Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil struck in extra time to earn Germany a 2-1 win over Algeria in a pulsating round of 16 clash in Porto Alegre on Monday, a victory which will see Germany face off against France in the quarter-finals.
Schuerrle broke the deadlock in the 92nd minute, with Ozil adding a second in the 120th minute.
Abdelmoumene Djabou replied in the dying seconds for Algeria.
With the temperature a chilly 14 degrees (57 Fahrenheit) centigrade and a light rain falling at times, the pace was high at the Estadio Beira-Rio.
Germany were pushed all the way by a physical but limited Algerian side, playing in the knockout stages for the first time.
Islam Slimani had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half while Germany’s best early chance came as the break beckoned, when only the lightning reflexes of Algerian keeper Rais Mbolhi denied first Toni Kroos and then Mario Goetze from the rebound.
Germany coach Joachim Loew introduced Schuerrle for Goetze after the interval and he almost made an immediate impact, his 48th minute drive only narrowly deflected.
Mbolhi then made a superb flying fingertip save to deny Phillip Lahm.
Both goalkeepers were in spectacular form as the match reached 90 minutes, tied at 0-0. But Germany broke the deadlock a minute into extra time. Thomas Mueller skipped clear down the left and whipped in a low cross. Schuerrle steered the ball into the net with a deft flick of his heel.
Ozil then struck before Djabou’s contribution.
Friday’s quarter-final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana is a repeat of the 1982 and 1986 semi-finals, both won by the then West-Germany. The 1986 match was the last time the French lost in normal time in a World Cup finals knockout match.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)
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Date created : 2014-06-30