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South Korea

Belgium

Thu - Jun 26 4:00 pm

Stadium

CitySão Paulo
StadiumEstádio Beira-Rio

Lineups

Lineups
Kim Seung-Gyu
Hong Jeong-Ho
Kim Young-Gwon
Lee Yong
Yun Suk-Young
Ki Sung-Yueng
Lee Chung-Yong (c)
Koo Ja-Cheol
Han Kook-Young
Kim Shin-Wook
Son Heung-Min
Thibaut Courtois
Daniel Van Buyten
Jan Vertonghen
Nicolas Lombaerts
Anthony Vanden Borre
Mousa Dembélé
Marouane Fellaini
Kevin Mirallas
Steven Defour
Adnan Januzaj
Dries Mertens

Report

Just enough - that was Belgium's model during the group stage. The Belgians, picked by some as outside threats to win the tournament, won all three of their games in Group H, with decisive late goals against Algeria, Russia and South Korea. But they have hardly set the tournament alight. In fact, they may be the least impressive team ever to finish the group stage with the maximum of 9 points. Once again, against South Korea on Thursday, Belgium seemed to sleepwalk through most of the game. The low point came at the end of the first half, when Steven Defour was sent off for a studs-first challenge. Even with only 10 men, though, Belgium looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and managed to snatch a late winner with a goal from defender Jan Vertonghen. It's hard to say they deserved to win, but that has become a pattern. Now, Belgium faces the United States in the Round of 16. Jurgen Klinsmann will no doubt be optimistic about the Americans' chances, after watching this trio of tepid Belgian performances. With players like Eden Hazard and Dries Merten, however, Belgium has plenty of firepower that will keep Klinsmann up for the next several nights. So far, even as the Belgians have looked pedestrian, no one has managed to keep them off the score sheet. For South Korea, this was a disappointing end to a disappointing World Cup. Up a man for the whole second half, they still had a chance (albeit a mostly mathematical chance) to go through to the knockout rounds. But they failed to create many opportunities to score, failed to finish any of the opportunities they created and, ultimately, failed to make any meaningful impression on this tournament. Now they face the USA in the Round of 16 on Tuesday at 4pm - no one could have predicted that it was actually possible for the USA to get to the Quarter Finals - and if they do it will probably be against Argentina - now THAT will be the biggest game in US Football history, you can bet on it.
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