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FIFA World Cup 2014 Match Preview: Belgium v/s South Korea

Friday, 27 June 2014 - 12:16am IST | Place: undefined | Agency: DNA Webdesk
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Belgium play their last group match against South Korea. This match is a mere formality for Belgians as they have already qualified for the Round-of-16.

Though Belgium won their previous two group matches, they haven't played to their potential. Against Algeria, Belgium had a poor first half as they were a goal down, but somehow managed to score two goals in the second half. Similarly, against Russia, Belgium failed to score until the 89th minute, when Belgian substitute Divock Origi broke the dead-lock.

South Korea's perfomance hasn't been  good enough upto this stage. They drew 1-1 against Russia in their opening match and lost 4-2 against Algeria. Their striker Park Chu-Young has not yet got a shot on target in the previous two group matches.

Belgium captian Vincent Kompany will miss the match due to groin injury. Hazard and Lukaku are likely to be benched.

Key stats related to the match: 

*This will be the fourth game involving these sides and third to have taken place in a World Cup.

*This is the third time South Korea are facing Belgium at the World Cup, their joint-most faced opponent in the competition alongside Spain.

*South Korea have never beaten Belgium (D1 L2).

*Belgium have conceded just twice across the three previous matches played against South Korea.

*Sandy Martens bagged a brace during Belgium’s 2-1 victory over South Korea in June 1999; the last time these sides met.

*South Korea have won one of their last seven World Cup group games (D3 L3).

*24 of South Korea’s 31 World Cup goals have come after half-time (including one extra-time goal).

*South Korea have conceded 11 goals in their last four World Cup group matches – they conceded six in their preceding eight first phase fixtures.

*Belgium’s last five World Cup goals have come in the final 20 minutes of matches.

*Belgium come into this game having kept a clean sheet for the first time in eight World Cup fixtures.

*Belgium are unbeaten in eight World Cup group stage games (W3 D5).

*All three of Belgium’s goals at this tournament have been scored by substitutes.

 




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