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At halftime: Algeria putting Germany to the test — FOLLOW LIVE

Jun 30, 2014, 4:59 PM EST

Shkodran Mustafi, El Arbi Hillel Soudani, Jerome Boateng AP

Almost cannot believe we’re saying this, but Algeria’s speed gives them the label of better team after 45 minutes.

Unfortunately, that and a bag of peanuts will get you some protein. Germany looks pretty vulnerable against surging Algeria attack. Could this be an upset for the ages?

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Goals:

Nothing yet.

Other key moments:

16 — And here it was: Islam Slimani‘s header inside of 16 minutes is past Manuel Neuer, and the upset is on… only to see it ruled offsides.

18′ — Faouzi Ghoulam‘s curling, outswinging shot bends too acutely to find side-netting. The Desert Foxes brought their A-game.

33′ — A free kick from a very dangerous position is wasted by Sofiane Feghouli

41′ — M’Bohli with brilliant goalkeeping to thwart and Muller and Goetze attack. The latter looks bewildered at how this match is going.

Stats to know 

8 – Germany appearances in the semifinal or better of their 11 World Cup runs.

1 – Algeria knockout round appearances (This one).

Questions for the second half:

Can Algeria find its final ball? The Desert Foxes have done everything but score.

Will Joachim Low make the right adjustments? The German genius needs to find a way to keep his back line safe against Feghouli, Slimani and company.

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