While the privileged few players who have progressed through to the last 16 will be very grateful for their passage through a tricky group stage at the 2014 World Cup, not many will be more passionate than the Algerians when they play Germany later tonight.
The North African nation’s maiden voyage to the knockout stages could have occurred 32 years earlier if not for a manufactured 1-0 win between West Germany and Austria at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
A 2-1 victory over the European superpower opened the door to becoming the first African side to qualify for the second round, but a defeat to Austria and victory over Chile left the group balanced precariously.
With goal difference being decisive, a one or two goal German success would put the neighbouring countries through together, at the expense of Algeria, which is what eventually happened.
A lot of promise was shown in the opening game, but ultimately Germany and Austria went through, prompting FIFA to schedule final group games simultaneously as a result.
With the history of that vividly implanted in the minds of the Algerians, they will be giving their all to mend past wrongs.
The 4-2 win over South Korea was their first victory at a World Cup since that fateful tournament in Spain, and a springboard effect is required if they are to follow it up with progression past Joachim Low’s side.
Germany drew with African opponents, Ghana, in the group stages, whilst Algeria won a point against Russia to extend their stay in Brazil. Now, with the weight of expectation firmly placed on the three-time world champions, Vahid Halilhodzic and his team can enjoy the spectacle.
The scenes of elation from the squad at the culmination of their final group game showed the scale of the achievement for one of only two African nations to have made it to the last 16.
Goals from Islam Slimani helped secure the four points that sent Algeria through on their fourth visit to the finals.
The heat in Porto Alegre could also benefit the underdogs, and having led in their opening two games of the tournament will fill them with confidence that a shock could be on the cards.
A buoyant camp could spring a surprise, despite the fact that Germany have made it to at least the quarter finals of every World Cup since elimination in the second group stage in 1978.
Victory for the Algerians would be a popular win amongst all fans of football. As they say - revenge is a dish best served cold.
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