Germany and Algeria will complete Monday's 2014 World Cup slate of fixtures between European powerhouses and African underdogs, kicking off their tie after the match between France and Nigeria has ended.
Die Mannschaft's progression to the round of 16 will not have come as a surprise, but oddsmakers didn't give the Desert Warriors much of a chance of joining them when the tournament began.
Exemplary organisation, raw athleticism and a lot of heart saw them beat out Russia and South Korea to finish Group H in second place, however, and they'll now get a chance at revenge for the way they were eliminated from the tournament in 1982.
Date: Monday, June 30
Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Germany started the tournament on fire, demolishing Portugal 4-0 and looking like the offensive juggernaut everyone was expecting. The lack of mobility in their full-backs was exposed in the 2-2 draw against Ghana, but the team rebounded with a 1-0 win over USA, dominating that match from start to finish.
Algeria's ultra-defensive approach let them down against Belgium, but they bounced back by displaying a lot of offensive flair in a convincing 4-2 win over South Korea and backed up their credentials with a 1-1 draw against Russia, combining good movement with excellent organisation at the back.
Both teams seem to be in good form coming into this tie, but the Germans have already had to play three matches against top-class opposition. The pouring rain during their clash with the USA can't have been helpful for their health and form, so the edge will go to Algeria in that department.
Bleacher Report's Ed Dove wrote an excellent article detailing the controversial match between West-Germany and Austria that saw Algeria get knocked out of the 1982 tournament, which you can find here.
Manager Vahid Halilhodzic confirmed to reporters his team still hadn't forgotten about that day, as reported by the BBC:
We have not forgotten. Everybody has been talking about Algeria and Germany from 1982. Thirty-two years ago is a long time. I am very proud of what we have achieved tonight and we deserve to be here.
It will be extra motivation for the Algerians but little more than that. The Desert Warriors know they're going up against one of the absolute favourites for the tournament win, and as the Germans showed against the USA, they can deal with teams putting 10 men behind the ball.
Thomas Mueller may have been the standout performer so far but each and every one of Germany's results has been a true team performance. CBS Sports' Bryan Fischer agrees:
Their movement in midfield and around the box has been superb, and because the entire team is ever in motion, they have an uncanny ability of creating space where there shouldn't be any.
Algeria have shown they have the ability of keeping the pitch compact, and through Sofiane Feghouli and Nabil Bentalib, they have the ability to break quickly and get the ball at the feet of attackers in dangerous positions.
The Algerians struggled with Russia's low defensive block, but that is something they won't have to worry about against Germany. Die Mannschaft will try and control the ball (and succeed, most likely), and it will be up to the African side to survive the multitude of shots Germany will fire at them.
Prediction: Germany 2-0 Algeria
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