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World Cup 2014: South Korea 2-4 Algeria

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
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."

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

Line-ups

South Korea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Jung
  • 12Lee YongBooked at 54mins
  • 3Yun
  • 16Ki Sung-yueng
  • 20Hong
  • 5Kim Young-Gwon
  • 17LeeSubstituted forLeeat 64'minutes
  • 14HanBooked at 69minsSubstituted forJiat 78'minutes
  • 10ParkSubstituted forKim Shin-Wookat 57'minutes
  • 13Koo Ja-Cheol
  • 9Son Heung-Min

Substitutes

  • 2Kim
  • 4Kwak
  • 6Hwang
  • 7Kim
  • 8Ha
  • 11Lee
  • 15Park
  • 18Kim Shin-Wook
  • 19Ji
  • 21Kim Seung-gyu
  • 22Park Joo-Ho
  • 23Lee

Algeria

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, South Korea 2, Algeria 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, South Korea 2, Algeria 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ji Dong-Won (South Korea).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Essaïd Belkalem.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ji Dong-Won (South Korea).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Algeria. Essaïd Belkalem replaces Madjid Bougherra.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, South Korea. Conceded by Nabil Ghilas.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mehdi Lacen (Algeria).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil21103124
2Mexico21101014
3Croatia21015323
4Cameroon200205-50

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands22008356
2Chile22005146
3Australia200236-30
4Spain200217-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia22005146
2Ivory Coast21013303
3Japan201112-11
4Greece201103-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica22004136
2Italy21012203
3Uruguay210134-13
4England200224-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France22008266
2Ecuador21013303
3Switzerland210146-23
4Honduras200215-40

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina22003126
2Nigeria21101014
3Iran201101-11
4Bos-Herze200213-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany21106244
2USA11002113
3Ghana201134-11
4Portugal100104-40

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22003126
2Algeria21015413
3Russia201112-11
4South Korea201135-21
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