Belgium 1-0 Russia – The paper review!

We round up some of the Belgian front pages the morning after the dramatic 1-0 win over Russia that sees the Red Devils qualify for the round of sixteen. As expected, Divock Origi, scorer of the winning goal, features heavily.

Het Laatste Nieuws


We begin again with the country’s biggest selling newspaper, which leads with “Already through thanks to the cool customer of 19 (years of age). The free Origi Panini sticker included is rather appropriate today!

La Dernière Heure



La DH, who today have also broken the story of Michy Batshuayi’s impending move from Standard to OM, lead with “(a place in) the last sixteen is ours!”

Het Nieuwsblad


With the picture of the royals in attendance, het Nieuwsblad leads with the headline “Origi the saviour”, saying that for a long time it looked as if the Belgians would be reliant on getting something out of the South Korea game in order to qualify.



L’Avenir go with a clever headline, which is a play on Origi’s name, Ori…brilliant! as he is pictured celebrating with Kevin Mirallas.

De Morgen



De Morgen go with Belgians safely (through) but we won’t be going far like this (literally jumping in reference to the photo) alluding to another below-par performance.

Le Soir



Le Soir simply says “Qualified” and shows how Belgians marked the win around the world.

Gazet van Antwerpen



The Gazet van Antwerpen channels Sporza commentator Frank Raes with its headline “Oh, oh, Origi!” saying that the youngest player in the squad fired Belgium into the second round sparking celebrations across the country.

La Capitale



The Brussels edition of the Sudpresse papers is as colourful as ever and leads with “Glory to our Devils!” Apparently Stromae, who recorded the team’s World Cup song, has America at his feet. I’ll leave that for others to judge.

De Standaard



De Standaard shows the players going over to their relieved and delighted travelling fans accompanied by the headline “In the last sixteen.”

La Libre

Lalibre230614And La Libre goes with a jubilant Marc Wilmots with the headline “Winning strategy” saying that as in the Algeria game, it was the bench that made the difference against Russia.

My favourite this time is L’Avenir’s front page.

Be sure to stay with for all the latest on the progress of Belgium and the Netherlands in this World Cup. We’ll be back for another James Richardson-style paper review after the South Korea game.


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