What did Fellaini do against Algeria that had never been done before?

Marouane Fellaini Belgium

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini carved out a little slice of history for himself with his headed winner for Belgium against Algeria.

Few players had a rougher go of things last season than distinctive Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

The ex-Everton man became the poster boy for the ill-fated reign of David Moyes at Manchester United after he followed the Scot to Old Trafford in a £27.5 million deadline day move.

Injuries and poor form saw him quickly become a maligned figure among Red Devils supporters, labelled an expensive panic buy as United limped to seventh place in the Premier League.

Fellaini did, however, manage to keep his place in the Belgian national side for the World Cup - and with it, a shot at redemption of sorts in Brazil.

The 26-year-old found himself on the bench for the Rode Duivels Group H opener against Algeria, but his time would come as a 65th minute substitute with Belgium trailing 1-0.

After just five minutes on the pitch, the United midfielder powered home a cranial effort to level the scores and set Belgium on course to claim a 2-1 comeback victory.

And with that, Fellaini also became the first player to score a header against Algeria in the World Cup finals.

Curiously, in their nine previous contests at the showpiece event, the North African nation had shipped 12 goals, but never once conceded a header.

The bit of history is a small keepsake for Fellaini in comparison to lifting his nation with a vital goal, but after a rough 10 months things at last seem to be looking up for the Belgium international.

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