 7 Russia | 0

Yellow cards

Belgium | 2 Russia | 1

Red cards

Belgium | 0 Russia | 0

Corners

Belgium | 5 Russia | 8

Counter attacks

Belgium | 2 Russia | 2

Blocked Shots

Belgium | 4 Russia | 3