Hello sports fans, and welcome to the fourth Second Round match of this year’s World Cup finals. Can you believe that it’s almost a quarter of a century since Germany last won the World Cup? No, me neither. Still, here we are, and they’ve been impressive so far, thumping against Portugal and workmanlike against Ghana and the USA. This is a first time past the group stages for Algeria, meanwhile, and a little extra spice has been added to this match by recollections of The Shame Of Gijon, the 1982 match between West Germany and Austria that edged Algeria out of the tournament on goal difference with rumours of collusion abounding. The winners play France in the quarter-finals., and we’ll be back shortly before nine for all the latest.
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Glad that wasn’t 80 seconds ago.
We have another 30 minutes of this. Which is good news.
If you hadn’t noticed from the way he’s been playing, yes I do have money on Thomas Müller to score the first goal.
Klose will be the next German change. You heard it here first.
I thought Lahm was still a right back for FC Bayern but obviously Tyldesley knows better.
Neuer is due a mistake from his “sweeper” style antics.
Ian, isn’t that how you pronounce it properly?
There goes the obligatory Mexican Wave
Obviously you’d be the lead Mark. Danny would complement you nicely.
I might start a petition to bring Murphy back for all the remaining games (regardless of the channel)
Schurrle has so much pace. He brings a completely different dynamic to the Germany team.
Germany really don’t know what to do when teams go at them. They look like they’re uncomfortable being closed down and their lack of time on the ball has lead to several terrible errors.
Either of these teams would have a great game against France in the next round.
Mark – Germany always win these games. Apart from that one time they didn’t. Against Algeria. Who they royally stitched up a week later. If any nation deserves payback for years of hurt, it’s Algeria.
This kit thing isn’t FIFA’s fault – it is adidas’ interpretation of FIFA’s rules. Every country with a “wrong” kit this time round – Spain, Colombia, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Russia – wear the three stripes. France (Nike) wore white shirt and dark navy shorts earlier today, Brazil (Nike) and Ecuador (Marathon) both wore yellow shirts with blue shorts throughout the tournament, but Colombia (adidas) “couldn’t”. FIFA’s kit rules are to allow people in poorer nations, to be able to watch on black and white TVs. Black shorts would make more sense here.