SOUTH KOREA 0 – 1 BELGIUM
Belgium won against the Koreans with only ten men to grab the top spot in their group and go on to face United States of America in the last 16.
South Korea needed a win to give them enough points after their victory for qualification from the group stages. However they really have not been high scorers in this tournament and they never would score in this game, leaving them at the bottom of their group and only a single point from all their group games played.
The game progressed towards what could have been a goalless draw (despite the fact that 1 point wouldn’t have helped Korea qualify) for over 75 minutes.
Belgium’s red card was not very controversial, it would be a dangerous tackle which caught Kim on his shin which gave the referee no choice but to send off Steven Defour.
Despite their disadvantage, Belgium played towards what would be a victory and only one man would get the vital goal which decided the result of the game – Jan Vertonghen scored the winner in the 76th minute when he tapped in after a Divock Origi shot was parried.
KEY PLAYERS: Ki Sung-yeung had attempts to score, including a 25-yard shot being turned around the post by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Divock Origi and Jan Vertonghen were both played crucial parts to the 3 points Belgium got.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.