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South Korea 2-4 Algeria: Desert Foxes record historic World Cup win
Algeria overwhelmed the South Korean defence in the first half with a three goal advantage and, despite a resurgent second half by the 2002 World Cup co-hosts, the North African side managed to seal a historic victory.
Starting the match, Algeria knew they had to win their match against their Asian opposition after the Desert Foxes lost their first match in the World Cup against Belgium, with manager Halilhodzic fielding a strong lineup from the start.
South Korea: S R Jung, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo, K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong
Algeria: Mbolhi, Bougherra, Halliche, Mesbah, Feghouli, Brahimi, Medjani, Slimani, Bentaleb, Djabou, Mandi
No changes were made to South Korea’s starting eleven from its opening draw with Russia while five changes were made to the Algerian squad that started against Belgium.
First half strikes from Slimani, Haliche and Djabou helped Les Fennecs triumph over South Korea in a six goal thriller at the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre as Algeria became the first African and Arab side in history to score four goals in a World Cup match.
The Algerians drew first blood in the 26th minute when Islam Slimani lifted the ball over Jung Sung-ryong from a long-range pass. Rafik Halliche then doubled the lead in the 28th from a corner before Abdelmoumene Djabou made it three right at the stroke of halftime.
The Taegeuk Warriors pulled one back after the break when Son Heung-min slotted a shot through the legs of Rais M’bolhi. Any hopes of a comeback were shortly extinguished when Yacini Brahimi finished on the counter attack to make it 4-1 in the 62nd minute.
South Korea’s captain Koo Ja-cheol tapped the ball home in the 72nd from close range, but it was all too late as Algeria held on to record their first World Cup win since 1982. With one more round of group matches to go, Halilhodzic’s men leap two points ahead of Russia as they sit second in group H.
Algeria face Russia in their final group game on the 26th of June.