- Title: BRAZIL: SOCCER/FOOTBALL: Rain lashes Porto Alegre ahead of Germany-Algeria match
- Date: 30th June 2014
- Summary: PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL (JUNE 30, 2014) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF THE BEIRA RIO STADIUM WITH VEHICLES DRIVING PAST TREES RUSTLING IN THE WIND EXTERIOR OF THE BEIRA RIO STADIUM VARIOUS OF WATER OVERFLOWING CREATING LARGE PUDDLE VEHICLES DRIVING ALONG ROAD STADIUM WORKERS, MANY IN PLASTIC PONCHOS, ARRIVING AT STADIUM FIFA 2014 WORLD CUP FLAG FLAPPING AROUND IN THE WIND VARIOUS OF STADIUM WORKERS WALKING TOWARDS STADIUM TWO SECURITY GUARDS, WEARING PONCHOS, STANDING OUTSIDE STADIUM STADIUM WORKERS WALKING TOWARDS STADIUM STADIUM WORKERS QUEUING UP TO ENTER STADIUM MAN SPEAKING ON WALKIE-TALKIE AS PEOPLE QUEUE UP TO ENTER STADIUM VARIOUS OF STADIUM WORKERS QUEUING TO ENTER STADIUM VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF THE STADIUM WITH RAIN-SOAKED ROADS AND TREES RUSTLING IN THE WIND
- Embargoed: 15th July 2014 13:00
- Location: Brazil
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA80R2PH1GOBH93K0V81OZFWYXB
- Story Text: Final preparations were underway on Monday (June 30) for the World Cup Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria in a wet and dreary Porto Alegre.
Heavy rains have lashed Porto Alegre for the past four days and the condition of the Beira Rio stadium's pitch is expected to be wet and muddy for Monday's match.
Three-times World Cup winners Germany face Algeria in a last-16 clash tinged with history on Monday.
Algeria have beaten Germany in the World Cup before, defeating the then-West Germany 2-1 in Spain in 1982. But what followed was a travesty.
After also defeating Chile, Algeria were on the cusp of qualifying for the knockouts. West Germany met Austria in the final group game with a narrow German victory enough for both teams to go through and see Algeria eliminated.
After an early German goal, the two kicked the ball around aimlessly without trying to score again. The cynical display caused worldwide outrage and has gone down in the annals of soccer infamy as "the Shame of Gijon".
It was the first time an African nation beat a European team at the World Cup.
The Desert Foxes, appearing in the knockout stages for the first time, have a perfect record against Germany with two wins in their two meetings. Prior to 1982, Algeria beat West Germany 2-1 in a friendly on New Year's Day in 1964.
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