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Group H of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea. Play began on 17 June and ended on 26 June 2014.

Teams

Draw position Team Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013 June 2014
H1 (seed) Belgium.png Belgium UEFA UEFA Group A winners 11 October 2013 12th 2002 Fourth place (1986) 5 11
H2 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria CAF CAF Third Round winners 19 November 2013 4th 2010 Group stage (1982, 1986, 2010) 32 22
H3 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia UEFA UEFA Group F winners 15 October 2013 10th 2002 Fourth place (1966) 19 19
H4 South Korea.png South Korea AFC AFC Fourth Round Group A 2nd runners-up 18 June 2013 9th 2010 Fourth place (2002) 56 57

Standings

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Belgium.png Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Algeria.png Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
South Korea.png South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1

Matches

Belgium vs Algeria

The two teams had met in two previous matches, both friendlies, most recently in 2003, won 3–1 by Belgium.

Algeria took a one-goal lead in the first half after Sofiane Feghouli converted a penalty kick, awarded for a foul on him by Jan Vertonghen. Belgium came back with two goals in the second half, both scored by substitutes. The equaliser was scored by Marouane Fellaini, heading in a cross from the left by Kevin De Bruyne, followed by the game winner scored by Dries Mertens from a pass by Eden Hazard.

Feghouli's goal snapped Algeria's 506-minute World Cup scoreless streak stretching back to 1986, second place at the time to the record of 517 minutes between 1930 and 1990 held by Bolivia.

17 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Belgium Belgium.png 2–1 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 56,800
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Fellaini Soccerball 70'
Mertens Soccerball 80'
Report Feghouli Soccerball 25' (pen.)
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Algeria
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
RB 2 Toby Alderweireld
CB 15Daniel Van Buyten
CB 4 Vincent Kompany (c)
LB 5 Jan Vertonghen Yellow card 24'
CM 6 Axel Witsel
CM 19Moussa Dembélé Sub off 65'
RW 22Nacer Chadli Sub off 46'
AM 7 Kevin De Bruyne
LW 10Eden Hazard
CF 9 Romelu Lukaku Sub off 58'
Substitutions:
FW 14Dries Mertens Sub on 46'
FW 17Divock Origi Sub on 58'
MF 8 Marouane Fellaini Sub on 65'
Manager:
Marc Wilmots
BEL-ALG 2014-06-17
GK 23Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 22Mehdi Mostefa
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra (c)
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 3 Faouzi Ghoulam
RM 19Saphir Taïder
CM 12Carl Medjani Sub off 84'
LM 14Nabil Bentaleb Yellow card 34'
AM 10Sofiane Feghouli
AM 21Riyad Mahrez Sub off 71'
CF 15El Arbi Hillel Soudani Sub off 66'
Substitutions:
FW 13Islam Slimani Sub on 66'
MF 8 Medhi Lacen Sub on 71'
FW 9 Nabil Ghilas Sub on 84'
Manager:
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić

Man of the Match:
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Assistant referees:
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

Russia vs South Korea

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 2013.

After a goalless first half, the two teams traded goals by substitutes in the second half as the match finished 1–1. First, Han Kook-young passed to Lee Keun-ho, and his long range shot was spilled by Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev into the net. Russia equalised after Alan Dzagoev's shot was parried by South Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong, the clearance hit Andrey Yeshchenko, and Aleksandr Kerzhakov scored from close range.

17 June 2014
18:00 UTC−4
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Attendance: 37,603
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Kerzhakov Soccerball 74' Report Lee Keun-ho Soccerball 68'
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South Korea
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 22Andrey Yeshchenko
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
CB 14Vasili Berezutski (c)
LB 23Dmitri Kombarov
DM 8 Denis Glushakov Sub off 72'
CM 20Viktor Fayzulin
CM 18Yuri Zhirkov Sub off 71'
RW 19Aleksandr Samedov
LW 17Oleg Shatov Yellow card 49' Sub off 59'
CF 9 Aleksandr Kokorin
Substitutions:
MF 10Alan Dzagoev Sub on 59'
FW 11Aleksandr Kerzhakov Sub on 71'
MF 7 Igor Denisov Sub on 72'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello
RUS-KOR 2014-06-17
GK 1 Jung Sung-ryong
RB 12Lee Yong
CB 5 Kim Young-gwon
CB 20Hong Jeong-ho Sub off 73'
LB 3 Yun Suk-young
CM 16Ki Sung-yueng Yellow card 30'
CM 14Han Kook-young
RW 17Lee Chung-yong
AM 13Koo Ja-cheol (c) Yellow card 90'
LW 9Son Heung-min Yellow card 13' Sub off 84'
CF 10Park Chu-young Sub off 56'
Substitutions:
FW 11Lee Keun-ho Sub on 56'
DF 6 Hwang Seok-ho Sub on 73'
MF 7 Kim Bo-kyung Sub on 84'
Manager:
Hong Myung-bo

Man of the Match:
Son Heung-min (South Korea)

Assistant referees:
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Roberto Moreno (Panama)
Fifth official:
Eric Boria (United States)

Belgium vs Russia

The two teams had met in eight previous matches (including matches involving the Soviet Union), including four times in the FIFA World Cup (1970, group stage: Belgium 1–4 Soviet Union; 1982, second group stage: Belgium 0–1 Soviet Union; 1986, round of 16: Belgium 4–3 (aet) Soviet Union; 2002, group stage: Belgium 3–2 Russia).

Aleksandr Kokorin had Russia's best chance in the first half, heading wide from six yards. Late in the second half, Belgian substitute Kevin Mirallas hit the post with his free kick, but Belgium did find the game-winner through another substitute, Divock Origi scoring from 8 yards out after Eden Hazard's cut-back from the left.

22 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Belgium Belgium.png 1–0 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 73,819
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Origi Soccerball 88' Report
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Russia
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
RB 2 Toby Alderweireld Yellow card 73'
CB 15Daniel Van Buyten
CB 4 Vincent Kompany (c)
LB 3 Thomas Vermaelen Sub off 31'
CM 6 Axel Witsel Yellow card 54'
CM 8 Marouane Fellaini
RW 14Dries Mertens Sub off 75'
AM 7 Kevin De Bruyne
LW 10Eden Hazard
CF 9 Romelu Lukaku Sub off 57'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Jan Vertonghen Sub on 31'
FW 17Divock Origi Sub on 57'
MF 11Kevin Mirallas Sub on 75'
Manager:
Marc Wilmots
BEL-RUS 2014-06-22
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 2 Aleksei Kozlov Sub off 62'
CB 14Vasili Berezutski (c)
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 23Dmitri Kombarov
DM 8 Denis Glushakov Yellow card 38'
RW 19Aleksandr Samedov Sub off 90'
CM 20Viktor Fayzulin
CM 17Oleg Shatov Sub off 83'
LW 6Maksim Kanunnikov
CF 9 Aleksandr Kokorin
Substitutions:
DF 22Andrey Yeshchenko Sub on 62'
MF 10Alan Dzagoev Sub on 83'
FW 11Aleksandr Kerzhakov Sub on 90'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
Eden Hazard (Belgium)

Assistant referees:
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Fourth official:
Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
Fifth official:
Byron Romero (Ecuador)

South Korea vs Algeria

The two teams had met in two previous matches, both in friendlies both in 1985.

Algeria, which needed at least a point to stay alive in the competition, scored three goals in the first half to take a comfortable lead. First, Islam Slimani sped past two South Korean defenders to receive Carl Medjani's long pass and slot home with his left foot past the advancing goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Rafik Halliche headed in Abdelmoumene Djabou's corner from the left. Djabou scored himself later after he received a pass from Slimani, shooting low with his left foot from twelve yards out. Early in the second half, Son Heung-min controlled a long pass from Ki Sung-yueng to shoot with his left foot between the goalkeeper's legs and reduce the deficit, but Yacine Brahimi restored Algeria's three-goal lead after a one-two with Sofiane Feghouli to side foot home from inside the penalty area with his right foot. Koo Ja-cheol scored South Korea's second goal after a pass from Lee Keun-ho from the left, but Algeria held on for its third ever World Cup victory, but its first since 24 June 1982.

Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match.

22 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
South Korea South Korea.png 2–4 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 42,732
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Son Heung-min Soccerball 50'
Koo Ja-cheol Soccerball 72'
Report Slimani Soccerball 26'
Halliche Soccerball 28'
Djabou Soccerball 38'
Brahimi Soccerball 62'
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Algeria
GK 1 Jung Sung-ryong
RB 12Lee Yong Yellow card 54'
CB 20Hong Jeong-ho
CB 5 Kim Young-gwon
LB 3 Yun Suk-young
CM 14Han Kook-young Yellow card 69' Sub off 78'
CM 16Ki Sung-yueng
RW 17Lee Chung-yong Sub off 64'
AM 13Koo Ja-cheol (c)
LW 9Son Heung-min
CF 10 Park Chu-young Sub off 57'
Substitutions:
FW 18Kim Shin-wook Sub on 57'
FW 11Lee Keun-ho Sub on 64'
FW 19Ji Dong-won Sub on 78'
Manager:
Hong Myung-bo
KOR-ALG 2014-06-22
GK 23Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 12Carl Medjani
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra (c) Yellow card 67' Sub off 89'
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
RWB20Aïssa Mandi
LWB6 Djamel Mesbah
CM 11Yacine Brahimi Sub off 77'
CM 18Abdelmoumene Djabou Sub off 73'
RW 10Sofiane Feghouli
LW 14Nabil Bentaleb
CF 13Islam Slimani
Substitutions:
FW 9 Nabil Ghilas Sub on 73'
MF 8 Medhi Lacen Sub on 77'
DF 4 Essaïd Belkalem Sub on 89'
Manager:
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić

Man of the Match:
Islam Slimani (Algeria)

Assistant referees:
Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)
Christian Lescano (Ecuador)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

South Korea vs Belgium

The two teams had met in three previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup group stage (1990: South Korea 0–2 Belgium; 1998: South Korea 1–1 Belgium).

Belgium, which had already qualified for the knockout stage but still needed a point to finish as group winners, had Steven Defour sent off for a reckless tackle on Kim Shin-wook at the end of the first half. Belgium scored the only goal of the match in the second half, when substitute Divock Origi's shot was parried by South Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu and Jan Vertonghen converted the rebound with his left foot.

Belgium's win ensured that they topped their group, while South Korea, which had to win to have any chance for qualification, were eliminated.

South Korea's elimination meant that all four Asian representatives finished last in their group with a combined record of zero wins, three draws and nine defeats, the worst showing by the Asian Football Confederation since the 1990 World Cup.

26 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
South Korea South Korea.png 0–1 Belgium.png Belgium Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
Attendance: 61,397
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
Report Vertonghen Soccerball 78'
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South Korea
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Belgium
GK 21 Kim Seung-gyu
RB 12Lee Yong
CB 5 Kim Young-gwon
CB 20Hong Jeong-ho Yellow card 35'
LB 3 Yun Suk-young
CM 14Han Kook-young Sub off 46'
CM 16Ki Sung-yueng
RW 17Lee Chung-yong
AM 13Koo Ja-cheol (c)
LW 9Son Heung-min Sub off 73'
CF 18Kim Shin-wook Sub off 66'
Substitutions:
FW 11Lee Keun-ho Sub on 46'
MF 7 Kim Bo-kyung Sub on 66'
FW 19Ji Dong-won Sub on 73'
Manager:
Hong Myung-bo
KOR-BEL 2014-06-26
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
RB 21Anthony Vanden Borre
CB 15Daniel Van Buyten
CB 18Nicolas Lombaerts
LB 5 Jan Vertonghen (c)
CM 16Steven Defour Red card 45'
CM 19Moussa Dembélé Yellow card 50'
RW 14Dries Mertens Sub off 60'
AM 8 Marouane Fellaini
LW 20Adnan Januzaj Sub off 60'
CF 11Kevin Mirallas Sub off 88'
Substitutions:
MF 22Nacer Chadli Sub on 60'
FW 17Divock Origi Sub on 60'
MF 10Eden Hazard Sub on 88'
Manager:
Marc Wilmots

Man of the Match:
Jan Vertonghen (Belgium)

Assistant referees:
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Hakan Anaz (Australia)
Fourth official:
Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
Fifth official:
Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)

Algeria vs Russia

The two teams had met in three previous matches (only involving matches during the time period of the Soviet Union).

Aleksandr Kokorin opened the scoring for Russia, which had to win to have chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, in the 6th minute when he scored with a header after a cross from Dmitri Kombarov from the left. Algeria equalised in the 60th minute when Islam Slimani scored with a header at the back post after a free kick from the left by Yacine Brahimi which was missed by Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Algeria held on for the draw, and as South Korea lost to Belgium in the other match played at the same time, Algeria finished as group runners-up and reached the second round for the first time in their history (after unsuccessful campaigns in 1982, 1986, and 2010), while Russia failed to advance out of the group stage in all three tournaments since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

For Algeria's goal, television replays showed that Akinfeev had a green laser light shining in his face during the play. After the match the Algerian Football Federation was fined 50,000 CHF by FIFA for the use of laser pointers, a prohibited item in the stadium according to FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations, and other violations of the rules by Algerian fans.

With fellow African representative Nigeria also reaching the knockout stage earlier, this was the first time there were two teams from the Confederation of African Football in the knockout stage of a World Cup.

26 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Algeria Flag of Algeria.png 1–1 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,311
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Slimani Soccerball 60' Report Kokorin Soccerball 6'
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Algeria
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Russia
GK 23Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 20Aïssa Mandi
CB 4 Essaïd Belkalem
CB 5 Rafik Halliche (c)
LB 6 Djamel Mesbah Yellow card 39'
CM 12Carl Medjani
CM 14Nabil Bentaleb
RW 10Sofiane Feghouli
AM 11Yacine Brahimi Sub off 71'
LW 18Abdelmoumene Djabou Sub off 77'
CF 13Islam Slimani Sub off 90+2'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Hassan Yebda Sub on 71'
FW 9 Nabil Ghilas Yellow card 87' Sub on 77'
FW 15El Arbi Hillel Soudani Sub on 90+2'
DF 17Liassine Cadamuro Yellow card 90+2'
Manager:
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić
ALG-RUS 2014-06-26
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 2 Aleksei Kozlov Yellow card 59'
CB 14Vasili Berezutski (c)
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 23Dmitri Kombarov Yellow card 57'
CM 8 Denis Glushakov Sub off 46'
CM 20Viktor Fayzulin
RW 19Aleksandr Samedov
AM 9 Aleksandr Kokorin
LW 17Oleg Shatov Sub off 67'
CF 11Aleksandr Kerzhakov Sub off 81'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Igor Denisov Sub on 46'
MF 10Alan Dzagoev Sub on 67'
FW 6 Maksim Kanunnikov Sub on 81'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
Islam Slimani (Algeria)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)

External links

2014 FIFA World Cup

Group A  · Group B  · Group C  · Group D  · Group E  · Group F  · Group G  · Group H

Knockout stage  · Final

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