define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true); define('DISALLOW_FILE_MODS', true); The African outfit came into the game knowing a point would effectively seal their progression but things did not get off to a good start in Curitiba.
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The African outfit came into the game knowing a point would effectively seal their progression but things did not get off to a good start in Curitiba.

" 1 Morgan chose not to travel to Bangladesh because of security fears Eoin Morgan will return as captain for England’s next one-day assignment in India despite missing the series victory over Bangladesh. Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales pulled out of the Bangladesh tour due to security fears, so Jos Buttler took charge for the three-match series which England won 2-1 after seeing off the hosts by four wickets in the decider in Chittagong.

England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss said the decisions of Morgan and Hales allowed other players to stake a claim for their spots, but assistant coach Paul Farbrace revealed both will retain their positions. He said on Sky Sports News HQ: “There are a lot of good friends in this team which makes it easier for Morgs and Hales to come back in the side – and they will come back in in January.

Morgs will be captain in India.” Farbrace said before the series he was “massively disappointed” with the pair opting out, but he thinks Morgan’s presence was still felt in his absence. Farbrace said: “Of course you might be disappointed that people are not available, whether that’s through injury or loss of form, or whatever it might be, you’re always disappointed. “But Morgs has very much been the driver behind this team moving forward. “In a way, what he’s set up in his legacy has carried on into this group.

Jos has taken over as captain in his own way but the group around him know what’s expected of them. “We no longer go into one-day series hoping to win, we go into one-day series expecting to win. “When you play for England it’s about winning. It’s not about ‘we played really nicely but we lost’, if we lost the game last night, any good word would be undermined by the fact that we didn’t win the series.” England’s focus now switches to Tests, with seven scheduled to be played before Christmas.

The first gets under way on October 20 in Chittagong and they will play another against Bangladesh in Dhaka before a five-match series in India. Farbrace, who flies home on Thursday to have some time off before the India series, added: “For the Test players to play seven Test matches on the bounce is going to be really physically and mentally tough for them.” " " 1 Algeria striker Islam Slimani celebrates scoring against Russia West Ham target Islam Slimani’s second half header was enough to secure Algeria a first ever appearance in the World Cup’s last 16 at the expense of Russia.

The African outfit came into the game knowing a point would effectively seal their progression but things did not get off to a good start in Curitiba. From the get-go, Russia looked bright and Fabio Capello’s side deservedly went ahead just six minutes in.  Oleg Shatov danced down the wing before beautifully picking out Alexander Kokorin to pratically burst the net with a lethal header that left Algeria shell-shocked.

Vahid Halilhodzic’s side struggled to discover any composure as Russia continued to enjoy long spells of dominance – Kokorin going close with another header. Shatov’s twisting runs continued to test Algeria’s backline and on one such mazy jig, he unleashed a speculative effort which just whistled past Rais Mbolhi’s upright.

The Greens finally began to exert some pressure and had Russians covering their eyes when Slimani’s header was just tipped over by Igor Akinfeev from 12 yards out. Algeria looked bright but all of their pressure could have gone up in smoke and, if not for goalkeeper, Mbolhi, it would have. Alexander Samedov cut Algeria’s backline to ribbons with the simplest one-two but his lob was superbly blocked as the chance went begging.

Desperately searching for an equaliser, Algeria were playing a dangerous game at the back as they left themselves open all too frequently. However, such tactics paid off when Slimani finally took a golden chance by heading in the equaliser on the hour mark. Abdelmoumene Djabou’s deep free-kick really should have been collected but Akinfeev was in no-man’s land as the 26-year-old forward nodded home at the back post.

Cue green and white delight in the stands as Algeria were going through again, particularly with Belgium beating fellow challengers South Korea in Sao Paulo.  But at the back old inadequacies continued to be shown up as Mbolhi let Victor Fayzulin’s effort bounce off his hands and just reclaimed the ball before Alexander Kerzhakov could profit. Russia continued to look for a decisive strike but the green and white backline refused to buckle, setting up a David and Goliath last 16 clash with Germany. "