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Belgians complete the comeback against Algeria while Brazil were held to a scoreless tie by Mexico and an open match between Russia and Korea Republic recorded the first tie with a goal for each team in this World Cup.

Robert Cianflone

BELGIUM 2-1 ALGERIA

Favorite team Belgium in this match did not anticipate the fierce competition facing Algeria in their opening match. The African representative forced the Belgian team off balance and won a penalty early in the match that was converted by Feghouli. The Algerians went on full defense and were able to hold the black devils away from their goal until changes made by Wilmots including Napoli's Mertens who was positioned to be against his Napoli Teammate Ghoulam. Mertens pace made all the deference along with later substitute forward Fellani who scored the first goal with a precise header 20 minutes before the final whistle. Ten minutes later it was Merten who scored a close shot that was difficult for the tired keeper to save.

BRAZIL 0-0 MEXICO

Brazil faced their usual victims according to the statistics of matches between the teams. Even though the Brazilians had more shots than any team should need to score a goal or two, Ochoa was always there to save the Mexican net. Credits are due for the Mexican team for displaying a decent performance under the pressure of playing against the home team and the thousands of Brazilian fans cheering against them. Julio Cesar was tested a few times and was able to keep a clean sheet as well.

RUSSIA 1-1 KOREA REPUBLIC

It was a pretty balanced match in which each team took a whole half in attack. Neither team was able to score in the first half which was mostly controlled by the Asian team. Korea continued the attacks at the second half whistle and a moment of carelessness I would say caused Russian goalkeeper to mishandle a long shot by K H Lee. The Asians seemed to be able to control thus far and continue the tradition of winning the first match of their World Cup Campaign for the fifth time in a row. Capello, Russia International team coach tactically unlocked Russian issues shortly after the Korean goal and the result was a tie goal scored by Kerzhakov. Russia took over and were close to imitating many teams in this World Cup turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win but the final whistle came too soon for any of the sides to take the lead.   

STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

2

1

1

-

3

1

+2

4

Mexico

2

1

1

-

1

0

+1

4

Cameron

1

-

-

1

0

1

-1

0

Croatia

1

-

-

1

1

3

-2

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

1

1

-

-

5

1

+4

3

Chile

1

1

-

-

3

1

+2

3

Australia

1

-

-

1

1

3

-2

0

Spain

1

-

-

1

1

5

-4

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

1

1

-

-

3

0

+3

3

Ivory Coast

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Japan

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Greece

1

-

-

1

0

3

-3

0

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

1

1

-

-

3

1

+2

3

Italy

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

England

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Uruguay

1

-

-

1

1

3

-2

0

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

1

1

-

-

3

0

+3

3

Switzerland

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ecuador

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Honduras

1

-

-

1

0

3

-2

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Nigeria

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Iran

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

1

1

-

-

4

0

+4

3

USA

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ghana

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Portugal

1

-

-

1

0

4

-4

0

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Russia

1

-

1

-

1

1

0

1

Korea Republic

1

-

1

-

1

1

0

1

Algeria

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

Mueller

Germany

3

Neymar

Brazil

2

Ruben

Netherlands

2

Van Persie

Netherlands

2

Benzema

France

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Sanchez

Chile

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Cahil

Australia

1

James

Colombia

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Messi

Argentina

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Hummels

Germany

1

Ayew

Ghana

1

Brooks

USA

1

Dempsey

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Day 7 Matches:

Australia vs Netherlands

Spain vs Chile

Cameron vs Croatia