Updated: Tuesday, 01 July 2014 03:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Germany's Mustafi surprise call-up against Algeria

Germany coach Joachim Loew sprang a surprise for Monday's World Cup last 16 clash against Algeria in Porto Alegre as left-back Shkodran Mustafi won only his fourth cap.

Germany's Mustafi surprise call-up against Algeria

Germany's defender Shkodran Mustafi addresses a press conference of Germany's national football team in Santo Andre on June 13, 2014 - by Patrik Stollarz

The 22-year-old Sampdoria defender only received a World Cup call-up after winger Marco Reus was injured and he makes the starting line up at the Beira-Rio Stadium ahead of flu-victim Mats Hummels.

Mario Goetze is included on the left wing for Lukas Podolski, who has a thigh strain.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is again part of the defensive midfield having made his first World Cup start in the 1-0 group stage win over the USA last Thursday in Recife.

Miroslav Klose, who is just one short of a record-breaking 16th World Cup finals goal, starts on the bench with Thomas Mueller who has claimed four goals at Brazil 2014.

Algeria coach Vahid Halilodzic made five changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Russia in the final group stage match to reach the World Cup's last 16 for the first time.

Midfielder Yacine Brahimi failed to make the starting line-up despite some good performances while forward Abdelmoumene Djabou and defender Madjid Bougherra also miss out.

Striker Islam Slimani starts up front having scored their crucial equaliser against Russia.



Manuel Neuer; Shkodran Mustafi, Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Benedikt Hoewedes; Philipp Lahm (capt), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos; Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Mario Goetze  

Coach: Joachim Loew (GER)


Rais M'bolhi; Aissa Mandi, Esseid Belkalem, Rafik Halliche (capt), Faouzi Ghoulam; Sofiane Feghouli, Medhi Lacen, Saphir Taider, Mehdi Mostefa, El Arabi Soudani; Islam Slimani

Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic (BIH)

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)

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