Algeria has taken a huge step towards qualification for the knock-out stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, comfortably doing away with South Korea 4-2 in their Group H match at the Estadio Beira-Rio this morning.
Building as one of the most crucial games for progression of Group H at the 2014 World Cup, an exciting, talent-filled match was expected with Algeria and South Korea took to the pitch; the Algerians aiming to press forward and hold the pressure on the goal of Jung, while the Koreans were hoping to maintain possession and tire the Desert Warriors before launching a second-half assault.
Trading blows for the first 20 minutes, Korea appeared to be getting the better of the Algerian midfield but looked shaky in defence, allowing cutting runs from both wingers to find star striker Islam Slimani.
Continuing to press forward, the Koreans were dealt two huge blows in succession when Slimani finished off an impressive solo run in the 26th minute, before regathering and launching another assault from the restart that resulted in a Rafik Halliche goal just two minutes later, seeing Algeria 2-0 up at the 30 minute mark having been drawn nil-all at 25.
Continuing to lay the pressure, Korea appeared down and out just ten minutes later when youngster Abdelmoumene Djabou converted another well-constructed chance, putting Algeria up 3-0 at the break.
Returning from halftime in similarly aggressive form, another Algerian goal appeared on the cards as standout performer Slimani continued to find space behind the Korean defence, halted only by a final pass.
Needing to get back into the game, Korea found room to move on a counter just 5 minutes after play resumed, displaying the kind of fast skill on ball that delivered them a relatively un-contested World Cup berth through the Asian qualifying tournament and scoring in the 50th minute.
Attempting build from the reversing run of play, Korea were unable to find the net in close to ten attempts on goal over the next 10 minutes, and had their fate sealed with Yacine Brahimi converted an exceptional counter to put the Algerians 4-1 up.
Despite scoring a consolation goal in the 72nd minute, South Korea left themselves with too great a task, finishing their second match at the 2014 World Cup 4-2 down.
While still offered a chance of progression, Korea will have to beat the in-form Belgians and hope for Russia beat Algeria in a low scoring affair to gain the second spot in Group H.
Given little chance of success, South Korea are currently offered at generous odds of $4.50 to beat Belgium on Friday morning, while Algeria are also clear outsiders to beat Russia at a quote of $3.50 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.