Belgium launch comeback to beat Algeria

Thomas Vermaelen could start for Belgium
Thomas Vermaelen could start for Belgium

Thomas Vermaelen was an unused substitute as Belgium came from a goal down to beat Algeria 2-1 on Tuesday.

Marc Wilmots' side had not taken part in a World Cup for 12 years and made a slow start to proceedings in Belo Horizonte.

Algeria were then awarded a penalty in the 24th minute when Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen fouled Sofiane Feghouli in the area. The forward stood up and converted the penalty himself.

Belgium had been tipped by many as dark horses to lift the World Cup but were struggling to find their rhythm, until Marouane Fellaini equalised with a powerful header in the 70th minute.

Ten minutes later, substitute Dries Mertens completed the comeback with a fine finish at the end of a breakaway Belgium attack.

Belgium face Russia on Saturday in their next Group H fixture.

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