Belgium’s 10-men held on to beat South Korea 1-0 in the last minutes of the clash to occupy the top spot in the Group H as the side claimed it’s third straight victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ at the Itaquerao Stadium on Thursday. Stand-in captain and defender Jan Vertonghen scored in the 78th minute from a rebound ball to give 10-man Belgium a third victory of the group stage and set up a meeting with the United States of America in the round of 16. Belgium proceeds with Algeria to the next round of the tournament while the Republic of Korea and Russia are eliminated.
The Koreans were determined to snatch the match as they started running early and pressuring the Belgians. But the Red Devils managed to keep an upper hand throughout the game. In the 25th minute the Euroepans could have taken the lead when Dries Mertens somehow missed from the edge of the box after a loose ball had spun his way. Vertonghen, in for the injured Vincent Kompany, poked in the winning goal after South Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu had saved a shot from Divock Origi.
Belgium’s Steven Defour was sent off before the end of first interval of the encounter for a two-footed challenge, but the South Korean men failed to use the situation to their advantage and capitalise. The Koreans join three eliminated Asian nations in the tournament together with Russia. Meanwhile Belgium advances to the next round to face the United States and Algeria are set to lock horns with Germany.