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FIFA World Cup 2014 Match Preview: Germany v/s Algeria

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 - 12:52am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
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Joachim Low's men take on Algeria in the Round-of-16 match.

The strong German side are undoubtbly the team more likely to win. Germany proved their strength to the world when they played Portugal in their opening group match. The Germans thrashed Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 4-0, giving a vital boost to their confidence. In their second match, they were stunned by Ghana as they were held in a 2-2 draw. But despite the draw, the match was historic as German veteran Miroslav Klose equaled Ronaldo's record of all time top goal-scorer in the World Cup with 15 goals to his name. In their last group game, they played USA and won the match 1-0, moving into the top spot of Group G. With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Philipe Lahm, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller, Germany will look to out-class Algeria.

Algeria struggled during the group stages as they won against Korea Republic, drew to Russia and lost against Belgium. Their performance in the group stages wasn't good enough compared to their opponents Germany. 

This match is likely to b a one sided affair.

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•    Germany have lost both of their previous meetings with Algeria in all competitions, scoring once and conceding four times.
 

•    Their most notable meeting came in the 1982 World Cup Group Stage when Algeria beat West Germany 2-1. However, the African team were eliminated by West Germany’s mutually beneficial 1-0 win over Austria that saw both teams advance to the next round.
 

•    That remains Algeria’s only victory over a European opponent at the World Cup, drawing three and losing four since then.
 

•    Algeria are the sixth African team to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup (after Morocco, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana).
 

•    Germany have reached the semi-finals of the last three World Cups. No nation has ever made the last four in four successive tournaments.
 

•    Joachim Löw’s side attempted 1999 passes (incl. crosses and corners) in the group stage, more than any other side.
 

•    Thomas Müller has scored nine goals in nine World Cup appearances, including four in three so far in 2014.
 

•    Müller has a shot conversion rate of 66.7% so far in the tournament, having scored four times from six shots.
 

•    Algeria’s six goals have been scored by five different players. Only Colombia (6) had more scorers during the group stages of the World Cup than Algeria.
 

•    Germany have scored the opening goal in all three of their games so far in the competition. Algeria opened the scoring twice in Group H.
 

•    Miroslav Klose needs one more goal to be the World Cup’s highest scorer. He is currently joint-top with Ronaldo (15 goals).
 

•    No team has scored more headed goals than Algeria at the tournament so far (2).




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