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Algeria qualify with 1-1 and send Russia home

Vahid Halilhodzic's Algeria have managed to do the impossible and qualified from group H despite being a severe underdog in a group with two European sides. The Fennec Foxes have played well against both of them, almost winning against Belgium and getting the key draw against Russia.

Algeria needed a point from that match to qualify, and the Russians needed to win as they had one point so far. Algeria opted for a defensive approach that worked so well against Belgium in the opening round, but needed some time to adapt to it after playing an open match against South Korea. The Russians used this confusion to their advantage and scored already in the 5th minute after a nice action converted into 0-1 by Alexander Kokorin. Algeria didn't abandon their defensive approach and kept playing their own game, waiting for counter attacks. Russia had several notable chances to score but didn't find precision in their shots, as was the case in their previous two matches for them.

However, Russia had the lead and it seemed everything is going in their favor as they were dominating the match and had a result that is qualifying them for the knockout stage. But with one cunning move, the tables have turned. Islam Slimani scored a header in the 60th minute for 1-1 and now suddenly Russia needed another goal to qualify. It didn't happen, and Russia didn't actually create a good goalscoring chance until the end of the match.

Russia are going home after finishing third in this group with two points, and Algeria qualify with four points and, it has to be mentioned, a positive goal difference. They're meeting Germany in the round of 16.

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