World Cup pre-game: Germany vs. Algeria
Algeria wants revenge for infamous 1982 draw
Germany vs. Algeria
- 4 p.m. ET, Monday, June 30
- CBC TV, cbc.ca/fifaworldcup
What’s at stake
Germany expects to be here, and expects to win. But they haven’t dominated any team since their opening match against Portugal.
Algeria already made history by making it this far. And they have history on their side coming into this match. They have beaten Germany in both of their previous head-to-head matches, and have outscored the Germans 4-1 over those two games.
There's more history at play here. West Germany tied Austria in the 1982 World Cup, ensuring they both got through at the expense of the Algerians. The Desert Foxes would love revenge for missing out 32 years ago because of that convenient draw.
The winner here plays the winner of France and Nigeria on Friday, July 4.
Germany: Thomas Müller. He scores often, and often at the right time. This Bayern Munich sharpshooter has his eye on the quarter-finals, as well as a second consecutive Golden Boot.
Algeria: Islam Slimani. He has two crucial goals for Algeria, including the one that put them through to the knockout round. Slimani is one of the heroes of the World Cup so far.
What to watch for
If they are as good as people say they are, Germany will have to step it up a gear against an aggressive Algerian side. Bastian Schweinsteiger played well against the USA — his first game — and adds experience and playmaking to his team.
The Algerians are riding a crest of talent and their nation’s hopes. Having never made it this far they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They’ll want to test German keeper Manuel Neuer early and often.
They said it
“Algeria have already proved they are a tricky team to play against. But, first and foremost, it’s important that we focus on ourselves. We’ve managed to get past the first hurdle, but we’re not where we want to be just yet.” — German manager Joachim Low speaking to Bundesliga.com about his next opponent.
"I love it as a coach to see my team fighting like this. We'll get better. Maybe in the next round against Germany.” —Algeria manager Vahid Halilhodzic speaking to Reuters just after his team booked their ticket to the Round of 16.
The big number
3 — The number of German players who each had more than 100 passes in their match against the USA: Lahm (117), Mertesacker (113) and Kroos (112). By comparison, Michael Bradley led his team with 61 passes in the same match.
Obligatory fun fact
Bosnian-born Halilhodzic is a Knight of the Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of France. He received it for coaching excellence in France. He took Paris Saint-Germain to the French title in 2003-2004, his first year as manager there.