Algeria Beats South Korea 4-2 for 1st Win in World Cup Since 1982

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Algeria Beats South Korea 4-2 for 1st Win in World Cup Since 1982
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With Sunday's 4-2 romp over South Korea, Algeria earned their first win in a World Cup game since 1982. According to ESPN Stats & Info, none of the players on Algeria's roster were alive when the nation last won a Cup game 32 years ago.

Coming off of a hard-fought 2-1 loss to a heavily favored Belgian side in their Cup opener, the Algerians pieced together a dominant effort against the overmatched South Koreans.

Forward Islam Slimani opened the scoring in the 26th minute, after chasing down a rather ambitious long ball from defensive midfielder Carl Medjani, who put it in the perfect spot. The Algerians couldn't be stopped once they got going, as Rafik Halliche tacked on another goal in the 28th minute, before Abdelmoumene Djabou made it 3-0 in the 38th.

The Koreans cut it to 3-1 in the 50th minute and again to 4-2 in the 72nd, but they never got within one goal. Despite holding just 46 percent of the possession, Algeria took 15 shots (eight on goal) to South Korea's nine (six on goal).

Algeria has participated in the World Cup on three other occasions, in 1982, 1986 and 2010. They pulled off draws against Northern Island in '86 and England in '10, but lost their other two games in both tournaments, failing to advance past the group stage. 

The 1982 tournament saw Algeria fall victim to some unfortunate circumstances, as they won two of their three games but lost out to both Austria and West Germany due to goal differential, with all three teams sitting at four points apiece.

Thirty-two years later, there's no doubt that a second group-stage win will put the Algerians through. In fact, with both Russia and South Korea sitting at one point, Algeria can almost certainly get through by merely drawing with the Russians on Thursday. South Korea carries a minus-two goal differential into Thursday's game against the group-leading Belgians, while Algeria sits at plus-one with a much easier matchup.

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