Portugal captain and World Player of the Year Cristiano
Ronaldo, whose record goal haul helped Real Madrid win a 10th
European Cup last season, has failed to spark in Brazil and they
can only still go through because of Silvestre Varela's
stoppage-time equalizer in Sunday's 2-2 draw with the U.S.
In the final round of group matches before the knockout stages,
a win for Algeria against Russia in Curitiba would ensure that
they progress from Group H along with Belgium.
If they draw, Russia are eliminated but South Korea could sneak
second place if they beat the already-qualified Belgians heavily
in Sao Paulo.
(Writing by Iain Rogers, editing by Editing by Ed Osmond)
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