Islam Slimani’s second-half header earned Algeria a 1-1 draw with Russia in their pivotal Group H encounter and a place in the last-16 of the World Cup.
For long periods it appeared as though it would be Fabio Capello’s side toasting a place in the second round, with Aleksandr Kokorin nodding them into an early lead.
It was, however, to be Algeria who wrote their own piece of history by reaching the knockout stage – where they will face Germany in Porto Alegre on Friday – for the very first time.
They headed into a midweek meeting with Russia knowing that a point would likely be enough to see them through, but they fell behind inside six minutes as Dmitri Kombarov whipped over a pinpoint cross for Kokorin to plant a powerful header into the top corner.
Algeria toiled for the remainder of the first half, but snatched a priceless leveller on the hour mark as Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev flapped at a Yacine Brahimi free-kick and Slimani rose highest at the back post to nod into an empty net.