Well what a scintillating game of football this was and a great advertisement for the beautiful game but at times it was a big struggle for Jogi Löw’s team.
Brave and heroic is just a few words you cloud use to explain Algeria but overall the powerful Germans were just too strong for their North African opponent.
The game was end to end from the start as both sides went all out to claim that coveted sport in the quarterfinal. The game started with real pace and tenacity, the first chance fell to Algeria as Islam Slimani was played in but the juggernaut that is Manuel Neuer was on hand to come out of his goal to clear the ball away. The game carried on with its intensity as the Germans had the next chance on goal, Bastian Schweinsteiger produced a powerful effort at goal but it was superbly saved by Raïs M’Bolhi as he tipped it wide.
The next chance fell to the Algerians, Valnecia’s, Sofiane Feghouli went round Jerome Boateng but the magical little midfielder took a shot at goal instead of passing it to El Arbi Soudani and the ball flow far over the bar. Algeria kept up their early pressure and had a goal disallowed, Slimani superb bullet header went in but it was ruled out for offside.
Napoli’s, Faouzi Ghoulam then had a great chance to score, Ghoulam went through but was at an awkward angle as he attempted a shot on goal, the left back’s effort went well wide and in the process he squandered a great chance. Just before the halftime whistle blew their was 2 decent chances from Germany, the first was a double effort as Toni Kroos’ effort was excellently saved by Raïs M’Bolhi the follow up was then met by Mario Götze but his effort again was foiled by the keepers heroics.
The Germans after halftime started to assert their dominance as the first chance fell to them, André Schürrle effort was blocked but unexpectedly the ball nearly looped in and put Germany in front. Germany had another chance a few moments later, Philipp Lahm curling effort was superbly saved again by M’Bolhi. Sofiane Feghouli then had a chance for the Algerians; he elegantly pirouetted and turned his man but his half volley went wide. Thomas Müller then had a golden chance to score but his diving header was again magnificently saved by the keeper.
It then came to added time and this is when the Germans’ persistence and experience finally tolled as they scored in the 92nd minute of extra time. Müller put in a low cross and André Schürrle improvised flick went past the keeper and put Germany 1-0 up. Then in the 120th minute, Germany finally put the game to bed, Mesut Özil squared to Schürrle but his effort was saved on the line, it then rebounded to Özil who thundered home from close range.
In the 120+1 minute, Algeria pulled a goal back via Abdelmoumene Djabou, the ball was whipped in at the back post and he was left unmarked, Djabou then put the ball into the net but when the whistle was blown for the restart it was then blow for full time. This meant that all Algeria’s heroics and bravery were in vain.
Germany now face France in the quarterfinals on Friday, July 4th.
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