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2014 World Cup LIVE: Korea vs Belgium

Posted: 26 June 2014 Time: 22:12

Ten-man Belgium edged Korea 1-0 to top Group H and condemn the Asian nation to elimination from the 2014 World Cup.

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FT: Korea 0-1 Belgium (Vertonghen 77')

91' - Courtois earns his money in the Belgium goal with two reflex saves in succession as Korea pile on the pressure with a few late corners!

90' - Substitute Hazard nearly makes an immediate impact as he beats a defender in the box before drilling a powerful shot across goal, but Kim parries it away!

88' - SUB for Belgium as Mirallas is replaced by Eden Hazard.

77' - GOAL BELGIUM! Vertonghen finishes on the rebound after Origi's shot is not palmed away far enough by Korea keeper Kim!

73' - SUB for Korea as Heung-Min Son is replaced by Dong-Won Ji.

72' - Origi involved again as his header from a corner is deflected out for what should have been another corner, but the referee awards a goal-kick.

71' - Origi shows great feet to beat Jeong-Ho Hong but the defender recovers well to make a last-ditch sliding tackle.

70' - The ball sits up nicely for Vertonghen about 30 yards out but he gets under his shot and it flies over the bar.

66' - SUB for Korea as Shin-Wook Kim is replaced by Bo-Kyung Kim.

65' - Korea with a smart attacking move before Chung-Yong Lee goes down too easily in the box.

UPDATE: There's been an equaliser for Algeria in the other Group H game, which means as things stand Belgium and Algeria are going through.

60' - DOUBLE SUB for Belgium as Dicock Origi and Nacer Chadli replace Dries Mertens and Adnan Januzaj.

59' - Mertens stings the palms of Kim in the Korea goal with a powerful 25-yard strike, well saved! Then Heung-Min Son's cross hits the crossbar, with Courtois relieved!

52' - Substitute Keun-Ho Lee heads over the bar under pressure from the much taller Maroune Fellaini.

51' - Sung-Yeung Ki hits a shot from range but it sails over the crossbar.

50' - YELLOW CARD for Moussa Dembele for a trip from behind.

46' - SUB for Korea as Kook-Young Han is replaced by Keun-Ho Lee.

HT: Korea 0-0 Belgium

44' - RED CARD for Steven Defour for a studs-up challenge on Shin-Wook Kim. He can have no complaints about that decision.

42' - Mertens tries a half-volley from about 35 yards out but it doesn't trouble the Korea goalkeeper Kim.

35' - YELLOW CARD for Jeong-Ho Hong for a cynical foul on the lively Mirallas.

29' - Sung-Yeung Ki hits a good long-range shot and Courtois makes a fine save diving to his right, then Defour clears off the line from the resultant corner!

28' - Heung-Min Song tries his luck from distance but fails to hit the target.

25' - CHANCE! Mertens misses a sitter from about 8 yards out after Mirallas' blocked shot falls to him on a silver platter!

23' - Mirallas shows great energy and industry in the box to work his way into space for cross from the right but there's nobody on the end of it.

18' - Vertonghen hits a shot from about 40 yards from a free-kick but it's way off target.

10' - Young-Gwon Kim gets some space on the left side of the box, chests it down, but then fires over wildly with a swing of the left boot.

UPDATE: It's 1-0 to Russia in the other game, which is good news for Korea, who need them to beat Algeria.

7' - Korea have a half-hearted penalty appeal but in truth there was not nearly enough in it to warrant a spot-kick.

5' - Strong start by the Koreans, enjoying good possession to show that they are not intimidated by the Belgians.

1' - The match is underway in Sao Paulo. Korea in white and Belgium in their black away kit.

Belgium have named largely their second string side, but it looks arguably even better on paper than their first team.

Korea need to win and hope that Russia beats Algeria in the group's other match to progress to the Last 16. Belgium are already through and only need a point to secure they finish top.

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