MATCH CENTRE

THU 26 JUNE 2014, 22:00, ARENA DA BAIXADA

1
VS
1

Algeria Join Nigeria In Making History

by Staff Reporter

Thu June 26, 23:55

Algeria held Russia to a 1-1 draw to qualify for the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history as they finished second in Group H at the Arena de Baixada on Thursday evening.

Islam Slimani helped fight back from a goal down to score the decisive goal which saw the North Africans eliminate Fabio Capello’s side and join fellow African Nigeria in the Last 16.

Russia was the team to get off on a more quieter note but they were the one’s to break the deadlock after just six minutes when Aleksandr Kokorin headed in a perfect cross to make it 1-0.

Sofaine Feghouli responded with a great faint and dink into the box for Yacine Brahimi seven minutes later. The Russian goalkeeper spilt the effort but luckily for him it got cleared away.



Russia were doing well to pressure Algeria’s goal. Oleg Shatov was the next player to threaten with a sublime snap-shot that saw the ball sail narrowly high over the angular of the goal frame.

Two great chances then fell to the Fennec Foxes just before the half hour mark. Djamel Mesbah tried to restore parity for the Algerians, but his header inside the box went straight into Igor Akinfeev’s arms, while Islam Slimani saw his stinging effort tipped over the crossbar.

Brahimi offered a shot directly at goal ten minutes from the break, while Fabio Capello’s men also had to deal with a stinging header from Slimani that hit straight into Akinfeev’s torso.

It was so nearly 2-0 to Russia immediately after the restart. Andrey Samedov broke from the Russia midfield and played a neat one-two with Kokorin. The goalscorer found himself one-on-one with Rais Mbolhi, but the Algeria keeper thwarted away the strike from close range.

Algeria started to come out and apply a bit more pressure, particularly on the flanks, and they were winning several set-pieces around the box.

It was indeed from a free-kick that the Foxes did eventually find their equalizing goal. Slimani rose above everyone and nodded in a crossed ball to make it 1-1 on the hour mark and give them hope of progression.

Feghouli struck a tame effort at goal 15 minutes from time, as they valiantly defended the pressure of the Russians to meet Germany in the next round of fixtures.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA DA BAIXADA
ALGERIA GOALS RUSSIA GOALS
13. Islam Slimani (60') 9. Aleksandr Kokorin (6')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
ALGERIA STARTING LINEUP RUSSIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
20
Defender
59'
2
Defender
12
Defender
5
Defender
39'
6
Defender
56'
23
Defender
4
4
Defender
5
14
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
71'
11
Midfielder
67'
17
Forward/Striker
76'
18
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
60'
90'
13
Forward/Striker
79'
11
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
6'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Hassan Yebda
Midfielder
71'
7
Alan Dzagoev
Midfielder
67'
10
Nabil Ghilas
Forward/Striker
76'
9
Maksim Kanunnikov
Forward/Striker
79'
6
El Arabi Soudani
Forward/Striker
90'
15
CARDS
Djamel Mesbah
Defender
39'
6
Dmitri Kombarov
Defender
56'
23
Nabil Ghilas
Forward/Striker
86'
9
Aleksei Kozlov
Defender
59'
2
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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