Henry, Cech & more: Twitter reacts as Belgium beat Russia to reach last 16
Thierry Henry and Petr Cech tweet their thoughts after Belgium are dramatic 1-0 winners against Russia to reach last 16
Divock Origi scored a dramatic 88th-minute winner against Russia to book Belgium’s place in the knockout stage of the World Cup.
The Lille striker replaced out-of-sorts Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku in the second half, grabbing the vital strike after a fine run by Blues star Eden Hazard.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals in chronological order as the dark horses reach the last 16 despite back-to-back unconvincing displays.
Olympic sprinting legend Usain Bolt (@usainbolt) is clearly struggling watching this dull Group H clash: “If the game ya boring one more time.. #BELvsRUS @FIFAWorldCup”
Retired Arsenal and Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba (@fmuamba) isn’t blown away by Belgium’s collection of stars: “#BEL the so called ‘golden generation’ are finding it very difficult to break #RUS down #WorldCup2014”
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore (@StanCollymor) feels Russia look the more likely to find the back of the net: “#RUS final ball poor, dominating at the moment, just not good enough in 18 yd box.”
Damning from Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker): “This game is so bad that the referee couldn’t even be arsed to get his vanishing spray out.”
And Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) has come up with an idea for Euro 2016: “@GaryLineker be great if they could spray it at some of the players, next one who gives a bad pass ! 2016 ?”
More from Lineker (@GaryLineker) shows of his trademark sarcasm: “Origi strikes for Belgium. What a game!”
Former Three Lions No1 David James (@jamosfoundation) praises Belgium’s match-winner: “Hazard, superb! Nice play by Origi to hold his run for the goal”
How can we forget Troy Townsend @Towno10? “Remember Capello was England’s manager once.”
Ex-Holland international Mario Melchiot (@MarioMelchiot) still feels Russia can net a late equaliser: “Goal!! Origi 1-0 WorldCup2014 #belrus The talented #bel side has to be careful, keep taking the lead late in the second half. #mmlove”
Belgian tennis legend Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) doesn’t care about the manner of the victory: “This is what we call ‘winning ugly’ !!”
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech (@PetrCech) praises his club team-mate: “Congrats to @hazardeden10 for being named a MOTM …”
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) concludes his BBC punditry with a Belgium win: “Goodbye #bbcworldcup we had fun! Now back to work. @NewYorkRedBulls. See you guys soon. Hope you enjoyed.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) is excited to be in the knockout stage with Belgium: “In the next round! #final16 #ComeOnBelgium”
Finally, Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (@AWitselOfficiel) tweets his delight: “We’ve done it! We are through to the next stage! Huge success – so proud of #TeamBelgium #tousensemble #WorldCup #reddevils”