Porto Alegre: Algeria took a huge step towards qualifying for the knockout round of the World Cup for the first time with a thrilling 4-2 Group H win over South Korea, on Sunday.
Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoumene Djabou gave Algeria a 3-0 half-time lead before the Koreans scored with their first shot on goal, Son Heung-min turning smartly in the box to fire between Rais Mbolhi’s legs in the 50th minute.
Yacine Brahimi found the net just after the hour to restore Algeria’s three-goal cushion, making them the first African side to score four goals in a World Cup game, before Koo Ja-cheol pulled another goal back midway through the second half.
Algeria are second in Group H on three points, ahead of the Koreans and Russia, who each have one.
Algeria totally dominated the proceedings in the first half, though they also spurned several chances. They took the lead in the 26th minute when striker Slimani ran on to a long up-field pass and held off two Korean defenders before guiding the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong.
The North Africans doubled their lead just two minutes later when Halliche headed home a corner from Djabou and added a third in the 38th minute when a Slimani pass found Djabou inside the box and the attacking midfielder swept a left-foot shot into the corner of the net. (Agencies)