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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Algeria
The Algerian airline plane that went off radar Thursday morning was purposefully diverted from its flight path due to a thunderstorm and to avoid contact with another plane flying the same skies, authorities said.
They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready. The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.
Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals.
Will Germany and France win their Round of 16 games to set up a massive showdown in the Quarterfinals?
Algeria has qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time after Islam Slimani's headed equalizer gave his team a 1-1 draw against Russia on Thursday.
With the United States only needing a draw to make it through to the next round, there is a lot of pressure on the Americans to get a result versus Germany.
Algeria led 3-0 at halftime, but withstood a stronger South Korean second half performance to claim its first World Cup win since 1982.
Belgium opened its World Cup Group H campaign with a 2-1 comeback win over Algeria on Tuesday, relying on second-half goals from two substitutes.
When Algeria qualified for the World Cup there was a rare sight in the dressing room as Vahid Halilhodzic briefly let down his guard and joined in with the players as they sang "One, two, three, viva l'Algerie."
Under coach Vahid Halilhodzic, Algeria has more flair and scores more goals.
Algeria's players hope to finally come out of the shadow of the 1982 World Cup team, which is still considered the nation's best after beating European champion West Germany in their opening group game.
With Belgium, Russia, South Korea and Algeria, don't expect too much pre-World Cup hype from Group H.
Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic selected his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil on Monday with a doubt surrounding the fitness of FC Porto striker Nabil Ghilas.
Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election.
Algerians went to the polls Thursday to elect the president of their oil-rich country, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror and a major natural gas provider to Europe. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win, despite suffering a stroke that left him unable to campaign for a fourth term in office.