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World Cup live blog: June 26

June 26, 2014

Two games at noon, U.S. vs. Germany and Ghana vs. Portugal, followed by two at 4, Belgium vs. South Korea and Algeria vs. Russia.

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Belgium's defender Daniel Van Buyten, right, and Belgium's midfielder Marouane Fellaini celebrate their win. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgium’s defender Daniel Van Buyten, right, and Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini celebrate their win. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

With their one-goal win over South Korea, Beligum took the top-seed spot in Group H. And they did it with just 10 men for a large chunk of the game. Steven Defour was booked for the red card after he stepped on a Korean player’s ankle with his cleats. Luckily, no one was maimed. 

Here how the match’s stats worked out:

Korea Republic Belgium
0 Goals 1
0 Assists 0
18 Shots 15
12 Shots on Goal 10
8 Saves 11
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
12 Crosses 10
7 Corner Kicks 4
1 Offside 4
16 Fouls Committed 11
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 1
53% Ball Possession 47%
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Sofiane Feghouli, left, and Yacine Brahimi of Algeria celebrate. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Sofiane Feghouli, left, and Yacine Brahimi of Algeria celebrate. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

This game was intense up until the end, but it was the Algerians who emerged victorious to become the second African team to move forward. (The other is Nigeria.) This is the first time two African teams have advanced from the group stage at the same time.

For a while, Russia looked like they’d be able to squeak through, having taken the lead early with a Kokorin goal in minute 6. But thanks to a stellar header from Slimani, who goes by the name “Super Slim,” the Algerian were able to equalize in the second half and hold onto the draw for the necessary point they needed to advance.

Here’s how the stats shook out:

Algeria Russia
1 Goals 1
1 Assists 1
8 Shots 12
6 Shots on Goal 8
7 Saves 5
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
14 Crosses 20
3 Corner Kicks 4
2 Offside 3
15 Fouls Committed 13
3 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
44% Ball Possession 56%
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(Ryan Garza/AP)

(Ryan Garza/AP)

The next U.S. match has been determined. With a 1-0 win over South Korea, Belgium will face Team USA on Tuesday at 4 p.m. when they will fight in the knockout round to make it to the Top 8. Get your chants ready, folks!

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(Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

(Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

Apparently, the Algerian swatted the ball away causing a delay. He did not play. Hmm, well, whaddya know?

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(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

The resulting Russian free kick was easily staved off. Algeria is just minutes away now from clinching the draw they need to move on.

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South Korea's midfielder SonHeung-Min, right, is substituted by South Korea's defender Hong Jeong-Ho. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korea’s midfielder SonHeung-Min, right, is substituted by South Korea’s defender Hong Jeong-Ho. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Han Kookyoung, Kim Shinwook and Son Heung Min exited, while Lee Keunho, Kim Bokyung and Ji Dongwon have come in.

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(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

This looks street legal.

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This is the cherry on top of a great group round for the European team, who is likely to emerge from Group H as the No. 1 seed. Vertonghen hit the winner in.

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But, again, stretchers don’t often indicate the seriousness of an injury, or “injury” in some cases. So, Slimani suddenly feels better and there he is again on the pitch. Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking for Russia…

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Yacine Brahimi (Rungroj Yongrit /EPA)

Yacine Brahimi (Rungroj Yongrit /EPA)


Yacine Brahimi exited the pitch and Hassan Yebda entered. Algeria is aiming to shore up its defenses as they aim to hold onto the draw against an attacking Russian offense.

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Algeria's Carl Medjani, left, and Russia's Oleg Shatov (Michael Sohn/AP)

Algeria’s Carl Medjani, left, and Russia’s Oleg Shatov (Michael Sohn/AP)


Oleg Shatov left the pitch and Alan Dzagoev came on. Russia needs a goal to stay alive in the tournament.

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It’s amazing what sports can do, right? This was this guy’s reaction after Algeria equalized.

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Glad to see Lucifer’s excitement isn’t tempered by the 0-0 score right now.

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It came on the free kick assist (after a Russian yellow card) that connected to an awesome header from Super Slim Slimani. Of course, the green laser pointer that some fan was shining in the Russian goalkeeper Akinfeev’s eyes probably didn’t help…

In any case, if this score holds, Algeria will go through and Russia will go home.

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(Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

(Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sofiane Feghouli (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

Sofiane Feghouli (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

What is it about this World Cup? On Wednesday, Ecuador’s Christian Naboa played with blood seeping through a shoddy bandage and now Algeria’s Feghouli is, too.

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Had he aimed just slightly differently, the ball would’ve sailed into the net and Russia would’ve been up 2-0. Instead, it was stopped. It’s still 1-0 with Russia in the lead.

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After watching the U.S.-Germany match on Air Force One, the president leads a chant of “U-S-A!” at an appearance in Minnesota.

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Denis Glushakov exited in exchange for Igor Denisov. Both play midfield.

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