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.

Analysis

"South Korea were absolutely woeful in the first half. That kind of performance is not acceptable at this level of football and they paid the price. In the second half they freshened it up and looked better but Algeria definitely deserved to win.

"In the first half Algeria came out with a really high tempo, they played some nice football and the fourth goal was a really good team goal."

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.

Key facts

  • Algeria scored more goals in this match than in their preceding seven World Cup matches combined
  • South Korea have won only one of their last seven World Cup group games

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."

Algeria forward Islam Slimani scores his side's opener against South Korea

Islam Slimani has scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for Algeria

Algeria defender Rafik Halliche put his side 2-0 up with a header against South Korea

Algeria scored with four of their 15 efforts on goal (including blocked shots)

Algeria forward Abdelmoumene Djabou scores for his side against South Korea

Algeria scored more goals in this match than they did in their preceding seven World Cup matches combined

A dejected South Korea after being beaten by Algeria

South Korea have conceded 11 goals in their last four World Cup matches

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

South Korea

  • 01 Jung Sung-ryong
  • 12 Lee Yong Booked
  • 03 Yun Suk-young
  • 16 Ki Sung-yueng
  • 20 Hong Jeong-ho
  • 05 Kim Young-gwon
  • 17 Lee Chung-yong (Lee Keun-ho - 64' )
  • 14 Han Kook-young Booked (Ji Dong-won - 78' )
  • 10 Park Chu-young (Kim Shin-wook - 57' )
  • 13 Koo Ja-cheol
  • 09 Son Heung-min

Substitutes

  • 02 Kim Chang-soo
  • 04 Kwak Tae-hwi
  • 06 Hwang Seok-ho
  • 07 Kim Bo-kyung
  • 08 Ha Dae-sung
  • 11 Lee Keun-ho
  • 15 Park Jong-woo
  • 18 Kim Shin-wook
  • 19 Ji Dong-won
  • 21 Kim Seung-gyu
  • 22 Park Joo-ho
  • 23 Lee Bum-young

Algeria

  • 23 M'Bolhi
  • 20 Mandi
  • 06 Mesbah
  • 14 Bentaleb
  • 02 Bougherra Booked (Belkalem - 89' )
  • 05 Halliche
  • 10 Feghouli
  • 12 Medjani
  • 13 Slimani
  • 11 Brahimi (Lacen - 77' )
  • 18 Djabou (Ghilas - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Mohamed
  • 03 Ghoulam
  • 04 Belkalem
  • 07 Yebda
  • 08 Lacen
  • 09 Ghilas
  • 15 Soudani
  • 16 Zemmamouche
  • 17 Cadamuro
  • 19 Taïder
  • 21 Mahrez
  • 22 Mostefa
Ref: Wilmar Roldán
Att: 42,732

Match Stats

Shots

8 15

On target

4 5

Corners

7 5

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, South Korea 2, Algeria 4.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, South Korea 2, Algeria 4.

90:00 +3:11

Foul by Ji Dong-Won (South Korea).

90:00 +3:11

Aissa Mandi (Algeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:01

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Essaïd Belkalem.

89:54

Foul by Ji Dong-Won (South Korea).

89:54

Carl Medjani (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Algeria. Essaïd Belkalem replaces Madjid Bougherra.

87:04

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.

86:28

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:23

Kim Shin-Wook (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:23

Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

84:03

Attempt missed. Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

83:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:54

Delay in match Islam Slimani (Algeria) because of an injury.

81:28

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria).

81:28

Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:34

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Nabil Ghilas.

80:05

Lee Keun-Ho (South Korea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:05

Foul by Mehdi Lacen (Algeria).

79:06

Foul by Son Heung-Min (South Korea).

79:06

Djamel Mesbah (Algeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:18

Attempt missed. Nabil Ghilas (Algeria) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Djamel Mesbah with a cross.

77:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, South Korea. Ji Dong-Won replaces Han Kook-Young.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Algeria. Mehdi Lacen replaces Yacine Brahimi.

73:46

Attempt missed. Kim Shin-Wook (South Korea) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross.

73:26

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Rais M'Bolhi.

72:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Algeria. Nabil Ghilas replaces Abdelmoumene Djabou.

71:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! South Korea 2, Algeria 4. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Keun-Ho.

71:11

Foul by Aissa Mandi (Algeria).

71:11

Son Heung-Min (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:29

Islam Slimani (Algeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:29

Foul by Kim Young-Gwon (South Korea).

69:54

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Algeria).

69:54

Lee Yong (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:42 Booking

Booking Han Kook-Young (South Korea) is shown the yellow card.

66:08 Booking

Booking Madjid Bougherra (Algeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:02

Foul by Madjid Bougherra (Algeria).

66:02

Son Heung-Min (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, South Korea. Lee Keun-Ho replaces Lee Chung-Yong.

63:15

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Djamel Mesbah.

62:52

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria).

62:52

Son Heung-Min (South Korea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! South Korea 1, Algeria 4. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli.

60:25

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:25

Foul by Han Kook-Young (South Korea).

59:07

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Rais M'Bolhi.

59:04

Attempt saved. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Yun Suk-Young.

56:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, South Korea. Kim Shin-Wook replaces Park Chu-Young.

56:24

Attempt blocked. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

56:18

Foul by Djamel Mesbah (Algeria).

56:18

Park Chu-Young (South Korea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:53

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Madjid Bougherra.

53:17 Booking

Booking Lee Yong (South Korea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:10

Djamel Mesbah (Algeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:10

Foul by Lee Yong (South Korea).

51:58

Offside, South Korea. Lee Chung-Yong tries a through ball, but Koo Ja-Cheol is caught offside.

51:33

Attempt saved. Rafik Halliche (Algeria) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi with a cross.

50:40

Aissa Mandi (Algeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:40

Foul by Son Heung-Min (South Korea).

49:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! South Korea 1, Algeria 3. Son Heung-Min (South Korea) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng with a through ball.

48:56

Foul by Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria).

48:56

Yun Suk-Young (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:27

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria).

47:27

Yun Suk-Young (South Korea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins South Korea 0, Algeria 3.

45:00 +1:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, South Korea 0, Algeria 3.

42:58

Attempt missed. Islam Slimani (Algeria) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi with a cross following a corner.

42:38

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Kim Young-Gwon.

41:51

Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:51

Foul by Park Chu-Young (South Korea).

38:23

Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:23

Foul by Han Kook-Young (South Korea).

37:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! South Korea 0, Algeria 3. Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

35:41

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

31:39

Foul by Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria).

31:39

Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:50

Delay in match Islam Slimani (Algeria) because of an injury.

27:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! South Korea 0, Algeria 2. Rafik Halliche (Algeria) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Abdelmoumene Djabou with a cross following a corner.

27:00

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Kim Young-Gwon.

26:59

Attempt blocked. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli.

25:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! South Korea 0, Algeria 1. Islam Slimani (Algeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carl Medjani.

24:53

Offside, Algeria. Sofiane Feghouli tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

23:46

Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

23:46

Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:47

Attempt missed. Carl Medjani (Algeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

20:35

Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:35

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea).

20:05

Attempt missed. Islam Slimani (Algeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aissa Mandi with a cross.

18:29

Attempt missed. Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

17:17

Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

17:17

Han Kook-Young (South Korea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:54

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Algeria).

14:54

Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:38

Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Aissa Mandi.

11:08

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Algeria).

11:08

Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:22

Attempt missed. Islam Slimani (Algeria) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Abdelmoumene Djabou with a cross following a corner.

7:58

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Kim Young-Gwon.

7:03

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Ki Sung-Yueng.

6:20

Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:20

Foul by Lee Yong (South Korea).

4:23

Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

4:23

Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:34

Attempt missed. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

3:33

Attempt blocked. Islam Slimani (Algeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli.

1:52

Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:52

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea).

1:05

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

0:28

Foul by Park Chu-Young (South Korea).

0:28

Aissa Mandi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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