RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has recovered enough from a groin strain to anchor the defence against Russia, which has made two changes for Sunday’s World Cup Group H match at the Maracana stadium.
Kompany had been unable to train with the rest of his teammates for three days after hurting his groin late in the 2-1 victory over Algeria. Wilmots also added Thomas Vermaelen and the two goalscorers from the first game, Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens, to the starting lineup.
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Russia coach Fabio Capello stuck with goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who made a crucial blunder during the team’s opening 1-1 draw against South Korea. But he brought in Alexi Kozlov and Maksim Kanunnikov.
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens…
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