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World Cup pre-game: South Korea vs. Algeria

Like Russia, South Korea and Algeria have a chance to win second place in this group. Both teams need goals. And points. These teams have only one previous head-to-head match, which South Korea won 2-1, 29 years ago.

Important Group H match in Porto Alegre

Sofiane Feghouli scored Algeria's goal in the side's loss against Belgium in its first Group H match at the FIFA World Cup. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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What’s at stake

Like Russia, South Korea and Algeria have a chance to win second place in this group. Both teams need goals. And points. These teams have only one previous head-to-head match, which South Korea won 2-1, 29 years ago.​

Impact players

South Korea: Ki Sung-Yueng. This young midfielder created South Korea’s best chances in an otherwise tepid match.

Algeria: Sofiane Feghouli. He scored Algeria’s only goal — a penalty kick — and played a solid 90 minutes in their 2-1 loss to Belgium.

What to watch for

South Korea was lucky to score against Russia. The side needs to be much tighter and more effective with its touches.

Algeria notched a penalty kick goal against Belgium in the 25th minute, but then let the Belgians take over the match. The Desert Foxes need to assert and retain control to beat South Korea.

They said it

"I planned Lee Keun-ho's substitution because Russia's centre-backs are slow and I knew they would be tired in the second half.” Hong Myung-bo, manager for South Korea, commenting on his opposition in the opening match.

"In the second half we let the Belgians play too much and we had to endure the game. When you do that it is quite natural that you'll concede goals.” Algeria’s manager Vahid Halilhodzic speaking to reporters.

The big number

29 — The number of years between head-to-head matches between these two countries. But surely they paid very close attention to the first game results.

Obligatory fun fact

Hong Myung-bo is the first  Asian footballer to play in four consecutive World Cup finals.

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