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...



  • Good morning campers! Welcome to day eleven of The Independent's coverage of the Fifa World Cup in Brazil with Samuel Stevens.


    After last night's continuation of what could prove to be the best World Cup in living memory, one which saw Miroslav Klose finally catch up with Ronaldo's all-time goal scoring record, we've got another day of explosive action ahead.

    Belgium, the hipsters' choice, take on the Fabio Capello's not-as-popular Russia side in Rio de Janeiro. Marc Wilots' boys will be keen to give a far better showing than the one which earned them a laboured victory over Algeria last week.

    Elsewhere in Group H, South Korea are set to lock horns with the Desert Foxes with both sides desperately needing a win to keep their World Cup aspirations alive.

    Later on this evening, as attention shifts back to Group G, USA can become the latest side to qualify for the next round with a victory over Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo and co, however, will be licking their wounds after their 3-0 reverse to Germany.

    Sub-plots aplenty! 
    6/22/2014 10:29:57 AM
  • Day 10 round-up: Argentina scrape through, Klose shave for Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina knocked out after just two games

    Messi to the rescue! 

    Mr. Reliable came to the rescue once again for Argentina as the second-favourites laboured to a 1-0 victory over Iran.

    The Argentinians were horrified, writes Ian Herbert, to find a banner which proclaimed: “Welcome to the next world champions” had been erected at their training base at Vespasiano, a short distance north of here, when they arrived two weeks ago. The superstitious squad ordered the well-meaning local Brazilians to take it down, and this extraordinary match underlined why there can be few certainties in football.


    Germany, on the other hand, are a side with similar ambitions to the Argentinians but had to settle for a point against Ghana - despite Miroslav Klose equalling Ronaldo's all-time World Cup goal scoring record.

    The young pretenders had their fun against an imploding Portugal but when Germany needed an old dog for the hard road, Joachim Löw released Miroslav Klose, the joint top-scorer in World Cup history.

    According to Mikey Stafford, this was a very hard road the world’s No 2 ranked team were walking against a Ghana side fighting for their World Cup lives. In a hot and sticky Fortaleza, Germany, led by Thomas Müller, the hat-trick hero against Portugal, were in danger of coming unstuck.


    Finally Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered their second successive World Cup defeat as Nigeria's 1-0 win in Cuiaba ended the debutants' hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

    After a positive display in a narrow loss to Argentina in their first-ever fixture at this level, Bosnia would have been hopeful of picking up a maiden World Cup success over a Nigeria side who laboured to a draw in their opener.
    6/22/2014 11:02:52 AM
  • Craque de Gana, Muntari distribuiu dinheiro a moradores de comunidade carente em Maceió
    by maroliosi via YouTube

    Video footage has emerged of Ghana star Sulley Muntari walking the streets of Brazil, handing out money to local residents. 

    Ghana were training at the Estadio Rei Pele in the western state of Alagoas on Thursday.

    The 29-year-old took time to speak to children, pose for photographs and sign autographs, as well as putting his hand in his pocket for the people.

    Who said all footballers were toe-rags?
    6/22/2014 11:20:05 AM





  • 6/22/2014 11:31:15 AM

  • 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
  • Anyone want to see USA's Clint Dempsey photobomb Jürgen Klinsmann?

    6/22/2014 1:09:39 PM
  • Forlan: England ran scared from Luis Suarez


    Uruguay and former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan reckons England ran scared from his team as soon as they saw Luis Suarez in the starting line-up in Sao Paulo.

    Suarez was not fully fit after knee surgery last month, but still managed to score two goals as Roy Hodgson's side crashed out at the group stage after Costa Rica beat Italy.

    "He got three good chances," Forlan said. "The first, he scored. The second one, he hit wide. A fit Luis would have scored that. And the third one, he scored to win the game."

    He never stopped fighting. That's Luis, he's never changed, not since I first saw him as a 17-year-old. I think England were afraid of him because they knew what he's done while playing in England.
    6/22/2014 1:22:02 PM




  • 6/22/2014 1:51:52 PM
  • BREAKING BELGIUM TEAM NEWS


    Starting line-up vs. Russia: Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Axel Witsel, Marouanne Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku.
    6/22/2014 2:26:28 PM
  • BREAKING RUSSIA TEAM NEWS


    Starting line-up vs. Belgium: Igor Akinfeev, Aleksei Kozlov, Sergey Ignashevich, Maksim Kanunnikov, Denis Glushakov, Alexander Kokorin, Vasily Berezutskiy, Oleg Shatov, Alexander Samedov, Victor Fayzulin, Dmitry Kombarov.
    6/22/2014 2:44:37 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
  • HALF AN HOUR TO GO!

    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
  • 1 mins: After just 44 seconds, the Belgians win a corner after industrious work from Dries Martens on the right flank. The set-play comes to nothing, though, as Russia break. Suddenly Belgium are exposed at the back but recover just in time to stop Oleg Shatov's ball from causing any problems.
    6/22/2014 4:03:01 PM
  • 3 mins: There's a stoppage in play immediately after that Russian attack as Alexander Samedov takes a blow to the head. The early momentum is quelled. 
    6/22/2014 4:03:51 PM
  • Queen Mathilde of Belgium's attendance acts as further proof of just what this tournament means to her country's people.

    6/22/2014 4:06:04 PM
  • 8 mins: While this is a relativity quiet start by this World Cup's standards, you can already see Belgium's attacking intent. Marouane Fellaini, who made such a big impact against Algeria, is playing just behind Romelu Lukaku in attack.

    6/22/2014 4:09:52 PM
  • 10 mins: Watching a Russian attempting a step-over, as Alexander Samedov has just done, is like your mother-in-law making a dirty joke. It's just wrong.
    6/22/2014 4:11:50 PM
  • 11 mins: Half chance for Russia!

    Thibaut Courtois is forced into making his first save of the afternoon after Victor Fayzulin's shot heads for the bottom corner. Not the hardest of attempts to save but will give the Russians confidence. 
    6/22/2014 4:14:17 PM
  • 13 mins: An excellent surging run from Kevin De Bruyne allows him to find enough space to play Dries Martens in who perhaps should have shot. 

    Instead, however, he tries to find Romelu Lukaku in the box and the move breaks down. Great endeavour from De Bruyne!

    6/22/2014 4:16:25 PM
  • 19 mins: Nifty movement from Marouane Fellaini in the centre of the pitch gives him room and he uses it to get a pass to Dries Martens. The Napoli man, who's looking impressive, jinks through the Russian defence and launches a stinging effort towards Igor Akinfeev's goal. Inches wide. Close!
    6/22/2014 4:22:25 PM
  • 24 mins: Did Toby Alderweireld just foul Maksim Kanunnikov

    That's the question in Rio as the Atlético Madrid right-back appears to knock the Russian over in the Belgium box. The ref says no and, so, we go on. Looked like a foul to an untrained eye.
    6/22/2014 4:29:01 PM
  • 28 mins: This man is causing some debate on sports desks across the land. The Chelsea attacker, who excelled with Everton last season, appears to be struggling on the big stage once more. 

    After all the derision he suffered after his decision to loan him out last summer, could Jose Mourinho be onto something? Of course we should consider his age, just 21, into the equation. 

    6/22/2014 4:31:46 PM
  • 31 mins: Thomas Vermaelen, who has endured such wretched luck with injuries, is replaced by Jan Vertonghen after just half-an-hour. That pre-match niggle appears too stubborn to run off.
    6/22/2014 4:33:50 PM
  • Good point well made, Mr Teddy.


    6/22/2014 4:38:49 PM
  • 39 mins: As we head towards the half-time whistle, it's worth noting that this fella has been Belgium's brightest spark. Dries Martens continues to be a thorn in Russia's side...

    6/22/2014 4:42:20 PM
  • 43 mins: GREAT CHANCE FOR RUSSIA.

    You have to ask questions of Vincent Kompany here as Denis Glushakov's searching ball from deep falls beautifully onto Alex Kokorin's head. The Dynamo Moscow striker, though, somehow misses the target and Belgium are let off the hook. An almighty opportunity for Russia is spurned! 

    6/22/2014 4:45:39 PM
  • HALF TIME: Belgium 0-0 Russia.


    It's not been great, we're afraid. Both sides have failed to break each other down and chances have ultimately proved few and far between. The big talking point will inevitably be the penalty decision (or lack of it) after Toby Alderweireld's challenge on Maksim Kanunnikov.

    Russia could have taken the lead just before half-time but, thanks to a poor miss from Alex Kokorin, are yet to make their mark. If ever there was a quiet game in need of an injection of urgency, it's this one.
    6/22/2014 4:46:51 PM



  • 6/22/2014 4:53:14 PM

  • Jack Pitt-Brooke has just filed his thoughts on that opening 45 minutes...

    Those hoping that Belgium would perform better than they did against Algeria have been disappointed so far. Belgium have some excellent players, clearly, but they are still not gelling well as a unit. Romelu Lukaku looks isolated up front and the best moments have come from individual play by Dries Mertens or Kevin De Bruyne rather than anything more collegial. All this while allowing Russia chances on the break, which they should have taken. For the second game in a row, Belgium will need improvements from the bench if they want to win. Queen Mathilde of Belgium's attendance acts as further proof of just what this tournament means to her country's people.
    6/22/2014 5:00:43 PM
  • KICK OFF: The second half gets under way with the Russians getting the action going again.
    6/22/2014 5:02:38 PM
  • 6/22/2014 5:08:54 PM
  • 51 mins: Russia get a corner, the first incident of note in this half, as Dries Martens comes to help out at the back. The set-play is headed away from Daniel Van Buyten. 

    Not the best of starts to the second period.
    6/22/2014 5:11:03 PM
  • This is the setting for tonight's game at the Maracanã. Note the Wembley-esque empty patches around the central areas housing the VIPs. 

    6/22/2014 5:13:40 PM
  • 56 mins: Romelu Lukaku, who doesn't look like a happy boy, is replaced by 19-year-old Divock Origi. A big call from Belgium boss Marc Wilmots.
    6/22/2014 5:14:50 PM
  • 58 mins: Chance for Russia!

    Alexander Samedov charges down the right flank and crosses for Alex Kokorin whose flamboyant over-head kick misses the ball and very nearly hits Toby Alderweireld's face. 


    Unlucky for Russia, but you fear he would have been punished for a high boot had it gone in. It's Fabio Capello's men who are looking the more likely to score at the moment!

    6/22/2014 5:18:06 PM
  • 65 mins: I remember once when I was forced to watch my dad play football with his mates for a whole afternoon. Today feels like that. It certainly doesn't feel like a World Cup clash.
    6/22/2014 5:24:22 PM



  • 6/22/2014 5:28:18 PM
  • Here's a picture of Alex Kokorin's attempted over-head kick to liven things up...

    6/22/2014 5:31:29 PM
  • 77 mins: Not much to report, folks. Russia will be happier with their second half display, though, and could nick an impressive victory if they have the nerve to press higher up. Belgium are very flat, in every meaning of the term.
    6/22/2014 5:36:02 PM
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