18 June 2014

Russia draws 1-1 with South Korea in World Cup

Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev covers his face after dropping the ball as South Korea's Lee Keun-ho scores the opening goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Blundering Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was bailed out by teammate Alexander Kerzhakov in a 1-1 draw with South Korea in the World Cup on Tuesday that exposed both teams' deficiencies.

Akinfeev had already looked suspect in dealing with long-range shots before spilling Lee Keun-ho's speculative effort into his own net in the 68th minute, gifting South Korea the lead at the Arena Pantanal.

Mexico holds host Brazil to 0-0 draw at World Cup

Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, center, makes a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. 

There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the one responsible for spoiling Brazil's hopes of another World Cup victory at its home tournament. 

Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help his side hold Brazil to a thrilling 0-0 draw on Tuesday. 

Tense Belgium fights back for 2-1 win over Algeria

Belgium's Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Waiting and waiting for an equalizer, the tension started showing on the faces of the Belgium players as the second half wore on in the country's first World Cup match in 12 years.

Algeria was on the verge of a major upset in their Group H opener Tuesday, taking the lead through a penalty in the 25th minute. Try as they might, Belgium's attacking players just couldn't break down Algeria's defense.