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    Germany - Algeria 2:1 a.e.t. (0:0, 0:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    30 June 2014 Porto Alegre /Estadio Beira-Rio 17:00 43,063
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    PUCCI Stefano (ITA)
    Fifth Official
    LEAL Leonel (CRC)
    Referee
    RICCI Sandro (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 1
    DE CARVALHO Emerson (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 2
    VAN GASSE Marcelo (BRA)
    Fourth Official
    LOPEZ Walter (GUA)
    Match Commissioner
    CHIRIBOGA Luis (ECU)

    Total Goals scored

    Andre SCHUERRLE (GER) 92' , Mesut OEZIL (GER) 120' , Abdelmoumene DJABOU (ALG) 121'


    Germany

    Algeria
    1
    NEUER (GK)
    23
    RAIS (GK)
    4
    HÖWEDES
    3
    GHOULAM
    7
    SCHWEINSTEIGER (-109')
    4
    BELKALEM
    8
    ÖZIL
    5
    HALLICHE (C) (-97')
    13
    MÜLLER
    8
    LACEN
    16
    LAHM (C)
    10
    FEGHOULI
    17
    MERTESACKER
    13
    SLIMANI
    18
    KROOS
    15
    SOUDANI (-100')
    19
    GÖTZE (-46' HT)
    19
    TAIDER (-78')
    20
    BOATENG
    20
    MANDI
    21
    MUSTAFI (-70')
    22
    MOSTEFA
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    ZIELER (GK)
    1
    SI MOHAMMED (GK)
    22
    WEIDENFELLER (GK)
    16
    ZEMMAMOUCHE (GK)
    2
    GROßKREUTZ
    2
    BOUGUERRA (+97')
    3
    GINTER
    6
    MESBAH
    6
    KHEDIRA (+70')
    7
    YEBDA
    9
    SCHÜRRLE (+46' HT)
    9
    GHILAS
    10
    PODOLSKI
    11
    BRAHIMI (+78')
    11
    KLOSE
    12
    MEDJANI
    14
    DRAXLER
    14
    BENTALEB
    15
    DURM
    17
    CADAMURO
    23
    KRAMER (+109')
    18
    DJABOU (+100')
    5
    HUMMELS
    21
    MAHREZ
    Coach Coach
    LOEW Joachim (GER) HALILHODZIC Vahid (BIH)

    Cautions

    Rafik HALLICHE (ALG) 42' , Philipp LAHM (GER) 107'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Schurrle, Ozil scrape Germany into France showdown

    Extra-time goals from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil proved enough to edge Germany past Algeria and into a FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final against France. After the first 90 minutes ended goalless, Schurrle’s sublime flick broke the deadlock and Ozil doubled the European giants’ lead, with Abdelmoumene Djabou’s 11th-hour goal proving too little, too late for the spirited north Africans. The Germans started as overwhelming favourites, but it was Algeria who bossed the opening exchanges. Manuel Neuer vacated his area to attempt to clear a long ball forward, but Islam Slimani’s pace enabled him to get to it just before the Germany goalkeeper and knock it past him down the left. The 26-year-old striker attempted to stroke it into the unguarded net, but the sliding Neuer was able to clear it out for a corner and spare himself embarrassment.

    Slimani then had a header ruled out for offside, before Faouzi Ghoulam latched on to El Arabi Hillel Soudani’s canny through ball and blasted a shot just wide. Germany’s only chances of the first half came when Adi Mbolhi failed to hold long-range strikes. When Toni Kroos and Ozil saw their efforts parried, however, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller failed to capitalise on the rebounds. The last opportunity of the period fell to Algeria, with Mehdi Mostefa’s goal-bound drive deflecting wide off Jerome Boateng. Germany, so lethargic in the first half, began the second in top gear. Muller headed straight at Mbolhi from close range, before the Algeria keeper made an acrobatic save to flick a Philipp Lahm strike round the post.

    The three-time World Cup winners continued to dominate possession but failed to create any meaningful opportunities, before a brief period of Algerian pressure began on 75 minutes. Sofiane Feghouli flashed a half-volley narrowly wide, Slimani’s piledriver stung Neuer’s hands, and Soudani’s cross was vitally intercepted by Boateng. Germany regained control and, after Bastian Schweinsteiger had nodded wide, Muller headed straight at Mbolhi from six yards. The Algeria keeper’s parry fell to substitute Schurrle, but his shot was blocked.

    Muller then produced two exquisite touches to bring down a long ball and trick his way inside a defender, but he couldn’t do the easiest part and keep his shot on target from nine yards. The final opening of normal time fell to Schweinsteiger, but the unmarked midfielder’s close-range header lacked power and accuracy. Germany had missed a series of second-half chances, but Schurrle took their first of extra-time with aplomb. Muller broke down the left but his cross was a little behind the Chelsea forward. It looked like the chance would pass by, but Schurrle let the ball run through his legs and sublimely flicked it past Mbolhi with his heel.

    Germany commanded play thereafter and Ozil thumped home a rebound from close range to make it 2-0 on the stroke of full-time. Djabou did slot the ball home to give Algeria a glimmer of hope, but they had insufficient time to search for an equaliser. Vahid Halilhodzic and his charges, who arrived in Brazil as supposed whipping boys, go home with their heads held high. Joachim Low and his men head to Rio de Janeiro for a Maracana meeting with France.

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    Germany-Algeria: Quotes

    Joachim Low, Germany coach
    You need to catch your breath after a game like that, and at the end it was sheer force of will that got us the win. We didn’t get into our rhythm in the first half and lost a lot of balls, but we were the better team after the break and in extra time. We had a lot of chances and their goalkeeper played out of his skin at times. Algeria frequently evaded our pressing game by playing long balls and they did it well because we looked very vulnerable. It was good that Manuel [Neuer] was there to tidy up at the back, that’s part of his game. You get matches like this at tournaments and you need to fight. Other teams such as Brazil have also struggled at times, it’s no walk in the park here.

    Rais Mbolhi, ALG, Budweiser Man of the Match
    We played against a very strong Germany team and conceded two goals late on. We’re very disappointed because we felt we had a chance. Fitness wasn’t the decisive factor. We’re part of Algeria’s footballing history because we’re the first team to have come this far and we can build on this for the future. We owe it to our coach that we made it into the Round of 16. We’d like to thank him for everything he’s done for and with the team.

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