The Belgium national team beat Algeria this Tuesday (17 June) for the first match under Group H of the World Cup at the Mineirão stadium. A total of 56,800 people attended the 2-1 come-from-behind triumph for the Belgians. This was the second World Cup match in the Mineirão - in the first, Colombia beat Greece by 3-0 for Group C in 14 June.
Algeria opened the score sheet at the 23rd minute with a penalty kick shot by forward Feghouli. The Belgian comeback started in the second half: Fellaini, who had entered the match in the 63rd minute, scored with a header at the 69th minute after a cross by De Bruyne. Mertens scored the second goal after a counter-attack built by Hazard from the left flank.
This was the match with the most fouls in the World Cup 2014 so far: Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez scored a total of 38 fouls throughout.
The other match for the Group's first round will be between Russia and South Korea this Tuesday at the Pantanal Arena (Cuiabá) at 6 PM Cuiabá time (7 PM Brasília time).
Belgium is back on the pitch next Sunday (22 June) against Russia in Maracanã (in Rio de Janeiro). Algeria's next challenge is South Korea, also on 22 June, in the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.