PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) Germany considers itself warned.
The three-time champion has seen the challenges that Brazil and the Netherlands have already faced from opponents with lesser pedigrees in the Round of 16 at the World Cup.
But it believes it can avoid a similar threat from unheralded Algeria on Monday.
Germany captain Philipp Lahm says ”we don’t want to have the problems that others have had – going to extra time or a shootout. … The supposedly small football countries have shown what they are capable of. We have been warned and we want to do it in 90 minutes.”
Still, neither Lahm nor Germany coach Joachim Loew would venture into naming a single player on Algeria’s squad – ”because I don’t want to pronounce them wrongly.”