SALVADOR, BRAZIL - After decades of what-ifs, the Algerians were inches away from retribution Monday night in Porto Alegre.
After more than 30 years, they were looking to avenge the Disgrace in Gijon, an incident that allegedly saw Germany collude with Austria to knock the North Africans out of the 1982 World Cup.
And when Algeria's Islam Slimani appeared to score off a glorious diving header less than 20 minutes in, it briefly looked as though the Desert Foxes were bound for history.
Then came the whistle, then a replay, and what would have turned out to be the game's only goal was called back for offside -- by the slightest of inches, mind you.
Denied the first-half goal they desperately needed, the Algerians drifted further and further away until they entered extra time at 0-0.
Less than two minutes into the extra 30 minutes, Algeria was finally undone when Germany's André Schürrle brilliantly finished off a cross with a back heel.
Germany's Mesut Özil made it 2-0 to clinch it in the final minute of the match before Algeria's Abdelmoumene Djabou scored off a header to make it 2-1 with mere seconds left.
In truth, however, it was always coming. Although they received little credit from some, the Germans controlled this thing from the 30th minute on.
That's not to discredit what was the only remaining African team in the tournament. If anything, it’s crediting Germany for holding off a quality side and advancing.
Really, though, it all should have been over after 90 minutes.
The Germans, Thomas Mueller specifically, squandered countless chances in front of the goal, putting efforts right at Algerian 'keeper Rais M'Bolhi throughout the second half.
At that point, there were calls for German legend Miroslav Klose to enter the game -- the thought being he surely would have finished off at least one of those squandered opportunities.
In the end, the Desert Foxes got what they deserved -- a loss -- but also respect after fighting for 90 minutes and making the World Cup favourites work.
As for the Gijon incident, justice wasn't served. But people will undoubtedly remember Monday night's battle before a moment in this tournament that was, quite frankly, absurd.
Don't underestimate the amount of effort German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer put in Monday night in a 2-1 extra time win over Algeria.
Neuer darted off his line on a number of occasions to break up potentially dangerous counterattacks by the opposition.
His last, though, might have actually saved the game.
With the German back line caught out, Algeria's Slimani was chipped in behind only to see Neuer slide in and break things up 25 metres from the goal.
Here's the thing: The Germans have been playing with four centre backs across their back four, meaning they're fairly slow as a unit.
As a result, it's crucial Neuer continues to be ready to clean things up when faster strikers look to exploit that weakness.
Teams can't man-mark Argentina's Messi.
The only way to stop him is through team defending -- and even that's not a guarantee.
"Each player needs his concentration and attention levels to be extremely high," Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld told Swiss tabloid Blick.
"We must correctly take care of all our essential (roles), be ready to anticipate and be error free," Hitzfeld added in an interview translated by Goal.com. "And in this way, we can stop Messi."
Even then, Messi is going to get his chances Tuesday in Sao Paulo.
Switzerland will just be able to limit the quality of those opportunities if it defends deep and primary defenders on Messi have help.
That said, this isn't the most resolute Swiss team we've seen as compared to previous tournaments.
After France put up five on them, Switzerland nearly conceded multiple times to Honduras before outlasting the Central Americans to get to this point.
'A BUNCH OF B------'
Warning: If traveling to Uruguay, beware of the potential for a zombie-like attack.
Apparently biting a fellow human -- for the third time -- isn't considered too harsh of a crime.
In the days after embattled Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, multiple people have come out in support of the serial biter.
First, it was Uruguayan teammate Diego Lugano, who called FIFA's decision to ban Suarez for four months "inhumane."
Now, the president of Uruguay has waded into the debate, telling a local camera crew that FIFA "are a bunch of old sons of b------‘ for banning Suarez.
In saying that, isn't it his country's top player who's acting most dog-like?
For what it's worth, Suarez issued an apology to Chiellini via Twitter on Monday, saying he regrets what occurred.
PELE'S A 'NUTTER'
Argentine legend Maradona continues to go on the offensive, this time skewering well-known names like Pele and Franz Beckenbauer for supporting FIFA's lengthy ban on Suarez.
Earlier in the tournament, Maradona also took a shot at Argentina's FA chief after he called the World Cup winner a bad luck charm.
"These two (Pele and Beckenbauer) come out, crawl out of a museum to talk and make stupid comments because they're both insane, at the end of the day, they're just two nutters,” he said, according to Spanish news outlet Marca.
"I looked back today at some of the stupid comments made by Pele and Beckenbauer saying that they agreed with FIFA. Of course, how on earth can they not agree with FIFA when that's who pays them? It's embarrassing."
Unsurprisingly, Maradona left out the part about him being treated for a plethora of substance abuse issues and nearly killing himself due to suspected cocaine overdose.
Yet Pele's the nutter? Got it.
For goodness sake, Royal Dutch Airlines, why not add a man eating a taco while you're at it?â¨
After the Netherlands topped Mexico in the Round of 16 on Sunday, KLM decided to have a little fun with Team Mexico.â¨
A little too much fun.
Actually, they decided to inappropriately toss out every stereotype they could find -- other than the taco, of course. Whoever manages KLM's Twitter account tweeted out a photo of a "Departure" gate with an image of a "Mexican man" photoshopped in beside it.â¨
The image had a sombrero, a mustache and a goatee -- something the airline is taking a lot of heat for. â¨Because, you know, all Spanish Americans look like a mariachi band.â¨
It's likely most in Mexico won't really care. The game, the loss more specifically, is far more important.â¨
That said, KLM's stupidity had to be called out even after it deleted the tweet.
How would they like it if everyone just started walking around with fake doobies and drinking Heineken?