Sunday, 22nd June
Korea vs Algeria
in Porto Alegre.
The only time South Korea and Algeria have met before was a
December 1985 friendly match.
South Korea beat Algeria (2:0) in Nezahualcoyotl, prior to the Mexico 1986 finals.
For these two teams there was everything to play for after Russia
lost to Belgium earlier in the day.
While South Korea emerged like their normal lively selves, it was
Algeria who ran up a three goal lead before half-time.
Islam Slimani put the North Africans ahead in the 26th minute, after running on to Carl
Medjani's ball and through two South Korean defenders; to lift the ball over the
Within two minutes, Rafik Halliche doubled Algeria's lead when he headed home Abdelmoumene
Djabou's corner kick.
Abdelmoumene Djabou turned from provider to scorer, eight minutes before the break.
Half-time: South Korea 0 - Algeria 3
Heung-Min Son caught the Algerian defence napping shortly after the break, but they still
had a long way to go.
A goal-line clearence and an excellent save from Ki Sung-yueng's long
range drive kept Algeria in the driving seat.
Then Algeria made their position more secure, just after the hour, thanks to Yacine
Although there was still twenty minutes play, Ja-Cheol Koo scrambled goal proved to be
little more than a consulation.
South Korea were not out, but they may be feeling down.
Final Score: South Korea 2 - Algeria 4
0:1 - Islam Slimani (26 mins)
0:2 - Rafik Halliche (28 mins)
0:3 - Abdelmoumene Djabou (37 mins)
1:3 - Heung-Min Son (50 mins)
1:4 - Yacine Brahimi (62 mins)
2:4 - Ja-Cheol Koo (72 mins)
1-Sung-Ryong Jung; 12-Yong Lee, 20-Jeong-Ho Hong, 5-Young-Gwon Kim, 3-Suk-Young Yun;
14-Kook-Young Han, 17-Chung-Yong Lee, 16-Sung-Yueng Ki, 10-Chu-Young Park; 13-Ja-Cheol
Koo, 9-Heung-Min Son.
23-Rais M'Bolhi; 20-Aissa Mandi, 12-Carl Medjani, 2-Madjid Bougherra, 5-Rafik Halliche;
6-Djamel Mesbah, 10-Sofiane Feghouli, 11-Yacine Brahimi, 18-Abdelmoumene Djabou; 14-Nabil
Bentaleb, 13-Islam Slimani.
Referee: Wilmar Roldan - Colombia
3 yellow cards:
54 mins - Yong Lee (South Korea)
67 mins - Madjid Bougherra (Algeria)
69 mins - Kook-Young Han (South Korea)
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2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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