Germany Deny Algeria In Extra Time
Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil each scored in extra time to send Germany into the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil following a real test of their credentials against Algeria.
The Algerians posed a threat throughout the game, and had opportunities to put Joachim Loew’s team to the sword, but in the end, Germany broke the deadlock with Schuerrle and Ozil’s goals and ensured that Germany didn’t suffer a shock exit. Abdel Djabou managed to score a last-gasp consolation goal for his side.
Algeria started the game pressing high and attacking Germany. They came close to scoring within 10 minutes when Manuel Neuer was caught out of position rushing off his line to stop an attack. Islam Slimani looked set to leave the keeper in his wake 40 yards out from his goal post, but Neuer managed a last ditch tackle to spare himself from embarrassment.
The Algerians continued their attack, with Sofiane Feghouli seeing his wonderful offside diving header correctly disallowed. Germany regained control of the game towards the end of the 1st half and continued that control in the 2nd half. Yet Algeria retained a sharp threat on the break and were unlucky not to find the net when Sofiane Feghouli fizzed a shot across the face of goal.
Thomas Mueller passed up a chance to score the winner 10 minutes from time, when the Bayern Munich man headed straight at Rais M’Bohli from an unmarked position 10 yards out. Halliche was on hand to clear Schuerrle’s rebound off the line. Bastian Schweinsteiger was also wasteful from an almost identical position, guiding a weak header into the arms of the Algerian keeper, with just seconds of regulation time remaining.
Just minutes of moving into extra time, Andre Schuerrle found the net with an improvised finish from Mueller’s cross. Mesut Ozil added a second in the second half of extra time, no doubt sending Germany into the Quarter Finals, with Djabou scoring a late consolation goal.
Pogba Scores As France Oust Nigeria
A late Paul Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal ensured France progressed into the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil, with a 2-0 victory against Nigeria, as France avoided an upset at the hands of a dangerous Nigeria side.
The African champions had threatened a shock throughout the game, but France’s quality told in the end, with Paul Pogba making the most of a Victor Enyeama mistake to head home at the back post. The win was wrapped up in stoppage time, when Joseph Yobo deflected Antoine Griezmann’s effort into his own net, sealing a 2-0 victory for Les Bleus.
With this victory, France march into the Quarter Finals and face Germany in the last eight.