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World Cup Diary

Belgium beat Algeria, Brazil held to stalemate by Mexico.

World Cup Diary

Every morning throughout the World Cup, evertonfc.com brings you a quickfire update of what's been going on in Brazil...

What happened last night?

Kevin Mirallas was an unused substitute as Belgium came from behind to beat Algeria in Group H.

The African nation took a shock lead through a Sofiane Feghouli penalty on 24 minutes, only for former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini to step off the bench and level with 30 minutes to go.

Momentum with the Red Devils, Dries Mertens broke free down the right 10 minutes later and lashed the winner past goalkeeper Adi Mbolhi.

Later in the evening, hosts Brazil huffed and puffed but failed to find a way past resilient Mexico as the second round of group fixtures began with a goalless draw.

The late kick off also failed to split Russia and South Korea, as substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov levelled Lee Keun-ho's opener 16 minutes from time.

Who caught the eye?

On a day of few highlights, Marouane Fellaini was the hero for Belgium, stepping off the bench midway through the second half and heading an equaliser that was starting to look like it would never come just five minutes later.

The performance of the day though came from Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who thwarted the hosts time and time again in Fortaleza.

What’s happening today?

Former Everton star Tim Cahill will be looking to build on his goalscoring start to the tournament when Australia tackle Spain's conquerors, Netherlands, in Group B (kick off 5pm UK time).

The reigning champions will then return to centre stage themselves and attempt to put their 5-1 humbling behind them with a victory against attack-minded Chile.

Tonight's late kick off sees attention return to Group A, where Croatia face Cameroon in a contest which would see any loser become the first team eliminated from the tournament.

Who should I be looking out for?

If the first round of group fixtures was anything to go by, then Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben are men in blistering form.

Cahill, too, looked fired up for what will almost certainly be his final World Cup, while Croatia performed well in their opening-day defeat to Brazil and will be out to prove they are suitably equipped to have a serious say in Group A.

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