ALGERIA until 70 minutes were close to the second World Cup sensation, but Belgium with goals from Fellaini and Mertens in the second half celebrated a 2:1 win in the first round of the Group H.

The Algerian national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic said before the game that he believes in a miracle, and a miracle happened in the 23rd minute when Vertonghen reckless in his penalty area crashed Feghouli, who took responsibility and checkmated Courtois for a 1-0 lead of Algeria.

Belgium in the first half was looking for a winning formula against the impenetrable wall of Algeria, but Marc Wilmots’ men played too slow and Algerians went to the half time with a minimum lead.

Belgium boss, Wilmots in the second half made two substitutions as he sent in Mertens and Fellaini, and it is a member of Manchester United who turned the game. Fellaini was unstoppable for Algeria players. In the 70th minute Fellaini bagged one cross from De Bruyne and levelled the score. Ten minutes later, another Wilmots substitute Dries Mertens from a counter attack scored for the final 2:1.

Belgium in the second round game plays against Russia, while Algeria will play against South Korea.

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