Africa hasn’t had too much to celebrate this World Cup but there is still hope for Ghana to qualify after a restoration of pride v Germany yesterday and Nigeria eliminated Bosnia in the late game, providing a notable boost, and Algeria are well capable of becoming the third different side from Africa to win against South Korea. They’d been written off before the tournament and also the opening game, but a side much changed from the one that bored England 0-0 in one of the most desperate games of South Africa four years ago gave Belgium plenty to think about before going down 2-1 and should fancy their chances here.
The Fennec Foxes took an early lead through Sofiane Feghuli’s penalty in the 24th minute and from then on were a constant nuisance to the Belgians on the break afterwards and had Marc Wilmots’s side worrying right until the final whistle and showed that they will be no pushovers for the South Koreans tonight. An opening draw from their opener with Russia was only fair enough given Igor Akinfeev’s howler and flattering considering how negative Capello’s men were until they went behind, as his side finished much the stronger in a game that saw neither side greatly impress. They looked blunt in attack against Russia and may have trouble breaking down an Algerian rearguard that stood impressively firm despite operations with just 32% possession against Belgium, and the Fennec foxes should feel more confident of creating chances today and represent clear value against vulnerable opponents.
3 pts Algeria (21/10 general)