When the referee adjudged the end of the 1-1 draw between Algeria and Russia at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba this Thursday (26 June), an Algerian party erupted from the pitch and the stands alike. The result promoted the African team to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. This is only Algeria's fourth appearance in the tournament.
Both goals were scored with the head. Kokorin's header opened the score at the 6th minute, while Slimani equalised for the Algerians at the 59th.
While Algerians celebrated their biggest achievement in the history of football, the Russians lamented the early elimination. As of now, Russia can already start thinking about the next edition of the World Cup, which it will host in 2018.
The Thursday match also marked the Baixada Arena's farewell from the World Cup 2014. In total, four matches were played in the Curitiba stadium. Besides Algeria vs. Russia, the Baixada also hosted Iran 0-0 Nigeria, Honduras 1-2 Ecuador and Australia 0-3 Spain.
Having grabbed second place in Group H, Algeria now faces Germany (first in Group G) for the round of sixteen. The match will be held at the Beira-Rio stadium, in Porto Alegre, at 5 PM of 30 June.
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