World Cup 2014: Day 11 as it happened including Belgium 1 Russia 0, South Korea 2 Algeria 4 and USA 2 Portugal 2 - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014: Day 11 as it happened including Belgium 1 Russia 0, South Korea 2 Algeria 4 and USA 2 Portugal 2

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of what was day 11 of the FIFA World Cup. Samuel Stevens and Sam Dymond were on hand with all the action from Brazil including Belgium's late victory over Russia, Algeria's thrashing of South Korea and the dramatic draw between USA and Portugal...

    Wayne would Roo Roy Hodgson departure

    The much maligned England and Manchester United striker has backed Roy Hodgson to keep his job in charge of the national team.

    Looking ahead to England's first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in just 78 days, Rooney said: “We have to start well in the qualifiers because we want to be in the next tournament."

     The fans will see some exciting football, but we have to turn that exciting football into results. That’s the plan, that’s the aim. Roy has moved us forward in my eyes since the previous tournament. I know we haven’t progressed [into the second round], but he’s moved us forward. It’s tough to say that or believe that now, but I’ve been in this squad for over 10 years now and that’s being truthful and honest.
    6/22/2014 11:50:47 AM

    Romelu Lukaku, who openly admitted to feeling isolated in Belgium's attack against Algeria last week, has said that he would welcome Marouane Fellaini joining him up front.

    The Chelsea man, whose future is far from sorted, made no secret of his desire to see Fellaini start against Russia today. His arrival during their victory over Algeria last week changed everything.

    “It is always better for me when Fellaini plays. He can give power and presence in the box,” he said. 

    The defenders always have an eye on Fellaini and that then creates space for me.The next game will be much better, as in the first game we played under a lot of pressure.
    6/22/2014 12:37:25 PM
    Belgium in profile: Can Marc Wilmot's team rule supreme?

    Considering that Belgium haven't qualified for a major tournament since 2002, Marc Wilmot's men are surprisingly well fancied to surprise a few of the world's elite footballing nations.

    Their time has arrived, many Belgians will cry, but the difficulty they faced in beating Algeria last week posed some serious questions over their true potential. 

    With a backbone of Premier League superstars - which includes the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Romelu Lukaku - their raw talent is undoubted.

    The reality, however, is that many of Wilmot's squad peaked in 2013 and have in fact struggled to match those dizzy heights this time around. Had the World Cup been staged twelve months ago, they could have been real contenders.

    Having risen from 44th in the Fifa world rankings to 10th in just two years, though, teams will underestimate them at their peril.
    6/22/2014 3:14:22 PM
    To any of you lucky devils who have managed to make it out to Brazil, keep an eye out for 2013 one-hit wonder Psy. He has a knack for following the Korea squad around...

    6/22/2014 3:19:39 PM
    Russia in profile: Fabio Capello ready for final roll of the dice

    Former England manager Fabio Capello, now in charge of Russia, must wonder if he had insulted the footballing gods in a previous life.

    Four years after Rob Green's goalkeeping howler against the USA set the tone for a decidedly awful campaign, Igor Akinfeev repeated the feat for his new side last week.

    Up until their opening game, against South Korea, the Capello revolution had been gaining considerable steam. Like his spell with England, however, the wheels look as though they've come off.

    With a strong defensive partnership of Sergei Ignashevich and Vasili Berezutski giving them a decent springboard, the Russians can be a threat.

    They were expected to qualify for the final stages, if nothing else, but last week's draw with Korea has pundits wondering if the end is nigh once more for Capello. Only time will tell.
    6/22/2014 3:28:03 PM

    6/22/2014 3:30:08 PM
    Reports of a late injury concern among the Belgian ranks...

    6/22/2014 3:51:35 PM
    The players are out for the national anthems and if you're not dressed as a box of French fries, what are you doing with your lives?!

    6/22/2014 3:55:32 PM
    KICK OFF: Belgium get the action going in Rio de Janeiro!

    6/22/2014 4:00:14 PM
    Day 11 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup may have started slowly, but it ended with a bang – one that ripped the heart out of the USA and kept Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo et al, still in the tournament.

    Silvestre Varela’s dramatic 95th minute equaliser in Manaus ensured that the Selecção remain in the World Cup and denied the USA a guaranteed place in the knockout stages. However, if they both replicate their performances of this evening in their final games, it’s surely not too long before the Americans progress and the Portuguese go home.

    One country already plotting for the second stage are Belgium, who were victors over Russia at the Maracana earlier today. They left it late, and it wasn’t pretty, but Marc Wilmots yet again found inspiration on the bench with 19-year-old substitute Divock Origi grabbing the winner two minutes from time to see his country continue their 100% start.

    If Rio lacked goals, Porto Alegre had them in abundance as South Korea and Algeria played out a thriller. The Desert Foxes, castigated for their defensive displays in South Africa four years ago, raced out of the blocks and into a three-goal half-time lead. And although the Koreans rallied in the second half, they couldn’t stop Vahid Halilhodzic's team moving to the brink of qualification and becoming the first African country to score four at a World Cup. This competition just doesn’t disappoint.

    Sam Dymond and Marc Williams will be back tomorrow to talk you through day 12 of this extraordinary tournament which will take in the final rounds of games in Groups A and B. Until then, thanks for reading and goodnight.
    6/23/2014 1:37:14 AM
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