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Group H - Belgium 1 (Origi 87') Russia 0
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Group H - South Korea 2 (HM Son 49', JC Koo 71') Algeria 4 (Slimani 25', Halliche 27', Djabou 27', Brahimi 61')
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Group G - USA 2 (Jones 63', Dempsey 80') Portugal 2 (Almeida 4', Varela 90+4')
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Belgium want to finish Group H unbeaten after their 1-0 win over Russia saw them reach the World Cup knockout stages, star player Eden Hazard says. The forward conceded Marc Wilmots' side were not at their best this morning in Rio but were pleased to have recorded a second victory of the tournament.

Russia coach Fabio Capello was left reflecting on the positives though, with the team needing to secure victory against Algeria and hope other results go their way to have any hope of delaying their flight home from the World Cup.

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic has declared his delight at ending Algeria's 32-year wait for a victory at the World Cup. A breathtaking first-half performance contributed to a 4-2 Group H win over South Korea on Sunday, sending Algeria two points clear in second place with one game to go.

There was nothing but harsh words from Hony Myung-Bo though after he saw his side blown away in the first half. The South Korea coach admitted his players were 'subpar' and that his defence had 'crumbled' in the opening 45 minutes.


It might be too little too late, but Vicente del Bosque has announced that Pepe Reina will likely start in goal against Australia, with error-prone Iker Casillas dropped to the bench. Spain's fate has already been sealed, but they will look to salvage some pride against the winless Socceroos.

Cameroon coach Volker Finke has confirmed striker Samuel Eto'o will not start against Brazil in their World Cup finale. Finke revealed that while Eto'o had trained ahead of the match, he would not make the starting lineup as he continues to recover from a knee problem.

An improved defensive discipline has been the key to Costa Rica's success in Brazil, according to assistant coach Paulo Wanchope. Costa Rica secured a round of 16 berth at the World Cup with a shock 1-0 win over Italy in Recife, having already stunned Uruguay earlier in the competition.

We'll be in for a blockbuster as Chile take on Netherlands tomorrow morning. With Robin van Persie already on record saying that the Dutchmen will not settle for a draw, Chile's coach Jorge Sampaoli has likewise stated that his team will resist the urge to ease up despite having already qualified.

Roy Hodgson is relishing the prospect of continuing to lead England beyond their dismal World Cup campaign. The Football Association have thrown their support behind the manager, despite widespread calls for the sack.

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has scoffed at the situation though, believing Hodgson would have been sacked as a result of England's World Cup failure if he was not English. A case of sour grapes, maybe?


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