South Korea vs Algeria World Cup 2014: First victory since 1982 sparks wild celebrations

4-2 win sparked outrageous celebrations in Constantine

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It had been a long time coming for Algeria. Sunday's victory over South Korea was the nation's first win at a World Cup since Spain 1982.

Video has now emerged of wild celebrations in the North-East Algerian city of Constantine, where thousands of fans packed inside a stadium to watch arguably the best game of the tournament so far.

In a one-sided first half, Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoumene Djabou put the north African team into a commanding 3-0 lead.

South Korea gallantly fought back in the second half, Son Heung-Min finding the target, but in bombing forward Yacine Brahimi was able to secure the result before Koo Ja-Cheol struck a late consolation.


Supporters in Algeria lapped up the victory which has been a long time coming.

That last win, 3-2 against Chile was shrouded in controversy as Algeria were eliminated from Group 2.

The other match in that group, between West Germany and Austria, has become infamous in the history of the competition.

The West Germans knew they needed only a win to qualify and appeared to strike a deal with their opponents. Horst Hrubesch scored after 10 minutes to give them a lead but from there on neither team looked interested in playing.

The game made Fifa change the rules to have the final group game played simultaneously.