Belgium again fail to impress but beat South Korea 1-0

For the third match in a row, the Belgians have been less than impressive but have again scored a late winner. They might just be the least exciting side ever to top a World Cup group with nine points. This time around they got a red card just before the end of the first half, which might explain a bit why they haven't played well, but the performance was poor when they had 11 men as well.

Eventually, Jan Verthongen scored the winner in the 78th minute. Belgium have largely played on counter attacks in this match, which means coach Marc Wilmots completely abandoned any attempts to dictate play and Belgium didn't even have a possession advantage against poor South Korea.

At one point, when Steven Defour got sent off while the score was 0-0, the Koreans had a certain chance of qualifying. As it turns out now when the result of the other match is known, South Korea would qualify if they won 3-0 against ten-man Belgium. Despite forcing the Belgian goalkeeper Courtois into making 11 saves, they haven't actually managed to make a threat and get close to scoring. Offensive play was a real problem for South Korea in this tournament and it's been a disappointing appearance for them overall.

Belgium are topping the group and will meet USA in the round of 16.