Belgium vs Algeria
Figure: Belgium face a team from Group G in the second round
Belgium supporters packed an arena in Antwerp to watch the match unfold
on a big screem
配图：Belgium supporters packed an arena in Antwerp to watch the match
unfold on a big screem（好霸气的观望比赛之措施）
Belgium substitute Divock Origi grabbed a winner two minutes from time against Russia to take his side into the last 16.
Alexander Kokorin missed the best chance of a lifeless opening half,
heading wide from six yards.
- Alexander Kokorin浪费了同一不行绝佳的头球。
Substitute Kevin Mirallas hit a post with Belgium’s first shot on
target with six minutes remaining.
- Kevin Mirallas 担任比利时先锋，现效力英超球队爱华顿。
But Origi turned in from Eden Hazard’s cross to take Marc Wilmots’ team
into the knock-out phase.
- Marc Wilmots比利时队教练。
Russia’s hopes of following them into the last 16 now hinge on their
final group match against Algeria.
Fabio Capello’s side were better than in their 1-1 draw with South Korea
but still lacked a cutting edge and Belgium found a way to win despite
an unconvincing display.
- Fabio Capello俄罗斯队训练，曾执教多开顶级俱乐部。
- lacked a cutting edge， 缺少一锤定音的先锋
Origi, 19, impressed when he came off the bench in the opening 2-1
victory over Algeria and, once again, the Lille forward did well when he
replaced Romelu Lukaku – who appeared far from happy with the decision –
early in the second half.
- bench， 长凳子指替补席
They may have six points from two matches, but Belgium – who lost
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen to injury – will have to play far
better to continue their progress.
Another player do well coming on against Algeria, Dries Mertens was
given a starting place and carried all of Belgium’s threat down the
right flank in the first half.
- right flank, 右路
The Napoli winger had an effort blocked after a fine run and, following
Kevin de Bruyne’s surge forward, he attempted to feed Romelu Lukaku
rather than shooting from a good position.
- Napoli, 意大利那么不勒斯俱乐部
They went close themselves when Viktor Fayzluin’s low effort was pushed
away by Thibaut Courtois, who also made a scrambling stop from Maksim
Kokorin should have opened the scoring just before the interval but he
glanced a header wide at the far post from Denis Glushakov’s fine cross.
Glushakov thumped a wild effort off target from a narrow angle as the
second half started at an even lower tempo with both sides appearing
content with a draw.
Andrey Eschenko dragged an effort wide after a decent Russian move, then
Everton winger Mirallas was denied by the foot of a post.
Hazard drove wide after breaking into the area but the Chelsea forward
made a more decisive contribution in the 88th minute, breaking down the
left flank and pulling back for Origi to score.
Belgium manager Marc Wilmots:
“[Origi] is in a good space right now. He’s 19 years old. It was a bit
of a surprise since he was an unknown before I selected him. Now
everyone knows who he is.
“It was a hard game because the Russians were expecting us – the players
were tired, it was hot, the Russians were already cramping up after 60
“It was not an easy match but I think we deserved to win it.”
Goals from Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens saw Belgium come
from behind to beat Algeria in their World Cup Group H opener in
Russia manager Fabio Capello:
“I am very happy with the performance the team and I thought the result
“The truth of the matter is we had chances to win it but we lost. Both
teams gave it their all and unfortunately it was Belgium that was able
to make it.
“We have to look forward and I said when we came to play in this World
Cup after being absent for 12 years that this will be a great help for
us to understand the level we need to be at in future competitions.”
The north African side took a shock lead when Sofiane Feghouli scored
from the spot after being fouled by Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.
- spot 点球的要命点
- foul 犯规
- Tottenham 托特纳姆热刺足球俱乐部
Manchester United’s Fellaini, a second-half substitute,**
equalised** with a looping header shortly after coming on.
- substitute 替补
- equalised 追平
- looping header 带弧线的头球？
And Mertens scored the winner when he finished off a swift
- counter-attack: an attack made as an offset or reply to another
attack. 防守反击, swift counter-attack快速的防守反击。
The 80th-minute strike prompted an eruption of relief from the
Belgium bench, not least from coach Marc Wilmots, who had spent most of
the match looking understandably pensive.
- erupt： if fighting, violence, noise etc erupts, it starts suddenly
- Marc Wilmots 比利时队主教练
His side had 65% possession but for most of the game found it
difficult to penetrate an Algeria defence marshalled by former
Rangers centre-half Madjid Bougherra.
- possession 控球
- penetrate 穿外露大门
- Rangers 苏格兰流浪者俱乐部
- Madjid Bougherra 阿尔及利亚后卫，现在失业中，无俱乐部雇佣他
The European side, the seeded team in the group and widely tipped to
do well in Brazil after an impressive qualifying campaign, fielded an
imposing starting XI, with the Chelsea pair of Eden Hazard and Romelu
Lukaku in attack, while Spurs’ Mousa
Dembele（马刺球员NBA勇夺冠军后赶赴巴西助阵比利时） and former Chelsea
man Kevin de Bruyne sat in midfield.
- tip： be likely to succeed
- Chelsea 英超切尔西俱乐部
- Spurs 托特纳姆热刺， NBA的马刺是San Antonio Spurs
Pre-tournament fifth favourites with some bookmakers, they looked
anything but for 69 minutes.
They were rocked in the 24th minute when forward Feghouli was hauled
down by Vertonghen in the area as he aimed to convert Faouzi
The Valencia player recovered to sidefoot a tame penalty past another
Blues player Thibaut Courtois, who dived the wrong way. That was
Algeria’s first World Cup goal since 1986 – 506 minutes of football.
- Valencia 西甲巴伦西亚足球俱乐部
- sidefoot 角球，Kick (a ball) with the inside of the foot, especially
- Blues 蓝军切尔西
Belgium’s best early chances were from long distance and fell to Zenit
St Petersburg’s Axel Witsel, who had two efforts saved before
failing to convert a header.
*Zenit St Petersburg 圣彼得堡泽尼特足球俱乐部
The pattern changed with the Belgium substitutions. First to test the
goal was 19-year-old Lille striker Divock Origi, who forced a brilliant
low save from Rais Mbolhi.
- Lille 法甲里尔足球俱乐部
Gaps began to grow in a tiring Algeria defence, and a **fresh **
Fellaini took advantage of that when he outmuscled marker Carl Medjani
and flicked his effort beyond the reach of Mbolhi.
- outmuscle: to dominate or defeat by means of superior strength or
The winner came from a move that showed off Belgium’s attack at its
De Bruyne tackled Feghouli in his own half and when the ball found its
way to Hazard on the left, the PFA young player of the year sped down
the wing and fed Mertens（喂球）, who slammed his shot high into the
- tackle 抢断
Belgium almost grabbed a third through Fellaini, but Mbolhi produced
another good save from point-blank range.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots:
“It was a tough match but we were patient throughout and at the end we
“We stayed calm after doing a small mistake in the first half. We got a
new momentum. We saw that Algeria were getting more and more tired. At
half-time people were a bit down, but I said ‘don’t worry, we will score
and we will change totally the match’.”
** momentum 势头
Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic:
“It’s a major disappointment. I would have liked to have a couple of
tougher and more resilient players to resist their attacks but I don’t
have much of a choice.
“We missed a great opportunity here. But in the second half it was a bit
tough. We left too much space to the Belgian team and the two goals
scored against us were to be expected.”