Porto Alegre : After Belgiums victory and qualification to tye knockout stage the fight for second spot heats up as Algeria go into their Porto Alegre match with South Korea still desperate to end a run of seven games at two World Cup finals without a win. Algeria hasn’t won a World Cup match since 1982, and the team’s coach is out to lower expectations before its next one in Brazil. Another defeat will end their campaign at World cup . “The South Korean team is basically better than the Algerian team, so it won’t be easy,” said Vahid Halilhodzic on the eve of a Group H match where Algeria needs at least a point to stay in contention.
Algeria lost its first match 2-1 to Belgium after leading through a first-half penalty. Algeria has a very young and inexperienced team. But promising talents such as central midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, who has a good first touch and excellent passing skills, along with striker Islam Slimani, will be key to their team’s hopes of victory
South Korea have reached the knockout stages twice in eight appearances at the finals, including their giant-killing run to the semi-finals in 2002.South Korean coach Hong Myung-Bo, captain of the 2002 side, expects Algeria to be more attacking against his team than they were against Belgium.
4th min : Slimani cross range effort blocked ,while Brahimi fires the shot over the goal
Algeria: Mbolhi, Bouguerra (c), Halliche, Mesbah, Feghouli, Brahimi, Medjani, Slimani, Bentaleb, Djabou, Mandi
South Korea: S R Jung, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo (c), K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong