#FifaWorldCup: Algeria Joins Nigeria in Flying Africa’s Flag in the Knock Out Phase

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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.

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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.

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