Algeria may have to wait a bit longer for revenge.
It’s 32 years since one of most distasteful episodes in World Cup history. A match known in Algeria as the ‘Disgrace Of Gijon’ saw a manufactured 1-0 win for West Germany over neighbours Austria – a result which saw both teams progress to the next round at the expense of the North Africans.
Algerians have waited a long time for revenge but get their chance in Porto Alegre this week having qualified for the last 16 for the time in their history with a 1-1 draw against Russia which will go down in the annals of Algerian football folklore forever more.
Vahid Halilhodzic’s team celebrated as though they had the World Cup itself at the final whistle and can’t wait to face Germany for a place in the quarter-finals.
That infamous match in Spain hasn’t been forgotten and Algeria do seem to like facing German opposition. They’ve never faced the united country but did beat West Germany in 1964 and 1982 and, though Joachim Low’s current side are unbeaten in three matches in Brazil so far, they’ve not been entirely convincing.
Portugal played more than half of their match with only 10 men and both Ghana and the USA caused plenty of problems for a nation that has reached the quarter-finals in every tournament since reunification.
That said, Germany should have the experience to come through this test and do have a striker in form in Thomas Muller. He’s already scored four goals in the finals and comes alive on the big stage.
Joint World Cup record scorer Miroslav Klose is waiting in the wings should the coach he needs more firepower and they were able to rest the likes of Sami Khedira, Andre Schurlle and Mario Gotze against the USA in their final group game.
Germany are only 3/10 but aren’t worth opposing as they appear to have too much class for Algeria. There are a few misgivings about a lack of pace at the heart of the Germans’ defence but they are 4/5 to keep a clean sheet.
The match kicks off at 9pm UK time on Monday June 30th at the Estadio Beira-Rio, Porte Alegre.