Groups G and H were predicted as” losers to be”, however, after the Wold Cup went underway, they have proven to be otherwise. They were the only teams who have not been kicked out of the first phase competitions, together with Group C.
Belgium has secured their spot in the Top 16, after a triumph against Russia on Sunday. Russia and Korea were among the major losers from Group H. Portugal was salvaged from an elimination by matching up with USA in Group G.
The two coaches were confident they can make it to the tournament’s finals, including Russian coach Fabio Capello.
Belgium scored three important major goals on Sunday. Clint Dempsey also scored a goal in time, leading USA against Poland. Valera furthermore scored a goal ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. There were 17 goals in the last 10 minutes of each match in the tournament, over one out of two games. Competition runs neck to neck as spectators watch in suspense, with nine of those goals becoming the bases for the final outcome decision.
The Belgium and Russia match made headlines lately. Kevin Mirallas scored a goal in the last 6 minutes; Eden Hazard scored solo, subsequently producing Divock Origi as the winner. Each of the player’s performance ultimately impacts the status on how the game is played on the field. Each player must bear this in mind, and give it his best shot when playing not only for his own sake, but also for the welfare of his entire team.