Algeria thrash poor South Korea 4-2

Referee Benjamin Williams shows Belgium's Steven Defour a straight red card for a two-footed tackle.
Referee Benjamin Williams shows Belgium's Steven Defour a straight red card for a two-footed tackle.
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen scores the only goal of the game to give his side a 1-0 win.
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen scores the only goal of the game to give his side a 1-0 win.
South Korea's Hong Jeong-Ho and Belgium's Divock Origi compete for possession.
South Korea's Hong Jeong-Ho and Belgium's Divock Origi compete for possession.
South Korea's Son Heung-min (left) and Belgium's Steven Defour fight for the ball.
South Korea's Son Heung-min (left) and Belgium's Steven Defour fight for the ball.
Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini challenges South Korea's Kim Young-Gwon during their Group H clash at Arena de Sao Paulo.
Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini challenges South Korea's Kim Young-Gwon during their Group H clash at Arena de Sao Paulo.
Algeria's Islam Slimani celebrates after scoring a goal against Russia.
Algeria's Islam Slimani celebrates after scoring a goal against Russia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Igor Denisov of Russia challenges Nabil Bentaleb of Algeria at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Igor Denisov of Russia challenges Nabil Bentaleb of Algeria at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Carl Medjani of Algeria challenges Oleg Shatov of Russia during their World Cup Group H match.
Carl Medjani of Algeria challenges Oleg Shatov of Russia during their World Cup Group H match.
Alexander Kokorin of Russia celebrates scoring his team's goal against Algeria with teammate Oleg Shatov on his back.
Alexander Kokorin of Russia celebrates scoring his team's goal against Algeria with teammate Oleg Shatov on his back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Algeria's Abdelmoumene Djabou (right) celebrates after scoring a goal as South Korea's Han Kook-young (left) and Ki Sung-yueng react.
Algeria's Abdelmoumene Djabou (right) celebrates after scoring a goal as South Korea's Han Kook-young (left) and Ki Sung-yueng react.
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.
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.
Algeria's Rafik Halliche celebrates his goal against South Korea at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.
Algeria's Rafik Halliche celebrates his goal against South Korea at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.
Belgium's Divock Origi (centre) celebrates with teammates Marouane Fellaini (left) and Kevin De Bruyne a 1-0 win over Russia.
Belgium's Divock Origi (centre) celebrates with teammates Marouane Fellaini (left) and Kevin De Bruyne a 1-0 win over Russia.
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.
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.
Belgium's Divock Origi (17) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a late goal against Russia.
Belgium's Divock Origi (17) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a late goal against Russia.
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.
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.
Russia's Alexey Kozlov (right) fights for the ball during his side's 1-0 loss to Belgiumi.
Russia's Alexey Kozlov (right) fights for the ball during his side's 1-0 loss to Belgiumi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng (bottom) fouls Russia's Alexander Samedov during their Group H 1-1 draw at the World Cup.
South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng (bottom) fouls Russia's Alexander Samedov during their Group H 1-1 draw at the World Cup.
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.
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.
Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov (top right) celebrates his goal with teammates during their 1-1 draw with South Korea at the World Cup.
Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov (top right) celebrates his goal with teammates during their 1-1 draw with South Korea at the World Cup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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