Belgium 2-1 Algeria


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Algeria gave Belgium a scare in their Group H opener but two super subs from Marc Wilmots turned the tie around for his young side.

Marouane Fellaini dragged an under-performing Belgium level when he headed in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross twenty minutes before the end.

Belgium took the lead ten minutes later when Dries Mertens smashed home from the edge of the box after Eden Hazard set him up on the counter attack.

Algeria opened the scoring though when Sofiane Feghouli was felled in the area by Jan Vertonghen, one of three Tottenham players in the Belgium line-up. Feghouli dusted himself down and sent Thibaut Courtois the wrong way for 0-1.

Axel Witsel came relatively close for Belgium in the first half when he chested down a ball before striking it on the volley, Rais M’Bolhi produced a fine save to keep it out though.

Nacer Chadli should have brought the scores level when De Bruyne teed him up but he hit a weak shot that dribbled into M’Bohli’s arms.

Wimots’ third sub Divock Origi could have earned himself a place on the score-sheet himself when he burst through the Algerian defense with pace but his shot was saved well on 66 minutes.

Belgium were not as efficient as many had expected but were nevertheless worthy of their three points and will look to truly kick on with their campaign now and prove why they are many people’s dark horses for the tournament.

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