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Germany outlast Algeria to advance to quarterfinals

Germany outlast Algeria to advance to quarterfinals versus France. Photo credit - wikipedia commons

Germany outlast Algeria to advance to quarterfinals versus France. Photo credit – wikipedia commons

Group G winners Germany were able to beat Group H runners-up Algeria, 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals for the 16th consecutive time in World Cup history.

Germany was not the dominant side that controlled Group G as they left the door open for Algeria throughout most of the contest. Algeria appeared poised to get on the scoreboard following some threatening early counterattacks, but were unable to get on the scoreboard. Algeria, who finished 2nd in Group H, were unable to get passed German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who left his box “18 times” during the contest, stopping the Algerian attack however he could (ESPN live commentary).

Algeria were the aggressor in the first half of the contest and also came on late in the final fifteen minutes of the match, making the Germans work for their place in the quarterfinals. Germany and their “vaunted players that play in the upper-echelons of football” as described by ESPN commentator Jon Champion, were the heavy favorites heading into the game, but were unable to demonstrate their dominance in this contest.

Germany had several chances from inside Algeria’s box in the 80th minute but were unable to capitalize following a barrage by Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Although failing to score in regulation, Germany continued to mount attacks in the final third of the field keeping Algeria in a defensive mode as time expired.

The match marked the third game out of the six quarterfinal matches that has gone into extra time. Germany nearly won the game before extra time, but were stopped by Algerian goalkeeper Rais M’bolhi. M’Bolhi managed to keep Germany off the score sheet until the 92nd minute when German forward, Andre Schurrle, found the back of the net on a well-placed cross by Muller. Mesut Ozil scored in the 120th minute to seal the victory only for Algeria to find the net a minute later as Djabou scored just before time.

As the winners of today’s match, Germany advance to the quarterfinals where they will face today’s other winner, France. The final two African nations in the World Cup, Nigeria and Algeria, were eliminated in consecutive matches by two of the five remaining European sides in France and Germany respectively. Germany will now meet France in the quarterfinals Friday in Rio.

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