Despite going a man down because of a red card served to Steven Defour in first half injury time Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 to top Group H and set up a Round of 16 matchup Tuesday afternoon with the United States.
Algeria came back from a first half deficit to become the second Group H team to advance, and the Desert Foxes will play Germany on Monday June 30, at 4:00 Eastern Time.
South Korea were unable to make use of the man advantage, instead surrendering a 77th minute goal to Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen that all but sealed their fate.
Algeria had a two point advantage on Russia and South Korea entering the days matches, and knew a draw would see them through. The Desert Foxes were in trouble early when Aleksandr Kokorin tallied in the sixth minute to put Russia ahead.
Algeria’s hero was Islam Slimani who shot Algeria into the final 16 on a close in header set up by Yacine Brahimi’s cross on the hour mark.
Algeria will have a chance serve some revenge on Germany, and if they are able to upset the favorites, this revenge will indeed be served cold.
Algeria’s grudge goes all the way back to the 1982 World Cup in Spain when the Foxes were the victims in one of the “beautiful games” ugliest incidents. In the match between West Germany and Austria, West Germany scored an early goal after which neither team made much of an effort to score another. West Germany won the match 1-0 would, allowing both teams to advance and eliminating Algeria.
Now 32 years later Algeria will have a chance exact their revenge for a game that became known as “The Non-Aggression Pact of Gijon.”