Algeria celebrates World Cup success

  • 27 June 2014
  • From the section Africa
Algerian fans celebrate in Algiers - 26 June 2014
Image caption The BBC's Mohamed Areski Himeur says the streets of Algiers were transformed into dance floors

Tens of thousands of fans took part in celebrations across Algeria after their team qualified for the knock-out phase of the World Cup for the first time.

Algeria secured qualification in Brazil with a 1-1 draw against Russia, who were eliminated from the competition.

Fireworks lit up the night sky of the capital, Algiers, as crowds danced and waved flags and car horns blared.

A BBC reporter says the partying went on until dawn, with whole families taking part in the football euphoria.

Image caption The Algerian Foxes celebrated their draw in Curitiba which ensured their qualification to the knock-out stage

Convoys of cars with honking horns drove through Algiers and many streets were transformed into dance floors, the BBC's Mohamed Areski Himeur reports from the city.

In many cities in France - which has a large Algerian population - supporters of The Foxes also took to the streets in celebration.

Image caption Thousands of fans watched the match live on a big screen in a square in Algiers
Image caption After the final whistle the party began with ululating and shouts of joy, our reporter says

In the next round of the World Cup, Algeria face Germany on Monday.

In the 1982 tournament, West Germany were accused of deliberately playing out the 1-0 victory over Austria that ensured both teams progressed at Algeria's expense.

"We have not forgotten," Algerian coach Vahid Halilhodzic said.

Image caption All neighbourhoods joined in the celebrations
Image caption Women were also amongst the revellers
Image caption The celebrations continued even after the first call to prayers at dawn
Image caption In Paris, Algerian supporters went to the Arc de Triomphe to mark the historic qualification
Image caption In some French cities, like Marseille, riot police dispersed supporters after trouble erupted

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