Algerians Want to Right a 32-Year-Old Wrong

Algeria play Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday for a quarterfinal spot. In the 1982 edition of the tournament, Algeria had beaten West Germany 2-1 as huge underdogs but the Germans ensured that Algeria do not go through to the knockout stages by staging a slim 1-0 win over Austria.

updated: June 30, 2014 20:05 IST
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Algeria ended a 32-year wait for a World Cup win in emphatic style with a 4-2 demolition of the Koreans in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Porto Alegre, Brazil: Soccer and fairness are hardly constant companions. Dominate play, create chance after chance, and your team can still lose on a lucky bounce, on a referee's judgment call or on the roulette wheel of a penalty shootout.

Soccer fans grow up with such paradoxes and, in most cases, accept them. But it only feels right that Algeria gets its place in the second round of a World Cup, and though it would be more appropriate if it had come at the expense of Germany, it is still a fine fit that Germany will be Algeria's opponent. (Also Read: Algeria seek revenge against Germany)

None of the German and Algerian players who will face one another here on Monday in the Round of 16 had any direct role in the wrong at the World Cup in Spain in 1982, when no member of this Algerian team was even born.

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