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Algerian fans turned their capital into a frenzy of fireworks, chants and dancing on Thursday night to celebrate their team’s passage into the World Cup’s final 16 for the first time. Draped in Algeria’s green and white flags, fans packed downtown Algiers watching their team draw 1-1 with Russia on a large screen near the historic Grande Poste among the city’s white-washed colonial buildings. The point secured second-place behind Belgium in Group H and Algiers erupted into an explosion of fireworks, car horns, singing and chants of “1, 2, 3 Viva L’Algerie”. It’s our first time, we are representing all Arabs and Muslims,” said Hassan Saheb, discussing Algeria’s progress to the tournament’s knockout stages with neighbours on Friday.