10 interesting stats ahead of Belgium vs Russia

1 – This is the second meeting in a World Cup between Belgium and Russia. Belgium were 3-2 winners back in 2002 with current Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots scoring the winning goal in that game.

3 – All three goals scored by these two nations in their first match at the 2014 World Cup were scored by substitutes.

4 – Only Spain (3) conceded fewer goals than Belgium (4) in the European qualifying section.

5‘ – Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini scored in five minutes of coming off the bench to turn Belgium’s opening game around before going on to win 2-1. He failed to score in 1,431 minutes in all matches for Manchester United last season.

6 – Russia are one of six nations in this World Cup where all 23 players in their squad were born in their own country.

7 – Belgium are unbeaten in their last seven World Cup group matches (W2, D5).

18 – Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is yet to lose a match for Belgium (W12, D6).

20% – Russia head coach Fabio Capello has only ever won 1 of his 5 matches in the World Cup.

23 – Russia are the only nation in this World Cup where all 23 players play club football in their own country.

26 – Aleksandr Kerzhakov joined Vladimir Beschastnykh as Russia’s all-time top scorer in their group opener with his equaliser against South Korea.

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