World Cup 2014: Day 6 including Belgium v Algeria, Brazil v Mexico and Russia v South Korea - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014: Day 6 including Belgium v Algeria, Brazil v Mexico and Russia v South Korea - LIVE!

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day six of the World Cup with Sam Dymond and Samuel Stevens. We'll be bringing you all the news from the tournament including the latest from the England camp plus the build-up to tonight's games; Belgium v Algeria, Brazil v Mexico and Russia v South Korea...


    • Belgium 2 (Fellaini '70, Mertens 80') Algeria 1 (Feghouli 25' pen) FT
    • Substitutes Fellaini and Mertens both score as Red Devils come from behind
    • Feghouli opens scoring from the spot after being fouled by Vertonghen
    • Russia 1 (Kerzhakov, 74') South Korea 1 (Lee Keun-ho, 68') FT
    • Akenfeev error almost costs Russians dearly until Kerzhakov's equaliser
    • Brazil 0 Mexico 0 FT
    • The hosts fail to break Mexico down on a frustrating evening
    • Luis Suarez declares himself '100% fit' to face England
    6/17/2014 10:53:20 AM
  • Welcome to The Independent's coverage of day six of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    We'll have all the latest from Brazil including the news from the England camp as well as the build-up to today's three games: Belgium v Algeria, Brazil v Mexico and Russia v South Korea.

    Sam Dymond, until 7pm, and then later Samuel Stevens, will be here to talk you through all three games as they happen, and if you want to have your say on any of these fixtures, England, ITV’s annoying use of hashtags or anything else World Cup related, then please tweet your best stuff to @sammydymond or email
    6/17/2014 10:51:30 AM
  • Suarez Fit To Go

    And the day begins with the worrying news for England fans that Wayne Rooney is set to sta...sorry, Luis Suarez is set to start Thursday's crucial group D encounter between England and Uruguay in 
    Sao Paulo.

    What's more, the Liverpool striker has revealed that three years of sighing at Glen Johnson has given him a unique insight into the shortcomings that plague the Three Lions at the back, and he's ready to take advantage. Help!

    In an interview with the Uruguayan website,, Suarez said: “I know all the players in the England squad, I know some of them because they are team-mates or opponents. They have defensive weaknesses and we can take advantage of them.

    “At no moment did I think I would miss the chance of playing in the World Cup. I’ve never thought that during my recovery. Now I am 100 per cent.
    6/17/2014 11:16:16 AM
  • Sturridge All Smiles

    Despite the revelation that Luis Suarez is 100% fit causing panic among England's fans, the players seem relaxed ahead of Thursday's fixture. None more so than Daniel Sturridge, who was in jocular mood (I'm glad someone is - Ed) when speaking to the media yesterday afternoon.

    Interviewed at England's Urca training base, the Liverpool striker spoke of his equaliser against the Italians and the chaos that ensured when physiotherapist Gary Lewin was injured in the touchline celebrations.

    In his report, The Independent's Chief Football Correspondent Sam Wallace reveals how the 24-year-old forward appears 'in the zone' at just the right time.

    “I saw Gary Lewin was down, and I was like: ‘What’s going on here? He’s stolen my moment! I’m trying to do my thing and he’s lying down on the floor injured’"
    6/17/2014 11:46:12 AM
  • Rooney latest

    Much of the criticism thrown at the England squad in Brazil has fallen at the gifted yet underachieving feet of Wayne Rooney. Although he was responsible for setting up Daniel Sturridge's goal on Saturday, the 28-year-old had a disappointing evening in Manaus, finding himself isolated on the left flank and missing a great opportunity to rescue a point.

    The forward stayed behind to train on his own with extra shooting practice after yesterday's session, sparking speculation that he will be left out of Roy Hodgson's next starting XI at this World Cup.

    In our poll conducted following the defeat to Italy, 65% of you voted that Rooney should be left out of the next game, many suggesting that he he sees himself as undroppable as far as England are concerned.

    Asked whether he expected to play as a matter of course for England, Rooney said that was not the case. “I don’t expect to play,” he said. “I work hard. I want to play.
    6/17/2014 12:13:39 PM
  • Game On, Boyfriend!

    Rooney does have one loyal supporter that little bit closer this afternoon in the form of wife, Coleen. The 28-year-old has flown out to Brazil with their two young children, arriving this morning, and revealed on Twitter that she has packed enough clothes to last the tournament.

    Let's hope that among the travelling wardrobe is Wayne's favourite tie to cut up just before he takes to the field. Hell, if it works for Jed and Abbey Bartlet, then what is there to lose?

    6/17/2014 12:22:48 PM

  • Neymar Comparisons

    He's young, he's Brazilian, he's attack-minded. He must be the new Pele.

    Ahead of the host nation's return to action tonight against Mexico, comparisons have yet again been drawn between Barcelona forward Neymar and the three-time World Cup winner. He's not the first to have such an acclaim bestowed upon him, however, and he certainly won't be the last. So do such suggestions have any merit?

    Yet the characteristics of the greatness of the two players do invite comparison. Pele lived the high life in the end and Lima remembers the Mercedes he drove – “He won the Mercedes!” – in an era when the players enjoyed wealth. But Edson Arantes do Nascimento always exuded the humility which, by every available account here, is at Neymar’s core.
    Then again, Neymar might not want to be mentioned in the same breath as Pele if he watches this...

    Fantasy Football League - Pele Was Shite
    by BullArmy9 via YouTube
    6/17/2014 12:58:22 PM
  • When you think of the World Cup television coverage, it's not necessarily Adrian Chiles' smug face or Clive Tyldesley's smug face or Robbie Savage's smug face that comes to mind. Instead, more often than not, it's those unnecessary cutaway shots of excitable, attractive, young women in the stands who never frequent any of the Scottish League One games that I go to.

    However, the most excited of the lot was spotted in Salvador yesterday evening during Germany's 4-0 defeat of Portugal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated wildly next to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini and, after the game, posed for selfies with the victorious Nationalmannschaft squad, including hat-trick hero and World's Most German Man, Thomas Muller.

    Thankfully for Ms Merkel, Joachim Löw's players didn't decide to go all Croatian pool party while she was around...

    6/17/2014 1:36:24 PM
  • Four weeks of World Cup action undoubtedly brings out the best and worst of people on Facebook, and Wayne Rooney is the latest to indulge on the social media platform with his thoughts on what's going down in Brazil.

    You can make your own minds up as to which category the England striker's riposte - aimed at those who suggested his extra shooting practice was not before time - falls into though.

    Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at. I said from the start I want to do everything I can to make sure I'm ready for these World Cup games and as part of that I was doing extra training a week before the squad joined up. That's exactly what I did yesterday, my own extra training because that's what I wanted to do.Wayne Rooneyvia Facebook at 1:21 PM

    6/17/2014 1:47:39 PM
  • You know all those people (specifically Adrian Chiles again) who say that the Americans don't understand football, and that they're not interested in the World Cup?

    It turns out that it was nonsense.

    The United States Defeats Ghana - Everyone Goes Nuts!
    by Polymerizations via YouTube
    6/17/2014 1:53:11 PM
  • Injury News

    Colombia are already without star striker Radamel Falcao for the finals, and now they've been dealt a further blow up front with the news that Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca will miss the final two group games with a leg injury.

    José Pékerman's team sit top of Group C, having won their first match 3-0 against Greece.

    6/17/2014 2:13:12 PM
  • World Cup Panini Sticker Update

    Does anybody have a spare Mario Balotelli?

    by Mario Balotelli A.C.... via Facebook
    6/17/2014 2:23:05 PM
  • Belgium v Algeria

    The first game of the day kicks-off at 5pm, and it's an initial chance to see the lauded Belgians. Marc Wilmot's fancied team take on Vahid Halilhodzic's Algeria outfit as eighth-favourites, and are as short as 18/1 for World Cup glory having once been available as 300/1 outsiders. Even a long-term injury to Christian Benteke and the inclusion of Marouane Fellaini can't deter their backers, and the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Axel Witsel and Romelu Lukaku are the reason they are being tipped to shine in Brazil.

    6/17/2014 2:48:59 PM
  • Meanwhile, here's a familiar sight for regular watchers of Premier League football: Vincent Kompany cleaning up after a mistake by Joleon Lescott.

    6/17/2014 2:54:20 PM
  • The Belgium and Algeria teams are in from Estadio Mineirao. Marc Wilmots picks seven Premier League players in his starting XI, but that doesn't include Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini who has to settle for a place on the bench. Vincent Kompany captains the side while Eden Hazard will operate behind lone striker, Romelu Lukaku. Vahid Halilhodzic's Algeria side are led on the field by former Rangers man Madjid Bougherra with Tottenham youngster Nabil Bentaleb in midfield and Leicester City starlet Riyad Mahrez operating on the left-hand side.

    Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard, Van Buyten, Dembele, Chadli

    Subs: Vermaelen, Fellaini, Mirallas, Mignolet, Bossut, Mertens, Defour, Origi, Lombaerts, Januzaj, Vanden Borre, Ciman

    Algeria: Mbolhi, Bougherra, Ghoulam, Halliche, Feghouli, Medjani, Bentaleb, Soudani, Taider, Mahrez, Mostefa

    Subs: Mohamed, Belkalem, Mesbah, Yebda, Lacen, Ghilas, Brahimi, Slimani, Zemmamouche, Cadamuro, Djabou, Mandi

    Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)
    6/17/2014 2:58:40 PM
  • There are many people wondering why Belgium are enjoying such a renaissance on the international scene, but this tweet might  go some way to explaining it...

    6/17/2014 3:40:34 PM
  • Meanwhile, out on the pitch ahead of kick-off...

    This Algerian fan has got streaking all wrong. 
    6/17/2014 3:45:17 PM
  • Five minutes now until kick-off in Belo Horizonte, and surely we're in for another exciting evening.

    Algeria, so dour in South Africa, are a much more attack-minded outfit that the team than failed to score a World Cup goal four years ago. Their influx of French-born players has strengthened a resolute squad, and in Sofiane Feghouli and Mahrez operating on each flank, they have the quality to entertain as well as stifle.

    Much has been said about Belgium in the two years of qualifying leading to this tournament. Now it's their opportunity to prove whether this really is their Golden Generation.
    6/17/2014 3:55:54 PM
  • The anthems are done, having been sung in French, Flemish, German, Arabic and gibberish.

    Now it's time for the football.
    6/17/2014 3:58:38 PM
  • KICK-OFF: Apart from one corner, the pitch is drenched in sunshine as the first Group H match of the 2014 World Cup begins in Belo Horizonte. The early signs are that Nacer Chadli - one Tottenham's superfluous attacking midfielders - will be the man chosen from one of Belgium's superfluous attacking midfielders to play just behind Romelu Lukaku.
    6/17/2014 4:06:01 PM
  • 6 mins: Bayern Munich's Daniel van Buyten is a surprise Belgian selection at centre-half ahead of Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen, but the burly defender doesn't look too happy about it. Although that could be more to do with the stamp on the achilles he's just received from Riyad Mahrez. It's been a slow start so far.
    6/17/2014 4:09:06 PM
  • 9 mins: Kevin De Bruyn is patrolling the left wing in menacing fashion for the Belgians. The Wolfsburg midfielder looks a class act, most probably because he's wearing bright red boots to match his bright red kit. All he needs is Neil Lennon's bright red sunburnt face and he's got the matching set.
    6/17/2014 4:12:25 PM
  • 14 mins: All the pre-match talk of Algeria's new-found attacking optimism may have been misjudged. Belgium are completely dictating the play in the middle of the park, but the Fennec Foxes are sitting deep and not allowing their opponents to settle. Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have hardly had a touch so far, and on the rare occasions they have, they've been instantly met with robust challenges.

    6/17/2014 4:16:06 PM
  • 18 mins: Algeria go route one and it brings the first chance - albeit half of one - of the game. Rais Mbolhi claimed a cross and immediately sent a punt downfield that evaded the head of Van Buyten and was controlled admirably by Mahrez. The Leicester forward accelerated away from the defender and into the area, but let the excitement go to his head, slicing wildly into the crowd.
    6/17/2014 4:21:04 PM
  • 25 mins: PENALTY! GOAL! BELGIUM 0 ALGERIA 1: Algeria have a World Cup goal and lead the much-fancied Belgians in this Group H encounter! And it comes from the penalty spot! Left-back Faouzi Ghoualm galloped down the touchline and sent a lofted cross over the heads of the Belgium centre-halves towards the area that Sofiane Feghouli was rushing into. The Valencia forward was some distance from getting on the end of the delivery, but that was mainly due to Jan Vertonghen, who was all over the Algerian like a cheap Adrian Chiles suit.

    Referee Marco Rodriguez had no hesitation in awarding a spotkick, and the 24-year-old picked himself up to send Thibaut Courtois the wrong way and the huge Algerian support into raptures.

    6/17/2014 4:23:31 PM
  • I imagine that not coming up against a defence marshalled by Jamie Carragher helps out a lot...

    6/17/2014 4:30:58 PM
  • 30 mins: A free-kick 35 yards from goal offers Belgium a first opportunity to force a leveller, but De Bruyn upsets Romelu Lukaku by completely overhitting the ball and sending it straight out for a goalkick. In terms of people you don't want to upset, the giant striker ranks somewhere between Roy Keane and Vladimir Putin.

    The Russians are also in Group H and begin their campaign against South Korea tonight. Segue.
    6/17/2014 4:33:31 PM
  • 36 mins: The Red Devils are still unable to find a way behind the Algerian backline so for the second time this evening, Axel Witsel takes aim for long range. The result is similar to the first with Mbolhi getting down low to his right and saving, if somewhat unconvincingly.
    6/17/2014 4:38:06 PM
  • 39 mins: Vertonghen attempts to make amends with a powerful free-kick from 25 yards, but his strike is always rising and ends up somewhere among the Mexican Wave. The left-back is still smarting from the calamitous piece of defending - honed at White Hart Lane under Tim Sherwood - that has given Algeria a surprise lead.

    6/17/2014 4:43:08 PM
  • 44 mins: With just a minute of play plus another minute of stoppage time left until the break, Hazard escapes from his marker for the first time and, immediately, sets up Belgian's best chance of the match for Chadli. The midfielder's low drive, however, is straight into the grateful hands of Mbolhi. 

    6/17/2014 4:45:45 PM

    There's much to consider at the half-time break, but just in case you're in an apathetic Monday mode, let The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke consider it for you...

    For all the excitement about Belgium before the tournament, this has been a desperately underwhelming performance so far. They have some excellent individuals and a few good ones but they have been less than a sum of their parts, with no width, pace or imagination. They need to open the game up somehow, by involving Eden Hazard more, as they managed to do in the few minutes before the break. The lack of wingers or specialist full-backs do not help but after so much time to prepare for their first World Cup in 12 years, this is starting to feel like a missed opportunity.

    6/17/2014 4:46:34 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: A change of formation and a change of personnel for Marc Wilmots' Belgians at the restart. Napoli forward Dries Mertens has replaced Nacer Chadli as the Red Devils shift to their more favoured 4-2-3-1 shape. Whether it brings a change in fortune - and performance - remains to be seen.
    6/17/2014 5:05:18 PM
  • 49 mins: More unconvincing goalkeeping from Algeria's number, Mbolhi. The custodian completely misses the first corner of the second half as it's drilled across from the left, but he gets away with it because Witsel is as surprised as anyone when it bounces off his hirsute barnet and over the crossbar.
    6/17/2014 5:08:59 PM
  • 56 mins: Oooooh! Algeria go so close to taking a two-goal lead. This time it was their turn to force a corner on the left-hand side, and once it was curled over, Carl Medjani got up high and flicked a lovely header towards the unguarded back-post. Fortunately for the Belgians, it not only evaded the inside frame of the goal, but also the lurking Hilal Soudani.

    It sparks another substitution from Mark Wilmots, who drags off the ineffectual Lukaku in favour of Lille's Divock Origi.
    6/17/2014 5:17:04 PM
  • This is the kind of form that will force him into Jose Mourinho's attacking thoughts...

    ...providing he can track back.
    6/17/2014 5:18:47 PM
  • 66 mins: Good strike! Good save! Substitute Origi managed to wriggle free of the last man, Rafik Halliche, and unleashed a fierce drive from outside the area. Mbolhi's goalkeeper hasn't been the most orthodox at times, but he's keeping a clean sheet so far and turned this effort away with his right leg. That's the closest Belgium have come to scoring this evening.
    6/17/2014 5:26:00 PM
  • 70 mins: GOAL! BELGIUM 1 ALGERIA 1: Marouane Fellaini! Remember him! The much-maligned Manchester United man was thrown on by Marc Wilmots and, within less than five minutes, he has pulled his country level! Urged on by his manager on the touchline, Kevin De Bruyne took his time on the left to pick out the the perfect final ball that had deserted him all evening. On the end of it was the Belgian substitute, who timed his late run into the area with precision to leap above Rafik Halliche and help a lovely header over Mbolhi and into the net off the underside of the crossbar. It's set up for a grandstand finish now!

    6/17/2014 5:26:29 PM
  • 77 mins: The tide is turning, and it's all Belgium now...
    6/17/2014 5:36:04 PM
  • 80 mins: GOAL! BELGIUM 2 ALGERIA 1: And now it's completely turned! And it's another substitute, Dries Mertens, with the second Belgium goal! The game had really opened up in the proceeding five minutes and, when Algeria committed one too many men forward and lost possession, the Red Devils broke with deadly speed. A clever pass forward found Hazard with acres of space in front of him, and the Chelsea man took advantage of a three-on-two counter-attack, feeding Mertens to his right. The Napoli striker took one touch to steady himself in the box, before drilling a fine finish part Mbolhi and into the back of the net. The Golden Generation are slowly making their mark on the World Cup!

    6/17/2014 5:36:41 PM
  • 83 mins: Fellaini goes close to adding his second and Belgium's third! The Manchester United midfielder has been a real handful since his introduction, especially in the air, and he got up highest in the Algeria penalty area once again. This time, Mbolhi was equal to it, and acrobatically tipped the header over the crossbar.
    6/17/2014 5:39:47 PM
  • 88 mins: It hasn't been pretty, it hasn't been convincing, but with two minutes of normal time remaining, Belgium lead their opening fixture of Brazil 2014, and have shown a commendable spirit in coming from behind. Meanwhile, Marc Wilmots, should take credit - like Ottmar Hitzfeld before him at these finals - in sending on two substitutes when trailing, and seeing both score.

    6/17/2014 5:47:23 PM
  • 90 mins: Algeria are giving all they have in an attempt to find an equaliser, and there will be three minutes of added on time for them to make their hopes reality.
    6/17/2014 5:49:43 PM

    From the Golden Generation of Belgian footballers to the Golden Generation of sports writers. Here's The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke...

    Belgium needed to find another way in the second half to win the game and they did so perfectly. Marouane Fellaini might not be a world-class central midfielder - this season proved that - but his size, nous and aggression make him a very useful game-breaking option from the bench.

    Fellaini's header brought Belgium back into the game and Dries Mertens, a half-time substitute, scored the second on the break. This was not quite the fluent powerful display many hoped for from Belgium but they used their resources, fought back into the game and got the three points - who can ask more than that?
    6/17/2014 5:50:08 PM

    João: The next generation? 

    Evening folks, Samuel Stevens here holding the fort until 1.30am tonight as the world gets another chance to see Brazil dive into the frying pan once more against Group A rivals Mexico.

    Hulk, as expected, is out of Luis Felipe Scolari’s starting line-up while Fernandinho has to wait a little while longer for his first start of the tournament. 

    Yet again Neymar will be expected to single-headedly inspire the samba nation to victory and towards strengthening their grasp of first place.

    Mexico, on the other hand, disposed of a plucky Cameroon side last week and again start with talismanic striker Oribe Peralta instead of Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez.

    Can the Mexicans stun us all? Here are the teams…

    Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Fred, Neymar, Oscar, Ramires, Luiz Gustavo.

    Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Marquez (c), Hector Herrera, Miguel Layun, Giovani Dos Santos, Hector Moreno, Andres Guardado, Oribe Peralta, Paul Aguilar, Jose Vazquez.

    Get your comments into @SamuelTStevens.
    6/17/2014 6:10:40 PM
  • Once hosts Brazil have finishing hogging the limelight, we'll be quickly turning our attention to Fabio Capello's Russia as they take on Korea in Group H in the 11pm kick-off.

    Remember this fella by any chance?

    The Dictator 
    6/17/2014 6:20:13 PM
  • Your Twitter summary, hot off the press...

    Richie De Laet, who just missed out on the Belgium squad this summer, sums up the mood at half-time.

    Proof that this has been an awesome World Cup so far.

    More hilarity from Gary Lineker.

    This point, rather fittingly, is spot on also.

    Leicester City give their commiserations to winger Riyad Mahrez after Algeria's spirited performance against the Belgians.
    6/17/2014 6:26:27 PM
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