June 17, 2014

Belgium 2, Algeria 1: Late rally by the Red Devils staves off an upset bid by the Fennec Foxes.  Algeria played almost everyone back from the opening whistle, content to keep the score down and occasionally mount a counterattack.  As a result, they were badly outshot, rarely had possession, but on one such foray they drew a penalty and attained a shock lead at halftime, their first goal in six World Cup games going back to 1986. Eventually, the 2-1 advantage Belgium had in possession took its toll, and two goals in the final 20 minutes averted the upset.

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