Europe and Africa Clash in Today's World Cup Round of 16Published June 30, 2014 by OCR Editor
Today's Round of 16 games pits Europe against Africa with France against Nigeria at 5pm UK time and Germany against Algeria (9pm).
Today's Round of 16 games give weight to the term "World Cup" in a tournament which has been dominated by South American teams, as today's games European teams go head to head against African ones. The first game at 5pm UK time will see the promising France clashing with Nigeria, followed by the second game on 9pm when Germany and Algeria will fight over a ticket to the quarter-finals.
Will Nigeria Stop The French Onslaught?
France opened their World Cup with headline player Franck Ribery out due to injuries, but that didn't discourage: France breezed through its first two games beating both Honduras and Switzerland with big scores, reserving their energy in the scoreless draw with Ecuador. France is a big football country, and a skilled manager like Didier Deschamps also does not harm the French hopes for a replay of 1998.
On paper, Nigeria is the underdog today – if it hasn't been for the mishaps of Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina, they might have not made it to the Round of 16 at all. Nigeria proved they can actually play in their game against Argentina, squeezing two goals in the 3-2 loss, but they need more than that against a very strong France.
Algeria's Unfinished German Business
Much has been talked about the 1982 World Cup when West Germany's fixed game against Austria eliminated Algeria from progressing to the Round of 16. Whether that will influence Algeria's performance against the Germans today is unclear, but it will definitely have some kind of atmospheric impact. Today is Algeria's first time in the Round of 16, they're a young and creative team and they'll have to give all they have tonight – however it's hard to see Germany putting its guard down, quite the contrary is right as they're the clear favorites to win.