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Algeria's Madjid Bougherra treads carefully towards knockout phase

Madjid Bougherra is adamant that Algeria remain fully focused ahead of their final group match, in which they face Russia tonight.

The fixture comes less than a week after the African side celebrated their first victory at a World Cup in 32 years - beating Group H rivals South Korea 4-2.

It was an historic moment and one which Bougherra, the Algeria captain, has since described as a "great honour". However, the former Rangers defender is now determined to lead his team into the knockout phase of the competition by beating Russia in Curitiba.

"The most important thing is for us to play our own game and also play to our strengths," he said. "We now have a chance to make it to the round of 16 but we need to get our feet back on the ground."

Russia must simply tread carefully, with anything less than a victory causing them to be knocked out at the group stage. They must also better South Korea's result should the Asian side beat Belgium. "We've still got a chance and while that's the case we can't think about anything else," said Aleksei Kozlov, the Russia full-back.

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