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World Cup: Algeria 1-1 Russia

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World Cup 2014: Algeria 1-1 Russia highlights

Algeria came from behind to draw with Russia and reach the last 16 of the Fifa World Cup for the first time.

Ex-England boss Fabio Capello saw his Russia side take an early lead when an unmarked Aleksandr Kokorin headed in from Dmitri Kombarov's left-wing cross.

But Algeria grabbed an equaliser in the second half as Islam Slimani converted from Yacine Brahimi's free-kick.

Russia could not score a winning goal as Algeria held on to secure a tie with Germany in the second round on Monday.

Igor Akinfeev
A laser was shone into the face of Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev moments before Algeria's goal

However, the north Africans' equaliser was a controversial one as television pictures showed a laser from the crowd had been shone in the face of Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev moments before the goal.

Nevertheless, the CSKA Moscow custodian will be unhappy with the concession as he came off his line to try to intercept Brahimi's delivery but failed to get there ahead of Slimani.

The goalkeeper had also made a costly error in his side's opening 1-1 draw with South Korea as he let a shot from Lee Keun-Ho slip through his fingers and into the net.

Those dropped points proved decisive as Algeria, who failed to advance past the first phase in 1982, 1986 and 2010, joined Group H winners Belgium in the next round.

Capello had guided England into the last 16 in South Africa but his Russia side failed to win any of their three group games in Brazil. They only found the net twice and did not have the cutting edge to score another against the Algerians, despite piling on the pressure in the closing stages.

The Russians - who will host the 2018 finals - knew a victory would put them through to the last 16 and they made a perfect start as they took the lead in the sixth minute.

Viktor Fayzulin released Kombarov and his cross was met by Kokorin, who powered a header from 12 yards past goalkeeper Rais M'bolhi.

Algeria fought their way back into the game, but Akinfeev saved weak efforts from Djamel Mesbah and Brahimi and was also well placed to block Slimani's powerful header from eight yards.

Russia almost doubled their lead three minutes into the second half, but Aleksandr Samedov was denied by M'bolhi after linking up with Kokorin.

But Slimani, who scored in Algeria's 4-2 victory against South Korea on Sunday, equalised on the hour with what turned out to be the most important goal in their history.

Russia pushed forward in a desperate attempt to get the goal that would have taken them into the last 16 for the first time since the break-up of the old Soviet Union.

Their best chance fell to Aleksandr Kerzhakov, but his low attempt was saved by M'bolhi as Algeria held on for a historic result.

Algeria v Russia match stats
Algeria failed to keep a clean sheet for the 11th time in their 12 World Cup matches
Algeria become the sixth different African team to make the knockout stages of a World Cup, emulating Morocco, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana
Russia have gone out of the World Cup in the group phase in their last three appearances - 1994, 2002 and 2014

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic said: "Algeria played a heroic match and our qualification is perfectly deserved.

"During the first half Russia used their experience, my players were a bit naive."

Russia coach Fabio Capello said: "Our goalkeeper was affected by a laser 10 seconds before the goal. He was blinded by a laser, there are photos, films of it. I'm not looking for excuses. I accept defeats."

Asked whether he would stay in charge of the Russian side, Capello replied: "If they still want me, yes."

Islam Slimani
Islam Slimani scored the equaliser to take Algeria into the last 16 for the first time
Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello has only won one of his seven World Cup games as a coach. He took England to the last 16 in South Africa in 2010, but has exited in the group phase with Russia in Brazil
Algeria fans
Algeria went out in the group phase of the 1982, 1986 and 2010 World Cups
Aleksandr Kokorin's goal gave Russia an early lead against Algeria
Aleksandr Kokorin's header gave Russia an early lead against Algeria in Curitiba
Russia celebrate
Russia had only scored once in their two previous World Cup games but went ahead after six minutes

Line-ups

Algeria

  • 23M'Bolhi
  • 20Mandi
  • 6MesbahBooked at 39mins
  • 14Bentaleb
  • 4Belkalem
  • 5Halliche
  • 10Feghouli
  • 12Medjani
  • 13SlimaniSubstituted forSoudaniat 90+1'minutes
  • 11BrahimiSubstituted forYebdaat 71'minutes
  • 18DjabouSubstituted forGhilasat 77'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mohamed
  • 2Bougherra
  • 3Ghoulam
  • 7Yebda
  • 8Lacen
  • 9Ghilas
  • 15Soudani
  • 16Zemmamouche
  • 17Cadamuro
  • 19Taïder
  • 21Mahrez
  • 22Mostefa

Russia

  • 1Akinfeev
  • 2KozlovBooked at 59mins
  • 23KombarovBooked at 57mins
  • 8GlushakovSubstituted forDenisovat 45'minutes
  • 14Berezoutski
  • 4Ignashevitch
  • 11KerzhakovSubstituted forKanunnikovat 81'minutes
  • 20Faizulin
  • 9Kokorin
  • 17ShatovSubstituted forDzagoevat 67'minutes
  • 19Samedov

Substitutes

  • 3Schennikov
  • 5Semenov
  • 6Kanunnikov
  • 7Denisov
  • 10Dzagoev
  • 12Lodygin
  • 13Granat
  • 15Mogilevets
  • 16Ryzhikov
  • 18Zhirkov
  • 21Ionov
  • 22Eshchenko
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
39,311

Match Stats

Home TeamAlgeriaAway TeamRussia
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Algeria 1, Russia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Algeria 1, Russia 1.

Foul by Sergei Ignashevitch (Russia).

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

Foul by Igor Denisov (Russia).

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

Booking

Liassine Cadamuro (Algeria) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Soudani replaces Islam Slimani.

Foul by Alexander Kokorin (Russia).

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

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Nabil Ghilas.

Igor Denisov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria).

Booking

Nabil Ghilas (Algeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dmitriy Kombarov (Russia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nabil Ghilas (Algeria).

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Essaïd Belkalem.

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Maksim Kanunnikov replaces Alexander Kerzhakov.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Nabil Ghilas replaces Abdelmoumene Djabou.

Foul by Alan Dzagoev (Russia).

Essaïd Belkalem (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Attempt saved. Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Hassan Yebda.

Igor Denisov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hassan Yebda (Algeria).

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Hassan Yebda replaces Yacine Brahimi.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Kokorin (Russia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Dzagoev.

Attempt saved. Alexander Kerzhakov (Russia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandr Samedov.

Dmitriy Kombarov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Alan Dzagoev replaces Oleg Shatov.

Offside, Russia. Vassili Berezoutski tries a through ball, but Alexander Kokorin is caught offside.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Carl Medjani.

Attempt saved. Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli.

Foul by Aissa Mandi (Algeria).

Dmitriy Kombarov (Russia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Igor Denisov (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Viktor Faizulin.

Goal!

Goal! Algeria 1, Russia 1. Islam Slimani (Algeria) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Aleksei Kozlov (Russia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia330079
2Greece3111-24
3Ivory Coast3102-13
4Japan3012-41

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica321037
2Uruguay320106
3Italy3102-13
4England3012-21

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France321067
2Switzerland320116
3Ecuador311104
4Honduras3003-70

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina330039
2Nigeria311104
3Bos-Herze310203
4Iran3012-31

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany321057
2USA311104
3Portugal3111-34
4Ghana3012-21

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium330039
2Algeria311114
3Russia3021-12
4South Korea3012-31
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