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Belgium are favourites

Sao Paulo: Belgium are not firing on all cylinders and had to grind out narrow wins over Algeria and Russia in Group H, so a game against leaky South Korea might be just what the doctor ordered.

While the win over Russia sealed Belgium’s place in the last 16, they will have to find their scoring touch if they are to go deeper in the tournament.

South Korea can still qualify in second place with a big win, and providing the result of the other group game goes their way, but it would be a minor miracle if they keep the clean sheet they will need against Belgium.

The Koreans saw their hopes virtually extinguished on Sunday with a 4-2 defeat by Algeria.

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