Fans lined the streets of Walthamstow last night as they celebrated their nation's historic win through to the last 16

Algerian celebrations on the streets of Walthamstow last night (Image posted by @GreavesieE17)

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A young fan holds Algeria's national flag out the window

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Hundreds of fans poured into the streets of Walthamstow last night after Algeria's World Cup draw with Russia.

Members of the Algerian community celebrated the 1-1 draw, gaining them a place in the last 16, with singing, dancing, live music and firework celebrations along Hoe Street.

The African nation equalised in the second half against Fabio Capello's team when Algeria's striker Islam Silmani scored a header 59 minutes into the game.

It is the first time Algeria have advanced through to the second round of a World Cup tournament.

Supporters took to Twitter to announce their jubilation.

@GreavsieE17 posted a picture with the caption "Party time in E17 #Algeria"

Walthamstow resident Dylan Twe tweeted "Algerians rock in Walthamstow. That's it. I'm supporting my local team from now on. Go Algeria!"

Local fan Rizwan Aslam, of Lea Bridge Road, Leyton was watching the match inside a coffee shop along Hoe Street. 

"It was crazy. As soon as the final whstle blew, it erupted. 

"I just saw this man run into the middle of the road, sit down and start celebrating. Everyone was in a party mood and you couldn't but not smile. 

"The police were a little heavy handed but they were just doing their job and making sure everyone was kept safe," said the 31 year-old technical analyst. 

Police wearing high visibility jackets were at the scene monitoring the crowd as red smoke filled the air after fans set off flares.

Algeria will now play Germany for a place in the quarter-finals on Monday.

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