From the streets of North Africa to all over social media the joy had no limits as Algeria made history by, for the first time, reached the second round of the World Cup after playing 1-1 against Russia in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.
A draw was all Algeria needed, unless South Korea would secure an outstanding win against already qualified Belgium, which they didn’t, the game finished with a Belgian victory (1-0), and meant that Algeria finished second in group H. “I’m very proud of what we achieved tonight,” coach Vahid Halilhodzic said after the game. “I think Algeria played a heroic match and our qualification is perfectly deserved.”
Algeria lost its opening game to Belgium with 2-1 but followed up with a 4-2 victory against South Korea, which meant that Halilhodzic’s team, well-organized around midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, secured the country’s first win in the World Cup since 1982.
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Algeria will now go on to meet European football giant Germany on Monday in Porto Alegre.