Algeria coach Vahid Halihodzic insists that his players have not forgotten the furor surrounding Algeria’s 1982 World Cup exit at the hands of West Germany and Austria. West Germany controversially won that match, 1-0, and it was widely thought that both countries fixed the result, which was sufficient for both to progress to the next phase of the World Cup at Algeria’s expense. Since, FIFA has required that the final group stage games be played simultaneously.
"We have not forgotten," Halilhodzic said. "Everybody has been talking about Algeria and Germany from 1982. Thirty-two years ago is a long time. I am very proud of what we have achieved tonight and we deserve to be here. I think Algeria played a heroic match [1-1 tie with Russia] and our qualification for the second round is perfectly deserved."