Algeria have advanced to the second round of the 2014 World Cup after recording a controversial 1-1 draw against Russia at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba this morning.
Russia went into their final pool game knowing that they required all three points to be any chance of progressing to the knockout stages and they got off to the perfect start when Alexander Kokorin opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the game.
Both sides had their chances in the first half, but neither side was able to add to their tally and, with South Korea unable to breakdown Belgium in the other pool H fixture, Russia looked as though they were on the way through to the knockout stages for the first time since the breakdown on the Soviet Union.
Algeria were not giving up their own chances of progressing to the second round of the tournament without a fight and they scored a well-deserved goal when Islam Slimani was able to capitalize on a Yacine Brahimi free kick.
Russia continued to press for another goal and had a few chances in the final stages of the match, but were kept at bay by Algeria, who clung on to set up a meeting with Germany in the 2014 World Cup round of 16.
Russian coach Fabio Capello was furious with a number of decisions made by the referees during the tense contest and was only made angrier when replays showed that Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev had been affected by a laser pointer when attempting to stop Algeria’s goal.
“I don’t like to speak about referees, but every time it’s against Russia,” Capello said.
“Today there was another penalty – All the referees are against us!
“We conceded a goal from a free kick, which was not.
“I thought the referee had given it our way.
“The foul by Kozlov was not and On the other hand, there was a foul on Kokorin.
“Our goalkeeper was affected by a laser 10 seconds before the goal; he was blinded by a laser, there are photos, films of it.
“I’m not looking for excuses and I accept defeats.”
Algeria are set to meet Germany in their round of 16 clash at Estadio Beira-Rio on Tuesday morning and are currently available at a quote of $10 with Ladbrokes.com.au to upset the Germans and continue their fairytale run through the 2014 World Cup.