Needless to say both of these teams came into this match needing a win, Algeria came in on the back of an unlucky 2-1 loss to Belgium and South Korea on the back of a 1-1 draw with Russia. If Algeria won this they knew they were likely to be battling it out in a winner takes runner up match against Russia as South Korea will be unlikely winners against Belgium. Which suggests as to why they came out the blocks firing.
In what started as a fairly even affair soon turned into a rout. On the 26th minute Islam Slimani of Sporting Lisbon kept his strength up to run through whilst he was being sandwiched to clip a smart volley past Jung Sung-Ryong. Less than two minutes later Rafik Halliche of A.A.C. – O.A.F powered a header past a flapping Jung. It was to be fair a terrible decision by the keeper.
10 minutes later Abdelmoumene Djabou of Club Africain completed a disastrous 12 minutes for South Korea, leaving them shell shocked.
At the interval South Korea seemed to gather themselves and after only five minutes pulled the score back to 3-1. Son Heung-min of Bayer Leverkuson turned his defender brilliantly to power his finish between Rais M’bohli’s legs.
South Korea started to look really up for it and Ki Sung-yueng let fly from out of the area forcing a wonder save from M’bohli. It seemed just as South Korea were just starting to find their feet and launch a comeback, it was crushed. Algeria went 4-1 up through Yacine Brahimi of Granada when he finished strongly.
Just went the game looked beyond doubt South Korea delivered another punch and another twist as Koo Ja-cheol of FSV Mainz 05 tapped in Lee Keun-ho’s cross along the six-yard-box.
Algeria seemed to compose themselves after this and despite more pushing from South Korea, kept the scoreline at 4-2.
South Korea play Belgium and will need to win by 5 goals whilst hoping Russia and Algeria draw. Algeria will know that a draw against Russia will be enough to see them through.