Porto Alegre (Brazil) : Coach Vahid Halilhodzic has told Algeria now is not the time for tears ahead of their date with South Korea where defeat will spell yet another premature ending to a World Cup campaign.
The Algerians, desperate to end a seven-match World Cup winless run, are pointless and bottom after a 2-1 loss to Group H favourites Belgium.
With the notable exception of their stunning 1982 upset of Germany aside, the story of their World Cup experiences does not make happy reading for the proud Algerians.
The north Africans have never made it past the first round, and Sofiane Feghouli’s penalty against Belgium was their first goal in the competition in 28 years.
With the stakes high, Bosnian-born Halilhodzic told his men to man up. “Now is not the time for crying, this match is decisive,” the 62-year-old noted disciplinarian said.
Victory meanwhile in Porto Alegre for South Korea would put them on the verge of qualifying.
Pacy Korea produced a solid debut in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Russia, a performance that gave coach Hong Myung-Bo’s team encouragement after a lacklustre build-up.
Korean defender Park Joo-ho is predicting a tight tussle. “I don’t think either team will have a lot of attacking chances,” he said.
“If we can score on the chances that we do get, we should have a good shot at winning.”
Korean striker Ji Dong-Won suggested the signs were positive for the 2002 semi-finalists.