Mbo Mpenza (L) of Belgium is tackled by Rafik Saifi (R) of Algeria during their friendly match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, May 14, 2002. Belgium played Algeria in preparation for the South-Korea/Japan World Cup in June this year. (Reuters | Yves Herman)
On paper, the winner of this Group H match seems clear: Algeria hasn’t scored a World Cup goal since 1986, while Belgium saved nearly 90 percent of shots during their qualifying matches. Belgium is ranked higher than Algeria. And in their last two matches, Belgium has beaten and tied Algeria. Given these stats, it’s easy to say that Belgium is the favorite.
But if there’s one thing that’s certain at the World Cup, it’s that anything can happen (just ask Costa Rica). Could this game be an upset in the making? Tune in today at 12 PM ET (4 PM UTC) to find out.
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