Algeria thrash poor South Korea 4-2

14:30, Jun 23 2014
Sofiane Feghouli
Sofiane Feghouli of Algeria celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's first goal from a penalty kick against Belgium at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Dries Mertens
Belgium's Dries Mertens celebrates after scoring a goal against Algeria during his side's World Cup Group H football match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Mehdi Mostefa
Algeria's Mehdi Mostefa, left, fights for the ball with Belgium's Eden Hazard during their World Cup Group H football match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Marouane Fellaini
Belgium's Marouane Fellaini, left, and Dries Mertens celebrate after their World Cup Group H football match against Algeria at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Saphir Taider
Saphir Taider of Algeria and Axel Witsel of Belgium compete for the ball during their World Cup Group H match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Dries Mertens
Belgium's Dries Mertens, centre, celebrates after scoring a goal during his side's World Cup Group H football match against Algeria at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Hwang Seok-Ho
Hwang Seok-Ho of South Korea consoles Kim Young-Gwon during their World Cup Group H match against Russia at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil.
Victor Fayzulin
Victor Fayzulin of Russia controls the ball against Han Kook-Young (left) and Lee Yong of South Korea during their Group H match at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil.
Ki Sung-yueng
South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng (bottom) fouls Russia's Alexander Samedov during their Group H 1-1 draw at the World Cup.
Vasili Berezutskiy
Russia's Vasili Berezutskiy consoles goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (right) after Akinfeev conceded a goal to South Korea's Lee Keun-ho during their World Cup Group H football match.
Lee Keun-ho
South's Korea's players pile on top of teammate Lee Keun-ho as they celebrate his goal against Russia during their World Cup football match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba, Brazil.
Alexander Kerzhakov
Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov (top right) celebrates his goal with teammates during their 1-1 draw with South Korea at the World Cup.
Divock Origi
Belgium's Divock Origi (centre) celebrates with teammates Marouane Fellaini (left) and Kevin De Bruyne a 1-0 win over Russia.
Kevin Mirallas
Belgium's Divock Origi (17) celebrates with Belgium's Kevin Mirallas after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group H football match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Divock Origi
Belgium's Divock Origi (17) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a late goal against Russia.
Igor Akinfeev
Belgian teenager Divock Origi scores his team's only goal past Igor Akinfeev of Russia during the Group H match between Belgium and Russia at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Alexey Kozlov
Russia's Alexey Kozlov (right) fights for the ball during his side's 1-0 loss to Belgiumi.
Rafik Halliche
Algeria's Rafik Halliche celebrates his goal against South Korea at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.
Islam Slimani
Algeria's Islam Slimani (centre) scores a goal next to South Korea's Kim Young-gwon (left) and Hong Jeong-ho during their World Cup Group H football match.
Abdelmoumene Djabou
Algeria's Abdelmoumene Djabou (right) celebrates after scoring a goal as South Korea's Han Kook-young (left) and Ki Sung-yueng react.
Son Heung-Min
A dejected Son Heung-Min of South Korea walks off the pitch after a 4-2 loss to Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Yacine Brahimi
Algeria's Yacine Brahimi celebrates with Madjid Bougherra, Nabil Bentaleb and Rafik Halliche after scoring a goal against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.
Carl Medjani
Carl Medjani (far left), Djamel Mesbah, Essaid Belkalem, Rafik Halliche and Medhi Lacen of Algeria celebrate after defeating South Korea 4-2 in Porto Alegre.
Fabio Capello
Head coach Fabio Capello of Russia speaks to Vasily Berezutskiy and Aleksandr Kerzhakov during his side's World Cup Group H match against Algeria at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Vasili Berezutskiy
Russia's Vasili Berezutskiy (left) jumps for the ball with Algeria's Islam Slimani during their 1-1 draw at the Baixada arena in Curitiba.
Islam Slimani
Algeria's Islam Slimani celebrates after scoring a goal against Russia.
Igor Denisov
Igor Denisov of Russia challenges Nabil Bentaleb of Algeria at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Carl Medjani
Carl Medjani of Algeria challenges Oleg Shatov of Russia during their World Cup Group H match.
Alexander Kokorin
Alexander Kokorin of Russia celebrates scoring his team's goal against Algeria with teammate Oleg Shatov on his back.
Marouane Fellaini
Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini challenges South Korea's Kim Young-Gwon during their Group H clash at Arena de Sao Paulo.
Son Heung-mini
South Korea's Son Heung-min (left) and Belgium's Steven Defour fight for the ball.
Son Heung-mini
South Korea's Hong Jeong-Ho and Belgium's Divock Origi compete for possession.
Jan Vertonghen
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen scores the only goal of the game to give his side a 1-0 win.
Steven Defour
Referee Benjamin Williams shows Belgium's Steven Defour a straight red card for a two-footed tackle.

First half strikes by Islam Slimani and Rafik Halliche helped Algeria to beat South Korea 4-2 this morning and become the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match.  

Algeria led 3-0 at halftime, but withstood a stronger South Korean second half performance to claim its first World Cup win since 1982 and move into second place in Group H with one match left to play.

Defeat for South Korea means they must now beat already-qualified Belgium to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

Algeria
GOALS GALORE: Algeria's Yacine Brahimi, left, celebrates with Madjid Bougherra, Nabil Bentaleb and Rafik Halliche after scoring a goal during his side's 4-2 win over South Korea at the World Cup.

Belgium leads with six points, Algeria now has three, while Russia and the South Koreans have one apiece.

Slimani, one of three Algeria scorers who didn't start in the opening 2-1 loss to Belgium, broke the deadlock in the 26th minute with a fine solo goal, running onto a through ball between two defenders and then touching it past Jung Sung-ryong.

Two minutes after the restart, defender Rafik Halliche powerfully headed in a corner after Jung came off his line but failed to make contact with the ball.

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Algeria
AWESOME ALGERIA: Yacine Brahimi of Algeria celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal against South Korea.

Algeria added a third goal in the 38th when Abdelmoumene Djabou side-footed home from close to the penalty spot after Slimani pulled the ball back for him.

South Korea didn't manage a shot on target all half, and struggled to break down Algeria's attacks.

However, it was far more positive after the break and pulled a goal back in the 48th minute when Son Heung-min shot through the legs of Rais Mbolhi.  

Hopes of a remarkable comeback were soon extinguished, though, when swift passing by Slimani put Yacini Brahimi through on a counter attack to make it 4-1.  

South Korea captain Koo Ja-cheol bundled the ball home on 72 minutes from close range, but Algeria's defence held on to secure a historic victory.

See below for play-by-play commentary on the game. 

AP