Belgium player ratings v S Korea: Spurs man match-winner

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen was vital as Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 and maintained their 100% record in the World Cup so far.

For many people before the tournament, Belgium were seen as being the underdogs of going far in the tournament. Their start to the World Cup so far has only proven those people correct, with a 100% record from the Group Stages.

A 77th minute goal from Vertonghen was enough to beat South Korea in Sao Paulo, and they played nearly 50 minutes with ten man after midfielder Stefan Defour was sent off for a two-footed challenge. 

To make it even better for them, Belgium rested Kompany, Hazard, De Bruyne, Witsel, Vermealen etc. for the knockout rounds. Quite frightening their youthful quality.

Here are the player ratings for Belgium:

Thibaut Courtois - 7

Made an important save from Ki Sung-Yeung in the first half when South Korea had a period of pressure, other than that weren't tested a lot. Good overall performance.

Anthony Vanden Borre - 7

Made good runs down the right wing from his full back position, could have had a penalty when he was brought down in the penalty area in the first half. Good performance defensively also.

Daniel Van Buyten - 7

Didn't have a lot to defend, but what he did, he did well. His experience shown through in the end when surrounded by his younger teammates.

Nicolas Lombaerts - 7

Was reliant and solid in the centre-back role alongside the more experienced Van Buyten, all this in his first appearance in the tournament so far.

Jan Vertonghen - 8

Made a great tackle on Son Heung-min when the striker looked to be clean through, that was when the score was level. Then popped up in the striker position to score the winner, great energy.

Marouane Fellaini - 8

May have had a tough first season at Old Trafford, but was back to his best fr Belgium against South Korea. Made two important blocks, one in the first half and one in the second from Lee Keun-ho to ensure the clean sheet was kept. Used his aerial strength well, back to his best tonight. 

Steven Defour - 5

Was sent off after 44 minutes for his red card challenge on Kim Shin-wook, a two-footed challenge over that ball that could have cost his side dearly. Luckily for him it didn't, still reckless though.

Moussa Dembélé - 7

Spurs man was energetic in the midfield and looked comfortable and composed on the ball, at times where he was outnumbered in the midfield when they were down to 10 players.

Dries Mertens - 6

Been in great form so far in the tournament and warranted his starting place, however missed a superb chance in the first half when eight yards out, the winger fired high over the bar. Was substituted after an hour.

Kevin Mirallas - 7

Everton winger showed great energy and tenacity throughout the match, especially as he was asked to be more defensive than he would have preferred.

Adnan Januzaj - 7

The Manchester United youngster was desperate to impress in his first appearance in a major tournament, however had little chances to do so. Linked up well though with Vanden Borre in the first half.

Subs: 

Divock Origi - 8

The 19 year-old striker was outstanding when he come on for Mertens after 60 minutes. It was his shot that led to the goal, and showed his pace down the channel throughout his thirty minute appearance. Don't be surprised if he starts in the last 16 match with the USA.

Nacer Chadli - 7

The Spurs winger come on for Adnan Januzai after 60 minutes. Nearly scored after a good solo run but for a good save, other than mainly defended and did so well. Good performance for the team.

Eden Hazard - N/A

Come on for Kevin Mirallas after 87 minutes.

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