You Will Not Believe Algeria’s Score After The First Half

Madjid Bougherra and Vincent Kompany - Belgium v Algeria, World Cup 2014: live

45min+1 Algerian goal kick concludes the half, a terse exchange of words with Wilmots awaits the tournament’s Dark Horses in the break. Belgium 0 Algeria 1 Very disappointing from the Belgians.

1 minute extra time

45 min Hazard again with a sterling cross but fails to find Lukaku, again a prime Belgian opportunity but not enough conviction to complete.

44 min Play is firmly in the Algerian end, Hazard breaks away, feeds to Chadli who couldn’t get the momentum behind the ball. Stopped by Mbolhi. First real Belgian pressure.

42 min Chadli chances another bold shot on goal from near the half-way line. Fails.

42 min The stoic ref is ignoring a slew of dives from both sides

39 min Alderweir fouled by Mahrez as he moves toward goal, it’s a foul. Vertonghen skies the free kick. No fears here for Algeria.

37 min Belgium possession 65%, Algeria 35%

36 min Belgium have an air of frustration, increasingly fraught exchanges with one another and the officials.

35 min Hazard and Chadli setup and shoot an easy potshot, saved

35min Witsel takes a power shot on goal, on target but confidently saved.

34 min Bentaleb yellow card

33min Dembele tackles Mahrez who falls, free kick given and its rushed – a definite missed opportunity.

32 min Belgian corner over the head of Lukaku

31 min Bentaleb is down after being struck by a teammate

31 min de Bruyne takes the free kick and skies it over the left shoulder of the Algerian goalie, into the woodwork.

30 min Hazard draws a foul from Feghouli after a slick run, free kick given

27 min Dembele steps the ball into space but misses Algerian goal

25 min GOAL Feghouli socres after 25 minutes – Belgium 0 Algeria 1

Courtois dives right after Feghouli powers the ball into the left-side of the net. A definite wake-up call for Belgium.

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24 min Penalty given to Algeria – Vertonghen penalised

23 min Patient Algeria side are holding Belgium back, no clear opportunities for either side. Chadli a little scrappy in his challenges but they’re far from rattled.

21 min Witsel strikes on Algerian goal but saved securely.

18 min Mahrez shoots on Belgian on exposed goal but finds himself wide.

17 min The Belgians play back to Courtois.

16 min Lukaku protects the ball from Bougherra, drops Bougherra and the free kick is given.

15 min The Belgian attacking unit is certainly fluid and unpredictable – lot’s of swapping positions.

14 min Nacer Chadli beginning to lay down some pressure and make his presence felt to the Belgians.

12 min It’s quite flat play here at the Estadio Mineirao – not many opportunities for either side. Quite a quick turnover of possession and some slick passing but inevitably ending up in the stands. No pressure on either keeper to report.

10 min Bougherra finds Feghouli and onto Bentaleb and Marez before losing the ball – a slick run of play.

9 min Hazard contained by Spurs’ Bentaleb in a tackle.

7 min De BBruyne seeks Hazard after some impressive passes, a competent unit the Belgians so far. But contained by tight Algerian defending.

6 min Hazard tries to outwit the Algerian defence, fruitlessly.

4 min Slow-paced in the first few minutes. Fairly even possession.

3 min An official insists that Wilmots dons a blazer so he’s not mistaken for an Algerian player.

2 min Van Buyten penalised for hard tackle on Soudani

1 min And the ball is straight off the pitch.

The pre-match flummery is over. Peeep!

Anthem watch. Belgium’s team singing theirs in both French and Flemmish – no German-speakers in team. Very classically flamboyant. All pomp and circumstance, softening up with a bit of flute. Algeria’s is very heavy on the trumpet and rather jolly, though a translation of the Arabic isn’t particularly upbeat. Lots of streams of blood in this one.

16.55 The national anthems are underway.

16.50 The teams are as follows

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Van Buyten, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, Chadli, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku.

Subs: Mignolet, Vermaelen, Fellaini, Mirallas, Mertens, Defour, Origi, Lombaerts, Januzaj, Vanden Borre, Ciman, Bossut.

Algeria: M’Bolhi, Halliche, Bougherra, Medjani, Ghoulam, Bentaleb, Mostefa, Taider, Mahrez, Soudani, Feghouli.

Subs: Si Mohamed, Belkalem, Mesbah, Yebda, Lacen, Ghilas, Brahimi, Slimani, Cadamuro, Djabou, Mandi, Zemmamouche.

Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)


16.45 Just 15 minutes remain until kick-off.

16.40 Take your pick.


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