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Algeria in high spirits after a 32-year wait

Yacine Brahimi (right) celebrates his goal with Madjid Bougherra

Porto Alegre: They might want to change Porto Alegre's name to Porto Algeria after the Desert Foxes’ 4-2 victory over South Korea in the southern Brazilian city on Sunday.

Algeria’s four goals ended a 32-year wait for a World Cup win and shot them into contention for a last 16 place for the first time in four tournaments.

The Beira Rio stadium echoed to the chants of “1-2-3, Vive Algerie” after the final whistle from Algeria’s vociferous green and white clad fans.

Wily coach Vahid Halilhodzic masterminded an impressive performance, making five changes to the side that were unlucky to lose their opening Group H game against Belgium.

“I took into account how Korea played, I wanted some fresh players, players who wanted revenge, who could worry the Korean team and make it difficult for them,” he told a news conference.

“We had to dare but after each match we will get better and better and this victory after 32 years will do a lot for us. We are in high spirits,” he said.

The tremendous match — in which South Korea threatened to make a late comeback after a poor first-half — also fired up a group which until now had been spared the drama and thrills seen elsewhere in Brazil.

The team had played to its strengths, Halilhodzic said.

“We played an almost perfect first period. We were playing very well, very effectively, then it went down a little bit, maybe it was psychological, maybe physical, but this was a feat today.” He conceded that Algeria sagged somewhat in the second half, allowing Korea to claw back a goal when three down, then a second after Algeria has grabbed a fourth.

TEAMS

Algeria: Rais Mbolhi, Madjid Bougherra (Esseid Belkalem 89), Djamel Mesbah, Aissa Mandi, Rafik Halliche, Sofiane Feghouli, Yacine Brahimi (Mehdi Lacen 77), Carl Medjani, Islam Slimani, Nabil Bentaleb, Abdelmoumene Djabou (Nabil Ghilas 73).

South Korea: Jung Sung-ryong, Lee Yong, Yun Suk-young, Kim Young-kwon, Hong Jeong-ho, Ki Sung-yeung, Han Kook-young (Ji Dong-won 78), Son Heung-min, Lee Chung-yong (Lee Keun-ho 64), Koo Ja-cheol, Park Chu-young (Kim Shin-wook 57)

Man of the Match: Islam Slimani

Referee: Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)