Halilhodzic: It was almost perfect


The North Africans raced into a 3-0 halftime lead and, despite slowing down after the break, still ran out comfortable winners and now stand a very real chance of progression.

MATCH REPORT: Korea Republic 2 Algeria 4

They face Russia in their final Group H game, knowing that a win – or perhaps even a draw – will be good enough to see them into the next round.

Halilhodzic was a happy man after the game, saying: “The team played to its strengths. I told the players to keep it tight for the first 15 minutes and I felt that did extremely well and effectively in the first half – it was almost perfect!

“We slowed a little during the second half, why I'm not sure. Now we have to try to get a good result against Russia and qualify for the Round of 16. Anything is possible.”

Predicatbly, Korea coach Hong Myungbo was less excited, though he insists his team did not underestimate the Africans.

“The result speaks for itself. We made mistakes in our preparation and during the match, but we need to look ahead now,” he said.

“There were lapses in concentration, particularly in defensive areas and we didn’t play to our usual standard. But I must stress … we did not underestimate Algeria. 

“Today their team was completely different than the one that played against Belgium. They played much better today and deserved the win. Now we just need to move on now. We will do our best until the end.”