Low: Algeria mind games won't affect us

The Germany manager has insisted that his team are unaffected by the prospect of settling old scores against the African side

Germany coach Joachim Low is adamant that talk of the "Shame of Gijon" won't affect his team ahead of their second round World Cup meeting with Algeria.

The two sides met in 1982, in Algeria’s first-ever World Cup appearance, with the Africans pulling off a shock 2-1 win. It was West Germany who progressed from the group, however, after they and Austria played out a mutually beneficial 1-0 result in Gijon that saw both advance at the expense of the Desert Foxes.

Ahead of the upcoming meeting between the two nations, there has been much talk of that controversial match, but Low insists history will have no bearing on the second-round contest, accusing Algeria of trying to play mind games.

"No, forget it, this is not an issue," he said. "We have not talked about it.

"In Algeria it is an issue and a clear attempt to motivate your team with this.

"But players of Algeria were not even born, that was done over 30 years ago and is not an issue for us."

The winner of the Monday's match will set a date with either France or Nigeria in the quarter-final, but Low remains entirely concentrated on Algeria.

"France are not in our heads," he said. "We have said that anyone who underestimates our opponents are wrong.

"We must go step by step and not look at any hypotheticals."