Belgium’s Divock Origi is congratulated by teammates Daniel Van Buyten and Axel Witsel after scoring a goal against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

After a 12-year absence from the tournament, two wins and early qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup should have meant Belgium goin(...)

South Korea are well supported at the World Cup finals in Brazil. Photograph: Reuters.

South Korea v Algeria Sunday, 8pm Estádio Beira-Rio   Algeria scored their first World Cup goal in 28 years in their opener an(...)

Russia’s coach Fabio Capello during his side’s forgettable 1-1 draw against South Korea.

It is usually Russian gymnasts that we associate with parallels, but right now it is the country’s manager, Fabio Capello. Feted by his adopted public(...)

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fumbles a shot from South Korea’s Lee Keun-ho into his own goal during the  World Cup Group H match against South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Russia 1 South Korea 1Igor Akinfeev produced the goalkeeping gaffe of the World Cup as Russia laboured to a 1-1 draw with South Korea in Cuiaba.The CS(...)

Russian national soccer team before their international friendly against Morocco at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow. in this June 6, 2014 file photo.  Vasili Berezutski is pictured top right.

Russia defender Vasili Berezutski believes his side have a point to prove as they continue preparations for their opening World Cup Group H match agai(...)

 An Algerian supporter celebrates their win over Romania. Photograph: EPA

Algeria proved they are capable of beating top teams at the World Cup in Brazil with a 2-1 win over Romania in their final warm-up game, coach Vahid H(...)

The South Korean team that faced   Tunisia in a friendly at  Seoul World Cup stadium last month. . Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/ Reuters

Manager: Hong Myung-bo Best finish: Fourth (2002) World Cup record: Played 31, Won 5, Drawn 9, Lost 17 History South Korea first (...)

Tunisian Khaled Korbi (left) fights for the ball with South Korea’s Lee Keunho (right)  at Sangam World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun / EPA

South Korea endured a nightmare World Cup send off on Wednesday with defender Hong Jeong-ho leaving the field on a stretcher as they slumped to a 1-0 (...)