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Origi scores late winner for Belgium vs Russia

06/22/2014, 2:00pm EDT
Late score advances Belgium at World Cup

Belgium's Divock Origi, center, reacts near Russia's Viktor Fayzulin, right, after Origi scored the game winning goal against Russia. ASSOCIATED PRESS

RIO DE JANEIRO — Teenage forward Divock Origi scored in the 88th minute as Belgium beat Russia 1-0 today to secure a spot in the second round at the World Cup.

Belgium struggled to find a way through the Russian defense until the dying stages of the Group H match, with Kevin Mirallas hitting the post with a free kick in the 84th and Eden Hazard sending a shot wide before Origi’s close-range right-foot winner in front of more than 73,819 people at the Maracana.

Belgium has six points and leads the group after opening with a 2-1 win over Algeria.

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