Ten-man Belgium beat South Korea to top their World Cup group and set up a last-16 tie against the United States.

South Korea needed a win so the onus was on them to attack and they were helped when Steven Defour was sent off for a reckless tackle on Kim Shin-wook.

A Son Heung-Min cross struck the face of the Belgium crossbar but the Asian side struggled to create chances.

And Jan Vertonghen scored the Red Devils' winner when he slotted in after a Divock Origi shot was parried.

Belgium have been criticised for a lack of flair so far in the tournament, but there is little question about their resilience as they have let in just one goal in three games and are unbeaten in their last 13 competitive matches.

Key facts

  • Belgium kept back-to-back clean sheets at the World Cup for the third time. On all three occasions they won both games 1-0.
  • South Korea had 16 shots (including those blocked) and failed to score. They scored with two of eight attempts against Algeria.

Their victory - the first time the Red Devils have won three group games at a World Cup - eliminated a South Korea side who lacked a cutting edge to go with their endeavour.

South Korea boss Hong Myung-Bo apologised to his country's fans after a 4-2 defeat by Algeria in their previous match and his side began with the greater urgency in Sao Paulo.

However, Hong's side might have conceded a spot-kick when Kim Young-gwon cynically blocked Anthony Vanen Borre in an offence which began outside the box and continued inside the penalty area.

And despite all South Korea's early effort they should have gone behind when a Kevin Mirallas shot broke for Dries Mertens, only for the Belgium midfielder to sidefoot high from eight yards with just the keeper to beat.

Hong's side tried to respond, with Ki Sung-yeung's 25-yard shot being turned around the post by keeper Thibaut Courtois.

And from the resulting corner a header back across goal came off Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts before being hacked off the line by Defour.

That was almost the last action of the match for Defour as he was soon sent off for a dangerous studs-up tackle which caught Kim on his shin.

Belgium midfielder Steven Defour (centre) is sent off during the game against South Korea

Defour receives Belgium's third World Cup red card, after Eric Gerets in 1990 and Gert Verhayen in 1998

With South Korea having the numerical advantage Hong brought on forward Lee Keunho for midfielder Han Kook-young at half-time.

And the substitute striker almost had an immediate impact as he had a shot blocked before heading a cross over, while a Son cross struck the face of the crossbar.

South Korea's need to attack left them exposed at the back and Belgium took advantage.

Origi had looked lively for Belgium after coming on as a substitute and, after his 22-yard strike being parried by keeper Kim Seung-gyu, Vertonghen reacted quickest to slot in the winner.

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen scores for his side against South Korea

Belgium's last six World Cup goals have come in the final 20 minutes of matches

South Korea manager Hong Myung-bo consoles one of his players

South Korea have kept one clean sheet in their past 12 World Cup games

Belgium are unbeaten in their last nine World Cup group stage matches

Belgium are unbeaten in their last nine World Cup group stage matches

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

South Korea

  • 21 Kim Seung-gyu
  • 12 Lee Yong
  • 03 Yun Suk-young
  • 16 Ki Sung-yueng
  • 20 Hong Jeong-ho Booked
  • 05 Kim Young-gwon
  • 17 Lee Chung-yong
  • 14 Han Kook-young (Lee Keun-ho - 45' )
  • 18 Kim Shin-wook (Kim Bo-kyung - 66' )
  • 13 Koo Ja-cheol
  • 09 Son Heung-min (Ji Dong-won - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jung Sung-ryong
  • 02 Kim Chang-soo
  • 04 Kwak Tae-hwi
  • 06 Hwang Seok-ho
  • 07 Kim Bo-kyung
  • 08 Ha Dae-sung
  • 10 Park Chu-young
  • 11 Lee Keun-ho
  • 15 Park Jong-woo
  • 19 Ji Dong-won
  • 22 Park Joo-ho
  • 23 Lee Bum-young

Belgium

  • 01 Courtois
  • 21 Vanden Borre
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 16 Defour Dismissed
  • 15 van Buyten
  • 18 Lombaerts
  • 08 Fellaini
  • 19 Dembélé Booked
  • 11 Mirallas (Hazard - 88' )
  • 20 Januzaj (Chadli - 60' )
  • 14 Mertens (Origi - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Alderweireld
  • 06 Witsel
  • 07 De Bruyne
  • 09 Lukaku
  • 10 Hazard
  • 12 Mignolet
  • 13 Bossut
  • 17 Origi
  • 22 Chadli
  • 23 Ciman
Ref: Ben Williams
Att: 61,397

Match Stats

Shots

16 15

On target

4 5

Corners

7 4

Fouls

16 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, South Korea 0, Belgium 1.

90:00 +4:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, South Korea 0, Belgium 1.

90:00 +4:13

Foul by Lee Yong (South Korea).

90:00 +4:13

Divock Origi (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:00

Foul by Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea).

90:00 +4:00

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +2:43

Delay in match Anthony Vanden Borre (Belgium) because of an injury.

90:00 +1:16

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:48

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

90:00 +0:42

Attempt saved. Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a cross.

90:00 +0:33

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Daniel van Buyten.

90:00 +0:32

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Yong.

90:00 +0:25

Attempt saved. Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ji Dong-Won.

89:07

Hand ball by Jan Vertonghen (Belgium).

89:02

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

88:21

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea).

88:21

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Eden Hazard replaces Kevin Mirallas.

86:34

Kim Young-Gwon (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:34

Foul by Divock Origi (Belgium).

82:23

Foul by Lee Yong (South Korea).

82:23

Divock Origi (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:09

Attempt blocked. Ji Dong-Won (South Korea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

81:25

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yun Suk-Young.

79:40

Attempt missed. Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung with a through ball.

76:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! South Korea 0, Belgium 1. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

76:56

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

75:52

Attempt blocked. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ji Dong-Won.

74:04

Lee Yong (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:04

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Belgium).

73:44

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

73:15

Yun Suk-Young (South Korea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:15

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

72:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, South Korea. Ji Dong-Won replaces Son Heung-Min.

72:19

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Hong Jeong-Ho.

72:18

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

71:34

Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

71:01

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Hong Jeong-Ho.

69:09

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

67:14

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

66:20

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

65:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, South Korea. Kim Bo-Kyung replaces Kim Shin-Wook.

60:12

Attempt saved. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross.

59:57

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

59:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Nacer Chadli replaces Adnan Januzaj.

59:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Belgium. Divock Origi replaces Dries Mertens.

58:02

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

55:59

Foul by Yun Suk-Young (South Korea).

55:59

Adnan Januzaj (Belgium) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:05

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Daniel van Buyten.

53:04

Attempt blocked. Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

51:24

Attempt missed. Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a cross following a corner.

51:06

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

50:45

Kim Young-Gwon (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:45

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

50:10

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kim Shin-Wook.

49:13 Booking

Booking Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) is shown the yellow card.

49:08

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Belgium).

49:08

Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:10

Delay in match Hong Jeong-Ho (South Korea) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins South Korea 0, Belgium 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, South Korea. Lee Keun-Ho replaces Han Kook-Young.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, South Korea 0, Belgium 0.

45:00 +1:42

Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:42

Foul by Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea).

45:00 +1:33

Attempt missed. Daniel van Buyten (Belgium) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:06

Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:06

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea).

43:58 Dismissal

Dismissal Steven Defour (Belgium) is shown the red card.

43:55

Foul by Steven Defour (Belgium).

43:55

Kim Shin-Wook (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:55

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

38:55

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Belgium).

38:55

Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:47

Steven Defour (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:47

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea).

37:24

Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:24

Foul by Kim Shin-Wook (South Korea).

37:00

Attempt blocked. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

35:57

Adnan Januzaj (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:57

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea).

35:04

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Kim Seung-Gyu.

34:15 Booking

Booking Hong Jeong-Ho (South Korea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:11

Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:11

Foul by Hong Jeong-Ho (South Korea).

33:21

Offside, Belgium. Steven Defour tries a through ball, but Dries Mertens is caught offside.

32:18

Foul by Yun Suk-Young (South Korea).

32:18

Anthony Vanden Borre (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:43

Foul by Nicolas Lombaerts (Belgium).

31:43

Kim Shin-Wook (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:02

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Anthony Vanden Borre.

29:58

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a headed pass.

29:19

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

29:17

Attempt saved. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kim Shin-Wook.

27:59

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

27:16

Yun Suk-Young (South Korea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:16

Foul by Anthony Vanden Borre (Belgium).

24:58

Foul by Yun Suk-Young (South Korea).

24:58

Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:09

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

24:07

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini with a headed pass.

19:26

Offside, Belgium. Marouane Fellaini tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

17:32

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens from a direct free kick.

16:41

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea).

16:41

Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:22

Foul by Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea).

14:22

Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:32

Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:32

Foul by Steven Defour (Belgium).

9:49

Attempt missed. Kim Young-Gwon (South Korea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

9:13

Kim Shin-Wook (South Korea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:13

Foul by Nicolas Lombaerts (Belgium).

7:17

Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:17

Foul by Kim Young-Gwon (South Korea).

5:04

Offside, Belgium. Daniel van Buyten tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

3:48

Offside, Belgium. Thibaut Courtois tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

3:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:01

Delay in match Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) because of an injury.

0:41

Offside, South Korea. Son Heung-Min tries a through ball, but Koo Ja-Cheol is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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