Skipper for Belgium's final group game, the Tottenham star put paid to his error against Algeria with an impressive match winning performance.
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen's World Cup tournament didn't make the best of starts. Having to make do playing out of position at left back, the Belgian conceded a sloppy penalty within the first 25 minutes of Belgium's opening game against Algeria, pulling down Sofiane Feghouli only for the Valencia star to get up and slot the African side into an early lead.
Marc Wilmots team managed to turn that game around, but it appeared the error was duly noted by his boss. Vertonghen was subsequently dropped from the starting line up in Belgium's next game against Russia, with Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen coming in in his place.
Vermaelen barely lasted half an hour before an injury that struck him in the warm up to the game reappeared, giving Vertonghen an unexpected return to the field.
A clean sheet in that game was followed by the chance to captain Belgium for their final group game against South Korea, with regular skipper Vincent Kompany rested with his slight injury worry.
Though Belgium didn't produce a particularly convincing performance, Vertonghen offered plenty going forward for the Red Devils, notwithstanding wild free kicks, and led his side superbly after they went down to ten men as a result of Steven Defour's two footed tackle.
And the Spurs star banished the memory of his sloppy challenge on Feghouli with the winner against South Korea with just 13 minutes remaining.
Starlet Divock Origi came off the bench and instantly caused the Korean defence problems, hitting a powerful shot from distance that could only be parried by Kim Seung-gyu into the path of the charging Vertonghen, who showed his composure to smartly side foot into the bottom corner.
The captain for the night was delighted, and rushed into the Belgium fans to celebrate.
His strike ensured Belgium topped Group H, and set up a tie with USA in the last sixteen.
And, Vertonghen will be hoping, it assured him of a place in the starting lineup, even if it is at left back.