Another great day of soccer provided by the World Cup. First game of the day was Belgium vs Algeria in the Group H opener. Belgium came into the Cup this year with high expectations for their young group of footballers. In the beginning of the game, Belgium didn't come out hot. Even though they were winning the possession battle, they weren't shooting the ball or having good possessions. Algeria played the defensive role but they caught a break in the 25th minute when Sofiane Feghouli scored on a penalty kick to take an early 1-0 lead. The goal ended a World Cup drought that lasted since 1986.
In the 2nd half, Belgium came out a different squad. They made 3 subs and 2 of them scored the goals. 6'4 Marouane FELLAINI, provided the tying goal with a tower header right in front of the goal in the 70th minute. After Fellaini came into the game, Belgium offense became much more vibrant, complete opposite from the stagnant 1st half they had. 10 minutes later, Dries Martens, scored the go-ahead thanks to a great pass from Van Buyten on a fast break. I felt bad for Algeria because they did play a great game just couldn't hold on at the end. Both teams will play again Sunday, Belgium vs Russia and Algeria vs Korea Republic.
Brazil and Mexico ended in a 0-0 draw but boy was this an intense game. From the beginning whistle, both teams played very very physical. This game was a rematch from the 2012 Summer Olympics Gold Medal match, Mexico winning 2-1. Brazil surely had revenge on their mind because they came out gunning early. The Brazilian squad was without their striker, Hulk (illest name), and maybe that could be a reason why they unable to knock one in. Still the Brazilians had many opportunities to score but the Mexican squad wouldn't allow it.
Mexico's goalie, Ochoa, had an unbelievable game, mainly in the 1st half. He finished with 6 saves, 2 of which were top 10 plays material. When Neymar Jr. rose above his defender to hit a textbook header, Ochoa nearly running into the goalpost, knocked it down. Next Brazil had 3 players in front of the goal and Ochoa came out once again knocking down another shot. This 1st half performance gave Mexico life in the 2nd half because they then became the aggressor, but like Brazil, couldn't capitalize. I hope these two see each other one more time.