Belgium finally turned their domination to goals as Algeria, despite scoring their first goal in 28 years at the world cup couldn’t cope with the pace and direct running of Hazard, Origi and Mertens.
Belgium dominated the game from kick off but found it next to impossible to break down what was a dogged Algerian defense and in the 24th minute, Vertonghen went in a bit too hard on Feghouli and a penalty was awarded. Feghouli stepped up and coolly slotted home the penalty. In the second half, Belgium were a bit more direct and when De Bruyne floated in a beautiful cross from the left, Fellaini was on hand to head it home exquisitely in the 70th minute. Ten minutes later, Belgiums blistering pace on the counter caught the Algerians out as Hazard squared the ball to Mertens who was unmarked in the box and the Napoli man unleashed a ferocious shot that put the Belgians ahead.
Asides the penalty the Algerians never really posed any goal threat and for their dominance all game long, the Belgians will feel victory today is no less than they deserve.