Russia and Algeria are currently playing their final Group H match that will greatly affect the final result of the group once the game has gone final. The game is currently being played at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil live on ESPN2.
Algeria only needs a draw in order to progress to the knockout stage, where they would face Group G winners Germany. Russia, on the other hand, needs the victory and all three points if they hope to advance to the knockout stage of 16.
Early on in the contest, in the 6th minute to be precise, Alexander Kokorin gave Russia the lead when he scored a splendid goal off a perfect pass from Dmitriy Kombarov.
Russia desperately tried to hold off Algeria from that moment on, but in the 60th minute, Islam Slimani scored a header off a perfect volley from Yacine Brahimi following a set piece on the far left side of the pitch.
At first glance, the goal looked to be a stellar team effort, but looking at it again, it seems that the Russian goalie was distracted by a green laser pen right before the game tying goal.
Algeria had to use some underhand tactics with that green laserpic.twitter.com/28BvsDyr6I
— Kizzlebizzle12 (@KIREN_K_D) June 26, 2014
Here is a video of the goal. Right before the free kick is taken, the broadcast shifts to Igor Akinfeev, the Russian goalkeeper, and you can clearly see the laser pen on his face.
— Unibet (@unibet) June 26, 2014
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