Belgium Beats Russia With Late Counterattack

It was the second straight game in which Belgium scored a late winner, and it set up the Belgians as the clear favorites to win Group H. That would mean a date against the second-place finisher in Group G, possibly the United States, to open the knockout stage.

updated: June 23, 2014 07:29 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: After an hour, the fans were whistling. A few minutes later, the stadium's giant video screens flashed a shot of a man asleep in his seat. With Belgium playing Russia, it was that kind of day - until suddenly it wasn't.

With one lightning-quick counterattack - a rare moment of excitement in the 88th of 90 dreary minutes - Belgium grabbed a 1-0 victory Sunday and a place in the World Cup's Sweet 16.

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