For the Algeria squad, this has been a tournament of breaking new ground.
First, Algeria won its first World Cup match since 1982 – a 4-2 victory over South Korea, and then on Thursday it qualified for the knockout stages for the first time.
Islam Slimani’s 60th -minute headed equaliser was enough to gain his team a 1-1 draw against Russia and the one competition point it needed to place second in Group H behind Belgium.
Jan Vertonghen’s late goal saw 10-man Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 in their final Group H match on Thursday, despite having Steven Defour sent off just before halftime for a nasty two-footed challenge.
The win made it a maximum nine points for the Belgians, who meet the United States in the last 16 of the Brazil World Cup in Salvador on Tuesday.
Germany’s single goal helped the side beat USA and top Group G of FIFA World Cup. Portugal’s 2-1 win against Ghana in the other match of the group ensured USA too qualified for the next round.
The Greeks maybe were the luckiest of this tournament, they have just scored two goals on their final group match against Ivory Coast and qualified for the second stage of the competition.
Matches played 48
Goals scored 136 (2.83 per match)
Attendance 2,454,377 (51,133 per match)
Germany: Thomas Müller
Argentina: Lionel Messi
Brazil: Neymar Jr.
(4 goals each)
Six from FC Barcelona are still in World Cup round 16
Neymar and Alves (Brazil), Alexis and Claudio Bravo (Chile) and Messi and Mascherano (Argentina) are the six FC Barcelona players that are playing in the second round of the World Cup