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World Cup 2014: South Korea 2-4 Algeria

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Highlights: South Korea 2-4 Algeria

Algeria moved up to second in World Cup Group H as they overcame South Korea in a six-goal thriller in Porto Alegre.

Islam Slimani ran onto a long ball to flick in the first and a Rafick Halliche header put Algeria 2-0 up.

Abdelmoumene Djabou sidefooted in a third, before Song Heung-min's low shot pulled one back as South Korea rallied.

Yacine Brahimi added Algeria's fourth and, despite Koo Ja-cheol scoring a second for Korea, Algeria held on for their first World Cup win since 1982.

Algeria, narrowly beaten by group leaders Belgium in their opening game, knew a second defeat would end their hopes of getting out of the group stage for the first time. They responded in emphatic fashion, becoming the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup game.

A win for the Desert Foxes against Russia will now secure a last-16 spot, and a draw could be enough if South Korea fail to beat Belgium.

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic made five changes from the opening defeat by Belgium and his reshuffle had the desired impact.

Sofiane Feghouli had a strong shout for a penalty turned down when he appeared to have been tripped by Kim Young-gwon before the ball fell for Brahimi to hook over.

Slimani then found space at the far post only to head wide and also badly mistimed a first-time shot from six yards as he met an inviting cross from Aissa Mandi.

But the Portugal-based striker, who was his side's top scorer in qualifying, did not take long to atone as he outpaced two defenders to get to a long Carl Medjani pass and flick the ball past on-rushing keeper Jung Sung-ryong.

Defender Halliche extended the lead two minutes later with his second goal for his country, a thumping header from an Djabou corner.

And Djabou turned from provider to goalscorer when Slimani slipped a ball across for him to sidefoot home.

South Korea had not managed a shot on target in the first half but pulled a goal back shortly after the break - a mistake from Madjid Bougherra allowing Song to send a shot through the legs of keeper Rais Mbohli.

It was now Algeria's turn to be penned back and they survived a further scare when Ki Sung-yueng had a long range shot palmed over by Mbohli.

However, Brahimi restored his side's three-goal advantage when he played a one-two with Feghouli before slotting past Jung.

But a much-improved South Korea were not finished, and after the Desert Foxes failed to clear their lines, Lee Keun-ho played the ball across the box for Koo to slot in, before a tiring Algeria managed to regroup and close out the win.

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic:

"We played an almost perfect first period.

"We played very well, very effectively and then it went down a little bit - maybe it was psychological, maybe it was physical - we will have to talk about this.

"But I think that this was a real feat this afternoon and I would like to congratulate my players."

South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo:

"In the stadium, there were a lot of Korean fans and I would like to apologise to them.

"We have one game left and I would just like to promise that we will do our best for the next match."

Islam Slimani has scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for Algeria
Algeria scored with four of their 15 efforts on goal (including blocked shots)
Algeria scored more goals in this match than they did in their preceding seven World Cup matches combined
South Korea have conceded 11 goals in their last four World Cup matches

Line-ups

South Korea

  • 1Jung Sung-ryong
  • 12Lee YongBooked at 54mins
  • 3Yun Suk-young
  • 16Ki Sung-yueng
  • 20Hong Jeong-ho
  • 5Kim Young-gwon
  • 17Lee Chung-yongSubstituted forLee Keun-hoat 64'minutes
  • 14Han Kook-youngBooked at 69minsSubstituted forJi Dong-wonat 78'minutes
  • 10Park Chu-youngSubstituted forKim Shin-wookat 57'minutes
  • 13Koo Ja-cheol
  • 9Son Heung-min

Substitutes

  • 2Kim Chang-soo
  • 4Kwak Tae-hwi
  • 6Hwang Seok-ho
  • 7Kim Bo-kyung
  • 8Ha Dae-sung
  • 11Lee Keun-ho
  • 15Park Jong-woo
  • 18Kim Shin-wook
  • 19Ji Dong-won
  • 21Kim Seung-gyu
  • 22Park Joo-ho
  • 23Lee Bum-young

Algeria

  • 23M'Bolhi
  • 20Mandi
  • 6Mesbah
  • 14Bentaleb
  • 2BougherraBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBelkalemat 89'minutes
  • 5Halliche
  • 10Feghouli
  • 12Medjani
  • 13Slimani
  • 11BrahimiSubstituted forLacenat 77'minutes
  • 18DjabouSubstituted forGhilasat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mohamed
  • 3Ghoulam
  • 4Belkalem
  • 7Yebda
  • 8Lacen
  • 9Ghilas
  • 15Soudani
  • 16Zemmamouche
  • 17Cadamuro
  • 19Taïder
  • 21Mahrez
  • 22Mostefa
Referee:
Wilmar Roldán
Attendance:
42,732

Match Stats

Home TeamSouth KoreaAway TeamAlgeria
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, South Korea 2, Algeria 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, South Korea 2, Algeria 4.
Foul by Ji Dong-Won (South Korea).
Aissa Mandi (Algeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Essaïd Belkalem.
Foul by Ji Dong-Won (South Korea).
Carl Medjani (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Essaïd Belkalem replaces Madjid Bougherra.
Attempt missed. Ji Dong-Won (South Korea) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kim Shin-Wook with a headed pass.
Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Kim Shin-Wook (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).
Attempt missed. Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Islam Slimani (Algeria) because of an injury.
Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria).
Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Nabil Ghilas.
Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mehdi Lacen (Algeria).
goal

As It Stood

A

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1Brazil211024
2Mexico211014
3Croatia210123
4Cameroon2002-50

B

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1Netherlands220056
2Chile220046
3Australia2002-30
4Spain2002-60

C

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1Colombia220046
2Ivory Coast210103
3Japan2011-11
4Greece2011-31

D

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1Costa Rica220036
2Italy210103
3Uruguay2101-13
4England2002-20

E

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1France220066
2Ecuador210103
3Switzerland2101-23
4Honduras2002-40

F

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1Argentina220026
2Nigeria211014
3Iran2011-11
4Bos-Herze2002-20

G

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1Germany211044
2USA110013
3Ghana2011-11
4Portugal1001-40

H

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1Belgium220026
2Algeria210113
3Russia2011-11
4South Korea2011-21
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