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Belgium supersub Origi sinks Russia

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Head coach Marc Wilmots of Belgium reacts after defeating Russia 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Belgium and Russia at Maracana on June 22, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Belgian players celebrate with their supporters after the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Belgium won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Teenaged substitute Divock Origi slammed a last gasp goal Sunday to secure Belgium a 1-0 victory over Russia and a place in the World Cup's last 16.

The win was a new step in Belgium's emergence as a European power, 12 years after their last appearance at the World Cup finals. Russia, who are to host the 2018 finals, have a growing qualification mountain in front of them.

The 19-year-old Origi who plays with Lille in France came on for Romelu Lukaku as the frustrating Group H game seemed destined to end in stalemate until the 88th minute goal.

The win left Belgium as clear Group H leaders with a maximum six points from two games after their 2-1 win over Algeria.

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