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It's been a dramatic finale to the group stages, and you can join us on our daily tournament blog as we digest Group H's conclusion and look ahead to the Round of 16. There are some mouth-watering ties in prospect and we'll hear what Marc Wilmots and Vahid Halilhodzic have to say about their knockout opponents: USA and Germany respectively. We hope you've enjoyed being in the Global Stadium for the group games, here's to the knockout stages!
FULL TIME AND ROUND OF 16 TIES CONFIRMED
FT: #KOR 0-1 #BEL Ten-man #BEL edge #KOR to top Group H thanks to @Jan_Vertonghen's goal #KORBEL #WorldCup #joinin - http://t.co/TOODEJcixi— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 21:59
#WorldCup ROUND OF 16: MON 30 JUNE: #GER v #ALG (Porto Alegre) TUES 1 JULY: #BEL v #USA (Salvador) #joinin - http://t.co/qN7FJfsvHG— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 21:59
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FULL TIME: Algeria are through to the World Cup knockout stages for the first time thanks to this point in Curitiba. Russia took the lead through a thumping Kokorin header in the first half but Islam Slimani's headed response in the second period was enough to send the African side through to a meeting with Germany. Already-qualified Belgium saw off Korea Republic 1-0 in the day's other game to top Group H.
We're into the final 90 seconds in Curitiba.
Russia are piling forwards now but their final ball doesn't have the sufficient quality to create the clear-cut chance that could send them through.
Russia are camped in the Algeria half at the minute, but they're met with a white-shirted wall, which they're finding incredibly difficult to break down.
ELSEWHERE IN GROUP H:
Belgium have taken the lead and that goal puts Korea Republic out of the qualification picture somewhat. It's a straight fight between these two in Curitiba for second spot as things stand.
GOAL: #KOR 0-1 #BEL Jan Vertonghen finishes the rebound after Kim Seunggyu's initial save #KORBEL #WorldCup #joinin - http://t.co/TOODEJcixi— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 21:36
I missed the goal but I didn't miss this...I have to marry all 4? #WorldCup2014 http://t.co/cO8OhBA1hX— Maria Sharapova (@Maria Sharapova) 26/06/2014 21:35
Feghouli is set free down the Algeria right by Yebda after a quick counter-attack which starts from inside Les Fennecs' own half. He runs towards the Russian penalty area, tries some stepovers and then hits a weak effort which is easily saved by Akinfeev.
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The Russian goalscorer gets a sight of goal just inside the Algerian penalty area, but his shot is closed down well by the Algeria No4.
Samedov jinks inside from the Russian right and plays a lovely reverse ball to set Kerzhakov free. He fires a low drive at goal, but Mbolhi is down to stop it.
Russia's No17 ran almost 8.5km and completed 20 passes during his 67 minutes on the pitch.
Djabou cuts inside from the Algeria left and gets a sight of goal. He jabs a left-footed effort, but Akinfeev collects comfortably.
Denisov pings an effort at goal from the edge of the penalty area and Mbolhi spills the first shot. As Kokorin closes in, the Algeria keeper comes out to collect.
GOAL! ISLAM SLIMANI WITH A HEADER! Akinfeev comes to try and claim Brahimi's free-kick but he misses the ball completely and Slimani is there to power home a towering header. The picture changes in Group H - Algeria will be through to the knockout stages if the scores remain the same.
Kerzhakov cuts inside on to his left foot around 25 yards out and smashes an effort towards goal, but it's blocked and it loops behind for a corner.
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GREAT SAVE! Samedov breaks from the Russia midfield and plays a neat one-two with Kokorin. The Russian No19 finds himself one-on-one with Mbolhi, but the Algeria keeper thwarts the midfielder.
The Russians get us underway for the second period.
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HALF TIME: It's 1-0 to the Russians in Curitiba and as things stand, that would be enough to put Fabio Capello's side through to the knockout stages - with ten man Belgium and Korea Republic goalless at the interval. The single goal at the Arena da Baixada came from Alexander Kokorin's thumping header, supplied by a delicious Dmitry Kombarov cross.
Slimani rises highest from the corner kick, but it's headed straight at Akinfeev who grabs the ball to his chest.
Brahimi works an opening on the edge of the Russian box, but his effort doesn't have enough power on it to trouble Akinfeev, who collects calmly.
GREAT SAVE! Medjani flicks the corner on at the near post and Slimani heads a looping effort towards goal which Akinfeev tips over. It wouldn't have counted had it gone in, Mandi was offside in the goalkeeper's eyeline.
Shatov breaks through the Algerian midfield and hits a snap shot from around 25 yards out. The No17's effort bends away from goal at the last minute as a stranded Mbolhi watched it fly past him.
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Shatov spreads the play wide to Samedov, who gets his head up and crosses into the Algerian area. Kokorin tries another header towards goal, but it's not as accurate as his first and it goes wide.
Glushakov dances past a number of Algerian challenges and finds himself in the penalty area. He tries to play in Kerzhakov but it's too short and the pass is snuffed out by the Algeria defence.
Brahimi plays a neat one-two with Feghouli and works some space for himself inside the Russian penalty area. The No11 darts to the byline and pulls a cross back in a dangerous area, but Akinfeev parries and it's cleared away.
Russia in the lead. Three countries have not enjoyed any lead at this World Cup: England, Cameroon and Iran. All others have led. #RUS #ALG— Infostrada Sports (@Infostrada Sports) 26/06/2014 21:10
AS THINGS STAND
Kokorin's goal would be enough to put the Russians into the knockout stages, leapfrogging Algeria if the scores remain the same.
GOAL! KOKORIN WITH A THUMPING HEADER! Kombarov receives the ball in space on the Russian left and the left-back puts in a beautiful cross, which is begging to be headed home. Russia's No9 duly obliges and Capello's men are ahead!
Algeria get us underway in all-white, facing Russia in their all-scarlet kit.
23 RAIS, 4 BELKALEM, 5 HALLICHE, 6 MESBAH, 10 FEGHOULI, 11 BRAHIMI, 12 MEDJANI, 13 SLIMANI, 14 BENTALEB, 18 DJABOU, 20 MANDI
1 AKINFEEV, 2 KOZLOV, 4 IGNASHEVICH, 8 GLUSHAKOV, 9 KOKORIN, 11 KERZHAKOV, 14 V. BEREZUTSKIY, 17 SHATOV, 19 SAMEDOV, 20 FAYZULIN, 23 D. KOMBAROV
Next up is the Russian national anthem, and the players grip each other as the crowd join them in song.
The teams are now out on the pitch, and it's time for the national anthems. Qassaman is first and the crowd sing along as the players grip each other around the shoulders.
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23 Rais MBOLHI, 2 Madjid BOUGUERRA, 3 Faouzi GHOULAM, 4 Esseid BELKALEM, 5 Rafik HALLICHE, 7 Hassan YEBDA, 8 Medhi LACEN, 10 Sofiane FEGHOULI, 14 Nabil BENTALEB, 11 Yacine BRAHIMI, 13 Islam SLIMANI
1 Igor AKINFEEV, 2 Aleksei KOZLOV, 3 Georgy SHCHENNIKOV, 4 Sergey IGNASHEVICH, 23 Dmitry KOMBAROV, 7 Igor DENISOV, 8 Denis GLUSHAKOV, 10 Alan DZAGOEV, 20 Victor FAYZULIN, 9 Alexander KOKORIN, 11 Aleksandr KERZHAKOV
"We’ve still got a chance of continuing in the tournament. While that’s the case, we can’t start thinking about anything else."
"It doesn't matter who plays. We’re a strong squad, full of guys who play at top clubs. Any changes to the line-up today came about because we had to win this match, come what may."
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"I still believe we have a chance, but we now have no choice but to beat Algeria. The important thing for us – in what is our first FIFA World Cup for 12 years – is learning about the level required to compete in these kinds of tournaments."
"It's going to be a very difficult match as the Russians absolutely have to win if they want to qualify for the next round. I hope it's our day and that we'll rise to the challenge. Russia will take the initiative to come at us. We'll have to be wary because they have some great players. We'll try to surprise them."
WYCLEF WANTS A WIN
1 2 3 viva l'Algerie !! @LGDFennec @LeButeur_Foot @NacimCity #AfricaUnited @FIFAWorldCup— Wyclef Jean (@Wyclef Jean) 26/06/2014 19:33
Almost 50 years have passed since the pair’s only previous tussle, a 2-2 friendly draw played out in November 1964.
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DISCOVER ALGERIA AND RUSSIA
Take a closer look at the two countries clashing today.
#ALG LINE-UP: Mbolhi, Belkalem, Halliche (c), Mesbah, Feghouli, Brahimi, Medjani, Slimani, Bentaleb, Djabou, Mandi #ALGRUS #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 19:03
#RUS LINE-UP: Akinfeev, Kozlov, Ignashevich, Glushakov, Kokorin, Kerzhakov, Berezutskiy (c), Shatov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Kombarov #ALGRUS— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 26/06/2014 19:03
Hello and welcome to the final round of group matches from Brazil where the last Round of 16 place will be confirmed. Group H is where the first phase fun finishes and we're here to guide you through Algeria-Russia in Curitiba. Belgium have already qualified for the knockout stages and Algeria will join them if they don't lose today and Korea Republic don't win. A Russia win would see them through to the Round of 16, dependant on the goal difference swing in the event of a Korea Republic victory in Sao Paulo. We'll bring you the big updates from Korea Republic-Belgium and a minute-by-minute report from the Arena da Baixada. Remember to #joinin the global conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba