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Friday 27 June 2014

World Cup review: Vertonghen maintains Belgium's perfect run

Spurs defender scores winner for 10-man Belgium, while Arsenal trio help Germany edge past USA

World Cup gallery of BPL players - 26 June

South Korea 0-1 Belgium

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen scored the only goal of the match as 10-man Belgium produced their third successive victory at the FIFA World Cup finals.

One of eight Barclays Premier League players to feature for the Diables Rouges, Vertonghen struck with 12 minutes remaining for a side that had been reduced in number when Steven Defour was sent off on the stroke of half-time.

Marc Wilmots' side had produced the better goalscoring chances during the first period, with Dries Mertens blazing over from eight yards with the goal at his mercy, but they held firm in the second half and maintained their 100% record when Vertonghen pounced after Divock Origi's shot had been parried by Kim Seung-yu to become the 19th player from the Barclays Premier League to score at these finals.

Belgium advanced to the round of 16 as Group H winners, while South Korea return home with only a point for their efforts.

BPL players to feature
South Korea:
 Yun Suk-young (Queens Park Rangers), Ki Sung-yeung (Swansea City).
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Man Utd), Kevin MIrallas (Everton; sub: 88), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Adnan Januzaj (Man Utd; sub: 60). Subs: Eden Hazard (Chelsea, 88), Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur, 60). Subs not used: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, on loan at Everton last season), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Vincent Kompany (Man City).
Goal: Vertonghen (78)
FIFA Man of the Match: Vertonghen

Algeria 1-1 Russia

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb helped Algeria secure the point they needed to progress from the group stage of the World Cup finals for the first time in their history.

Despite falling behind after only six minutes when Alexander Kokorin planted a firm header past Rais Mbolhi, Algeria battled their way back into contention and produced an equaliser thanks to Islam Slimani's header on the hour mark.

Fabio Capello's charges could find no response and finished the group stage in third place in Group H with two points from their three matches, while a jubilant Algeria can look forward to a second-round meeting with Germany.

BPL players to feature
 Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

United States 0-1 Germany

Three Arsenal players started as Germany sealed a narrow victory over Jurgen Klinsmann's side in rainswept conditions in Recife.

Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski all played from the start as the 1990 world champions overcame a United States side whose goalkeeper, Everton's Tim Howard, made a series of excellent interventions. But Howard was powerless to prevent Thomas Muller from producing his fourth goal of these finals - and his ninth in as many World Cup finals appearances - on 55 minutes to settle the match.

Their second victory of the campaign ensured Germany won Group G to set up a round-of-16 match-up with Algeria, while United States, who finished runners-up on goal difference, can look forward to meeting Belgium in the second round.

BPL players to feature
United States:
 Tim Howard (Everton). Subs not used: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Geoff Cameron (Stoke), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).
Germany: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal; sub: 89), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal; sub: 46). Sub: Andre Schurrle (Chelsea, 89).

Portugal 2-1 Ghana

Nani featured from the start, and his former Manchester United club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal, but Portugal's margin of victory over Ghana proved insufficient for them to leapfrog the United States into second place in Group G.

Paul Bento's side took a fortuitous lead when John Boye's attempted clearance arced in the air and over his own goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda to give the Europeans a 31st-minute lead and hope of achieving the goal-haul they required to usurp USA, whom they also needed to lose to Germany.

No sooner had the news filtered through that Muller had given the Germans the lead in Recife than Ghana equalised, through former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, and although Ronaldo pounced with 10 minutes remaining, the three further goals Portugal needed to score, or for USA to concede in their match, never materialised. Bento's charges finished third on goal difference with Ghana in last place in the section with a point for their troubles.

BPL players to feature
 Nani (Man Utd).
Ghana: Kevin Atsu (Chelsea, on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season).

Goals scored by BPL teams at the FIFA 2014 World Cup (23)

8 Manchester United
3 Liverpool
2 ArsenalChelsea, Swansea City, Manchester City
1 Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur

BPL goalscorers at the FIFA 2014 World Cup

3 Robin Van Persie (Netherlands & Man Utd).
2 Luis Suarez (Uruguay & Liverpool), Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast & Swansea City).
1 Oscar (Brazil & Chelsea), Daniel Sturridge (England & Liverpool), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica & Arsenal), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium & Man Utd), Mile Jedinak (Australia & Crystal Palace), Wayne Rooney (England & Man Utd), Olivier Giroud (France & Arsenal), Moussa Sissoko (France & Newcastle Utd), Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria & Stoke), Nani (Portugal & Man Utd), Javier Hernandez (Mexico & Man Utd), Fernandinho (Brazil & Man City), Juan Mata (Spain & Man Utd), Fernando Torres (Spain & Chelsea), Edin Dzeko (Bosnia-Herzegovina & Man City), Jan Vertonghen (Belgium & Tottenham Hotspur)

* players classified as BPL players are those registered to 2014/15 Premier League clubs until 30 June, 2014, even if they are to be released or are or have been on loan at another club this season.

2014 FIFA World Cup round of 16 fixtures

28 June (BST)
 Brazil v Chile
9pm Colombia v Uruguay

29 June
 Netherlands v Mexico
9pm Costa Rica v Greece

30 June
 France v Nigeria
9pm Germany v Algeria

1 July
 Argentina v Switzerland
9pm Belgium v United States

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