Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
Algeria 1-1 Russia
4 MINUTES ADDED ON...
90' - RUSSIA ALMOST SCORE!
Koslov's header off the corner lacked power but it went inches wide off the post. So close to an equalizer.
89' - Poor quality of delivery from Russia now. They need better service for Kerzakhov and Kokorin.
86' - Free kick for Russia on the right. Samedov takes it but straight into the keepers hands. That was a promising position for them. He should have delivered an accurate ball.
84' - Algeria have adopted a risky strategy, that of defending the lead. They are looking to absorb all the pressure from Russia and have only Slimani up top.
82' - Russia pressing for a goal now. Putting in cross after cross. Heroic defending by Algeria.
80' - We reach the 80 minute mark. 10 minutes for Fabio Capello's mean to squeeze in a goal and avoid arriving early to the Moscow airport.
78' - 10-Belgium have taken the lead against South Korea.
76' - Abdelmoumene Djabou off. On comes Nabil Ghilas.
73' - Feghouli finds himself in acres of space on the right. Couple of step over later, he fires in the shot. Weak effort that was collected easily by the keeper. Feghouli had Slimani in middle for support as well.
71' - Djabou races into the box trying all his fancy footwork. But Kozlov stayed firm and got in a timely challenge.
69' - Samedov cuts in from the right and reverse passes to Kerzakhov, who fires a shot across the face of the goal. The keeper got his angles right and made a smart save.
67' - Now Algeria looking like they want an equalizer and not just settle for the draw here. Mounting pressure on Russia.
64' - Djabou tries his luck from distance. His effort is on target but it does not trouble the keeper who collects comfortably without moving.
63' - If things stay as they are - Russia will be knocked out and Algeria will be through.
61' - Denisov fires in a shot from inside the box with his right foot. Keeper spills the ball but gathers on the second attempt.
59' - GOAL! SLIMANI
Corner from Brihimi was floated into an area the tempted Akinfeev to come out to collect the ball. He couldn't punch the ball but that intervention did not thwart the brave Slimani who headed the ball into the net.
54' - Mandi and Feghouli combine well on the right flank for Algeria. The dangerous cross in after their lovely exchange of passing was cleared by the Russian defenders. It was a very difficult ball to deal with.
52' - Russia have come out all guns blazing in the second half. They have troubled the Algerian defense on a couple of occasions since the restart of play.
50' - Kerzakhov dances through couple of defenders and cuts in from the right. He fires the shot with his left foot but the direction is not accurate.
48' -RUSSIA ALMOST GET A SECOND!
Samedov and Kokorin involved in a lovely interchange of passes. They cut open the Algerian defense. Samedov was through on goal but his shot was blocked by the keeper from close range.
46' - we he go for the second 45..
As things stand, Russia courtesy of their 1-0 advantage are going through to the next round. Korea are drawing 0-0 with Belgium.
HALF TIME: Algeria 0-1 Russia
45' - ONE MINUTE ADDED ON!
44' - Free-kick on the left for Algeria Mesbah's delivery is met by Bentaleb. But his header is over the crossbar.
42' - Brahimi delivered a pin-point cross for Slimani from a corner. The striker was unmarked and had a free header. He made the connection but directed the ball straight into the hands of Akinfeev. Biggest chance of the match for Algeria.
40' - Five minutes remain for the conclusion of this half. Fabio Capello will be happy with the performance of his team. They have scored early and not given Algeria any clear scoring chances.
38' - Mesbah gets the first yellow card of the match, deep inside the Algerian half for unfairly bringing down Glushakov. Free-kick to Russia.
36' - Brahimi is looking lively for Algeria. This time though, his progress is halted by a group of Russian players.
34' - Brahimi tests the Russian keeper with a low drive. He made the shot from outside the box through a crowd of Russian defenders. Keeper made a good low save.
32' - For Russia, a second goal is a must. If Algeria sneak in a goal, Russia will be out.
30' - Algeria are now slowly making use of the possession. They have begun to test the keeper now and looking to attack more often.
28' - Akinfeev pulls off the save of the tournament from an open header. The ref had however called off-side on the Algerian.
25' - Shatov picks the ball up on the left side near the center circle. He runs with it and as he emerges the edge of the box, fires a shot on goal that just misses the top right corner.
23' - Kombarov once again gets into a dangerous area. He cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that goes wide of the mark after a deflection of a defender.
20' - At the 20 minute mark, Russia will qualify in second place behind Belgium to the Round of 16.
18' - Samedov fires in a cross. And its Kokorin on the end of it again. But this time, his header is wide of the mark.
16' - Glushakov waltzes past challenges as he makes his way into the penalty box. His touch is a bit heavy and the ball rushes to the keeper.
14' - Algeria have dominated the possession with Russia trying to hit them on the counter. This has been the pattern of play so far.
12' - Feghouli twists and turns as he attempts to leave three Russian defenders in his wake. He gets past two but Ignashevich prevents him from going any further.
10' - Nice build of play by Algeria. Feghouli's cross from the left does not go beyond the first defender though. He had plenty of support in the middle waiting for it.
7' - As things stand, Russia will go through in second place and face Germany in the Round of 16.
Russia score against the run of play. Kombarov put in a dream of a ball from the left and Kokorin towered above to send his bullet header past the keeper. He was left unmarked by the Algerian defense. Russia lead 1-0.
5' -GOAL! KOKORIN
3' -Algeria have dominated the early passage of play, especially in terms of possession.
1' - Here we go..
Time for the national anthems of the two countries. Algeria's followed by Russia's.
Team line-ups for the match:
Russia: Akinfeev; Kozlov, Ignashevich, Berezutskiy, Kombarov; Samedov, Glushakov, Faizulin, Shatov; Kerzakhov, Kokorin
Algeria: Mbolhi; Belkalem, Halliche, Mandi, Mesbah; Medjani, Bentaleb, Feghouli, Brahimi, Djabou; Slimani
Welcome to our coverage of this Group H encounter between Algeria and Russia being played at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba.
Belgium are already through to the Round of 16 from this group. Algeria are the favorites to progress from group. Russia have 1 point and Algeria have 3 points. Hence this makes it a "winner-takes-all" contest.
It is unlikely that Korea will beat Belgium by a handsome margin. Fabio Capello's teams are difficult to beat and Algeria will have their work cut out in this one.
We have a cracker of a contest to sign off the group stage.