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World Cup: South Korea 0-1 Belgium

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Highlights: South Korea 0-1 Belgium

Ten-man Belgium beat South Korea to top their World Cup group and set up a last-16 tie against the United States.

South Korea needed a win so the onus was on them to attack and they were helped when Steven Defour was sent off for a reckless tackle on Kim Shin-wook.

A Son Heung-Min cross struck the face of the Belgium crossbar but the Asian side struggled to create chances.

And Jan Vertonghen scored the Red Devils' winner when he slotted in after a Divock Origi shot was parried.

Belgium have been criticised for a lack of flair so far in the tournament, but there is little question about their resilience as they have let in just one goal in three games and are unbeaten in their last 13 competitive matches.

Their victory - the first time the Red Devils have won three group games at a World Cup - eliminated a South Korea side who lacked a cutting edge to go with their endeavour.

South Korea boss Hong Myung-Bo apologised to his country's fans after a 4-2 defeat by Algeria in their previous match and his side began with the greater urgency in Sao Paulo.

However, Hong's side might have conceded a spot-kick when Kim Young-gwon cynically blocked Anthony Vanen Borre in an offence which began outside the box and continued inside the penalty area.

And despite all South Korea's early effort they should have gone behind when a Kevin Mirallas shot broke for Dries Mertens, only for the Belgium midfielder to sidefoot high from eight yards with just the keeper to beat.

Hong's side tried to respond, with Ki Sung-yeung's 25-yard shot being turned around the post by keeper Thibaut Courtois.

And from the resulting corner a header back across goal came off Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts before being hacked off the line by Defour.

That was almost the last action of the match for Defour as he was soon sent off for a dangerous studs-up tackle which caught Kim on his shin.

Belgium midfielder Steven Defour (centre) is sent off during the game against South Korea
Defour receives Belgium's third World Cup red card, after Eric Gerets in 1990 and Gert Verhayen in 1998

With South Korea having the numerical advantage Hong brought on forward Lee Keunho for midfielder Han Kook-young at half-time.

And the substitute striker almost had an immediate impact as he had a shot blocked before heading a cross over, while a Son cross struck the face of the crossbar.

South Korea's need to attack left them exposed at the back and Belgium took advantage.

Origi had looked lively for Belgium after coming on as a substitute and, after his 22-yard strike being parried by keeper Kim Seung-gyu, Vertonghen reacted quickest to slot in the winner.

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen scores for his side against South Korea
Belgium's last six World Cup goals have come in the final 20 minutes of matches
South Korea manager Hong Myung-bo consoles one of his players
South Korea have kept one clean sheet in their past 12 World Cup games
Belgium are unbeaten in their last nine World Cup group stage matches
Belgium are unbeaten in their last nine World Cup group stage matches

Line-ups

South Korea

  • 21Kim Seung-gyu
  • 12Lee Yong
  • 3Yun Suk-young
  • 16Ki Sung-yueng
  • 20Hong Jeong-hoBooked at 35mins
  • 5Kim Young-gwon
  • 17Lee Chung-yong
  • 14Han Kook-youngSubstituted forLee Keun-hoat 45'minutes
  • 18Kim Shin-wookSubstituted forKim Bo-kyungat 66'minutes
  • 13Koo Ja-cheol
  • 9Son Heung-minSubstituted forJi Dong-wonat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jung Sung-ryong
  • 2Kim Chang-soo
  • 4Kwak Tae-hwi
  • 6Hwang Seok-ho
  • 7Kim Bo-kyung
  • 8Ha Dae-sung
  • 10Park Chu-young
  • 11Lee Keun-ho
  • 15Park Jong-woo
  • 19Ji Dong-won
  • 22Park Joo-ho
  • 23Lee Bum-young

Belgium

  • 1Courtois
  • 21Vanden Borre
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 16DefourBooked at 44mins
  • 15van Buyten
  • 18Lombaerts
  • 8Fellaini
  • 19DembéléBooked at 50mins
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forHazardat 88'minutes
  • 20JanuzajSubstituted forChadliat 60'minutes
  • 14MertensSubstituted forOrigiat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Alderweireld
  • 6Witsel
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 9R Lukaku
  • 10Hazard
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Bossut
  • 17Origi
  • 22Chadli
  • 23Ciman
Referee:
Ben Williams
Attendance:
61,397

Match Stats

Home TeamSouth KoreaAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, South Korea 0, Belgium 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, South Korea 0, Belgium 1.

Foul by Lee Yong (South Korea).

Divock Origi (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea).

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Anthony Vanden Borre (Belgium) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

Attempt saved. Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a cross.

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Daniel van Buyten.

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Yong.

Attempt saved. Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ji Dong-Won.

Hand ball by Jan Vertonghen (Belgium).

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea).

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Eden Hazard replaces Kevin Mirallas.

Kim Young-Gwon (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Divock Origi (Belgium).

Foul by Lee Yong (South Korea).

Divock Origi (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Ji Dong-Won (South Korea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yun Suk-Young.

Attempt missed. Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! South Korea 0, Belgium 1. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

Attempt blocked. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ji Dong-Won.

Lee Yong (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Belgium).

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

Yun Suk-Young (South Korea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

Substitution

Substitution, South Korea. Ji Dong-Won replaces Son Heung-Min.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Hong Jeong-Ho.

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Hong Jeong-Ho.

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia330079
2Greece3111-24
3Ivory Coast3102-13
4Japan3012-41

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica321037
2Uruguay320106
3Italy3102-13
4England3012-21

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France321067
2Switzerland320116
3Ecuador311104
4Honduras3003-70

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina330039
2Nigeria311104
3Bos-Herze310203
4Iran3012-31

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany321057
2USA311104
3Portugal3111-34
4Ghana3012-21

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium330039
2Algeria311114
3Russia3021-12
4South Korea3012-31
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