Thank you for following along with the final Group H match and the last action of the Group Stage in general at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Belgium's 1-0 win sent them atop Gropu H, and Algeria's 1-1 draw with Russia means the African side will join Les Diables Rouges in the Round of 16. Korea Republic exit with out a win, leaving all-Asian teams winless at Brazil 2014. Please join us in our daily tournament blog as we breakdown the most recent results and take a look at the Round of 16 now that the fixtures have been fully formed.
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FULL TIME: Korea Republic collapse to the ground, facing the disappointment of exiting Brazil 2014 at the Group Stage, while Belgium celebrate knowing they have topped Group H. Jan Vertonghen's goal proved to be the difference for the the ten-men Diables Rouges.
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Anthony Vanden Borre has stepped off the field to receive medical attentino, making Les Diables Rouges play with nine men until he steps back on.
GOOD SAVE: Lee Yong blasts one on target but it's straight at Courtois, who is able to punch clear.
Jan Vertonghen is the first captain to score for Belgium in a #WorldCup matchs since Marc Wilmots scored at 2002 WC vs Russia #BEL #KOR— Infostrada Sports (@Infostrada Sports) 26/06/2014 21:47
Wilmots makes his final change with a few minutes to go, bringing on Hazard for Mirallas.
Lee Chungyong puts in a speculative effort that is easily handled by Thibaut Courtois.
AS IT STANDS:
If scores don't change here in Sao Paulo or in Curitiba, Belgium will win Group H and Algeria will join Les Diables Rouges in the Round of 16.
HIGH: Lee Keunho comes close to equalising quickly but his shot is too high and goes over the bar.
GOAL! Jan Vertonghen puts Belgium ahead! Kim Seunggyu does well to save Divock Origi's initial shot but he gives up a rebound and the Belgium captain has little problem finishing.
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Myungbo makes his final change for the night, bringing on the Augsburg midfielder for the Bayer Leverkusen man.
Divock Origi makes a good run into the Korean area but Hong Jeongho makes a textbook sliding tackle to disrupt the play and send the ball out for a corner.
Vertonghen takes an ambitious shot from distance but misses high and wide.
Mirallas' corner is a good one and it finds Marouane Fellaini but he misses wide of the mark.
Hong Myungbo makes his seconds swap of the night, bringing on the Cardiff City midfielder in place of the forward.
Vertonghen breaks up a quick Korean counter-attack, which began with a delightful ball out of the back.
And next, the Tottenham Hotspur striker comes on to replace the Manchester United man.
Wilmots makes a double substitution, first bringing on the young Origi for the Napoli forward.
GOOD SAVE: Kim Seunggyu dives to his left to save Mertens' shot.
Seunggyu is quick and confident off his line again to stop the trouble before it starts in the Taeguk Warriors' penalty area.
Lee Chungyong dribbles toward goal and takes a shot, but it's deflected off of Mousa Dembele and out for a corner.
Korea Republic are beginning to capitalise on their numerical advantage and looking more dangerous in Belgium's final third.
HIGH: Ki Syungyueng takes a good shot from distance but it was always rising and misses high.
Mousa Dembele earns a yellow card for kicking the ball after after the No19 fouled Koo Jacheol.
In an attack-minded substitution, Myungbo brings on the Sanju Sangmy striker for the midfielder.
Korea Republic kick off the second half as Hong Myungbo makes one change at the break.
The teams are making their way back out to the field to begin the second half.
HALF-TIME: A rather uneventful first half was made lively right at the end with Steven Defour's sending off, which should give Korea Republic, who had a hard time getting the ball out of their half, a better chance to score in the second half. With Russia leading 1-0 at half-time in Curitiba, Belgium would be joined by Fabio Capello's side should the scores remain the same.
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RED CARD: Steven Defour is shown a straight red card after a tough tackle on Kim Shinwook. Belgium's No16 steps on Shinwook's shin in reckless fashion.
Belgium continue to control the pace of the game and the Taeguk Warriors have only been able to break forward on the counter.
Vertonghen's free-kick is blocked by Younggwon.
Mertens swings in a seemingly innocuous free-kick but it is heading towards the top corner and Seunggyu tips it over the bar.
Hong Jeongho earns the first booking of the match after holding back Mirallas, preventing a counter-attack in the process.
Kim Seunggyu is decisive and punches the cross clear.
GOOD SAVE: Ki Sungyueng is given a lot of space in midfield and the No16 takes a touch to his right and blasts it towards goal but Thibaut Courtios tips it wide.
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HIGH: Belgium should have scored there, but Dries Mertens' shot is well over the bar. Kevin Mirallas' shot is deflected but falls to Mertens, who is in front of goal alone and just needs to put it in the corner but he blasts it over.
Lee Chungyong is played into the Belgian area but the ball is too strong and runs out for a goal-kick.
WIDE: Jan Vertonghen's shot from a free-kick from distance goes wide of the mark
Belgium control play as Anthony Vanden Borre and Adnan Januzaj combine well in the corner, but the Korean Republic backline tackles well to force a goal-kick.
HIGH: Kim Younggwon controls well with his chest but his half-volley is off the mark and sails high.
ELSEWHERE IN GROUP H
Russia take an early lead
GOAL: #ALG 0-1 #RUS Kokorin scores a thumping header #joinin #worldcup #ALGRUS – http://t.co/LDvDLGrAGT— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 20:07
Belgium are controlling the early few minutes, with Korea Republic barely able to get out of their half.
Belgium kick off, wearing their black kit today
Comon Belgium! @BelRedDevils #Brazil2014 http://t.co/crsOyzcoCK— Koen Casteels (@Koen Casteels) 26/06/2014 19:58
And now it's Belgium's turn, the Brabanconne, echoing around the Arena de Sao Paulo with their fans singing along.
Korea Republic's anthem,Aegukga, is the first to play, and the Taeguk Warriors soak in the moment, singing and eyes closed.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel and preparing to walk out onto the pitch.
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1 JUNG Sungryong, 2 KIM Changsoo, 3 YUN Sukyoung, 4 KWAK Taehwi, 5 KIM Younggwon, 6 HWANG Seokho, 8 HA Daesung, 10 PARK Chuyoung, 7 KIM Bokyung, 9 SON Heungmin, 11 LEE Keunho
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, 9 Romelu LUKAKU, 10 Eden HAZARD, 11 Kevin MIRALLAS
“We intend to carry on winning. Each time, we inspire more fear. That's ideal in terms of getting the teams we meet to come at us with their heads as low as possible."
“Algeria were well organised, structured, and our defenders weren't at their best. But now we have to turn the page, this result is the reward for our preparation. We must prepare better for the next game, it's our only option.”
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To date, Belgium have avoided losing in the group round for the last three editions, recording five draws followed by three straight victories.
@RealHughJackman @USASoccer Go Belgium :-)— Kim Clijsters (@Kim Clijsters) 26/06/2014 19:06
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DID YOU KNOW?
Hong Myungbo and Marc Wilmots, today's two coaches, played against one another when they drew 1-1 at France 1998.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Korea Republic have played Belgium three times and are yet to win. The first two meetings took place in the World Cup and resulted in a 2-0 Belgian victory in 1990 and a 1-1 draw in 1998. Their last skirmish dates back to 1999 in Seoul, where Les Diables Rouges plundered a 2-1 win.
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KOREA REPUBLIC-BELGIUM LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for this final Group H match have been announced!
#KOR LINE-UP: S G Kim, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, Y Lee, J C Koo (c), K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, S W Kim, J H Hong #KORBEL #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 18:59
#BEL LINE-UP: Courtois, Vertonghen (c), Fellaini, Mirallas, Mertens, Van Buyten, Defour, Lombaerts, Dembele, Januzaj, Vanden Borre #KORBEL— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 18:59
Hello and welcome to the final Group Stage match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Group H concludes here in Sao Paulo, where Brazil and Croatia opened the tournament two weeks ago, as Korea Republic and Belgium prepare to do battle. At the same time, Algeria and Russia face each other in Curitiba to determine who will join Les Diables Rouges in the Round of 16. It's all to play for in Group H, so stay with us as we bring you all the build-up here before we begin our LIVE minute-by-minute coverage from the Arena de Sao Paulo.
Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo