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World Cup 2014: Origi with the late winner as Belgium edge Russia

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A late Belgium counter attack expertly finished by 19 year old substitute Divock Origi gave the tournament's dark horses a narrow 1-0 win against a stubborn Russian side that probably deserved a draw from a rather even contest.

Belgium boasted of all the star power on the pitch, but it was Russia who had the best chance of a scoreless first half with Alexander Kokorin missing a header from a few yards out.

Both teams made changes in the second period in the hope of manufacturing a breakthrough and one got the feeling it was not going to be Belgium's day when Kevin Mirallas hit the woodwork with his strike late in the game.

However, Origi, a late call-up to the national team despite scoring just 1 goal all season for his club Lille, doubled his return for the year with his first goal for Belgium with a perfectly executed finish after he was found by Eden Hazard's cross. The Chelsea superstar led a Belgium break in the 88th minute and put the ball on a plate for Origi to slam home from a few yards out.

The result books Belgium a place in the knockout rounds, while Russia will keep a nervous eye on the game between Korea and Algeria in the hoping for a favourable result.


Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vermaelen (Vertonghen - 31'); Witsel, Fellaini; De Bruyne, Mertens (Mirallas - 75'), Hazard; Lukaku (Origi - 57').

Russia: Akinfeev; Kozlov (Eshchenko - 62'), Ignashevich, Berezutskiy, Kombarov; Fayzulin, Glushakov; Kanunnikov, Shatov (Dzagoev - 83'), Samedov (Kerzhakov - 90'); Kokorin

Final Score: Belgium 1-0 Russia (Origi 88′)