Germany will head into their World Cup last-16 encounter against Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre today as clear favourites.
Joachim Low’s side have been impressive in the tournament in Brazil and have established themselves as one of the top candidates to win it.
Die Mannschaft kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 4-0 victory over Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, but were held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana in their next game.
The 2002 World Cup finalists returned to winning ways in their final group match with a narrow 1-0 victory over the USA, ending up as Group G winners in the process.
On the other hand, Algeria defied the odds to progress to the last 16. Vahid Halilhodzic’s side finished second in Group H with four points from three matches, five points behind group winners Belgium.
The African side’s achievement becomes more impressive when one considers that they finished ahead of much-fancied opponents Russia and South Korea, whom they beat 4-2 in their second group game.
Germany XI: Neuer; Mustafi, Mertesacker, Boateng, Howedes; Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Ozil, Kroos, Gotze; Muller
Algeria XI: Mbolhi; Ghoulam, Belkalem, Halliche, Mandi; Lacen, Soudani, Taider, Mostefa, Feghouli; Slimani