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FIFA World Cup Opening Recap: Group H

FIFA World Cup Opening Recap: Group H

Group H produced the second stalemate for the 2014 FIFA World Cup after the Iran-Nigeria draw in Group G; this time, however, the score sheets were not empty. World Cup betting trends will have mixed reception towards South Korea and Russia but table leaders Belgium are ensured of a strong support system. Meanwhile, current bottom occupants Algeria may need stronger motivation to up their game and climb higher in the group table.

 

Algeria were the dominant side in the first half of their tourney against Belgium, but the Europeans successfully turned the tides in the second half after two substitutes fired the winning goals to finish the battle 2-1 in favor of the Red Devils. The Africans opened the scoring with a Sofiane Feghouli penalty in the 25th minute and maintained the lead throughout the first period before Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens each netted a goal in the 70th and 80th minutes, respectively. The victory gave Marc Wilmots’ men a rousing start to the World Cup while the Vahid Halilhodžić side must carry out more robust actions to improve the team’s form.

 

South Korea almost looked to be winning their first match at the World Cup until Russia retaliated with a breathtaking equalizer. Lee Keun-Ho opened the scoring for the Taeguk Warriors in the 68th minute but Russia coach Fabio Capello had something in mind to prevent the Koreans from earning all the glory. In the 71st, Aleksandr Kerzhakov substituted for Yuri Zhirkov and not long after, Russia blasted home a rebound to render the scoring level. The deadlock extended for the rest of the period to end the battle with both of the sides receiving one point apiece.

 

Belgium are still seen to end the group atop the table, but Russia, Korea, and Algeria all have equal chances at ending up in the second spot.

 

(Featured Image: Belgium | Source: FIFA)

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