West Germany beat Austria 1-0 as both teams progressed at the expense of Algeria, after which Algerian officials claimed that the match was fixed but the allegations were never proved correct.
Vahid Halilhodzic claims that no-one has forgotten that match in Algeria as everyone talks about the 1982 World Cup.
"Thirty-two years ago is a long time. I am very proud of what we have achieved tonight and we deserve to be here," he told reporters.
"I think Algeria played a heroic match and our qualification for the second round is perfectly deserved."
As a result of the controversy in 1982, the final round of World Cup group fixtures now kick off at the same time.