• This will be the second match played involving Algeria and Russia. The previous match was a friendly and it ended 2-2.
  • Russia have won their two games against African sides at the World Cup (6-1 v Cameroon in 1994 and 2-0 v Tunisia in 2002).
  • Algeria have only won one of their 7 World Cup games against European opposition (D2 L4).
  • Algeria ended a run of seven World Cup matches without a win by claiming victory in their second group game against South Korea.
  • The last eight World Cup goals conceded by Algeria have come after half-time.
  • Russia have kept one clean sheet in their eight World Cup matches since the start of the 1994 tournament.
  • Russia are without a win in four World Cup group games (D1 L3).
  • Eight of the last nine World Cup goals shipped by Russia have arrived after half time.
  • Algeria come into this game having become the first African team to score four or more goals in a World Cup match.