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Game on: Lineups and more as Algeria attempts to shock Germany, world

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Let’s lay the cards on the table: an Algeria win over Germany would be one of, if not the, biggest World Cup moments of all-time.

With that said, it’s not entirely out of the question for the Desert Foxes to spring forward into the quarterfinals. The United States showed that it’s possible to limit Germany’s chances and some would argue that Islam Slimani and Sofiane Feghouli are better attacking options that the Yanks had at their disposal to counter the Germans.

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Germany: Neuer; Mustafi, Mertesacker, Boateng, Höwedes; Lahm (C), Schweinsteiger Özil, Kroos, Götze, Müller

Algeria: M’Bolhi, Mandi, Belkalem, Halliche, Ghoulam, Feghouli, Lacen, Taider, Mahrez, Soudani, Slimani

Talking points

– Is Algeria brimming with confidence, or a bit sated by their first Round of 16 appearance? It seems a tad bit absurd to say a national team could relax on such an elevated stage, but there may be a bit more urgency — as nebulous as that term can be — from the Germans.

– Can Germany turn the offense back up? The Germans were limited to one goal by the States and had to battle back to get a pair against Ghana. Sunday’s 1-0 win was the nation’s first time scoring less than two goals since a May friendly against Poland that saw only two players who will start today (Höwedes and Mustafi).

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.