FIFA World Cup

Belgium vs. Algeria: Live Player Ratings for Both Sides

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Carl Medjani of Algeria tackles Moussa Dembele of Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Belgium and Algeria at Estadio Mineirao on June 17, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

Belgium are one of the dark horses for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and they got their campaign up and running with a win over African outfit Algeria on Tuesday in Group H.

At the break Algeria led 1-0 thanks to Sofiane Feghouli's penalty, after a foul by Jan Vertonghen, and the African side looked solid and comfortable for an hour or so.

Belgium's substitutes did the trick though, with Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens scoring the goals to record another turnaround victory in this World Cup.

Here are all the player ratings and analysis from the game.

Belgium Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Courtois66
Alderweireld67
Vertonghen45
van Buyten67
Kompany66
de Bruyne67
Witsel78
Chadli5n/a
Dembele65
Hazard67
Lukaku55
Mertensn/a8
Origin/a7
Fellainin/a8
b/r

Half time analysis for Belgium

Courtois: Hasn't had much to do, couldn't save the penalty.

Alderweireld: Has roamed forward at times to provide support.

Vertonghen: Silly penalty conceded.

van Buyten: Has had the most touches of the ball of any player.

Kompany: Recycling the ball but not looking dominant.

de Bruyne: Set piece delivery is disappointing.

Witsel: Two shots from range have tested the keeper.

Dembele: Needs to move the ball on quicker.

Chadli: Has been busy shooting, but not really with clear chances.

Hazard: His dribbling is the only up-tempo part of the Belgian game.

Lukaku: Surrounded by defenders but needs to hold ball up better.

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Full time analysis for Belgium

Courtois: Didn't have anything to do after the break but watch a header drift wide.

Alderweireld: Much better going forward and provided some dangerous crosses.

Vertonghen: Not his best-ever performance by a long shot.

van Buyten: Strong defensively, though made a few hasty clearances.

Kompany: Completed nine out of 10 long passes.

de Bruyne: Better in the second half, delivered a great ball for the equaliser.

Witsel: A powerful performance all-round.

Dembele: Subbed, a candidate to come out the team.

Chadli: Subbed at the break.

Hazard: Came to life after the equaliser and set up the winning goal.

Lukaku: Didn't have a big impact.

Mertens: Excellent. Brought pace, direct running and the winning goal.

Origi: Could have scored one of his own.

Fellaini: Great header to equalise and almost had a second.

 

Algeria Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Mbolhi77
Bougherra77
Ghoulam76
Halliche77
Mostefa65
Bentaleb77
Medjani77
Mahrez76
Feghouli87
Taider65
Soudani65
Slimanin/a5
Lacenn/a5
Ghilasn/a6
b/r

Half time analysis for Algeria

M'Bolhi: Made a few good saves, routine enough performance.

Mostefa: Not going infield with Hazard but holding line well.

Bougherra: Organised and composed at the back.

Halliche: Has made four tackles and three clearances already.

Ghoulam: Staying narrow, denying space for attackers.

Medjani: Just seven passes made so far.

Feghouli: The out-ball for Algeria and their penalty goalscorer.

Taider: Could use the ball a bit better.

Bentaleb: More touches of the ball than any non-defender for his team.

Mahrez: Working hard off the ball.

Soudani: Not much impact so far.

Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

 

Full time analysis for Algeria

M'Bolhi: Couldn't do anything about the goals, good otherwise.

Mostefa: Didn't really keep up with the movement infield.

Halliche: Made eight clearances, the most on his team.

Bougherra: A rock at the back, but couldn't keep Belgium out all game long.

Ghoulam: Pivoted well but struggled to cope with Mertens.

Medjani: Closed down spaces and worked hard.

Feghouli: Algeria's best technical player but a quiet second half.

Taider: Didn't really stop Belgium playing or help his own side.

Bentaleb: Joins the defence to midfield with his receiving the ball and distribution.

Mahrez: No impact, subbed.

Soudani: Taken off after an hour.

Slimani: Held up the ball but not overly mobile.

Lacen: Brought on to shore up midfield, didn't work.

Ghilas: Only had six minutes.

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