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Belgium wins 1-0 to clinch top spot in Group H at World Cup

06/26/2014, 6:09pm EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, second left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Belgium. ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAO PAULO — Defender Jan Vertonghen scored from a rebound in the 78th minute to give 10-man Belgium a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday to clinch top spot in Group H at the World Cup.

It was Belgium’s third straight victory of the group stage and set up a meeting with the Unites States in the round of 16,

South Korea was eliminated with the loss — joining the other three Asian nations at the tournament.

Vertonghen was a stand-in captain for injured star Vincent Kompany. He knocked in the winner after South Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu had saved a shot from Divock Origi.

Belgium was reduced to 10 men just before the break when Steven Defour was sent off for a two-footed challenge, but South Korea couldn’t capitalize.

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