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Twelve Die In Algerian World Cup Celebrations

Scores of fans flooded the streets on foot and some got in their cars, honking horns and driving around in celebration.
Posted at 1:40 PM, Nov 20, 2013

A dozen people have died and hundreds were injured in Algeria during celebrations following the nation's soccer team victory to earn a spot into the 2014 World Cup. 

"Algeria has gained the last African place at the World Cup by edging Burkina Faso ... in their playoff. (FLASH) The north Africans are now through to their fourth World Cup finals." (Via Al Jazeera

According to reports, five fans were killed in when a van slid off a road into a ravine. Four others died in another car accident in the city of Biskra. Three others died in other parts of the country. (Via CNN

Scores of fans flooded the streets on foot and some got in their cars, honking horns and driving around in celebration. Reports say rainy conditions likely made roads more dangerous. (Via RT

This is Algeria's second straight World Cup and fourth overall. They scored early in the first half when a Burkina Faso defender attempted to clear a ball, but bounced it off Algerian striker Madjid Bougherra's head and in. 

Still, this isn't the only World Cup qualifying victory this year marred by post-game antics. 

Croatian player ​Josip Simunic came under fire this week after reportedly leading a pro-Nazi chant with fans. (Via The Telegraph

After the victory, Simunic grabbed a microphone and chanted towards the fans "for  the homeland!" as fans responded "ready!" That was reportedly the war call of the pro-Nazi regime of the Ustashas during World War II where thousands of Jews died. (Via YouTube / HotTV

He's since defended his actions. The World Cup takes place in the summer of 2014 in Brazil.