Brazil 2014: Algeria Joins Nigeria In Group of 16

A 60th minute header by Islam Slimani gave Algeria the point they needed to reach the second round of the World Cup for the first time with a 1-1 draw with Russia in Curitiba on Thursday.

Algeria had had to come from 1-0 down to grab the draw and knock 2018 World Cup hosts Russia out inflicting more World Cup woe on their coach Fabio Capello.

While Belgium top the group having beaten the Koreans 1-0, Algeria face a grudge match with Germany on Monday.

The Algerians believe they and not the Germans would have progressed to the second stage of the 1982 World Cup had not Germany beaten Austria 1-0 in a match considered by many to have been played out as a friendly.

Nigeria a fellow African nation qualified yesterday for the round of 16, despite a 2-3 loss to Argentina.

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