Did a laserpointer put off Russian goalie?

A green laser pointer appears on Russian goalie Igor Akinfeev's chest before Algeria scored. Photo / AP
A green laser pointer appears on Russian goalie Igor Akinfeev's chest before Algeria scored. Photo / AP

Russian coach Fabio Capello has claimed that a laser beam blinded his side's goalkeeper in the lead-up to a crucial Algerian goal which knocked his side out of the World Cup this morning.

Islam Slimani's 60th minute headed equaliser was enough to gain Algeria a 1-1 draw and the one competition point it needed to place second in Group H behind Belgium.

Russia needed a win to make the second round and were set to advance when Alexander Kokorin scored in the sixth minute.

Slimani's goal came after Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev failed to catch a swinging left-foot free kick from Yacine Brahimi.

That was the second costly error that Akinfeev has made in the tournament for Russia, though there were indications on the TV broadcast that a green laser was being shone toward the goalkeeper just before the free kick was taken.

Capello said his goalkeeper was "blinded by the laser beam."

Algerian coach Vahid Halilhodzic said he saw nothing.

"I think it's something that we can discuss in a restaurant, in a bar, now let's talk about a game that was very demanding," he told a post-match news conference.

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