The Telegraph
Friday , June 27 , 2014
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Russia are 1-0 up at half-time

Sao Paulo / Curitiba: Russia led Algeria 1-0 at half-time in Curitiba, while Korea and Belgium were locked 0-0 in Sao Paulo in Group H matches, on Thursday.

Alexander Kokorin kept Russia’s hopes alive, taking his team ahead as early as in the sixth minute with a superb header that left Algerian custodian Rais with no chance. Dmitri Kombarov received on the left flank and, the left back sent a measured cross, which was slotted home by Kokorin.

In Sao Paulo, a rather uneventful first-half was made lively right at the end with Belgium’s Steven Defour being sent off.

Defour was shown a straight red card after a tough tackle on Kim Shinwook. The Belgian stepped on Shinwook’s shin in a rather reckless fashion.

Belgium ’keeper Thibaut Courtois showed why he is considered among the world’s best by producing one superb first-half stop as South Korea’s unlikely bid to avoid a World Cup exit floundered on Thursday.

Courtois made an instinctive save to keep out Ki Sung-yeung’s low blast. Belgium, who have already qualified for the pre-quarters, made seven changes to their starting side.