FIFA World Cup: Belgium Defeat South Korea, Will Face USA in Knockouts

Updated: 27 June 2014 03:29 IST

Triumph against South Korea was Belgium's third straight victory of the group stage and set up a meeting with the Unites States in the round of 16.

FIFA World Cup: Belgium Defeat South Korea, Will Face USA in Knockouts
Belgium's Jan Vertonghen celebrates after scoring against South Korea. © AP

Sao Paulo:

Defender Jan Vertonghen scored from a rebound in the 78th minute to give 10-man Belgium a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday to clinch top spot in Group H at the World Cup.

It was Belgium's third straight victory of the group stage and set up a meeting with the Unites States in the round of 16,

South Korea was eliminated with the loss - joining the other three Asian nations at the tournament.

Vertonghen was a stand-in captain for injured star Vincent Kompany. He knocked in the winner after South Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu had saved a shot from Divock Origi.

Belgium was reduced to 10 men just before the break when Steven Defour was sent off for a two-footed challenge, but South Korea couldn't capitalize.

Topics : Belgium Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 2014 Football
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