After narrowly losing their opening match 0-1, the ‘Desert Foxes’ of Algeria knew that anything short of a victory would almost certainly mean an early exit from the tournament and they produced the goods in fine style as they walloped South Korea 4-2, becoming the first African side to score four goals in a single World Cup match.
In what most analyst had predicted would be a tightly-fought first half with South Korea having the edge, the Algerians ran riot, scoring three goals through Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoumene Djabou to gain a comfortable lead by halftime. First, Slimani outpaced two defenders to get to a long pass and flick the ball past on-rushing keeper Jung Sung-ryong. Two minutes later, it was two, as defender Halliche extended the lead with a thumping header from a corner. Djabou then scored the third, when Slimani slipped a ball across for him to sidefoot home to give the North African side who many had already written off as one of the teams to be eliminated early a scarcely believable lead at the interval.
The second half was more competitive however, as the Korean scored two goals to give the score line a more respectable look but the Algerians had sailed out of sight with another goal. A mistake allowed Son of South Korea to whip a finish in between the legs of the Algerian goalkeeper five minutes after the interval but Brahami dispelled notions of a comeback on the 63rd minute by scoring Korea’s fourth goal. Koo Ja-Cheoi tapped in from Lee Keun-ho’s cross with 18 minutes left to reduce the deficit to two once more but it was in vain.
The result leaves Algeria needing just a draw in their final group match against Russia to secure qualification to the second round for the first time in their history.
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