Germany finally break Algeria in extra time, 2-1

Algeria gave a lot of trouble to Germany in their round of 16 fixture and the regular 90 minutes ended with 0-0 and with Algeria also having several notable chances to win the match. However, in the second minute of extra time the Germans finally scored, adding another one in the 120th minute but the Algerians got a deserved consolation goal in injury time.

Algeria and their coach Vahid Halilhodzic deserve a lot of credit for their performance against one of the favorites of this World Cup. They didn't play defensively but instead took Germany on in midfield and it's safe to say they dominated that part of the field with their cunning moves and direct passes. On many occasions did the Fennec Foxes threaten the German goal, even had one goal scored but rightfully disallowed, and in general this was a fantastic performance by the underdog.

The Germans were struggling throughout the match as the opposition was much better than they expected. For prolonged periods of time Germany just couldn't assume control of this match and their few notable goalscoring chances were all saved by the excellent goalkeeper Raïs M'Bolhi. Eventually, Germany made substitutions which turned the tables, Andre Schurrle and Sami Khedira brought a breath of fresh air to German play. Algeria only made one substitution, in the 78th minute, and it showed. The Algerians could no longer keep up with the German tempo but still the 90 minutes ended in 0-0.

In the 2nd minute of extra time Germany finally scored, Andre Schurrle brought them the lead. Algeria were already visibly tired and could no longer regain control of the match, and Mesut Ozil made it 2-0 before Abdelmoumene Djabou set the final score of 2-1 in the next minute.

Germany are meeting France in the quarter-finals, and the Algerians are going home but can be proud of what they did in this tournament.

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