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Belgium tops Algeria, 2-1, as backups continue to rule at World Cup
Belgium tops Algeria, 2-1, as backups continue to rule at World Cup

One substitute enters the match at halftime, another midway through the second period. Both execute a dramatic, pivotal play that rescues their team in a 2-1 World Cup win. Notice a trend here? The same plot that defined the U.S. victory over Ghana on Monday was repeated 18 hours later with Belgium against Algeria. Dries Mertens, playing the role of the Americans' John Brooks, was inserted at the break, then Marouane Felliani, reprising the part of Graham Zusi, soon after. There was one difference on how the stories played out. Zusi and Brooks collaborated on the same goal, a tie-breaker in the 86th minute. For Belgium, Felliani tallied with 70 minutes expired, just five after...

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