Algeria midfielder Sofiane Feghouli said he didn't fear Belgium nearly two weeks before his squad took on Group H favorites at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday. The French-born Feghouli certainly didn’t have fear in his eyes when he scored a penalty kick goal in the first half of the match.
"We do not fear anyone or anything in particular among the Belgians,” Feghouli, who plays with Spanish club Valencia CF, told AllAfrica.com earlier this month. “Many of us [on the Algerian national team] play in the top European leagues; we are accustomed to facing top players. It is true that we have collectively never faced such a strong team, but in a game, everything is possible. And as Belgium is the favorite team in the group, it will have a lot of pressure, and we, the least experienced of the group, will try to create a surprise."
Algeria is creating a surprise thus far, going up 1-0 into the half against Belgium following Feghouli’s goal in the 24th minute. If the result holds, the African nation will have pulled off one of the biggest upsets at this year’s World Cup.
Check out the goal that put Algeria up:
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