Germany v Algeria (2100 BST)

TEAM NEWS

Germany’s Mario Gotze is expected to earn a recall against Algeria, with Lukas Podolski sidelined by a thigh injury suffered against the USA.

Bastian Schweinsteiger made his first start of the tournament in that game and could keep his place in midfield at the expense of Sami Khedira.

Full-back Jerome Boateng is expected to overcome a knee problem

Algeria have no reported injury concerns and could be unchanged from the side that drew with Russia.

MATCH PREVIEW

Algeria are more interested in making history than dwelling on it, but it is inevitable that the build-up to this match has focused on the

furore around their 1982 World Cup exit

caused by the unsporting behaviour of Monday’s opponents Germany.

Despite beating West Germany 2-1 in their group game 32 years ago, Algeria were eliminated after the Germans contrived to beat Austria 1-0 the following day- a result which ensured both nations progressed.

The game became known as the ‘Disgrace of Gijon’ and current Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic says the team have spoken at length about it ahead of this match. “We have not forgotten about it,” he said. “Everyone talks about Algeria and Germany from 1982.”

However, publically at least, Algeria have not spoken of trying to exact revenge in what will be their first ever World Cup knockout game. “We have to make our own history and we have to write our own page,” said midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. “Now it’s a new story.”


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Germany coach Joachim Low has been riled by the media talk of the 1982 game, admitting: “I find it irritating when I read that this is a match about vengeance.

“Why should players who weren’t even born then want revenge? Maybe some on the other side want to make an issue out of it to motivate Algeria.”

Regardless of Algeria’s motive, Low is wary of the talented African side and admits his side have to “step up” their performance despite winning their group. He admitted: “The Algerians have proven that they are an uncomfortable rival. Anyone who thinks that an easy opponent is waiting for us in the next round is making an enormous mistake.”

A sub-plot to this game is that is falls on the second day of Ramadan, the holy month in which Muslims fast during daylight. Players can lose up to six litres (11 pints) of fluids during a match and so the Algerians have been taking advice on how best to prepare for the game.

While some of Algeria’s players have publically stated they will observe Ramadan, Germany’s Mesut Ozil has said “it will be impossible for me to take part this year”.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Algeria have won both previous meetings with Germany: 2-0 in a friendly on New Year’s Day in 1964 and 2-1 in the group phase of the 1982 World Cup – which was the first victory by an African team over a European nation at the World Cup.
  • It remains Algeria’s only victory over a European opponent at the World Cup in eight attempts (W1, D3, L4).

Germany

  • Germany have only once failed to reach the last eight in their 17 previous World Cup appearances. That came in 1938, when they were knocked out in the first round by Switzerland after a replay.
  • Thomas Muller has scored nine goals in as many World Cup appearances – the same record as Pele after his first nine games in the tournament. Muller has been involved in 13 of Germany’s last 23 World Cup goals.
  • If Miroslav Klose scores he will surpass Brazil’s Ronaldo as the all-time top scorer at the World Cup with 16 goals.
  • Klose and Muller have scored four World Cup goals in the knockout phase, one shy of the national record held by Helmut Rahn.

Algeria

  • Algeria have reached the knockout stage for the first time. This is their fourth World Cup.
  • The only African nations to reach the World Cup quarter-finals are Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
  • Senegal are the only African side to beat a team from Europe during the knockout stage at a World Cup, doing so against Sweden in 2002.
  • Vahid Halilhodzic’s side have scored six goals so far in the tournament, equalling the total number of goals they had scored in their three previous World Cups combined.
  • Islam Slimani needs one goal to become Algeria’s outright top scorer at the World Cup. He currently shares the record of two with Salah Assad, who scored twice in 1982.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27969924