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World Cup Day Fifteen: Algeria v. Russia; Korea v. Belgium

Belgium are already through, but Algeria, Russia, and Korea are all in with a shot at advancing in Group H.

Jeff Gross
SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Algeria v. Russia
Korea v. Belgium
Thursday, June 26th | 9PM BST/4PM EST
Television Listings | Full Schedule

Group G

Group H has so far looked the weakest of the World Cup groups, with Belgium and rumoured Liverpool target Divock Origi sitting top on six points despite two relatively poor showings so far. They're through, but the race for second is wide open. Their opponent today, Korea, though, will need a big result and some help to have a chance, sat as they are on a single point and with the group's worst goal differential. Win by anything less than a couple of goals and they're almost certainly out—and even winning by a couple of goals might not be enough.

The key match, then, will be Algeria v. Russia. For Algeria on three points, any result is likely to be enough and a win would guarantee advancement. For Russia, nothing less than a win will do, and if they do win, their +1 goal differential edge over Korea will make them favourites to advance. After Algeria's breakout 4-2 thumping of Korea, though, it is the North Africans who will be favoured here today, and if they play as well as they did on the weekend they should be through today alongside Belgium.

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