World Cup Brazil: Surprising Algerians withstand Russia: 1-1
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 26, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — For the first time ever, Algeria reached the second round at a World Cup soccer tournament. In Curitiba, a draw against
Russiawas enough for the
soccer team of Algeria.
After the 1-1, the North Africans finished second in
World Cup 2014 in Brazil
Group H, after Belgium.
In the early stage of the soccer match in
Arena da Baixada, the much-needed victory for Russia came within range.
With a blistering header of Aleksandr Kokorin in the upper corner, the Russians were on their way to qualification.
Until halfway. Whether he was distracted by annoying laser pens, but the Russian goalie Igor Akinfeev entirely misjudged a free kick by Yacine Brahimi which allowed Islam Slimani to score: 1-1.
After the equalizer, the North Africans build a wall on which the Russians pounded in vain for half an hour.
The Russians finished third in the group, ahead of South Korea. Belgium became winner of World Cup 2014 Group H and will play against Team USA. Germany will be Algeria's opponent.
Matches & Standings Group H - World Cup 2014