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Belgium making their debut in the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a victory against Algeria after being down by a goal. It’s a super victory for Belgium because the winner goal scored by Italian Serie A player Napoli forward Dries Mertens who came as a substitute. Belgium are in Group H along Russia and South Korea.
Napoli having 1 player in each team: Forward Dries Mertens for Belgium and defender Faouzi Ghoulam with Algeria.
Serie A Players called up in FIFA World Cup Group A game Belgium – Algeria:
Belgium: 1 Italian Serie A player with Belgium National Football team:
- Napoli forward Dries Mertens played 45 minutes replacing forward in the 46th minute and scoring the winner goal in the 80th minute.
Algeria: 4 Italy Serie A players with Algeria National Football team:
- Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, played all 90 minutes
- Livorno defender Djamel Mesbah, not playing, listed as a substitute (Livorno relegated to Serie B next season)
- Inter Milan midfielder Saphir Taider, played all 90 minutes
- Udinese midfielder Hassan Yebda, not playing, listed as a substitute
It is Algeria to open the score in the 24th minute after Referee Marco Rodriguez granted a penalty to Algeria. Penalty conceded by Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen after a foul on Algeria midfielder Sofiane Feghouli. It is Feghouli to convert the penalty with a right footed shot defeating Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the center.
Forward Dries Mertens replacing forward Nacer Chadli in the 45th minute.
Belgium equalizing in the 70th minute with midfielder Marouane Fellaini defeating Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi with a headed shot in the top right corner.
In the 80th minute, there you go, Belgium taking the lead following a fast break with the winner goal by forward Dries Mertens defeating Algeria goalkeeper M’Bolhi in the top right corner. Surely, Napoli fans must be cheering for the goal too.
Click the video to watch the goal by Belgium and Napoli forward Dries Mertens against Algeria.
Belgium 2- 1 Algeria
Tuesday 17 June 2014
Referee: Marco RODRIGUEZ (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin TORRENTERA (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcos QUINTERO (MEX)
Fourth official: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
GOALS: 24′ Feghouli (A), 71′ Fellaini, 79′ Mertens (B.)
Official formations – lineups:
BELGIUM (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen; Dembelé (64′ Fellaini), Witsel; De Bruyne, Chadli (46′ Mertens), Hazard; Lukaku (58′ Origi).
Subs not used: Mignolet, Bossut, Ciman, Lombaerts, Vermaelen, Vanden Borre, Defour, Januzaj, Mirallas.
ALGERIA (4-2-3-1): Mbolhi; Mostefa, Bougherra, Halliche, Ghoulam; Medjani (85′ Ghilas), Taider; Feghouli, Bentaleb, Mahrez (76′ Lacen); Soudani (65′ Slimani).
Subs not used: Si Mohamed, Zemmamouche, Belkalem, Cadamuro-Bentaïba, Mandi, Mesbah, Brahimi, Djabou, Yebda.
Booked: Bentaleb (A), Vertonghen (B.)