FIFA World Cup: Algeria Make History, Dump Russia Out

Algeria's 1-1 draw against Russia helped the African side enter the knockout round of FIFA World Cup for the first time ever.

Updated: June 27, 2014 03:34 IST
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Algeria's Islam Slimani prays after scoring against Russia.

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Curitiba: Algeria has qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time after Islam Slimani's headed equalizer gave his team a 1-1 draw against Russia on Thursday.

Algeria placed second in Group H behind Belgium, meaning it will meet Germany in the second round.

Russia dominated much of the match after taking the lead in the 6th minute when Alexander Kokorin powerfully headed in a left-foot cross from Dmitry Kombarov.

Slimani's 60th-minute equalizer came after Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev failed to catch a swinging left-foot free kick from Yacine Brahimi. That was the second costly error that Akinfeev has made in the tournament for Russia.

Russia needed a win to advance to the next stage.

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