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Algeria bow out of World Cup after extra-time defeat to Germany
Joachim Low’s Germany won 2-1 against Algeria after needing extra-time to down Africa’s final representatives.
The first half was very fast-paced and Algeria didn’t show any weaknesses against favourites Germany, as the Desert Foxes were pushing forward from the early minutes of the match.
Germany’s first dangerous attack came 15 minutes into the match from a strong shot by Schweinsteiger, which was saved by Algerian goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi.
Mario Gotze found himself alone in front of the goal on the 40 minute-mark, but M’Bolhi manged to keep the Germans at bay, while another dangerous shot from Toni Kroos just passed by the side of the goal.
The second half was full of pressure from the German side, which would have resulted in a breakthrough following strikes from outside of the box by André Schurrle and Philipp Lahm, if it weren’t for M’Bolhi’s heroics.
The Desert Foxes responded aggressively with a strong shot from Islam Slimani – who scored a header in the first half which was ruled offside – but it went straight into Neuer arms. Feghouli also had an attempt to opening the scoring after his trickery led him into a dangerous area, but his shot went wide at the far-post.
Both teams reached extra-time without a goal, but the Germans broke the deadlock in the first two minutes of added time. Muller crossed the ball towards Schurrle, who’s great touch finally manged to find the back of M’Bolhi’s net.
Germany managed to score a second goal from a counter-attack after Ozil took advantage and converted Schurrle’s blocked shot – which was initially cleared off the goal-line from an Algerian defender.
Algeria didn’t surrender and continued their honorable performance as they scored their first goal in the dying minutes of the second half of extra-time. Feghouli sent a great cross into Djabou, who steered it into goal with one touch.
The Desert Foxes’ great run at the World Cup in Brazil has ended while Germany will face France – who eliminated Nigeria – in the quarter-finals.