World Cup

Germany 2-1 Algeria (after extra time)

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport in Porto Alegre
World Cup 2014: Germany 2-1 Algeria (aet) highlights

Germany survived a huge test of their World Cup credentials to see off underdogs Algeria in extra time and set up a quarter-final meeting with France.

The three-time champions lacked urgency throughout the 90 minutes. They frequently looked rattled as an enterprising Algeria wasted a succession of chances in an open, exciting encounter, before Andre Schurrle finished from close range early in the first additional period.

Mesut Ozil drilled in to double their lead and, although Abdelmoumene Djabou volleyed home to ensure a frantic end, a relieved Germany held on and will take on the French in Rio on Friday.

Andre Schurrle scores cheeky extra-time goal

The result looked inevitable once an impressive Algeria side began to tire, but Joachim Low's men will have to improve dramatically if they are to secure a first World Cup since 1990.

Germany are into the last eight for the 17th time in 18 World Cup appearances, but they lacked the fluency and cutting edge that has seen them installed among the tournament favourites.

Algeria could not mark their first experience of the knockout stage with a win, meaning Africa's representation in Brazil is over, but they depart with immense credit for a superb campaign.

The build-up was dominated by talk of them seeking revenge for 1982, when West Germany's convenient 1-0 win against Austria saw them both reach the second round at Algeria's expense.

They beat the Germans in the group stage that year and looked determined to produce a repeat.

With a 5-1-3-1 formation and five changes to their starting line-up that saw playmaker Yacine Brahimi drop to the bench, the Desert Foxes appeared to be set up defensively.

But, after an early spell of German pressure, they went in search of a shock lead and almost found it.

Germany keeper Manuel Neuer made a vital challenge on Islam Slimani after Faouzi Ghoulam's ball up the left wing eluded Per Mertesacker, and it subsequently took an important tackle from the Arsenal centre-half to deny the same man.

Match facts
Andre Schurrle has scored five goals in his last five competitive matches for Germany.Germany's total of 28 shots (inc. blocked) is a record for this edition of the tournament.
There have now been a record 27 goals scored by substitutes at this World Cup.Algeria (7) have scored more goals in this tournament than in their previous three World Cup finals combined (6).

Sofiane Feghouli then sliced through the Germany back line only to miscue his cross from a brilliant position, Slimani's diving header was correctly disallowed for offside and Ghoulam steamed through on the left but lashed his finish across goal and wide.

Germany eventually managed to exert an influence - Ozil's misdirected cross was tipped over the bar, Muller headed wide and keeper Rais Mbolhi spilled an Ozil drive - but Algeria refused to sit back and Mehdi Mostefa was the latest to come close with a strike that was deflected wide.

Mbolhi made a magnificent double save from Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze as Germany finished the half well, but it was no surprise when Gotze was replaced by Schurrle at the break.

The big question was whether Algeria would maintain their intensity or be punished for their missed chances and the answer nearly arrived when Schurrle's effort was deflected narrowly off target, before Shkodran Mustafi headed at Mbolhi and the goalkeeper pulled off a fine save from Philipp Lahm's shot.

Manuel Neuer

Algeria responded by tightening up at the back and attempting to pounce on the counter-attack. Keeper Neuer was forced to operate as an auxiliary sweeper as Slimani escaped the German centre-backs, while Feghouli drilled wide and then Slimani lashed powerfully at Neuer.

At the other end, Mbolhi made another stunning stop from Muller's header while Esseid Belkalem and Ghoulam cleared off the line from Schurrle and Benedikt Hoewedes respectively.

Algeria were visibly tiring and after Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger threatened a winner late in the 90 minutes, Schurrle finally broke the deadlock in the opening moments of extra time.

Muller crossed low from the left for the Chelsea forward to dispatch with an improvised finish. It was the 14th of Germany's last 24 World Cup goals that Muller has been involved it.

Ozil rammed in a second before substitute Djabou converted from Feghouli's cross, but there was no time to find another goal as Germany celebrated and Algeria made a tearful exit.

Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi:

"It's true we are part of Algeria football history, we went farther than any other team before.

"We have to build upon this performance for the future since we saw that Algeria is able to play on an equal footing at a very high level with other teams."

Algeria fans in confident mood ahead of their game with Germany
Algeria fans predict a repeat of their victory over (West) Germany in 1982
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer challenges Algeria's Islam Slimani
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer challenges Algeria's Islam Slimani
Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi dives for the ball
Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi dives for the ball
Philipp Lahm forces a fine save from Rais Mbolhi
Philipp Lahm forces a fine save from Rais Mbolhi
Bastian Schweinsteiger sees his header saved
Bastian Schweinsteiger sees his header saved as the game heads into extra time
Germany's Andre Schurrle scores past Algeria's goalkeeper
Germany's Andre Schurrle scores past Algeria's goalkeeper
Andre Schurrle
Andre Schurrle celebrates his opening goal
Mesut Ozil scored what proved to be the winner
Mesut Ozil scored what proved to be the winner
Abdelmoumene Djabou
Abdelmoumene Djabou scores a late consolation for Algeria



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Neuer
  • 21MustafiSubstituted forKhediraat 70'minutes
  • 17Mertesacker
  • 20Boateng
  • 4Höwedes
  • 7SchweinsteigerSubstituted forKramerat 109'minutes
  • 16LahmBooked at 107mins
  • 18Kroos
  • 8Özil
  • 13Müller
  • 19GötzeSubstituted forSchürrleat 45'minutes


  • 2Großkreutz
  • 3Ginter
  • 6Khedira
  • 9Schürrle
  • 10Podolski
  • 11Klose
  • 12Zieler
  • 14Draxler
  • 15Durm
  • 22Weidenfeller
  • 23Kramer


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23M'bolhi
  • 20Mandi
  • 4Belkalem
  • 5HallicheBooked at 42minsSubstituted forBougherraat 97'minutes
  • 3Ghoulam
  • 22Mostefa
  • 8Lacen
  • 10Feghouli
  • 19TaïderSubstituted forBrahimiat 78'minutes
  • 15SoudaniSubstituted forDjabouat 100'minutes
  • 13Slimani


  • 1Mohamed
  • 2Bougherra
  • 6Mesbah
  • 7Yebda
  • 9Ghilas
  • 11Brahimi
  • 12Medjani
  • 14Bentaleb
  • 16Zemmamouche
  • 17Cadamuro
  • 18Djabou
  • 21Mahrez
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Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamAlgeria
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Germany 2, Algeria 1.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Germany 2, Algeria 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Madjid Bougherra (Algeria) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rais M'Bolhi.

  4. Post update

    Thomas Müller (Germany).

  5. Post update

    Rais M'Bolhi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Germany 2, Algeria 1. Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli with a cross.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Germany 2, Algeria 0. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the high centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christoph Kramer (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Per Mertesacker (Germany).

  11. Post update

    Islam Slimani (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Aissa Mandi (Algeria).

  14. Post update

    Offside, Algeria. Madjid Bougherra tries a through ball, but Abdelmoumene Djabou is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Christoph Kramer replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) because of an injury.

  18. Booking

    Philipp Lahm (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Philipp Lahm (Germany).

  20. Post update

    Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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