Your Middle East
Last updated: 27 June, 2014

1 2 3, Viva L’Algérie!

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.

Fans on Twitter expressed their joy…

Imad Mesdoua@ImadMesdoua 8h
I’m done. Time to sleep a bit. #Algeria did it – I can now die a happy man 🙂

Rana Hamarneh@RanaHamarneh 3h
Bravo Bravo Algeria.. This to me is Arab Spring, and not all the failing revolutions that killed hope.

Agaila Abba @Agailita 9h
Saharawi people are celebrating Algeria victory like is their own #WesternSahara #Algeria

Dima Khatib أنا ديمة@Dima_Khatib 9h
Many started suddenly loving Algeria, because of football. I suddenly started loving football thanks to Algeria 🙂

Roqayah Chamseddine@roqchams 9h
I haven’t been watching the World Cup, nor have I had the urge to, but Algeria did it for me #VivaAlgeria

Stephen Colbert@StephenAtHome 5h
I love the World Cup. Every four years we come together as a nation and remind ourselves that Algeria is not a hayfever medication.

Algeria will now go on to meet European football giant Germany on Monday in Porto Alegre.