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Algeria Stitched Up

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 16:55

Algeria's Spanish adventure ended in tears
Algeria's Spanish adventure ended in tears

One of the most unpalatable matches in the tournament's history occurred in the final Group Two game between West Germany and Austria in Spain 1982.

There is still no direct evidence that the two teams agreed the result beforehand, but the nature of the midfield jaunt was hard to take.

Germany, who had been embarrassingly beaten by Algeria in their first group match, needed a win to progress, while Austria only needed to avoid defeat by four goals to join them.

After Horst Hrubesch's 11th-minute header both sides sat back and failed to create another chance between them.

When the final whistle ended the agonising tedium, West Germany and Austria were through, and the tearful Algerians were out in a fury.