Germany end African hopes

July 1, 2014 at 12:35 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Algeria, Algeria News, Germany, Germany News, News
The knockout phase of the World Cup went to Porto Alegre on Monday, where Germany and Algeria met at the Estadio Beira-Rio for their Round of 16 clash.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Andre Schuerrle of Germany celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra-time past goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Andre Schuerrle of Germany celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra-time past goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Germany won what was a very tight affair by two goals to one after the game had gone into extra time.

The first half was an equally contested one and in spite of their tag as underdogs, Algeria competed well and were not overawed by the occasion. They used their pace up front, playing in balls behind the German defence, which forced German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to play as sweeper on several occasions to clear the danger.

The Germans began to impose their own game plan and kept the Algerian keeper busy throughout the half, only to be denied by some good saves, all of which cheered by crowd who were clearly supporting the Africans.

The second half was a more open affair with both teams attacking and counter-attacking but neither being able to find a breakthrough. Both team’s keepers had a great game and were much of the reason for that.

Bastian Schweinsteiger had a chance to win the game in the 90th minute but his header went straight at the Algerian goalkeeper, forcing the game into extra time.

It took Germany less than two minutes of ET to break the deadlock when Andre Schurrle scored from close range to make it 1-0.

Algeria tried but couldn’t find an equalizer and Mesut Ozil then sealed the win for Germany with a goal in  the last minute of extra time.

Algeria managed a consolation goal but it was too little too late, thus ending their tournament and with it Africa’s representation at the World Cup.

Germany will go on to meet France in the quarter finals on the 4th of July, in what is a mouth-watering tie between two very old rivals.

By Farren Collins


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