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Halilhodzic: We were heroic

Vahid Halilhodzic was proud of his Algeria side after they held Russia 1-1 to set up a game against Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Algeria fell behind to Aleksandr Kokorin's sixth-minute goal in Curitiba, only for Islam Slimani to equalise in the second half.

They hung on to reach the last 16 for the first time in their history and can now look forward to facing Germany in Porto Alegre on Monday.

That match offers les Fennecs a chance at redemption 32 years on from West Germany's controversial win over Austria, which allowed both countries to advance at World Cup '82 at their expense.

That game, nicknamed the 'Disgrace in Gijon', is the reason final group matches now take place simultaneously and coach Halilhodzic knows all about that tournament, when Algeria shocked their European counterparts by beating them 2-1.

"We have not forgotten," Halilhodzic said. "Everybody has been talking about Algeria and Germany from 1982, when Algeria beat Germany 2-1, but 32 years ago is a long time.

"I am very proud of what we have achieved tonight and we deserve to be here.

"I think Algeria played a heroic match and our qualification for the second round is perfectly deserved.

"We are very, very proud of what we have done these past three years and this is the result of that.

"This is a gift for us, but a gift we went to get. We went for success with generosity, enthusiasm and discipline and I love it when I see my team fighting like this for a result.

"We've received support from all over the Arabic world - and that has been wonderful," he continued.

"The people here in Brazil also appreciate our sincerity and enthusiasm and I'm proud of that. But more than that, I'm proud of the way the team has played."