For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, Africa will have two representatives in the knockout stages of the competition after Algeria qualified from their group joining Nigeria who already qualified.
The North African’s 1-1 draw with Russia was enough to send them through alongside Belgium who topped Group H.
Aleksandr Kokorin put the Eastern European nation ahead in the 6th minute from a Dmitri Kombarov cross and they remained comfortable until the hour mark when Algeria’s Islam Slimani slammed home after keeper Igor Akinfeev blunder.
The draw saw the North Africans take the runners up slot behind Belgium who beat South Korea 1-0 in spite of being reduced to 10-men. Jan Vetorghen scored the solitary goal for Marc Wilmot’s side who will now face USA in the knockout stages. Algeria whose qualification is the first in their history will clash with title favorites Germany.
The American’s booked their place in the last 16 in spite of losing to Germany by a solitary goal scored by Thomas Muller. They advanced after Portugal’s 2-1 defeat of Ghana who were also bundled out.
John Boye’s own goal gave the Portuguese the lead at the half hour mark but Asamoah Gyan drilled in the equalizer 12 minutes after the interval.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s left-footed strike ensured the Seleccao had the win but that result proved meaningless for both teams.
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