World Cup - Last time they met: Belgium vs Algeria

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Group H gets underway tonight as Belgium go head to head with Algeria for just the third time, but what happened last time they met?

Belgium have been labelled as the dark horses by many people for World Cup success this summer due to their large majority of Premier League stars in the squad.

They will want to get their tournament off to a fine start against Algeria tonight and have not lost to the African side in two previous attempts.

They first met in a friendly in 2002 in a World Cup preparation game for The Red Devils that ended 0-0 but then met again a year later in a more entertaining affair.

Belgium ran out 3-1 winners in a friendly in February 2003 played in Algeria with the former Manchester City striker Emile Mpenza scoring a brace on that day.

Wesley Sonck got the other goal for Belgium before the former Southampton midfielder Djamel Belmadi got a late consolation goal for the Fennec Foxes.

Daniel Van Buyten played in the game 12 years ago and has made the Belgium squad for the tournament in Brazil, though the 36-year-old is not expected to start for Marc Wilmots side.

Belgium are set to kick off what will be their twelfth World Cup campaign after missing the past two tournament's and the golden generation of talent will hope to take them further than their fourth-place finish at Mexico 1986.

Algeria are playing in their fourth World Cup but have not won a game in their past two tournaments in 2010 and 1986.

They didn't score a goal in South Africa but will believe they have enough quality this time around to have a chance of progressing through a competitive group that also contains Russia and South Korea.

It will be a huge achievement if they managed to get on the scoresheet tonight however, as Thibaut Courtois only conceded four goals in qualifying, saving 87.1% of shots fired at him.

Will Belgium live up to their potential in tonight's clash?

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