cross and send his glancing header off the bar and into goal on 70 minutes.
“To be honest I am not satisfied with the first half,” De Bruyne said. “Algeria played very good with a good organisation. In the second half they allowed us more space and I can be very dangerous with my passing and crosses.”
The Desert Foxes, lacking depth in their squad, gradually ran out of steam and were caught napping 10 minutes later when Hazard raced down the left and cut back perfectly for subsititute Mertens to fire home.
“It’s a major disappointment,” said Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic. “I would have liked to have a couple of tougher and more resilient players to resist their attacks but I don’t have much of a choice.”
“We missed a great opportunity here. But in the second half it was a bit tough. We left too much space to the Belgian team and the two goals scored against us were to be expected.”