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At halftime: Feghouli’s moment has Belgium trailing Algeria 1-0 — FOLLOW LIVE

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Story of the half: Algeria and Valencia striker Sofiane Feghouli said, “Belgium is not to be feared.” He followed it up by scoring the penalty that gave the Desert Foxes a 1-0 lead against heavy favorites Belgium.

The penalty came on a silly takedown by Jan Vertonghen, who fed into Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s assertion that Belgium defenders “are no Ferraris”.

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Goals (and how they happened):

23′ – Feghouli gets ahead of Jan Vertonghen, who pushes him to the turf before the Algerian can latch onto a great cross. Vertonghen sees yellow and Feghouli beats Courtois to put the underdogs in front.

Other key moments:

10′ – Belgium looks out of sorts, and can’t find a way through Algeria. The stubborn CAF side cannot punish the “dark horses” of the tournament, but a better team would’ve put them to the coals.

20′ – The first real shot of the match is an Axel Witsel shot that is punched away from Mbolhi.

25′ – Eden Hazard is dragged down for a Belgium free kick in a dangerous spot, but Kevin De Bruyne’s offering sails to no one. De Bruyne goes on to make several nice plays, but no finish.

44′ – Nacer Chadli is the recipient of some strong work from Eden Hazard, but the Tottenham hit his low shot right at Adi Mbolhi.


Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, De Bruyne, Hazard, Chadli, Lukaku

Algeria: Mbolhi, Bougherra (c), Ghoulam, Halliche, Feghouli, Medjani, Bentaleb, Soudani, Taider, Mahrez, Mostefa

Question for the second half:

  • Can Belgium find its way through – Algeria was ready to play stingy, and the goal has upped their intensity and commitment to it. De Bruyne and Hazard have come close, but can they get through?

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ] have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Do you agree with the findings of

Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.