Romelu Lukaku took his expected place up front against Algeria who made a confident start before the much-fancied Belgians took control of possession.
It was Algeria who opened the scoring, though, when Jan Vertonghen conceded a sloppy penalty and Feghouli calmly buried the spot kick past Thibault Courtoius.
Lukaku was largely peripheral in the first half, Belgium's best chances coming from distance where Axel Witsel twice stung the Rais M'Bohli palms with accurate shots.
Nacer Chadli found himself in a great position just before half-time but couldn't dig out more than a weak shot that failed to trouble the 'keeper as Belgium went into the break a goal down after a disappointing first 45 minutes.
Lukaku's afternoon came to an early end after just 56 minutes when he was withdrawn in favour of 19 year-old Divock Origi.
The young striker was followed onto the field by ex-Everton midfielder Fellaini who replaced Moussa Dembele and he dragged Belgium level with a header that he steered in off the bar with 20 minutes to go.
Belgium then turned the match on its head with 10 minutes left when they countered quickly and Mertens lashed the ball home.
And Fellaini had a chance to double the advantage four minutes later but his powerful header was pushed over the bar by M'Bohli.
Marc Wilmots had found the key to transforming his side's fortunes but Kevin Mirallas was not needed, the Everton man sitting out the game as an unused substitute.
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1 Posted 17/06/2014 at 16:06:05
2 Posted 17/06/2014 at 16:42:00
3 Posted 17/06/2014 at 16:43:42
4 Posted 17/06/2014 at 18:14:49
Few eyes might be turning away from lukaku now.
5 Posted 17/06/2014 at 18:20:07
6 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:05:19
7 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:14:54
Algeria parked the bus and Lukaku was never given any opportunities to score.
The subs. with fresh legs came on against tiring Algerian defenders and gaps appeared. End of story.
8 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:17:19
9 Posted 17/06/2014 at 19:30:05
10 Posted 17/06/2014 at 20:16:24
11 Posted 17/06/2014 at 21:38:29
12 Posted 17/06/2014 at 22:51:11
Seriously though, you have to wonder how bad the service was (I only tuned in as he was being substituted) ... and whether Mirallas could have provided more assistance? Chadli has always looked a waste of space for Spurs.
13 Posted 18/06/2014 at 00:31:28
14 Posted 18/06/2014 at 04:31:58
Bring the big fella back .. oh and fuck his 'arl fella off at the same time.
15 Posted 18/06/2014 at 05:26:25
He doesn't make enough happen for me when he isn't getting the service; his creativity is questionable.
Fellaini to return? A definite no for me.
16 Posted 18/06/2014 at 08:13:30
I could then wear the 'Fellaini' shirt bought the day before his transfer out.
17 Posted 18/06/2014 at 08:37:46
I think I would have him back. Fellaini has shown that he has the ability to bring other players around him into play. I think there is more than just a long-ball option to him when played in an advanced role.
Considering our lack of a quality striker, I think he may be a very good option at a decent price in terms of scoring and creating goals. Whether Martinez feels he would bring enough to our style of play is an interesting thought...
18 Posted 18/06/2014 at 09:24:26
I don't begrudge him going to Man Utd as he thought he was moving to a Champions League team with title ambitions and we got an amazing fee for him. I would welcome him back if we could pay a third of that fee but I just don't see Martinez going in for him.
19 Posted 18/06/2014 at 10:04:52
20 Posted 18/06/2014 at 10:50:29
21 Posted 18/06/2014 at 11:18:16
Man Utd did not play him correctly and we did!!!
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