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Zunaid
June 11, 2014, 02:11 AM
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One World
June 16, 2014, 07:02 PM
Russia will win the world cup MMW.

Sohel
June 17, 2014, 01:26 AM
Algeria versus Belgium, another team which deludes itself into believing that they're on the verge of becoming elite. Sure, the influx of immigrant players has made them a much better side like many other European countries, but they're not on the verge of anything. The Algerians are a technically gifted side with serious pace, but have issues with the last ball in and finishing. Both Zidane and Benzema have Algerian roots. I'll be rooting for Algeria but see a 1-1 draw.

Team Profile: ALGERIA
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Team Profile: BELGIUM
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Sohel
June 17, 2014, 01:38 AM
S. Korea versus Russia. The Koreans have strong, technically sound players but lack the tactical cohesion they've shown since 2002. But their defense has been beautifully organized by Coach Hong Myung Bo, one of the finest sweepers to play the game in Asia and beyond. The Russians are incredibly inconsistent and depend on which Russia shows up to play. I see them attacking throughout the match, Koreans resisting with poise, and then scoring on lightening quick counterattack with guys who have no finishing issues. 1-0 Korea with their passionate fans partying all night long everywhere including Dhaka. Drinking, eating and group singing their way to bed 48 hours later.

Team Profile: SOUTH KOREA
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Team Profile: RUSSIA
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BengaliPagol
June 17, 2014, 04:48 AM
Belgium's rise to the top has been something special. In such a small country it's amazing how many superstars they have managed to create with the likes of Kompany, Hazard, Lukaku, Benteke, Fellaini, Januazaj etc. Their team is also very young as well so it's just an added bonus. Their next generation also looks bright as there has been a lot of hype about Thorgan Hazard who is apparently better than his older bro Eden.

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 10:46 AM
Belgium starting XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany (c), Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard, Van Buyten, Dembele, Chadli.

Algeria starting XI: Mbolhi, Bougherra (c), Ghoulam, Halliche, Feghouli, Medjani, Bentaleb, Soudani, Taider, Mahrez, Mostefa.

reverse_swing
June 17, 2014, 10:58 AM
I reckon Belgium will surprise everyone this time!

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:13 AM
11 mins gone ..... 0-0 so far

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:17 AM
poor finishing ...

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:21 AM
good save by the Algerian keeper .... ...

Belgium are starting to control the game

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:23 AM
penalty ............ to Algeria

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:24 AM
Feghouli scores ..... Algeria leads 1-0

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:27 AM
Algerians are now looking to defend with all men behind the ball

Sohel
June 17, 2014, 11:28 AM
1-0 Algeria. Darn those experts :floor:

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:32 AM
Belgium cannot get the space to break the organized Algerians ...

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:38 AM
free kick to Belgium in a good position

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:39 AM
40 mins gone ...... Algerians holding on well.....

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:41 AM
I don't think Algeria had a shot at goal except that penalty ....

Belgium had all those possession not threatinng a goal

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:46 AM
half time ... Belgium leads ... ...

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:51 AM
time to have some mango at the innings break

Sohel
June 17, 2014, 11:54 AM
Wow! The Algerian defense is something to behold. Classic Italian defense. Tremendously organized and executed by physically imposing and technically proficient warriors all on the same page, all finding ways to have your opponent kill time by hovering around a spiral parameter in front of an excellent goalie. Don't be surprised if they defend this 1-0 lead. It's just a matter of time before you can counterattack with wicked pace and bury the chance you get. If not, just turn the ball over and have them kill more time trying to penetrate your defenses, and force them into desperate errors. Brilliant tactics and execution against a superior offense so far.

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 11:59 AM
Wow! The Algerian defense is something to behold. Classic Italian defense. Tremendously organized and executed by physically imposing and technically proficient warriors all on the same page, all finding ways to have your opponent kill time by hovering around a spiral parameter in front of an excellent goalie. Don't be surprised if they defend this 1-0 lead. It's just a matter of time before you can counterattack with wicked pace and bury the chance you get. If not, just turn the ball over and have them kill more time trying to penetrate your defenses, and force them into desperate errors. Brilliant tactics and execution against a superior offense so far.

like ...... Belgium look clueless against this defense ...

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:01 PM
match resumes

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:05 PM
so cloe ,,,, but yet so far

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:15 PM
Belgium makhes theirsecond subsub ....

ORigi on

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:17 PM
hour gone..... half-an hour left

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:21 PM
Belgium make the 3rd and final sub ...

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:26 PM
1-1 ..... fellaini equalises

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:28 PM
18 mins left for somebody to grab an winner

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:36 PM
wonderfull attack and a goal ..... ... mertens give Belgians the lead .....

now what can Algeria do

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:39 PM
almost a third ... good save by the gK

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:43 PM
3 minutes left for Algeria ....

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:47 PM
STOPPAGE TIME ......

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 12:50 PM
Belgium wins .... ...

al-Sagar
June 17, 2014, 04:57 PM
Line-ups

Posted at


Russia starting XI: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Glushakov, Kokorin, Berezutskiy (c), Shatov, Zhirkov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Eshchenko, Kombarov.

South Korea starting XI: S R Jung, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo (c), K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong.

Sohel
June 18, 2014, 12:48 AM
Algeria demonstrated the qualitative difference between themselves and the Italians they were trying to emulate. Holding on to a 1-goal lead against a superior offense isn't easy. BTW, Marouane Fellaini is of Moroccan heritage. No love lost between the North African neighbors in sports to begin with, but now things just got worse.

Hong Myung Bo talked about how inexperienced his team is and we saw an excellent demonstration of that. Korea couldn't hold the lead. That said, I see these young guys doing great in 2018.

One World
June 21, 2014, 11:53 AM
Rusia should pay tribute to all their worthless victims over the centuries for a system so deceptive
they practiced knowingly acknowledging the faults.

They should win the world cup. It is now or never.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 01:33 AM
Korea-Algeria. Promises to be an excellent match provided both teams take a positive approach. Algeria have finishing issues but are a faster and stronger side with a well-organized defense. I think the Koreans would steal this one on a counterattack.

Belgium-Russia. Which Russia will show up today? We know which Belgium would show up. Belgium are likely winners in this one.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 10:23 AM
Team news

Belguim v Russia (17:00 BST)

Belgium make three changes to their side that beat Algeria 2-1 and it is bad news for Tottenham fans as Nacer Chadli, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele all drop to the bench. Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, a goalscorer against Algeria, comes in, as does Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen. Dries Mertens, who also scored in their first match, is the third new player.

Belgium starting XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vermaelen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Mertens, Hazard, Lukaku.

Two changes for the Russians that sees former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov only named as one of the substitutes. Fabio Capello keeps faith with goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Russia starting XI: Akinfeev, Kozlov, Ignashevich, Kanunnikov, Glushakov, Kokorin, Berezutskiy (c), Shatov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Kombarov.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 11:02 AM
kick off

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 11:17 AM
Lot of positive intent from the Russians. Their central defenders seem solid but the wing backs iffy. Good game so far.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 11:24 AM
Mertens is running amok on the right and not missing by much. Russia need to make some tactical adjustments or else.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 11:30 AM
The Belgians have excellent forwards but need something more creative than aerial balls to Lukaku.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 11:33 AM
Fellaini has excellent ball skills.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 11:34 AM
35 mins gone .... no goals yet

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 11:41 AM
Belgian defense: in good Kompany.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 11:45 AM
What a miss from Kokorin. Completely unmarked and at the end of a perfect cross. Russia's best chance so far.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 11:47 AM
Jiru-Jiru at the half. Evenly poised match. Both sides had their chances.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:01 PM
A dude's holding up a sign that says "Fellaini marry me".

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:04 PM
Chowdhury Jafrullah Sharaphat: "Eeden Hejard", no relation to the cricketer "Eeden Bili-Jard".

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:06 PM
Witsel just got Aussie-Ruled by the Russian number 6.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 12:11 PM
still 0-0, 53 mins gone

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 12:14 PM
lukaku off ..... origin on

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:14 PM
Lukaku subbed.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:17 PM
De Bryune wins the ball and makes a good run. Good player.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:20 PM
Andrey Yeshchenko: fresh legs.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:21 PM
Good ball perfectly read and dealt with by Kompany.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:23 PM
The Russians are pressing hard but no opportunities by either team so far compared to the scoreless first half.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:27 PM
Maracana is the Mecca of soccer and deserves a better game than this. Too many teams qualify from Europe and not enough from South America and Africa. I'd much rather see Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco or Zambia than these guys.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:31 PM
Misses by a mile. Mertens taken out.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:36 PM
Jiru imezi-neshon.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:38 PM
Yeshchenko set up nicely but fires wide as expected.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:39 PM
Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Bhua! G'eli! The worst game of the tournament so far.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:41 PM
Belgians hit the post from a free kick. Capello disgusts me with his Riyad-like mindset.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:44 PM
Great turn by Hazard inside the box.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:46 PM
Origi scores to move Belgium into the next round. Uchit shikkha for Russia for hiring Capello as coach.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 12:50 PM
Belgium score very late .......... and its now stoppage time

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 12:51 PM
belgium through to next round

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 12:53 PM
Whoever wins the Korea-Algeria game would put themselves in a great position to qualify. Exciting match ahead.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 01:55 PM
South Korea: S R Jung, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo, K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong.

Algeria: Mbolhi, Bouguerra, Halliche, Mesbah, Feghouli, Brahimi, Medjani, Slimani, Bentaleb, Djabou, Mandi.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 01:58 PM
Here we go. May the best team win, but I'll be rooting for our fellow Asians.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:01 PM
Come on Hanguk! You have what it takes guys!!!

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:05 PM
Zidaneque skills from Bentaleb to draw that free kick. Almost broke out of a gauntlet of 4 defenders surrounding him with three quick touches. Fine young player. Just 19 years old. Korean defense got away with some really sloppy play there.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:07 PM
Physical play from the Hanguk defense. Fouls galore. Better be careful guys.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 02:07 PM
Algeria started the game better

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:08 PM
Algeria will win if the Koreans play like this.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:11 PM
Hong Myung Bo! What a fabulous libero he was. The first Korean world class player alongside Cha Bum Kun back in the day.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:14 PM
Lovely skill from Heung Min but one touch too many. Had no realistic options really. Well defended in the end.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:17 PM
Khalish: longballer. Should play for Italy.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:18 PM
CY Park is not having a good game.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:20 PM
Great ball to Slimani. Ripped through the defense.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 02:25 PM
25 mins gone but still zero zero

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:25 PM
Big Kabyle player flattens the Korean captain.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 02:26 PM
burst through the defense and scores

Algeria 1

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:26 PM
What a goal from Slimani. Looked dangerous from the start. 1-0 Algeria.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:27 PM
The Desert Foxes want more.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 02:28 PM
and 2-0

korea are doomed

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:28 PM
Khalish heads in the second one from a corner. 2-0 Algeria.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:29 PM
This is why Algeria need to play positive soccer.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:30 PM
Koreans have a history of coming back strong. Algeria need another one at the least.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:32 PM
Bad last ball in, but that was nicely put together by Hanguk.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:36 PM
Good to see the Magrebi still coming forward. Staying positive. No complacency at all.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:38 PM
Djabou scores! Now Korea are really doomed. 3-0 Algeria. Atrocious defending.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:40 PM
Algerians close-in on advancing Korean forwards so quickly.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:45 PM
Really impressed by the Hanguk number 12 Lee Yong. Fine defender in 1-on-1 situations.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 02:48 PM
3-0 Algeria at the half. The Magrebi were clearly the better team and deserve to be ahead.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 02:49 PM
Algeria got this one ..... cant see the koreas coming back

One World
June 22, 2014, 02:54 PM
A thrilling 5 min span and as the difference increased the goal quality improved.

Kudos Africana..

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:05 PM
Great hustle from Hanguk to start the second half. Riyad don't eat no kimchee!

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:07 PM
Koreans pull one back, well deserved! 3-1.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 03:08 PM
korea gets 1 back .... still 2 more is the defeicit

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:10 PM
Headed to goal but well taken by the Asian keeper. Then a good attack by Koreans. Hanguk are rattling the Magrebi defense now.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:17 PM
What a strike from the Korean! What a save!

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 03:19 PM
4-1 .... wonderfull ..... what a goal

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:20 PM
Hanguk have taken residence in the Magrebi half of the field. Love the attitude. Riyad don't eat no Bi Bim Bhap.

Algerians score on the counterattack and a composed finish by Brahimi. 4-1 Algeria and it's really over for the Asians now.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:22 PM
Koreans won't give up. Not in the Hanguk character to do such things. Riyad don't eat no Bul Go Gi.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 03:25 PM
only 23 mins left .... surely over for korea ....

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:28 PM
Koreans will keep fighting 'til the end no matter how impossible it may be to win from where they are. That's the way they are. Seen it all my life. Was engaged for 5 years to a Korean woman. Riyad don't eat no Kimchi Jige.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 03:29 PM
2-4 ....... still enough time ????

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:29 PM
Koreans pull another one back. Hanguk persistence pays off. Admirable race. Riyad don't eat no Kim Bhap.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:31 PM
What a strike saved by Rais.

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:38 PM
Kim Shin-wook is 6'-5"!

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:43 PM
Slimani's back on the pitch. He was wasting time. What a Riyad move! Riyad do eat cous-cous and merguez!

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 03:44 PM
3 more minutes ... time running out

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:45 PM
Terrible shot from Kim Shin-wook!

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:50 PM
7th corner for Korea.

al-Sagar
June 22, 2014, 03:50 PM
stoppage time

Sohel
June 22, 2014, 03:51 PM
Great effort from Hanguk in the second half but the Magrebi scored simply too many in the first. As simple as that.

Tigers_eye
June 24, 2014, 01:13 PM
Russia ki out hoisey?

Sohel
June 24, 2014, 01:30 PM
Russia ki out hoisey?

Not yet. Algeria's in second place with 3 and the bottom two teams in the group have 1 point, so the number two spot is still open for Russia or Korea with a game to go, provided Algeria lose. If both Russia and Korea win, then each will have 4 points and go to goal differential.

Tigers_eye
June 25, 2014, 03:23 PM
Russia will win the world cup MMW.YWHBM.

(Your word has been marked)

Sohel
June 25, 2014, 10:37 PM
I hope the Algerians stay positive and play to win today. Koreans would give Belgium a fight no matter what.

One World
June 26, 2014, 10:31 PM
No justice for Russians from this depleted dispirited convoy.

al-Sagar
June 27, 2014, 03:36 AM
congratz to Belgium and Algeria for qualifying to the 2nd Round