Venue – Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre; Date – 1 July, 2014;
If ever there was a mismatch on paper, this match has got to take the cake. European giants Germany have been steamrolling quality opposition in the world cup for a long time. They are now presented a challenge by surprise package Algeria and the Germans will be licking their lips going into this fixture.
Germany were worthy winners and group toppers as they scored 7 goals in their allotted matches including a 4-0 hammering of Portugal. Algeria on the other hand are not far behind with 6 goals to their credit. They have been playing some quality football and picking their battles wisely to arrive at where they are. They are a physically tough side that will pose a threat to Germany’s more free flowing type of play.
Key factors in the match
Algeria plays by the opposition. They defended heavily against the Belgians and attacked aggressively against the Koreans. This has been the hallmark of their campaign and they may once again look to adapt to a defensive strategy against the Germans.
Germany striker Muller has netted 9 goals in his last 9 world cup games including 4 goals in Brazil. He has been in red hot form and will be raring to go against Algeria.
The match is being played in the holy month of Ramadan and hence will affect the Islam outfit. They are ineligible to consume foods or fluids before sunset and hence the match timings might take a hard toll on them.
The Algerian wall will be a hard one to break down. But if Germany finds the right strategy, then this match may very well turn into a goal fest.
Algeria has beaten Germany in both their previous encounters.
Their last meeting in the 1982 world cup saw the African outfit beat the West Germans 2 goals to 1.
Germany have reached the semi-finals of the last three World Cups. No nation has ever made the last four in four successive tournaments
Miroslav Klose needs one more goal to be the World Cup’s highest scorer. He currently has 15 goals to his name.
Predictions: Let us have a look at what the big guns have to say:
Goal.com: 3-1 to Germany
BBC: 2-0 to Germany
Bleacher Report: 3-1 to Germany