Germany were sorely tested last night by an Algerian side determined for revenge. In 1982, Algeria were controversially eliminated from the World Cup by a match that was clearly staged between West Germany and Austria. West Germany’s 1-0 win ensured both teams went through on goal difference, despite Algeria’s previous defeat over the Germans and Chile. This blatant match-fixing was responsible for Fifa ruling that future qualifiers for the final sixteen be played simultaneously to avoid such cheating happening again.
Algeria, heading into this match very much the underdogs against the three-times champions fought valiantly and relentlessly, creating the most chances in the first half, and looking dangerous to the very end, but it was Germany’s substitute Andre Shurrle who broke the deadlock in extra time, followed by a second goal by Mezut Ozil, before Abdelmoumene Djabou scored a late consolation goal for Algeria.