June 26, 2014 5:57 pm
Updated: June 26, 2014 6:10 pm

WORLD CUP: Algeria makes history with advance to knockout stage

Islam Slimani of Algeria celebrates scoring his team's first goal during a Group H match between Algeria and Russia.

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CURITIBA, Brazil – Algeria has qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time after Islam Slimani’s headed equalizer gave his team a 1-1 draw against Russia on Thursday.

Algeria placed second in Group H behind Belgium, meaning it will meet Germany in the second round.

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Russia dominated much of the match after taking the lead in the 6th minute when Alexander Kokorin powerfully headed in a left-foot cross from Dmitry Kombarov.

Slimani’s 60th-minute equalizer came after Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev failed to catch a swinging left-foot free kick from Yacine Brahimi. That was the second costly error that Akinfeev has made in the tournament for Russia.

Russia needed a win to advance to the next stage.


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