Germany win extra time thriller

Germany will play France in the quarter-finals after a dramatic 2-1 win over battling Algeria in the World Cup.

    Germany will next face 1998 winners France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro [GALLO/GETTY]
    Germany will next face 1998 winners France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro [GALLO/GETTY]

    Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarter-finals.

    Three-time champions Germany have now advanced past the second round at nine consecutive World Cups and will next face 1998 winners France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

     

    With the temperature a chilly 14 degrees Celsius and a light rain falling at times, the pace was high at the Estadio Beira-Rio but the goals didn't come until the end.

    Algeria were playing in the second round of the World Cup for the first time and dominated early on. A goal from Islam Slimani was waved off for offside in the 17th, one of many opportunities for the Algeria striker.

    At the start of the second half, Germany put Schuerrle on for Mario Goetze in an attacking midfield and came out better organised.

    Schuerrle dragged his left leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner in the 92nd minute, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance.

    Ozil thought he had put the result out of reach when he pounded in a rebound after a shot from Schuerrle was cleared off the line by defender Esseid Belkalem, but Djabou volleyed in a minute later to make the last seconds count.

    SOURCE: AP


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