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Friday, 14 June, 2002, 05:53 GMT 06:53 UK
Clockwatch: Belgium 3-2 Russia


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90 mins (+3): The final whistle blows and Belgium's relief is evident as they qualify for the second round. Russia, despite their efforts in the final 10 minutes, are heading home.

90 mins (+2): A nervous-looking Belgian defence heads clear and gratefully accepts a goal kick as Russia attempt to deliver a telling cross.

90 mins: A looping cross finds Alexander Kerzhakov at the back post, but the Russian can not hit the target with his header and his side's hopes of remaining in the tournament may have vanished.

89 mins: Dmitry Sychev takes advantage of a lapse in concentration by the Belgian defence to cooly slot the ball past Geert De Vlieger.
Belgium 3-2 Russia

87 mins: Glen de Boeck takes a tumble and looks troubled by a painful knock to his back. But he soon shakes it off and returns to the action.

82 mins: Belgium's progress to the second round is ensured as captain Marc Wilmot finishes via a deflection to put the game beyond Russia's reach.
Belgium 3-1 Russia

78 mins: From the cross, another substitue, Wesley Sonck, rises highest to head Belgium into the lead and possibly into the last 16.
Belgium 2-1 Russia

78 mins: Belgian make a substitution ahead of their 10th corner bringing on Timmy Simons for Gert Verheyen.

77 mins: Russia work an opening with some excellent passing and movement. Egor Titov's low centre evades the onrushing Valery Karpin and the approach play does not get the result it deserves.

73 mins: Wesley Sonck replaces Mbo Mpenza.

69 mins: A timely interception from Dmitry Sychev thwarts Belgium as they threaten in the penalty area.

67 mins: Dmitry Alenichev's frustration earns him a yellow card. He kicks the ball way after his miscontrol prevents him from taking advantage of an excellent long pass.

66 mins: Nico van Kerckhoven heads over from another Belgian corner.

64 mins: Russia pile forward once more and almost fashion a second goal. Vladimir Beschastnykh's flick on is just too high for Dmitry Sychev. The ball grazes his head and drifts out of play.

62 mins: Gert Verheyen wins Belgium's first corner of the second half. The over-hit cross is easily dealt with by Russia's defence.

56 mins: Suddenly the match has sparked into life and Mbo Mpenza's cross falls to Johan Walem. The Belgian goalscorer fails to repeat his feat from the first half and screws his shot wide.

53 mins: The direct approach pays off for Russia. Substitute Dmitry Sychev latches on to a through ball, but his shot is saved. Vladimir Beschastnykh follows up and slots home the rebound.
Belgium 1-1 Russia

52 mins: A position of promise is wasted by Russia. Their swift counter attack breaks down through a lack of ideas.

51 mins: Marc Wilmots spins on the edge of the area and fires in a shot which fails to trouble Ruslan Nigmatullin.

49 mins: Mbo Mpenza's strong run comes to an end when he is robbed by Viktor Onopko.

46 mins: There are no changes to either line up as the second half kicks off.


45 mins: The first half is brought to a close. Belgium look comfortable, while Russia will be desperate to reorganise during the interval.
Belgium 1-0 Russia

44 mins: A glorious chance to put Belgium further ahead is squandered by Gert Verheyen. His first touch to control Marc Wilmots' cross is excellent, his shot is not as he blazes high and wide.

43 mins: Yuri Nikiforov hobbles out of the match and is replaced by Dmitry Sennikov.

40 mins: A burst of pace takes Yves Vanderhaeghe clear of the Russian defence. His delicate lob clears the keeper, but also the crossbar.

39 mins: Yves Vanderhaeghe is cautioned for a late challenge on Dmitry Khokhlov.

38 mins: Fortunately for Belgium, Marc Wilmots's injury is not serious and he returns to the action.

35 mins: Belgian captain Marc Wilmots is stretchered off after a collision with goalkeeper Ruslan Nigmatullin.

34 mins: Midfielder Alexei Smertin is the man who gives way for striker Dmitry Sychev.

33 mins: Russia coach Oleg Romantsev realises a change is needed if his side are to avoid going out of the tournament at the first stage. Dmitry Sychev warms up on the sidelines.

30 mins: Russia win a free kick on the corner of Belgium's penalty area. The resulting shot is weak and easily cleared by the defensive wall.

27 mins: A well-timed tackle prevents Mbo Mpenza striking the ball cleanly as he bears down on Russia's goal.

26 mins: Bart Goor's theatrical dive as he attempts to win a free kick at the edge of the box does not impress referee Kim Milton Nielsen.

23 mins: There is more bite in the tackle from Russia's midfield, but delivery in the final third is still in need of improvement.

20 mins: Lifted by their first effort on goal, Russia begin to threaten Belgium's lead. Expert trickery on the left flank from Dmitry Alenichev almost carves an opportunity, but Belgium clear his cross.

19 mins: Alexei Smertin delivers the first indication of attacking intent from Russia. However, his shot is some way off target.

16 mins: Confusion reigns once more in the Russian defence. A low cross into the area is barely scrambled clear as Belgium begin to exert their authority on the match.

14 mins: Alexei Smertin is shown the yellow card for a lunge on Glen de Boeck.

12 mins: The Russian defending is slack and Glen de Boeck is allowed a free header from a corner. He fails to make the most of the opportunity, nodding over the bar.

9 mins: A fast Belgian break results in an Mbo Mpenza strike. Ruslan Nigmatullin is equal to the shot but his handling is not entirely convincing.

7 mins: Johan Walem curls an excellent left-footed free kick into the top right corner of the goal to put Belgium in the lead.
Belgium 1-0 Russia

6 mins: The match has started brightly with both teams prepared to attack in search of the win that would take them through to the second round.

3 mins: Vladimir Beschastnykh finds space after a smart turn but fails to cut the ball back to a fellow Russian.

1 min: Belgium win their first corner, but the cross floats harmlessly beyond everyone in the penalty area.

0730 BST: Russia get the match under way.


Nico Van Kerckhoven is fit again and returns to Belgium's starting line up. His inclusion is one of four changes made by coach Robert Waseige.

Russia are once more without their star player Alexander Mostovoi, who has failed to recover from a thigh injury. Captain Viktor Onopko is making his 100th international appearance.

Belgium: Geert De Vlieger, Glen De Boeck, Nico van Kerckhoven, Jacky Peeters, Daniel van Buyten, Bart Goor, Johan Walem, Gert Verheyen, Yves Vanderhaeghe, Marc Wilmots (capt), Mbo Mpenza

Russia: Ruslan Nigmatullin, Yuri Kovtun, Yuri Nikiforov, Viktor Onopko (capt), Alexei Smertin, Andrei Solomatin, Valery Karpin, Egor Titov, Dmitry Alenichev, Dmitry Khokhlov, Vladimir Beschastnykh

Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Den)


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