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OBRIGADO
Thank you for following along with us as Belgium's subs earned the European side a comeback 2-1 win over a pesky Algeria at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Next up, hosts Brazil take on Mexico in Fortaleza as Group A begins its second round of Group Stage games.

14:54

Goal Counter

47Goals so far
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Statistics

Ball possession

65%
35%
21Fouls Committed18
10Attempts On Target1
16Shots3
2Total Goals scored1
0Penalties scored1
14:51
DE BRUYNE
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Midfielder

has been elected Man of the Match

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14:51

STAT ATTACK:
Belgium won a match in which they conceded first for the first time in over four years.

14:50

FULL-TIME: Marc Wilmots' words proved true as two substitutes scored for Belgium and sealed the three points for the Europeans after Algeria took a shocking first-half lead. A shaky start from Les Diables Rouges will defintiely be on Wilmots list of things to fix ahead of their next match against Russia but the Belgian fans head home from the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte happy as the Desert Foxes must now focus on playing Korea Republic in five days' time.

14:49
The final whistle sounds.
14:49

Hazard wisely heads to the corner and holds on until the final whistle.

14:49

Belgium clear the Algeria danger and now fly down on another quick counter.

14:48
90'+WITSEL (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:48
90'+DE BRUYNE (Belgium) swings in the corner.
14:48

Belgium are doing well to see off the remaining time, holding on to the ball in the corner well.

14:46
90'+GHILAS (Algeria) commits a foul.
14:46
90'+E.HAZARD (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:45
90'TAIDER (Algeria) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on WITSEL (Belgium).
14:44
89'ORIGI (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:43
88'FELLAINI (Belgium) is ruled offside.
14:42

FELAINI CELEBRATES

14:41
86'MERTENS (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:41

BRAZIL-MEXICO LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for today's second match have been announced!

14:40
85'BENTALEB (Algeria) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on E.HAZARD (Belgium).
14:39
84'MERTENS (Belgium) swings in the corner.
14:39
84' GHILAS (in) comes off the bench to replace MEDJANI (out) (Algeria)

Vahid Halihodzic makes his final change of the day, bringing on the Porto forward for the defender as Algeria look for the equaliser.

14:39
83'RAIS (Algeria) blocks the shot.

GREAT SAVE: Fellaini's header was bound for the back of the net but M'Bolhi shows tremendous reaction time to dive and tip it over the bar.

14:39
83'FELLAINI (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
14:37
82'MOSTEFA (Algeria) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:35
80' MERTENS (Belgium) scores!!

GOAL: Mertens gives the Belgium the lead! A textbook counter-attack starts with a great tackle from De Bryune who finds Hazard further up the pitch. The Chelsea midfielder selflessly passes off to Mertens who takes a touch and fires past M'Bolhi. Great goal.

14:34
79'MERTENS (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:34
78'BOUGUERRA (Algeria) blocks the shot.
14:34
78'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
14:32

Divock Origi (19 years and 59 days) becomes the youngest Belgian player at the World Cup. Emile Mpenza was 19 years and 344 days when he played in 1998.

14:31
76'FELLAINI (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:30

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14:30
75'FELLAINI (Belgium) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
14:29
73'VAN BUYTEN (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.
14:29
73'MERTENS (Belgium) swings in the corner.
14:29

Van Buyten is first to the Belgian corner but his header goes high over the bar.

14:28

STAT ATTACK:
Marouane Fellaini is the first goalscorer for Belgium at a World Cup or European championship since current coach Marc Wilmots scored against Russia in the 2002 WC.

14:27
72'SLIMANI (Algeria) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on VERTONGHEN (Belgium).
14:26
71' LACEN (in) comes off the bench to replace MAHREZ (out) (Algeria)
14:26
70' FELLAINI (Belgium) scores!!

GOAL: Fellaini heads in the equaliser! De Bryune sends in a hopeful ball into the box and the Manchester United midfielder is the first to get his head to it and rattles it off the bottom of the bar and into the net past M'Bolhi

14:23

Belgium are really applying the pressure now, desperately searching for the equaliser. Algeria have the ability to counter quickly, though, as we have seen in the build-up to Feghouli's penalty in the first half.

14:22
67'MERTENS (Belgium) takes a corner kick.
14:22
66'RAIS (Algeria) blocks the shot.

GREAT SAVE: The Belgium No17 is clear in on goal and is denied by M'Bolhi, who makes himself as big as possible

14:21
66'ORIGI (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
14:21
66' SLIMANI (in) comes off the bench to replace SOUDANI (out) (Algeria)
14:21
66'VERTONGHEN (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.

WIDE: Vertonghen has plenty of power behind his shot from just outside the area but it sails wide.

14:20
65' FELLAINI (in) comes off the bench to replace DEMBELE (out) (Belgium)

The Manchester United man comes on for Dembele in Wilmots' third and final change.

14:17
62'VERTONGHEN (Belgium) commits a foul.
14:17
61'GHOULAM (Algeria) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:17

DID YOU KNOW?
Belgium are the only team in history to complete an entire World Cup qualifying campaign without conceding a goal but fail to reach the finals. The Belgians kept clean sheets in all six of their Germany 1974 qualifiers but were pipped to a place by the Netherlands on goal difference.

14:16
61'DEMBELE (Belgium) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on TAIDER (Algeria).
14:15
60'MAHREZ (Algeria) swings in the corner.
14:15

Feghouli delights the crowd with some great footwork and tries to beat Vertonghen but forces a corner. He gets the Algerian supporters on their feet with his encouragement

14:14
59'DEMBELE (Belgium) illegally handles the ball.
14:13
58' ORIGI (in) comes off the bench to replace LUKAKU (out) (Belgium)

After an underwhelming shift up front, Wilmots brings off the on loan Everton striker for the youngster

14:12
57'MOSTEFA (Algeria) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:12
57'MEDJANI (Algeria) sees an effort go off target.
14:12
56'TAIDER (Algeria) takes a corner kick.

Algeria nearly double their lead off the corner, but the glancing header is just wide.

14:12

Kompany gets a last gasp head to the ball to clear the danger after Algeria put together a fine attack. Had the Manchester City man not touched it, Algeria would have been clear in on Courtois.

14:11

M'Bolhi punches clear to relieve the pressure. Well done from the Algerian goalkeeper.

14:10
55'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:10

Big numbers in the box for Belgium on this free-kick. All 11 Algerian players are in the box.

14:09
54'GHOULAM (Algeria) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MERTENS (Belgium).
14:09

Algeria continue to pressure Belgium's backline and almost force a costly turnover but it's touched out for a throw-in.

14:08
53'WITSEL (Belgium) commits a foul.
14:08
53'TAIDER (Algeria) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:07
52'ALDERWEIRELD (Belgium) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
14:07

Mertens enjoyed a fine first season with Napoli, scoring a superb goal in the 2-0 upset of runaway Serie A leaders Juventus and sealing a 3-1 victory over Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia final.

14:06
51'MOSTEFA (Algeria) commits a foul.
14:06

This is a promising start for the Belgians as Mertens drives down the right side and tries to find Lukaku but M'Bolhi is able to intercept.

14:05
50'MAHREZ (Algeria) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:05
50'WITSEL (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.

MISS: Mertens' cross finds Belgium's No6 but it hits him in the face and the ball goes over the bar.

14:05
50'MERTENS (Belgium) takes a corner kick.
14:02
47'VERTONGHEN (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:01
46' Before the second half begins MERTENS (in) comes off the bench to replace CHADLI (out) (Belgium)

After a disappointing first-half with several speculative efforts, Wilmots brings Chadli off in favour of the Napoli man.

14:01
The second half kicks off.

Belgium get us underway to start the second half, with Marc Wilmots electing to make one change.

14:00

Les Diables Rouges and Les Fennecs head back out to the pitch and we'll be back underway shortly.

13:55

CLASSIC MATCHES
Look back at some of Belgium's and Algeria's greatest moments at past World Cups:
SOVIET UNION 3-4 A.E.T. BELGIUM (MEXICO 1986)
GERMANY 1-2 ALGERIA (SPAIN 1982)

13:50

FIRST-HALF PHOTOS
Take a look at some of the best images from the Estadio Mineirao, including Sofiane Feghouli's celebrations after his successful penalty, with our Facebook gallery.

13:48

SUPER SUBS
Marc Wilmots recently told FIFA.com that “half our winning goals in the qualifiers were netted by substitutes”, adding: "I tend to focus just as much on those that aren’t playing. I want my substitutes to show the same level of desire as the starters.”

13:47

HALF-TIME: Belgium have their heads down as they go into the tunnel, clearly not pleased with their first-half performance. Meanwhile, Algeria are in high spirits and hold a dream lead going into the break. Marc Wilmots may very well make some changes at the start of the second half to change Belgium's attacking threats as Algeria will likely look to do whatever it takes to hold onto their slender lead.

13:46

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13:46
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Statistics

Ball possession

67%
33%
8Fouls Committed7
5Attempts On Target1
8Shots2
0Total Goals scored1
0Penalties scored1
13:46
The referee brings the first half to an end.
13:45

A minimum of 1 minute of additional time has been added

13:43
44'RAIS (Algeria) blocks the shot.
13:43
44'CHADLI (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.

The Tottenham Hotspur man is inside the area and gets a shot off but it's not strong enough to trouble M'Bolhi.

13:42
43'ALDERWEIRELD (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
13:41
42'CHADLI (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.

The Belgium No5 hits the ball hard but it is constantly rising and flies over the bar.

13:39
40'SOUDANI (Algeria) commits a foul.
13:38
39'VERTONGHEN (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.
13:37
38'MAHREZ (Algeria) commits a foul.

Toby Alderwireld is knocked off the ball as the full back tries to shoot, and the referee blows his whistle, setting up another dangerous free-kick.

13:37

STAT ATTACK:
Belgium have not won a match in which they conceded the first goal in over four years. Last-gasp goals from Christophe Lepoint and Vincent Kompany snatched the Belgians a 2-1 win over Bulgaria in May 2010, but thereafter they have lost five and drawn three of the eight matches in which they have fallen behind first.

13:35
36'DEMBELE (Belgium) illegally handles the ball.
13:34
35'RAIS (Algeria) blocks the shot.

It's Nader Chadli this time who tries a shot from distance. It takes a deflection en route to M'Bolhi but the CSKA Sofia man holds on to it well.

13:34
35'CHADLI (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
13:34
35'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) swings in the corner.
13:34
34'RAIS (Algeria) blocks the shot.

GOOD SAVE: Witsel tries another long range effort and M'Bolhi does well to get in front of it, but he can only push it out for a corner.

13:33
34'WITSEL (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
13:33
34' BENTALEB (Algeria) is cautioned.
13:32
33'BENTALEB (Algeria) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on DEMBELE (Belgium).
13:32
33'DEMBELE (Belgium) commits a foul.
13:32
33'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) swings in the corner.
13:32

Good combination play between De Bruyne and Eden Hazard leads to a corner.

13:31

The service is lacking, though, and De Bruyne sends the free-kick past everyone in red and out for a goal-kick.

13:30
31'MEDJANI (Algeria) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on DEMBELE (Belgium).
13:30

Feghouli's goal lokos to have spurred on Belgium, who are now committing more numbers forward in search of an equaliser and now Kevin De Bruyne is standing over the ball in a dangerous area to send in a free-kick.

13:29
30'TAIDER (Algeria) commits a foul.
13:26
27'DEMBELE (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.
13:25

GOAL DROUGHT DROPPED:
Feghouli's goal is Algeria's first World Cup goal since Djamel Zidane scored against Northern Ireland in 1986. Les Fennecs were previously scoreless for 506 minutes, just 12 minutes shy of surpassing Bolivia's record for 517 scoreless World Cup minutes.

13:24

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13:24
25' FEGHOULI (Algeria) successfully converts the penalty!

GOAL: Feghouli goes to Courtois' left and calmly slots it past the on loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper.

13:23
24' VERTONGHEN (Belgium) is booked by the referee.

PENALTY: Vertonghen goes into the book after a sloppy tackle takes down Feghouli after Faouzi Ghoulam serves in a great ball

13:22
23'FEGHOULI (Algeria) is fouled inside the box by VERTONGHEN (Belgium). A penalty is awarded to Algeria.
13:22
23'CHADLI (Belgium) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on TAIDER (Algeria).
13:20
21'RAIS (Algeria) blocks the shot.

GOOD SAVE: Axel Witsel hits a powerful shot from long range but it is staight at the keeper who is able to parry away.

13:20
21'WITSEL (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
13:18
19'CHADLI (Belgium) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MOSTEFA (Algeria).
13:17
18'MAHREZ (Algeria) sees an effort go off target.

WIDE: The Desert Foxes dash out on a quick counter-attack that started with M'Bolhi. Mahrez dribbles with great pace into the Belgian box and gets a shot off but it is wide of the mark.

13:17

That's Algeria's first good look at goal as the Europeans have controlled the procedings so far.

13:17

Madjid Bougherra slices his clearance but goalkeeper M'Bolhi picks up the pieces.

13:16
17'VAN BUYTEN (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
13:16
17'BENTALEB (Algeria) blocks the shot.
13:14
15'LUKAKU (Belgium) commits a foul.
13:14

The final pass is missing for Belgium at the moment. Mouse Dembele controls the ball well and dribbles ahead but can't find Romelu Lukaku on a run and his pass rolls out for a goal-kick.

13:13

STAT ATTACK 
Nabil Bentaleb (19 years, 205 days) becomes the first teenager to play for Algeria at the World Cup.

Algeria
AlgeriaALG
Midfielder
  • 3International Caps
  • 189Centimeters
  • Date of Birth24 Nov 1994
  • Current clubTottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)
13:12

Belgium are enjoying strong possession early on, but the north Africans are maintaining a high level of pressure and making life tricky for Les Diables Rouges.

13:08
13:06
7'MAHREZ (Algeria) is penalised after committing a foul.
13:05

Belgium are stringing together some nice possession and are making their way into the Algerian defensive third

13:04
5'SOUDANI (Algeria) illegally handles the ball.
13:03

Great atmosphere around the stadium, with passionate support from both sides.

13:02

Sofiane Feghouli whips in a free-kick into the box but the Belgian backline clear with ease.

13:01
2'VAN BUYTEN (Belgium) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on SOUDANI (Algeria).
13:00
The match kicks off.

Algeria kick us off in Belo Horiztone in their all-white kit

12:57

THE LINE-UPS

12:55

Algeria take in Qassaman, which is also sung by the team and their supporters inside the Estadio Mineirao.

12:54

First up is the Brabanconne, which the Belgians are singing proudly with hands on their team-mates shoulders.

12:53

And here they come now. Referee Marco Rodriguez takes the ball off the plinth and leads the teams out to the pitch. National anthems are up next.

12:52

ON THIS DAY:
Exactly 60 years ago on 17 June 1954, Belgium played out the highest-scoring draw in World Cup history, tying 4-4 with England after extra time. Twelve years ago on 17 June 2002, the Belgians contested their last match in the competition, against Brazil.

12:50

Your 11

These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.

Belgium
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1 Thibaut COURTOIS, 2 Toby ALDERWEIRELD, 3 Thomas VERMAELEN, 4 Vincent KOMPANY, 5 Jan VERTONGHEN, 6 Axel WITSEL, 7 Kevin DE BRUYNE, 8 Marouane FELLAINI, 10 Eden HAZARD, 9 Romelu LUKAKU, 11 Kevin MIRALLAS

Algeria
AlgeriaALG

23 Rais MBOLHI, 2 Madjid BOUGUERRA, 3 Faouzi GHOULAM, 4 Esseid BELKALEM, 5 Rafik HALLICHE, 7 Hassan YEBDA, 11 Yacine BRAHIMI, 14 Nabil BENTALEB, 19 Saphir TAIDER, 13 Islam SLIMANI, 15 El Arabi SOUDANI

12:50

After a spirited warm-up on both sides, Belgium and Algeria are gathering in the tunnel preparing for their introductions.

12:46
12:44

HEAD TO HEAD:
Belgium and Algeria have played each other twice before and Belgium are as yet to lose, having drawn 0-0 in Brussels in 2002 and won 3-1 in Annaba in 2003. Among the Belgian players who saw action in that scoreless draw was current coach Marc Wilmots.

12:40

Head-to-Head

Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Algeria
AlgeriaALG
.1Wins0.
.1Draws1.
3Total Goals scored1
12:25

DID YOU KNOW? 
Algeria are on a six-match winless streak in the World Cup. Since overcoming Chile 3-2 in 1982, the Desert Foxes have racked up two draws and four defeats.

12:20

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12:08

SIGNS OF SUPPORT
Belgian and Algerian fans alike are making their way to the Estadio Mineirao to support their sides.

12:00

STAT ATTACK:
Algeria are on a six-match winless streak in the World Cup. Since overcoming Chile 3-2 in 1982, the Desert Foxes have racked up two draws and four defeats.

11:57

DAVIDS' DARK HORSE
The former Netherlands star has named Belgium as his dark horse in this World Cup.

11:56

MARC WILMOTS, BELGIUM COACH
"Pressure? If you have a child who is ill and in the hospital, that's pressure. We are here to play and have come a long way in a short time, so let's put things in perspective. I left the World Cup in 20002 with a feeling of pride at having represented my country and I hope these players will feel the same. I'm pleased that people have seen impressive football from us but let's take things one step at a time."

11:55

VAHID HALLIHODZIC ON BELGIUM
"I have looked at what they can do, really analysed the videos - individual and collective - and we have seen their qualities. He's built that team over three, four years, and there should be no surprises for us. Unless Courtois plays in midfield - that would be a surprise!"

11:54

BENZEMA BACKS ALGERIA
The France striker has tweeted his best wishes to Algeria.
"Good luck and good match to the Desert Foxes"

11:53

VINCENT KOMPANY
"As a spectator, this World Cup has already been a great experience. I see the Brazilian fans supporting good football, like coming over to cheer for Holland when they did so well against Spain. For now, results are most important for us and then after - in terms of entertaining the fans - that we will see. But everything that has happened for us so far has been something we will remember forever. I see no sign of nerves in the team and, if I could explain a perfect build-up, it would be the one we have had. I'm really looking forward to see what the result of that will be because the preparation was really perfect."

11:52

BELGIUM-ALGERIA LINE-UPS
The starting XIs have been announced!

11:51

ALGERIA TEAM PROFILE

11:51

BELGIUM TEAM PROFILE

11:50

GOOD AFTERNOON
Welcome, and thank you for joining us for Tuesday's first match of the day! Group H finally gets underway, and it begins with Belgium battling Algeria in Belo Horizonte, and we'll bring you all the build-up, a minute-by-minute commentary and the latest reaction and video highlights after the game has finished at the Estadio Mineirao. #Joinin on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and keep across the latest trends with our social hub.

11:49
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
  • 1COURTOIS (GK)
  • 2ALDERWEIRELD
  • 4KOMPANY (C)
  • 5VERTONGHEN
  • 6WITSEL
  • 7DE BRUYNE
  • 9LUKAKU
  • 10E.HAZARD
  • 15VAN BUYTEN
  • 19DEMBELE
  • 22CHADLI
Algeria
AlgeriaALG
  • 23RAIS (GK)
  • 2BOUGUERRA (C)
  • 3GHOULAM
  • 5HALLICHE
  • 10FEGHOULI
  • 12MEDJANI
  • 14BENTALEB
  • 15SOUDANI
  • 19TAIDER
  • 21MAHREZ
  • 22MOSTEFA
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