Belgium’s narrow victory over Algeria and Russia’s draw with South Korea mean that it’s still all to play for in Group H.
So Belgium became the surprise team of the tournamnet as most people thought they would be; surprised at themselves though, for trailing Algeria at the end of the first half of their opening game in Belo Horizonte.
Algeria might feel disappointed after being in front for so long but in all honesty, they can’t be surprised they lost.
After an uneventful first-half, the game between Russia and South Korea in Cuiaba looked like it was heading for a nil-nil draw.
Thanks to the substitutes, Russia and South Korea managed to score a goal each in the second-half and share the points.
Belgium could be the surprise team of the tournament but with so many people saying it, perhaps it wouldn’t be such a surprise after all.
More realistically, they’ll probably melt like chocolate in the heat while Fabio Capello steers the Russians out of Group H with the South Koreans showing that frantic running can get the better of skill and make the surprise team look rather unsurprising.
The fourth team is Algeria, who would be the surprise team of the tournament if they did anything more than get on the first plane back home.
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