Mertens Amazing Goal Belgium vs Algeria 2 -1… by edn-qrz02
Until Marc Wilmots made the changes that produced two quite brilliant goals in the final 20 minutes, Belgium were in danger of turning into England of the more recent past here on Tuesday.
A ‘golden generation’ of talent, a squad seemingly overflowing with big-money individuals, that comes together for the national team to play stuttering, stagnant football.
They were dreadful, a goal down and playing nothing like as well as they should have been given the players they have at their disposal; the third most expensive squad in the competition behind Brazil and Spain based purely on transfer fees.
The England players to which one refers might wish to point to the fact that, as awful as they were against Algeria four years ago, they did at least stop them scoring in one of the most mind-numbing, goalless and utterly soulless encounters in World Cup history.
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Van Buyten, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele (Fellaini 65), Chadli (Mertens 46), De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku (Origi 58).
Subs: Mignolet, Vermaelen, Mirallas, Defour, Lombaerts, Januzaj, Vanden Borre, Ciman, Bossut.
Goals: Fellaini 70, Mertens 80.
Algeria: M’Bolhi, Halliche, Bougherra, Medjani (Ghilas 84), Ghoulam, Bentaleb, Mostefa, Taider, Mahrez (Lacen 71), Soudani (Slimani 66), Feghouli.
Subs: Si Mohamed, Belkalem, Mesbah, Yebda, Brahimi, Cadamuro, Djabou, Mandi, Zemmamouche.
Goal: Feghouli 25pen.
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)