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Algeria moves on to World Cup knockout stage

Saturday, June 28, 2014

CURITIBA, Brazil - Algeria progressed to the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time as Islam Slimani's second-half header was enough to earn them a 1-1 draw against Russia in Curitiba.

Alexander Kokorin put the Russians in front after six minutes with an accurate header into the top corner.

However, Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev's nightmare tournament continued when he tried to claim Yacine Brahimi's free-kick on the hour mark and missed the ball completely, allowing Slimani the easiest of tasks to nod home his second goal of the tournament.

However, television replays showed the CSKA Moscow 'keeper may have been distracted by a green laser pen being shone in his eye seconds before the goal was scored.

The Desert Foxes will now have the chance to avenge their controversial exit from the 1982 World Cup, when West Germany and Austria played out a mutually beneficial 1-0 win for the Germans, when they face Joachim Loew's men in Porto Alegre on Tuesday.

Belgium topped Group H with a maximum nine points from three games after they beat South Korea 1-0 in the other game.

Algeria had gotten off to the worst possible start as with Sofiane Feghouli off the field receiving treatment for a head injury, Russia used the extra space afforded to them down Algeria's right to open the scoring.

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