Belgium vs. Russia: Live Player Ratings

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2014

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Aleksandr Kerzhakov of Russia reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Russia and South Korea at Arena Pantanal on June 17, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Belgium scored a late 1-0 win over Russia during a bland Group H match in Rio. Divock Origi's late strike ensures Marc Wilmots' side grabbed a much three points and confirmed their place in the knockout stages, despite playing poorly.

Russia also struggled in scorching conditions, and will need to win their final group game against Algeria to move on.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Vincent Kompany of Belgium looks on during the National Anthems 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 J
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Here's the complete set of player ratings for the match.

Belgium Ratings
PlayerHalf-Time RatingFull-Time Rating
Thibaut Courtois66
Toby Alderweireld44
Daniel Van Buyten57
Vincent Kompany66
Thomas VermaelenN/AN/A
Axel Witsel57
Marouane Fellaini65
Kevin De Bruyne87
Dries Mertens86
Eden Hazard59
Romelu Lukaku44
Jan VertonghenN/A6
Divock OrigiN/A8
Kevin MirallasN/A6

 Half-Time Analysis

Thibaut Courtois: A smart save from Fayzulin in the opening exchanges.

Toby Alderweireld: Barely offering anything down the right and is struggling to keep up with Kanunnikov. Lucky to not concede a penalty.

Daniel Van Buyten: Solid in the air, but looking susceptible from speedy counters. His positioning also remains suspect.

Vincent Kompany: Made one excellent tackle. Assured at the back.

Thomas Vermaelen: Anonymous before being subbed with injury. 

Axel Witsel: Quiet in the centre. Needs to impose himself physically. One poor shot wide.

Marouane Fellaini: Looks a different player to the Manchester United struggler we've come to expect. Is bombing into the box to decent effect.

Kevin De Bruyne: Energetic throughout the first half. Looked positive after winning possession in the centre.

Dries Mertens: Belgium's most incisive player so far. Continues to show trickery, ambition and confidence. Two shots wide of the goal. 

Eden Hazard: Isolated and man-marked. Lacking spark right now. 

Romelu Lukaku: Poor movement, lack of enthusiasm and runs into the box.

Substitutes: Jan Vertonghen with little to do so far.


Full-Time Analysis

Thibaut Courtois: Only ever troubled by Fayzulin. Didn't have much to deal with.

Toby Alderweireld: Continued to struggle with Kanunnikov. Lucky to not concede a penalty and received a booking for one of his mistimed tackles.

Daniel Van Buyten: Became came as Russia began to pressure. Powerful in the air, looked immovable when players ran at him.

Vincent Kompany: Composed at the back and put in a handful of key challenges.

Thomas Vermaelen: Anonymous before being subbed with injury. 

Axel Witsel: Grew into the game managed to break play up after suffering a heavy knock.

Marouane Fellaini: Failed to take up threatening positions in the second half. Lacked intensity and reverted back to poor form as the game progressed.

Kevin De Bruyne: Managed one quick break in the second half, but failed to assert the same type of influence he showed in the first.

Dries Mertens: Completely marked out of the game after halftime. Despite being excellent in the first half, will be disappointed with his lack of end product.

Eden Hazard: Grew into the match and played a world-class final 10 minutes. Assisted Origi's winner with a scintillating run.

Romelu Lukaku: A lackluster performance before being subbed. The anger he showed on the bench should have made it onto the pitch.


Jan Vertonghen: Solid performance, but needed to get closer to the Russian wingers.

Divock Origi: Lively when he came onto the pitch. A smart finish from Hazard's ball to win the match.

Kevin Mirallas: Hit the post with a low free-kick. Should have scored late on with a side-footed shot from close range.

Russia Ratings
PlayerHalf-Time RatingFull-Time Rating
Igor Akinfeev67
Alexey Kozlov55
Sergey Ignashevich67
Dmitry Kombarov35
Vasili Berezutskiy56
Denis Glushakov56
Alexander Kokorin45
Oleg Shatov58
Alexander Samedov55
Victor Fayzulin76
Maxim Kanunnikov87
Andrey EshchenkoN/A6
Alan DzagoevN/AN/A
Alexander Kerzhakov N/AN/A

Half-Time Analysis

Igor Akinfeev: Solid enough when pressured. No signs of the shaky keeper we saw against South Korea. 

Alexey Kozlov: Looking to find space down the right, but is playing a key part in keeping Hazard quiet. 

Sergey Ignashevich: Is throwing himself in front of shots. Is committed in everything he does.

Dmitry Kombarov: Struggling against Mertens, desperately needs help from his winger.

Vasili Berezutskiy: Play passing him by right now. No particular highlights or lowlights.

Denis Glushakov: Struggling to get forward as much as anticipated, but looks dangerous when he finds space.

Alexander Kokorin: Should have scored with a simple header. Decent movement to find space, but poor finish.

Oleg Shatov: Hasn't managed to find space and is stuck in a jam-packed midfield.

Alexander Samedov: Looks to break forward down the right, but his crosses have failed to test the Belgian defence. 

Victor Fayzulin: Tested Courtois with a soft shot, also wasteful from another opportunity.

Maxim Kanunnikov: Russia's key man so far. Unlucky not to have won a penalty with a quality run.


Full-Time Analysis

Igor Akinfeev: Made a handful of solid saves. Got over his mistake against South Korea.

Alexey Kozlov: Substituted as Hazard grew into the game. Plenty of effort, but lacked real quality. 

Sergey Ignashevich: A battering ram at the back. Fully committed to block every shot.

Dmitry Kombarov: Failed to halt Mertens in the first half, but looked far more assured when Capello tightened the pack.

Vasili Berezutskiy: A quiet performance, but kept things ticking with smart passes.

Denis Glushakov: One of Russia's more positive performers, linked well with the Shatov.

Alexander Kokorin: Failed to take his one clear opportunity and eventually out-battled by Kompany.

Oleg Shatov: Much better in the second half. Took control of the ball and dictated Russia's attacking play. Ultimately, couldn't find the killer ball.

Alexander Samedov: Didn't influence the game like he can. Halted down the right when he decided to make the run.

Victor Fayzulin: Called Courtois into action early on. Didn't take up attacking positions in the second half and couldn't find space.

Maxim Kanunnikov: More than capable of turning Alderweireld inside out, but didn't receive the ball nearly enough in the second half.


Andrey Eshchenko: One burst down the right saw him shoot wide.

Alan Dzagoev: Barely a touch when he came on.

Alexander Kerzhakov: No time to influence the game.