Belgium Vs Russia, Group H - Live Score

SUNDAY 22ND JUNE - 9:30PM (LOCAL) | ESTADIO DO MARACANã, RIO DE JANEIRO

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Belgium: Belgium’s golden generation has evolved to get them to the finals of the 2014 world cup. It will be interesting to watch the Belgium players who ply their trade in some of the best clubs of the world week in week out play at a major tournament. Placed in a relatively easy group consisting Algeria, South Korea and Russia, they must be planning for a longer stay in the Samba nation.

Russia: Russia comes into the World Cup finals riding high a nine game unbeaten run and have a found a new lease of life under master tactician Fabio Capello. The Russian team failed to qualify for the 2010 event in Africa and Coach Fabio Capello too had a nightmare with England. Hence for both of them, this tournament provides an added incentive to do well.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 8

Belgium 3 Wins, Russia 4 Wins, 1 Draw

Commentary

(171 Mins)

Belgium are through to the knockout stages. 19 year-old substitute Divock Origi has secured Belgiums place in the last-16 with his late, late goal.

(171 Mins)

FULL TIME - Belgium 1-0 Russia

(171 Mins)

Belgium are winding the clock down now.

(169 Mins)

Mirallas almost seals it. Belgium break four on two and some tired Russia legs cant get back. Hazard elects to play in Mirallas who tries to side foot it near post but Akinfeev is equal to it and keeps it at one-nil.

(169 Mins)

Kerzhakov scored after just three minutes and 16 seconds on the field against South Korea, can he save Russia again here?

(168 Mins)

Were into three minutes of added time at the end of the match.

(167 Mins)

Russia respond by taking off Samedov and bringing on the goal scorer from the first group game against South Korea Aleksandr Kerzhakov.

(166 Mins)

A moment of skill and inspiration from the Chelsea man, Hazard, to find Origi.

(-1058984183 Mins)

The substitute has done it. Belgium nick the ball on the edge of their own area and break. Origi passes to Hazard who skips down the right of the penalty box with a great run, cuts it back and Origi fires home.

(165 Mins)

Belgium 1-0 Russia (Origi)

(163 Mins)

Great turn from Hazard after some excellent Mirallas skill to avoid two challenges but his shot is deflected wide. The corner finds Fellaini but his header flies upwards and away from goal.

(161 Mins)

Mirallas, the first thing hes done, whips a great, low free-kick and hits the right hand post. Akinfeev looked beaten if it was on target.

(160 Mins)

Dzagoev comes on from Oleg Shatov.

(159 Mins)

Looks like Alan Dzagoev is about to come on who may be remembered for his goal at Euro 2012. Meanwhile Belgium have a free kick on the edge of the areas after Kanunnikov blocks a Alderweireld chip with his elbow.

(158 Mins)

Closest weve come to a goal yet. Eshchenko runs in to acres of space on the right, he hits the ball first time with the side of his boot across the face of goal but its wide.

(157 Mins)

Berezutskiy is down and getting his calf stretched by Akinfeev, a touch of cramp for the defender. Can this match come alive in the last 10 minutes?

(155 Mins)

The yellow cards have, really, been the only significant action of this second half.

(154 Mins)

Glushakov almost gets a curling shot away but its blocked and Belgium break. Origi races down the left side, bouncing the ball off his head to get away from Kozlov at one point but its cut out for a throw-in.

(152 Mins)

Belgium make their final change. The best Belgium player in the first half, Driers Mertens, who has been anonymous in the second comes off for Everton forward Kevin Mirallas.

(151 Mins)

Alderweireld goes into the book after an over the top challenge on Kanunnikov. Just one too many fouls from the Belgium right back.

(148 Mins)

A decent move from Russia, their best of the half. Great interchange in the midfield but Shatov cant get on the end of the through ball however Van Buyten does knock it out for a corner. Chance for Russia.

(146 Mins)

A few boos from the crowd as yet another attack breaks down and comes to nothing. If there is any hope, Russias last eight World Cup goals have come in the second half so we might be in for a good last 20 minutes if there can be a spark of inspiration from either side.

(144 Mins)

Kokorin with a spectacular bicycle kick a few minutes ago. The only real highlight of a lacklustre second half.

(142 Mins)

No is the answer. The low corner comes to nothing. Its been a good period of play for Russia but theyre lacking a cutting edge and cannot deal with the deep lying Belgium defence.

(141 Mins)

Kombarov gets a ball into the box but it glances off Kompany. A series of Russia throw-ins lead to a corner. Can they force anything and set this match alight?

(139 Mins)

Theres going to be a second change for Russia. Aleksei Kozlov looks injured as he walks off and will be replaced by Andri Eshchenko.

(136 Mins)

Fayzulin tries to the spectacular at one end trying a bicycle kick much to the delight of the crowd, but he misses the ball and Belgium break with De Bruyne and the fresh Origi. The ball comes to Hazard who tries a one-two with Origi in the box but the substitute is blocked off. Belgium shout for a penalty but play on says referee Felix Brych.

(134 Mins)

Marc Wilmots has seen enough of this. He brings on Divock Origi for the ineffective Lukaku who looks an angry man when coming off saying a few words as he sits down on the bench.

(132 Mins)

Alex Witsel is the first Belgian player to go into the book after he brings down Shatov. More of a stumble than a dangerous challenge but the referee shows him a yellow.

(131 Mins)

Kokolov hooks in a looping cross. It evades Kokorin but comes to Glushakov who is free on the left but he tries a bizarre cross-cum-lob that isnt effective and goes out for a goal kick.

(129 Mins)

Van Buyten is tired of the passing game and launches a long ball toward Lukaku on the edge of the area but its easily cut out. Shockingly against Algeria Lukaku didnt register any touches in the opposition area in his 58 minutes on the field. It wouldnt be surprising if it was a similarly low figure today.

(126 Mins)

Kanunnikov challenges for the ball and the Russia man takes Witsel out with a hefty challenge. The Belgian midfielder is receiving treatment on the field and theres a pause in the game.

(125 Mins)

A swinging cross from Mertens seems to confuse Akinfeev and the keeper isnt sure whether to leave it or collect it. He leaves it but its nowhere near Lukaku and Russia collect the ball.

(123 Mins)

Russia kick off the second half. No substitutions for either side at the break. Jan Vertonghen remains the only change, replacing injured left back Thomas Vermaelen.

(121 Mins)

The players are heading back out onto the field. Lets hope an improved half of football is to come.

(111 Mins)

There have been a couple moments of inspiration from Mertens showing his speed and that missed header from Kokorin but altogether not much to report from Rio De Janeiro so far this afternoon.

(110 Mins)

Not the best half of football weve seen at this World Cup, but Germany v Ghana was hardly a classic at half-time yesterday and that second half produced some of the best football weve seen in Brazil.

(106 Mins)

HALF TIME - Kokorins missed header is the last significant action of the half and we go in at half time at the Maracana with Belgium 0-0 Russia.

(105 Mins)

There will be one minute of added time as the first half comes to a close.

(103 Mins)

What a chance for Kokorin. The forward finds himself between Kompany and Vertonghen after a glorious ball in. Should be 1-0 but he sends a header wide. Moment earlier Fayzulin tried an ambitious shot on the volley when another Russia corner was cleared but it was just too high.

(102 Mins)

Courtois shows bravery coming out for a corner and gets to the ball but is knocked down. Foul says the referee and Belgium have a free kick.

(99 Mins)

Lukaku snaps a shot but its blocked, Russia begin a break but Belgium are adamant the ball was controlled with a hand but the referee doesnt blow his whistle. Kokorin races straight toward Vincent Kompany but the Belgium captain keeps his calm and snatches the ball off the forward. Great composure from the skipper.

(98 Mins)

Raised boot from Denis Glushakov. It was a heavy first touch and he hits Dries Mertens in the arm when clumsily trying to control the bouncing ball. First player to be booked this afternoon.

(96 Mins)

Lovely work by Mertens who is once more darting in from the right to cause Russia problems. Again he gets away from Kombarov after a great pass from De Bruyne. He has his head up but elects to shoot despite Lukaku waiting in the box and Akinfeev blocks.

(95 Mins)

Alderweireld had a particularly guilty look on his face after appearing to get away with a foul on Kanunnikov in the box. Beligum lucky to not have conceded a penalty.

(92 Mins)

And weve just seen a replay off the Belgium warm-up before the match and it appears Vermaelen injures himself then. A brave move to go 30 minutes in a match with an injury but its caught up with the defender and hes been replaced.

(91 Mins)

Vermaelen goes off to be replaced by Jan Vertonghen. Presumably an injury for the left back who looks distraught walking down the tunnel. A 12 months to forget for the Arsenal man.

(90 Mins)

Decent save by Courtois. Everything seems to be happening on that right side of the field. This time its Kanunnikov who races down the wing and gets a long range shot away which is comfortable for Courtois.

(88 Mins)

No real attacking threat by Russia so far. Coach Fabio Capello will be hoping to take his Russia side further than the round of 16 he accomplished with England in South Africa four years ago.

(87 Mins)

Strong claims for a penalty in the Belgium box. Alderweireld and Kanunnikov tussle for a ball and the Belgium right back appears to trip the Russian with his feet. Could definitely have been given by the referee. Belgium immediately break but again Hazard is outnumbered and the move breaks down when Vermaelen commits a foul.

(85 Mins)

Russia are definitely going to have to alter their tactics to handle the marauding Mertens. He skips past Kombarov and looks to be in but a great tackle stops him getting a shot away in the penalty box.

(83 Mins)

Two players down. Maksim Kanunnikov and Alderweireld clash heads when going for a high ball. Both look okay though and are back on their feet and play resumes.

(81 Mins)

Mertens again battling with Kombarov after De Bruyne finds him on the right with a raking pass. The Russian defender does better this time however and forces the forward too far right. Mertens tries the shot but its high and wide across the face of goal.

(80 Mins)

A storming run from Mertens who runs straight at Kombarov. the Russian defender doesnt know how to handle him. He gets a quick and low shot away but its just wide of Akinfeevs right hand post.

(78 Mins)

Alderweireld tries his luck at a long cross but its just above the heads of Fellaini and Lukaku in the Russia box and goes out for a goal kick.

(77 Mins)

Its been a better start for both teams than in their first games. Marouane Fellaini has been involved in a couple of attacks for the Red Devils. Unbelievably despite scoring five minutes after coming on against Algeria he hadnt been able to get a single goal in 1431 minutes of competitive play for Manchester United last season.

(74 Mins)

A fantastic run from De Bruyne and he looks out wide to Mertens. But the forward elects to cross to Lukaku when he could have shot and its cut out by Russia. First real chance.

(73 Mins)

In the presence of royalty. Belgium may be inspired by the presence of Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

(72 Mins)

Fayzulin takes advantage of a static Belgium defence, he gets a shot away that Courtois gets down well to block. Its cleared by Kompany and Russias resulting corner comes to nothing.

(70 Mins)

Russia clearly fearing the skill of Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, whenever he gets the ball two men are immediately pressing him. Vermaelen manages to cross a ball into the box but its high. Fellaini is up to challenge Akinfeev for the ball but hes flagged offside.

(67 Mins)

Belgium are passing the ball patiently at the moment trying to build up a move. Even keeper Thibaut Courtois is in on the act. Courtois is actually yet to lose a match when playing for Belgium, winning 12 and drawing six.

(64 Mins)

Mertens is almost in again and shoots but its blocked, he gets the ball back and tries to loop a cross up for Lukaku but its too high. Lukaku actually scored a brace against Russia in their last competitive meeting which Belgium won 2-0 in November 2010.

(61 Mins)

Almost immediately Beligum race forward and Mertens fashions a corner. It comes to nothing but Russia break straight back up the other end and are four on two at one point but the move is cut out as Belgian players get back and Kokorins shot is easily blocked.

(60 Mins)

KICK OFF - German referee Felix Brych blows his whistle and we are away. Belgium in full red kit and Russia in all white.

(59 Mins)

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots, scored the winning goal the last time these two sides met in the World Cup in the group stages of 2002 where Belgium won 3-2. What will the score be tonight?

(57 Mins)

Belgium are undefeated against Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but Russia hold an overall win record of four victories to Belgiums three.

(57 Mins)

The anthems have been played, the teams have shaken hands and we are a few minutes away from kick-off.

(56 Mins)

A win for Russia would see them overtake Belgium and put them top of Group H and the Russian team may be feeling the heat after a national poll before the World Cup began found one fifth of Russians expected their side to win the tournament.

(53 Mins)

Belgium skipper Vincent Kompany keeps his place in the starting XI despite some worry he had suffered a groin strain in the first game. Second half hero Marouane Fellaini gets his first World Cup start of the tournament and Thomas Vermaelen comes in at left back, replacing Jan Vertonghen.

(50 Mins)

Russia too didnt have the greatest of matches and looked in real trouble when goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a terrible blunder, dropping a long range shot and deflecting it into the goal. But substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov came off the bench to score the equaliser with his first touch which made him Russias equal top scorer ever with Vladmir Beschastnykh on 26 goals.

(47 Mins)

Beligum looked flat for 60 minutes against Algeria in the Red Devils first match. But two goals by two substitutes, Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens, secured a 2-1 win and put them top of Group H after 1 game.

(45 Mins)

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Group H match between Belgium and Russia at the Estadio Marcarana in Rio de Janeiro.

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