Korea Republic v Algeria: Group H - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Carl Medjani, Djamel Mesbah, Essaid Belkalem, Rafik Halliche and Medhi Lacen of Algeria celebrate after defeating South Korea 4-2. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images / June 22, 2014)

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil -- Algeria struck three times in a span of 12 first-half minutes on Sunday en route to a comfortable 4-2 destruction of South Korea at the Estadio Beira-Rio.

Islam Slimani opened the scoring for Algeria after 26 minutes and Rafik Halliche doubled the advantage two minutes later. Abdelmoumene Djabou then made it a three-goal margin for the Algerians in the 38th minute.

South Korea got back into the match five minutes into the second half through a goal from Bayer Leverkusen man Son Heung-Min, but 12 minutes later Yacine Brahimi restored Algeria's three-goal cushion.

Koo Ja-Cheol pulled a second goal back for South Korea in the 72nd minute, but the mountain ultimately proved too large to scale.

Algeria moves into second place in Group H with three points and a real chance to advance to the knockout round, while earning its first World Cup win since 1982 and becoming the first African nation to score four goals in a World Cup match.

South Korea remains on one point in the group, but can still advance with a win over Belgium on Thursday and some outside assistance.

Algeria had the better of the play early on, creating a plethora of chances before opening the scoring in the 26th minute as Carl Medjani sent a long ball over the top to the feet of Slimani, who did well to split two South Korean defenders and touch it past goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong.

Two minutes later the Algerians doubled their advantage when Djabou served a perfect corner kick into the penalty area where Halliche got to the ball ahead of an out-of-position Jung and nodded it home with pace.

Djabou then made it 3-0 for Algeria seven minutes before the intermission when he found himself alone in the box to accept a square ball from Slimani and slide it home for a three-goal halftime lead.

It looked done and dusted for Algeria, but South Korea forced its way back into the match five minutes into the second half when Son collected a long pass from Ki Sung-Yueng, turned and beat Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi through the legs.

But the Algerians restored their three-goal margin in the 62nd minute as Sofiane Feghouli and Brahimi worked a fantastic one-two through the Korean defense and Brahimi finished the move by firing a shot underneath Jung.

Again South Korea pulled one back through Koo 18 minutes from time, but it wasn't enough as the Algerians held out for a famous victory.

Algeria will finish its Group H campaign against Russia on Thursday, while South Korea will face Belgium simultaneously.