2014 FIFA World Cup: South Korea vs Algeria - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
After this high-scoring match, Algeria found themselves in a prime position to join Belgium in the next round. But other two teams, Russia and Korea South Korea can still make into the Round of 16.
It was indeed a good fight-back from the Koreans but Algeria's fourth goal just after the hour mark killed the game.
FULL-TIME: Korea 2 - 4 Algeria
90+4' - Algeria registered their first World Cup win since 1982.
90+3' - Son Heung-min tumbled inside the Algeria box and missed a great chance to score their third goal.
90+2' - Korea got a corner. But Sung-Yong Ki's delivery from the far corner ended with Rais M'Bolhi collecting the ball.
90' - Four minutes ADDED.
89' - Probably, Korea got one last attempt in the regulation time but Son Heung-min failed to control the ball and Algeria launched their attack.
87' - Korea won a free-kick from the play following the goal-kick. And the Asian giants tried a couple of kicks, with the last one missing the left post by a whisker.
85' - Nabil Ghilas got a return ball and beat two defenders but the Korean goalie was quick to collect the ball.
84' - Lee Keun-ho got an attempt from a tight angled. Found his kick sailing skywards. Algeria won a goal-kick.
82' - A brief stoppage as Islam Slimani required medical attention.
81' - From the corner, again taken by Son Heung-min, Korea won a throw-in close to the far corner. But Algeria regrouped to defend the attack.
80' - Son Heung-min took a set-piece and from his kick, won a corner.
79' - With ten minutes in the regulation time left, Korea need another two goals to win a point.
78' - Algeria got a throw in the Korean half and Nabil Bentaleb almost put one another for the team.
76' - Algeria SUB: Yacine Brahimi replaced by Mehdi Lacen.
74' - Kim Shin-wook, who came as a substitute, almost scored another goal but his attempt from close range sailed over the bar.
72' - Koo Ja-cheol pulled another one bad as he found himself in the perfect spot to slot home from a Son Heung-min cross. The Korean captain had his knee served for the team.
71' - From the play, Koreans got themselves a free-kick. And build up a move.
70' - Islam Slimani earned a free-kick inside the Korean half after he was subjected to bad tackle.
69' - Yellow Card for Kook-Young Han.
68' - Korea got another chance to score, but failed to beat the defenders inside the Algeria box.
66' - Yellow Card for Algeria captain Madjid Bougherra as he blocked Son Heung-min on the run. Free-kick to Korea in the Algeria half.
64' - Korea SUB: Chung-Yong Lee is replaced by Keun-Ho Lee.
62' - Yacine Brahimi made it four for Algeria to restore the three goal lead. That's from their first chance. And they have become the first African nation to score four in a World Cup match.
60' - For the first in the second-half, Algeria got their act together as they won a free-kick in their own half.
59' - This has been certainly the best period for the Koreans. Ki Sung-yueng had a shot from just outside the box and Rais M'Bolhi was forced to produced a great save to deny the Koreans. Corner to Korea.
57' - Korea SUB: Chu-Young Park replaced by Shin-Wook Kim.
56' - Korea got another opportunity to score from a quickly taken free-kick.
54' - Korea got a corner on the break. It seems like, Koreans have got some words of wisdom and inspiration during the break.
53' - Yellow Card for Korean left-back Lee Yong.
51' - Koerean keeper Koo Ja-cheol got a clear header which failed to hit the target. And he was off-side too.
49' - Son Heung-min pulled one back for Korea. Got lucky to have the striker in front as the delivery from the left beat the marking defenders. Cool finished from the golden-hair player to beat the keeper.
48' - And managed to win a free-kick. From the set-piece, Son Heung-min delivered a low cross.
47' - It's good start from the Koreans. Got a good possession in the Algerian half.
46' - In 1982, Algeria led Chile 3-0 before winning 3-2. But today, they may get more goals.
Second-half got underway.
It was one-way traffic for Algeria as they have created 12 chances, half of which finding the target. In contrast, Korea failed to create any chance.
Possession wise, the Africans enjoyed a greater share too. Three goal lead, that's a good result for some hard work.
HALF-TIME: Korea Republic 0 - 3 Algeria
45+2' - With a throw-in from Algeria, match referee called for the break.
45+1' - Jung Sung-ryong was called into action as a long ball from Algeria left got Korean defenders stranded.
44' - Difference between these two sides is, Algeria attacked with relentless energy, using the flanks, while Korea are happy to roll the ball around the ball and create an opening in the defence, which as of now is not happening. Two minutes ADDED.
42' - Algeria got a free-kick inside the Korean half as Park Chu-young tripped Sofiane Feghouli with a late tackle. From the set-play, they won a corner. Then, it's goal-kick for Korea.
41' - Algerians are all over the Koreans. Every-time the Africans got the ball, they most of the time got scoring chances. Pathetic defending from the Asians. And what a master-stroke from Vahid Halilhodzic. His five changed doing the trick.
37' - Abdelmoumene Djabou, who moments earlier created a chance from the Desert Foxes, foud the back of the net with a clean strike. It was a brilliant through ball from Islam Slimani.
36' - Koreans survived a close-call inside the box.
35' - From one incisive run from the right, Aissa Mandi got a corner for Algeria. And they are strong in set-pieces.
34' - From a swift counter, Koreans got themselves reinforced in the Algerian half. Continued possession for a while, before throwing away their chance with a poor touch in the centre.
31' - Algeria conceded from a silly mistake just around the right flag. From the set-piece, Korea won a throw-in. But nothing worthwhile happened as Rais M'Bolhi got a goal-kick.
30' - With half an hour gone, Algeria are cruising with two goal to nil lead.
28' - Algeria GOT ANOTHER, this time through a power header by Rafik Halliche from a corner. This is his second goal for Algeria.
27' - Algeria GOAL!! Islam Slimani got his 11the goal for his country from a beautiful release from Carl Medjani.
25' - Islam Slimani just caught off-side after a looping pass from Sofiane Feghouli.
23' - Carl Medjani tried to climb over Koo Ja-cheol for a header, and in the process conceded a free-kick to Korea.
21' - Mandi is everywhere for Algeria, got involved in yet another creative move.
19' - Algerians are building most of their attacks from the right flank. In one such move, Aissa Mandi's delivered a perfect cross for Islam Slimani. But the striker's first touch let them down. Kim Young-gwon had a clearance for the Koreans.
18' - Good defending, once again, from the Algerians as they created a move from the back-line. Abdelmoumene Djabou got a strike missing the target for Algeria.
17' - Carl Medjani tripped in the Algeria half. Free-kick to Korea.
16' - A prospective Algerian move inside the Korean half ended with a loose pass. The same fate awaited for the Asians as they too failed to create a tangible move from the following play.
15' - Korea got a free-kick in the centre. But failed to capitalize from the set-piece as Algeria won the possession back.
13' - Algeria, once again, started a move from the left. But Ki Sung-yueng intercepted a pass to create their own move. From the play, Lee Chung-yong failed to control the ball and Algeria got a throw-in, on the right.
12' - Korea won their first corner of the game. From the flag, however, Algerians got a move.
11' - From the dead-ball, Koreans tried to open the Algerian back-line. But the Africans are alert.
10' - From the re-start, from a Algeria goal-kick, Korea once got a good run inside the final third, and won a free-kick.
9' - Son Heung-min got a brave run in the Algeria half. But his attempt to cut-inside the box was thwarted by a defender.
8' - Another good chance gone begging for Algeria as Islam Slimani connected a strong header from a throw-in. The ball missed the target by a whisker. Poor man-marking from the Asians.
7' - Algeria won the first corner kick of the match. But the delivery from the flag failed to reach the box and a Korean defender cleared it to safety.
5' - Unlike the previous match between Belgium and Russia, this match has started in its full pace. In these initial minutes, Algerians certainly look the stronger side.
4' - Good defending from Han Kook-young, as he blocked an Algerian move on the left flank. Throw-in for Algeria.
From the following play, Yacine Brahimi was tripped in the goal-mouth by a Korean defenders. Great opportunity.
3' - From the Korean goal-kick, Algeria got another free-kick.
2' - Algerians are off to bright start. From the set-piece, they got the ball delivered inside the Korean box.
1' - Korea got the match started with the first kick from the centre. And from one long ball, Park Chu-young conceded the first free-kick of the match, in the Algeria half.
Koreans are in red tops and blue shorts. For Algeria, its all whites.
Colombian Wilmar Roldan will officiate the match.
Latest updates from the group is that Belgium has qualified for the Round of 16 after scoring a late winner against the Russians at the historic Maracana.
Team-sheets are out:
South Korea: 1 - Jung Sung-ryong, 12 - Lee Yong, 5 - Kim Young-gwon, 20 - Hong Jeong-ho, 3 - Yun Suk-young, 16 - Ki Sung-yueng, 14 - Han Kook-young, 17 - Lee Chung-yong, 13 - Koo Ja-cheol (c), 10 - Park Chu-young, 9 - Son Heung-min
SUBS: 22 - Park Joo-ho, 2 - Kim Chang-soo, 11 - Lee Keun-ho, 4 - Kwak Tae-hwi, 8 - Ha Dae-sung, 18 - Kim Shin-wook, 7 - Kim Bo-kyung, 23 - Lee Bum-young, 21 - Kim Seung-gyu, 19 - Ji Dong-won, 6 - Hwang Seok-ho, 15 - Park Jong-woo
Algeria: 23 - Rais M'Bolhi, 20 - Aissa Mandi, 2 - Madjid Bougherra (c), 5 - Rafik Halliche, 6 - Djamel Mesbah, 12 - Carl Medjani, 14 - Nabil Bentaleb, 10 - Sofiane Feghouli, 18 - Abdelmoumene Djabou, 11 - Yacine Brahimi, 13 - Islam Slimani
SUBS: 7 - Hassan Yebda, 8 - Medhi Lacen, 22 - Mehdi Mostefa, 16 - Mohamed Zemmamouche, 19 - Saphir Taider, 3 - Faouzi Ghoulam, 17 - Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba, 21 - Riyad Mahrez, 15 - El Arbi Hillel Soudani, 9 - Nabil Ghilas, 4 - Essaid Belkalem, 1 - Cedric Si Mohamed
Welcome to our coverage of this Group H encounter between Korea and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre .
Realistically, both the teams are fighting for a second place finish in the group. Korea, who were lucky to share points with Russia in their opening encounter, will start as the favourites though. Because, they have never lost to an African side in the World Cup, winning against Togo in 2006 and drawing against Nigeria in 2010.
But, Algeria are known for their defensive play, as evident from their opening encounter against group favourites Belgium. They had three shot on the target, and scored from one of those... albeit from the spot, by Sofiane Feghouli.
These two teams have met only once, some 29 years ago in a friendly and the Asian side won 2-0.
The match in Porto Alegre is expected to be a direct duel between two youngsters, Park Chu-young and Madjid Bougherra, in the midfield. But how both the managers utilise their players will be an interesting fact, considering the lack of match-winners or star players in either side. Other key players to watch out are Ki Sung-Yueng and Nabil Bentaleb.
For Korea, their manager Hong Myung-bo is a legend. Having played in four consecutive World Cup finals, his presence inspires confidence.
Vahid Halilhodzic, the Algerian manager, is an astute technician. After spent majority of his playing career in France, the Bosnian had previously managed clubs like PSG and Dinamo Zagreb. The former of Ivory Coast boss has the experience.
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