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06/26/2014 06:11 pm ET Updated Jun 27, 2014

Algeria Takes Historic Step Into World Cup Round Of 16 (GIFs/PHOTOS)

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Algeria is going where it has never gone before at the World Cup: The Fennec Foxes have advanced to the Round of 16 in Brazil.

Thanks to a second-half equalizer, Algeria earned a 1-1 draw against Russia to secure the runner-up spot in Group H.

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Russia, who needed a win to have any hope of advancing into the Round of 16, grabbed the lead in the sixth minute of play when striker Aleksandr Kokorin headed a cross past Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi. That lead would last until the 60th minute when Algeria strike Islam Slimani delivered an all-important equalizer.

Islam Slimani scores on a header via a cross to equalize for ... on Twitpic(GIF via @FlyByKnite)

The key goal came with a measure of controversy as it appeared on ESPN broadcasts of the match that someone in the stands was directing a laser point at Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev shortly before the free kick that set up the goal.

GIF: Close up look at the laser pointer on the Russian goalie... on Twitpic(GIF via @cjzero)

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