When England and Algeria hit the pitch Friday, the two squads are in two completely different scenarios, but each are equally as desperate for a win.
England saw its chances to lead Group C disappear after their draw with the U.S.
They seemed to have command of the match throughout, but the luck of the Yanks cost the Brits two points and a spot atop the group with Slovenia.
On the other side, Algeria suffered the group’s first loss and resides in fourth place.
Their defeat at the hands of Slovenia puts them in a must-win today, or else they will be mathematically eliminated from advancing to the next round.
It’s a must-win as well for England if they have any plans of going deep into the tournament.
Three points would put them ahead of the U.S. and in second place in the group, giving them a berth into the second round.
Both sides will need their team play to shine in order to take the game.
While the top players will need to be involved early, there are a few players for each country that can have a bigger impact than their talent indicates.