Algeria’s 1-1 draw against Russia on last Thursday in a Group H game saw history being made as Vahid Halilhodzic’s side for the first time qualified for the knockout stages. A loss, a win and a draw made it possible for Algeria to finish behind Belgium with four points in their kitty. To challenge Algeria are their familiar foes Germany, who in 1982 World Cup had a 1-0 win over Austria to see both West Germany and Austria through to next round despite Algeria finishing the group with two wins and a defeat, which included an unexpected 2-1 victory over West Germany.
Germany on the other hand had a smooth entry into last 16 by winning two games including 4-0 pasting to Portugal and a draw to top their group. As these two teams come with a tinge of rivalry on the field we bring to you some interesting facts
1) Germany have maintained their impressive run in the second-stage of the World Cup over their 17 previous World Cup appearances, they have only once failed to reach the last 8. The lone failure came way back in 1938, when Switzerland knocked them out in the first round.
2) Thomas Muller has appeared nine times for Germany in the World Cup, what makes this stat interesting is he has netted nine goals in these matches. He has four goals and one assist to his name in this tournament so far. Moreover, out of Germany’s 23 World Cup goals Muller has been involved in 13 of them.
3) German Striker Miroslav Klose is on the verge of breaking World Cup record of most goals as he is tied at 15 goals with Brazil’s star Ronaldo. Expect a traditional somersault celebration.
4) If Nigeria emerges victorious against Germany they will be the fourth African side to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. Three African teams to have achieved this feat are Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
5) Apart from Senegal no other African nation have defeated European side during the knockout stage at a World Cup, they defeated Sweden in 2010.
6) Algerian striker Islam Slimani is one goal away from becoming the top scorer for his side at the World Cup. He is tied with Salah Assad at two goals, the former Algerian scored those two goals in 1982.
7) Head to head it may be surprising but Germany have never defeated Algeria. In two matches played between both the sides Algeria leads with two wins. Algeria’s only victory over a European team at the World Cup in eight matches came against Germany in 1982 otherwise they have lost four and drawn three.