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Algeria stuns South Korea

Reuters
Monday, June 23, 2014

Update: 9:22AM Algeria opened the goal-scoring floodgates, swamping South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group H clash this morning that kept hopes of securing a spot in the last 16 alive and triggered celebrations across the Arab nation.

Algeria's first World Cup victory since 1982 moved it into second place in the group on three points behind Belgium, who beat Russia 1-0 earlier in the day to top the standings on six.

The only Arab presence in the tournament, the 'Desert Foxes' have never made it past the first round but are now in pole position to earn a spot in the knockout phase.

Belgium has already booked one of the group's two slots in the last 16.

South Korea, however, were not about to throw in the towel and started the second half with an urgency missing at the start, Son Heung-min driving a low shot past Rais Mbolhi to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Asians continued to press forward and Ki Sung-yeung forced a sensational diving save from Mbolhi with a thundering long range shot.

On the back foot, Algeria took the steam out of the Korean rally when Yacine Brahimi netted on the counter-attack making them the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match.

The end-to-end action continued, the never-say-die Koreans pulling another one back in 72nd minute when Koo Ja-cheol scored from a scramble in front of the Algerian net to make it 4-2.





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