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South Korea v Algeria preview

South Korea and Algeria will face each other in a crucial Group H encounter in Porto Alegre on Sunday (8pm).

After securing a point in their 1-1 draw with Russia earlier in the week, the Koreans have a good chance of qualification and could be the only Asian side to progress to the last 16 of the tournament.

Ahead of the game in the Estadio Beira-Rio, midfielder Ha Dae-sung has been ruled out of Sunday's game after damaging a ligament in his left foot according to South Korean media reports.

Former Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won admits his side are wary of the threat posed by Algeria, but is confident that his team will out-battle their north African counterparts.

"I watched the game between Algeria and Belgium," the striker, who will join Borussia Dortmund on July 1, told reporters.

"Algeria's attacking players are quick and each has their own quality. Algeria are not an easy target.

"If we play the match (against Algeria) like we did with Russia, then our chances are good."

Son Heung-min, Koo Ja-cheol and Swansea's Ki Sung-yueng are all one yellow card away from suspension, having picked up a caution in their draw with Fabio Capello's side.

Algeria have no fresh injury worries ahead of the game and are expected to field an unchanged side from the one that lost 2-1 to Belgium on Tuesday.

Late goals from Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens condemned Vahid Halilhodzic's side to defeat, despite taking a first-half lead through a Sofiane Feghouli penalty.

Algeria have finished bottom of their group in each of their last two World Cup participations, and Halilhodzic is aiming to avoid a repeat of their failures by telling his side: "Now is not the time for crying, this match is decisive.\"

Feghouli's penalty was their first goal in the competition for 28 years, and the Valencia man admits it would be a great achievement if his side progress beyond Group H.

"It will be historic if we qualify, we have to fight like lions," said the La Liga winger, who represented France at under 18 and 21 level, before opting to don the Algerian jersey.

"We have quality players, we'll do everything to go through.\"