Algeria carry on African momentum

June 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Algeria, Algeria News, News, South Korea, South Korea News

Algeria's defender Rafik Halliche (C) celebrates scoring with teammates during a Group H football match between South Korea and Algeria at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO
Algeria's defender Rafik Halliche (C) celebrates scoring with teammates during a Group H football match between South Korea and Algeria at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO

After solid performances from both Ghana and Nigeria the night before, Algeria were looking to carry forward the momentum for African teams when they faced South Korea in a Group H fixture at the Estadio Beira in RioPorto Alegre. They did exactly that and ran out 4-2 winners on the night.

Both teams started the game with everything to play for as they were both still capable of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition. It was end-to-end stuff with both teams making clear their intentions to attack.

But it was Algeria who struck first when they opened the scoring in the 26th minute courtesy of a Islam Slimani strike. The Algerians struck again two minutes later – Rafik Halliche getting the goal this time – leaving the South Koreans stunned.

The result was all but secured before half time when the Africans scored their third goal to go into the break leading 3-0. Abdelmoumene Djabou finished smartly from inside the box to give Algeria what would be an unassailable lead.

To their credit, South Korea didn’t lie down and fought back in the second half. They pulled back a goal in the 50th minute to bring the score to 3-1, and continued to threaten the Algerian goal thereafter.

Algeria composed themselves however, and restored their three goal advantage with a goal from Yacine Brahim in the 62nd minute.

Korea managed a consolation goal in the 72nd minute that set-up a nervy finish to the game for Algeria, but they managed to hold on as the game ended 4-2 to the Africans.

The win takes them to second place in their group and needing only a draw in their final game against Russia to qualify for the next round.

By Farren Collins


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