Today, Algeria surprised Germany and did well to keep the match going. At the end, the players did well for Germany and came through, but by the end of the regular time, the result could have gone either way.
Germany vs Algeria:
Slimani was free in the 9th minute, and Neuer was out of his net! Luckily, Neuer tracked him. Algeria has a corner that is cleared.
Schweinsteiger drove from far in the 14th, but M’Bolhi hit it back onto the field.
Slimani scored, but he was offside.
GHOULAM! He shot right across the net, and Algeria looked better than Germany at this point!
A beautiful cross from Ozil was going in before M’Bolhi hit it over in the 23rd minute.
Kroos is taking the corner. It was close, but cleared in the 24th.
Mertesacker was the last man back from the clearance, but he was too slow for Slimani, so he slides it. More danger ensued as Feghouli got it, but Neuer ran out to make the clearance.
Algeria had a free kick in the 31st. Feghouli’s shot went over.
A beautiful cross came in for the Germans in the 34th, but Muller’s header went just wide.
Ozil drove from far in the 37th, but M’Bolhi hit it back out. Muller couldn’t make an impact from the rebound.
Algeria drove from far, but it deflected off Boateng and out. The corner didn’t do much.
A beautiful shot from Kroos was stopped by M’Bolhi in the 40th, and Gotze had a rebound on an open net, but M’Bolhi made an immense reflex save.
Halliche was shown yellow in the 42nd for a studs challenge on Schweinsteiger.
Kroos drove high from far, but it was just over the top.
Half Time: Germany 0-0 Algeria
Half Time Report:
Algeria has been absolutely fantastic, breaking out on the field and using their counter speed to frustrate Mertesacker. Germany was a bit sloppy, but towards the end they gained possession and prevented Algeria from countering.
Mario Gotze has come off for Andre Schurrle.
Thia is how each team looks on the pitch.
Germany are using Gotze on the wing to trick, as Gotze is running to the box instead of the touchline. This allows Howedes to operate from the wing as Kroos plays balls from the left-central area. Ozil and Schweinsteiger are making plays all over the park, and Lahm assists the defence in the anchor role. Shkodran Mustafi is getting up to cover for Ozil, but he is able to use his defensive duties.
Algeria has put Feghouli up top with Slimani in reality, and Ghoulam is breaking out. The rest of the team is focused on defence, with Taider inching forward. This is a great tactic as a false 4-2-3-1, and that is why Feghouli started in centre attacking midfield.
The 2nd half started.
The ball fell loose in the penalty area, and Schurrle got to it first. His shot deflected and just went out for a corner in the 48th. The corner was taken quickly, and Schurrle had a cross, but M’Bolhi saved Mustafi’s header.
Algeria had a corner, everyone was back, and Neuer fumbled the ball, quickly reclaiming it. He dropkicked far, to Schurrle, who had a breakaway, but the Algerian defence cleared for a corner. The corner didn’t create much.
Schweinsteiger made a questionable tackle. He isn’t carded in the 50th.
LAHM! He got a shot from just outside the box, but M’Bolhi hit it out after stretching. The corner didn’t work, but the shot was top corner material.
Schurrle drove from far in the 60th, but his shot went well over.
Schurrle crossed in the 61st, but it deflected out for a corner. The corner won another corner.
Slimani called for a cross, but Boateng stretched to clear the great ball by Ghoulam in the 65th.
Halliche gave another bad challenge. He wasn’t shown a second yellow, but he was cautioned by the ref in the 66th.
Shkodran Mustafi was injured in the 69th. Sami Khedira is coming on, and Lahm will switch to right back shortly. The substitution is made.
The Germans may have looked weak, but they have done a fantastic job of shutting the Algerian counter attack as the 70th minute approaches. Neuer has been busy as a sweeper keeper, coming out at least 10 times to help out.
Muller was given a free kick in the 72nd after he was challenged. It didn’t turn to anything.
Schurrle drove in the 73rd, but his shot was easily saved by M’Bolhi.
Feghouli took a quick drive in the 74th, but it rolled out. Neuer always had that covered.
Slimani had another attack in the 75th, but his long drive went straight to Neuer.
Taider came off in the 78th for Brahimi. Could Brahimi spark the upset?
SCHWEINSTEIGER! Muller had a cross in, and Schweinsteiger made contact, but his header was just wide. It should’ve been 1-0.
MULLER! HIS SHOT WAS SAVED BY M’BOLHI! THE GERMANS SHOULD’VE BEEN AHEAD! SCHURRLE’S REBOUND WAS KICKED OUT ON THE LINE! THE CORNER WAS STOPPED ON THE LINE AS WELL IN THE 80th! WHAT PLAY FROM M’BOLHI AND THE ALGERIAN DEFENCE!
MULLER! HE CONTROLLED INSIDE THE BOX BUT HIS SHOT WAS JUST WIDE IN THE 81ST!
Germany won a corner in the 84th. Halliche had a cramp at the time! The game had stopped. The Algerian medical staff came on. Algeria defended the corner with 10 men. The corner came out to Boateng. Boateng’s drive in the 86th was handballed outside the box. Halliche came back on, limping.
Meanwhile, Germany had a great free kick spot in the 87th. Ozil Kroos and Schweinsteiger stood behind it. It was a disaster in the 88th.
SCHWEINSTEIGER! HIS HEADER WAS SAVED BY M’BOLHI AGAIN IN THE 89TH!
The referee decided on 4 minutes of added time.
LAHM! The cross came, but he kicked it wide. It turned out Halliche got the final touch, so Germany won the corner. M’Bolhi claimed it. This will be going to extra time.
Full Time: Germany 0-0 Algeria
This match went to extra time. The one tactical change in the 2nd was that Schurrle played wider than Gotze.
Full Time Report: The Germans were definitely stronger in the 2nd half, and this match really shouldn’t be in overtime.
GOAL! GERMANY WERE AHEAD IN THE 92ND! ANDRE SCHURRLE! FINALLY, THE GERMANS WERE THERE! MULLER’S CROSS WENT TO SCHURRLE, WHO DRAGGED THE BALL BEHIND HIS LEG AND INTO THE BOTTOM CORNER! Germany 1-0 Algeria, ET
MULLER! He was so close, but it was blocked in the 93rd.
Bougherra came on in the 97th for Halliche.
Feghouli sent a cross in, but it couldn’t be reached.
MULLER! His shot in the 99th is just wide.
ALGERIA! In the 101st, they had a shot from a corner, but it went just wide.
Germany had another corner in the 103rd.
The game paused for ET Half Time.
ET Half Time: Germany 1-0 Algeria; Goals, Schurrle
Lahm tackled Brahimi, and received a yellow card. Meanwhile, Algeria had a good free kick in the 107th. It was caught by Neuer.
Bastian Schweinsteiger got injured in the 109th, and he was replaced by Christoph Kramer.
MULLER! In the 117th, he gets a chance and he beats the goalkeeper, but he can’t curl back from the goal line.
GOAL! Ozil and Schurrle passed into an open net! Ozil got the finish in the 119th! Germany are through! Germany 2-0 Algeria
GOAL! Algeria scored! Djabou put in the 3rd of the competition! Germany 2-1 Algeria
Slimani had 1 more chance, but it didn’t go.
ET Full Time: Germany 2-1 Algeria; Goals, Schurrle, Ozil, Djabou; MOTM M’Bolhi
M’Bolhi- This guy kept Algeria in the match the whole time. 8
Ozil- He scored the winner, and made the plays while keeping possession for Germany. 7
Muller- He was a constant threat, assisted Schurrle’s goal, and was unlucky not to get a hat trick. 7
Schurrle- He was a fantastic substitute, and Germany’s standout player. 8
Tomorrow, Argentina play Switzerland in a match that could come down to Lionel Messi or Xherdan Shaqiri. Belgium and USA will be a close match as well. Today’s matches set up a quarterfinal between France and Germany. Who will move to the semifinals?