2 vs. 1
FULL TIME: Germany 2 -1 Algeria. GERMANY ARE INTO THE WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINALS. But boy, did Algeria make them work for it.
Algeria Goal

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GOAL! Germany 2 Algeria 1 (120 mins - Abdel Djabou). They've got one back! The ball is slung into the back post from the right side and Djabou turns it home on the slide. They can't, can they?
GOAL! Germany 2 (119 mins - Mesut Ozil) Algeria 0. And that should be that. Between Schurrle and Ozil Germany find their second goal and book their place in the last eight of the World Cup.
Germany Goal

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Slimani comes within inches of going through on goal, but Boateng times his tackle brilliantly and stops the counter attack before it can become a real problem.
First Kramer is played in behind the Algerian defence, but his shot from a tight angle is saved by the keeper. Then Muller rounds M'Bohli but can't find a teammate from the byline with the cut back.
Several German and Algerian players suffering cramp on a regular basis now. It has already claimed Halliche for the Algerians. There are dead men not just walking, but running out there!
Algeria are pushing everyone but Bougherra for these attacks now. They're going for it, as they have done all night. They deserve a goal. There I said it. It will be a shame if they come out of this having failed to find the net.
Djabou is released up the left wing before slinging a cross into the box for Soudani and Slimani to attack, but Mertesacker manages to get a flicked header on it to clear the danger.

Not sure this is "a sign of champions". Sign of a team that will eventually be caught out.

All Algeria need is one clearcut chance. For all their attacking intent and threat going forward, that's what they've been waiting for all night. Just one chance to find the net and take this to penalties.
Germany are just starting to sit a bit deeper and invite pressure on top of themselves as this game comes to a close. Algeria are pushing higher and higher up the pitch, with Bougherra joining in the action.
Germany sub: Bastian Schweinsteiger OFF, Christoph Kramer ON.
Feghouli doesn't quite get the delivery right from the freekick, with Soudani and Slimani given no chance of getting on the end of it. Neuer gathered with ease despite the ball bouncing at his feet.
Germany Substitution
That was a really cynical foul by Lahm. He's been beaten by Djabou, but the German full-back turned midfielder tripped him up to prevent him from getting any closer to goal.
Germany Yellow card



YELLOW CARD: Philipp Lahm (Germany)
So do Alergia have anything left? Their players have been suffering with cramp all the way through this extra-time period, so can they physically mount one final challenge on the German goal?
HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME: Germany 1-0 Algeria. Schurrle's goal has given Low's side the lead. Can they hold on or will Algeria come at them once again?
The second half of extra time has started in Porto Alegre!
One minute of stoppage time to be played.
The look of anguish on Mostefa's face after that chance was very real. He knows that was a real chance to get his side back on level terms.
What a chance for Algeria! A corner kick causes mayhem in the Germany penalty area, with the ball bouncing around the box, but Mostefa can't direct his skewed shot on target. That was the chance.
Indeed, with Algeria now pressing high up the pitch in search of an equaliser, Germany wll be afforded chances on the counter attack. Make no mistake, this Algerian side isn't about to give up.
Muller shifts the ball in to his right foot 20 yards out and tries to use Bougherra as a guide for the shot, but he curls it wide of the target. Germany will get chances now.
Feghouli plays a teasing cross from the left side of the box across the face of goal looking for Soudani, but the Algerian striker can't stretch far enough and the chance is gone for the African side.
Algeria Substitution
Algeria sub: Rafik Halliche OFF, Madjid Bougherra ON.
Germany catch Algeria out on the break again, with Ozil surging towars the opposition goal. But he decides to cut inside on to his left foot and Halliche makes the tackle to deny him.
Algeria come forward but get caught on the counter attack themselves, with Muller pinging a shot at goal from the edge of the penalty area. But Belkalem does well to get the block in.
Algeria Substitution
This Algerian side has shown so much spirit and determination at this World Cup, and right now they need both traits in bucket loads.
So what do Algeria have left in the tank? They have been excellent tonight but haven't taken their chances when they have been presented with them. They need another one of those chances now.
That was an improvised finish from Schurrle and Germany finally have the breakthrough. Now, can they hold off the inevitable Algerian attack and see out the win?
Schurrle plays a low cross into the near post where Lahm is looking to make contact, but Halliche stretches to send it out for a corner kick.
GOAL! Germany 1 (93 mins - Andre Schurrle) Algeria 0. Germany have the breakthrough! Muler gets in behind the Algerian defence before picking out Schurrle in the centre, and the striker turns it home with a backheel flick!
Can either side create one last chance to claim the win in regulation time? Algeria still aren't flagging and are looking to catch out Germany on the counter attack.
Germany Goal

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Algeria still haven't made their final change. Is Halilhodzic keeping that one for the penaly shootout? There's 30 minutes of extra time to be played before that comes into sight!
That fall from Muller at that freekick will be a GIF for the ages. I'm not entirely sure that he didn't mean it. It certainly provided a distraction, as everyone watching burst into fits of laughter.
So the first half of extra time has started in Porto Alegre!
Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
Great chance for Schweinsteiger but he manages to direct his header from 10 yards into the arms of the Algerian keeper. That was a decent chance for the German midfielder. He just couldn't generate the power in his header.
Algeria play a long ball over the top for Feghouli to chase, but once again Neuer comes off his line to make the slide challenge about 40 yards out from his own goal. Sweeper keeper, indeed.
Well how about that. Muller runs over a freekick as a decoy but he falls over! That is just so Thomas Muller. In the end the chip over the top from the freekick is defended well by Algeria.
There's delay in the play at the moment while Algerian defender Halliche receives treatment for extreme cramp. It means his side are playing with 10 men at the moment.

For all the clear chances the Germans are having, if Algeria can get the final ball right on just one of those breaks…

Even this late in the game Algeria aren't sitting back and playing this out for a draw. Whenever they get the ball they are attacking with as much gusto as they were in the first half!
Looking at the headed chance Muller was presented with a few minutes ago, you just wonder if Klose would have stuck it away. I'm inclined to say he would have.
Another huge chance for Muller! This time the German manages to wriggle free of Halliche in the box, but his shot from close range skews wide of the goal. He should have done so much better!
What a chance for Muller! Khedira finds his teammate unmarked on the penalty spot with a great cross into the box, but Muller heads straight at M'Bohli and Halliche is on hand to clear Schurrle's rebound off the line!
Schurrle gets to the byline and squares a driven cross into the box for Schweinsteiger, but the Bayern Munich midfielder can't direct his glancing header on target. Decent chance for Germany!
Bizarrely, Germany look completely knackered. They have no energy and no drive from midfield. And yet Low still hasn't brought on Klose, the only striker he has in his 23-man squad.
Algeria Substitution
Algeria sub: Saphir Taider OFF, Yacine Brahimi ON.
Ghoulam surges down the left side and gets in behind the German backline, but his pass across the face of goal for Slimani is too weak and Boateng clears the danger. Algeria look dangerous again!
Germany look shaky at the back, allowing Slimani to wind up an effort from 20 yards. But his powerful strike is straight down the throat of Neuer, who gets his body behind everything to make the save.
Algeria are having a right go again, and this time Feghouli comes mightily close to catching out Neuer, with a low shot fizzed across the face of goal. There wasn't much in that.

Again... pin-point long ball into space on the counter. Haven't seen a team exploit defensive seams from afar like Algeria in a long time.

Ghoulam plays a raking long ball forward looking for Slimani on the shoulder of the last defender bu Neuer comes flying off his line again to make a diving header and stop the Algerian from going through on goal.
Well what would you know? With Mustafi's injury Lahm has actually been put back to right back. You know, his actual position? Khedira comes on in the centre of midfield. Injury concerns mounting up for Germany though.
Germany Substitution
Germany sub: Shkodran Mustafi OFF, Sami Khedira ON
Mustafi has injured himself with an arobatic overhead kick clearance. He landed awkwardly on his standing leg. Germany could do without an injury to their only decent full-back.
I'm not sure where this game is heading, other than extra-time of course. Both sides seem to be building themselves up for another charge in these final 20 minutes of the game. Algeria still in with a real chance.

#ger have improved but this is still rubbish by their standards. #alg #WorldCup2014

When they come forward Algeria are still keeping two strikers up, with Soudani and Slimani making runs into the channels and looking to get in behind the German back four.
Halilhodzic also has options on the bench. If he wants to give his side more control in the centre of the pitch then perhaps Bentaleb is the man to bring on. He's been quite good at this World Cup.
We're getting to the point of the game where both managers will be thinking about making changes off the bench. Who will Low be considering? Could be bring on Draxler for the final 30 minutes?
Algeria are sinking deeper and deeper as Schurrle gives them an option getting in behind the opposition defence. The pressure is just starting to mount on the African side. How long can they hold out for?
Schurrle cuts inside off the right side and slashes a shot with his left foot well wide of the target. That was a waste from he Chelsea man. He should have crossed it into the penalty area.
The game might have lost some of its tempo but it's stillvery stretched and now we're starting to see Germany play on the counter attack more and more. Even on the ball they're trying to draw Algeria out.
Some of the ferocious intensity might have dropped out of Algeria's game, but whenever they get the ball they still have numbers in attack on the break. Germany are playing with fire.

Increasingly certain that Manuel Neuer is a better central midfielder than Steven Gerrard.

Finger tip save from M'Bohli! Lahm winds up an effort from the edge of the box, with the ball set to find the top corner of the Algerian net, but the keeper tips it round the post. Fantastic agility!
Having said that, Germany are enjoying more time and space in the centre of midfield. Algeria's pressing game is just starting to drop off. Perhaps it's time for a few changes from Halilhodzic?
Germany must find a way to get Ozil involved in the game more. He's been on the fringes of the play, and seems to be suffering from a lack of a designated number nine to play the ball to.
And Algeria come forward again on the break, with their counter attack creating a five on three situation. But Soudani takes to long to make his move and Mustafi comes across to block his effort from a tight angle.
Algeria surge forward on the counter attack and win a corner, with the delivery almost dropped by Neuer. But the German keeper makes amends by releasing Schurrle with an 60 yard pass. Halliche makes a last ditch tackle to prevent him from going through on goal.
And now Mustafi gets up high from the resulting corner to head at the goal, but it's straight at M'Bohli. Two good chances for Germany in as many minutes.
Just as Low probably imagined it, Schurrle gets in behind the back four and gets a shot away at goal. But the Chelsea player's shot is deflected high and inches wide of the target. Very close to an opener.
That change means that Germany will have more scope to get in behind the Algerian back four, which was a problem in the first half. Schurrle will make those runs, whereas Gotze wasn't.
Germany sub: Mario Gotze OFF, Andre Schurrle ON.
HALF TIME: Germany 0-0 Algeria. The two sides go into the break level, but Algeria will be disappointed that they are not in the lead. Germany have been rattled in this first half. They've got some thinking to do.
Germany Substitution
The second half has started in Porto Alegre!
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One minute of stoppage time to be played.
Indeed, Germany are playing a little better now but they're being restricted to long range efforts as they struggle to get in behind this well disciplned Algerian defence.
Kroos takes a shot from the best part of 25 yards but his effort flashes just over the angle of crossbar and post of M'Bohli's goal. Decent effort but the keeper knew it was going over.
For the first time tonight Germany have a grip of this game and are looking for the breakthrough before the half time whistle. Although Algeria are still hunting down the ball impressively.
Algeria Yellow card



YELLOW CARD: Rafik Halliche (Algeria)
M'Bohli makes a superb double save! The Algerian keeper actually made a mess of the initial shot, even though it bounced right at his feet, but he was up in a flash to smother the close range shot from Gotze.
Algeria come close to finding the net! Mostefa's strike from 25 yards picks up a wicked deflection on its way through to goal, with Neuer completely wrong-footed. But the ball dribbles wide of the target.
The tempo of this game has dropped in the last 10 minutes or so, meaning Germany are enjoying more of the ball in the centre of midfield. Algeria come forward but they find more bodies in front of them.
Ozil takes control of the ball 30 yards and smashes a shot towards goal, with the effort bouncing in front of the keeper. But Muller miscontrols the rebound and Algeria have a goal kick.
Germany are just starting to get a grip of this game, but Algeria still look very dangerous on the counter attack. They have pace to burn and Boateng and Mertesacker can't cope with it.
Muller gets his first sight of goal this evening. Mustafi drives a wicke cross into the box, with the Bayern Munich attacker throwing himself at it to get his head on the ball. But he glances it wide of the target.
Feghouli places the ball down and lines up the freekick from 20 yards, but the Valencia midfielder puts far too much weight on his shot and it sails well over the crossbar.
As has happened so often over the course of this game, a German mistake in midfield sparks an Algerian counter attack, with a foul being committed on the edge of the German box.
Mustafi is still playing very high up on the right side, but too often he's being caught out of position, allowing Algeria to hit them hard on the counter attack. It's a very risky ploy from Low, and it's not working.

Manuel Neuer is fun. It's like playing an outfielder in goal every single match.

Their lack of proper fullbacks is really hurting Germany. When Mertesacker and Boateng get the ball they have nobody to play it to other than the central midfielders, who Algeria are pressing high on.
Mertesacker's mistake allows Slimani in behind the German defence, but once again Neuer comes off his line to make the slide challenge and clear the danger. Mertesacker thanks his keeper.
I know that previous message makes me out to be some sort of dinosaur, but sometimes I think Germany over complicate their game. Clear positions always help, no matter what team.
Germany's system is very fluid and interchangeable, but to me it looks like they're lacking structure. There's so much movement that it doesn't really look like anyone is where they're supposed to be.

At some point, Germany are going to stop being nervous and start playing. But at the moment, Algeria are more than matching them.

Germany still look very dodgy at the back with the ball at their feet. Algeria are pressing them high up the pitch but Boateng and Mertesacker just don't want possession at the moment.
M'Bohli has to tip a cross from Ozil over his own bar. Germany were driving at the Algerian defence through Muller, but the delivery from the Arsenal man was disappointing. Needed to be better.
Gotze has hardly seen the ball in these opening 20 minutes or so, and when he has had possession he's been wasteful with it. He's dropping deeper and deeper, but isn't getting any more effective.
Algeria come forward again, but this time Soudani and Ghoulam over play it slightly and the ball drifts out of play. But the confidence is flowing through Halilhodzic's side.
Germany are rattled here. Algeria are hitting them hard on the attack, and the Germans' passing game has lost its rythym. Low is out on the touchline, looking slightly concerned. Algeria are well on top.
Another great chance for Algeria! This time it's the left back Ghoulam who provides the outlet on the overlap, sprinting into a one-on-one situation with Neuer, but from a tight angle he shoots across goal and wide!

Beautiful goal by #ALG, but it's easy to get behind the defense if you're offside.

Algeria have the ball in the net following a wonderful diving header by Feghouli! But the flag is up for offside, and indeed the player was in an offside position when the cross was played into the box.
Germany look suspect at the back. Their lack of quality fullbacks is causing them real problems, with Taider and Soudani giving Algeria a real threat in the wide areas.
Another good chance for Algeria! Feghouli does brilliantly to jink past the tackle of Boateng and make the by-line. He has Soudani to square the ball back to, but he decides to shoot himself from a tight angle and blasts over! Oh dear.
Schweinsteiger lines up a shot with his left foot, striking the ball with some amount of power and forcing M'Bohli into a save, with the Algerian keeper claiming it at the second attempt.
The North Africans have started very well here, pressing high on the German defence and forcing them to play the ball long, by-passing their engine in the centre of midfield. It's a tactic that's working right now.

338 - Toni #Kroos had the most touches (338) of all players at this #FifaWorldCup in the group stages. Passmaster. #GER #GERALG

Algeria look like absolute lightning on the counter attack. There isn't much pace in that Germany backline and Algeria have it in abundance up front. That is where the threat lies.
Slimani comes close to putting Algeria ahead! The ball is played in behind the Germany back four, which is camped on the halfway line, for Slimani to run onto. Neuer comes 40 yards off his line, and for a moment it looks like he's rounded the keeper, but he makes a recovery tackle in the nick of time!
Mustafi is playing for Germany on the left side of the defence, in what is just his second start for the national team and his first competitive start. Will he be able to step up to the task?
It loos like Kroos will play on the left side of the midfield trio, with Gotze and Muller playing further up the pitch and Lahm the pivot in the centre of the pitch. It's a formation that works for Bayern Munich.

5 - All five players who are one yellow card away from suspension are only on the bench for #ALG. Cautious. #GER #GERALG #FifaWorldCup

Halilhodzic has surprised us all with his team selection tonight. He's made five changes from the team that drew with Russia last week, although key players Feghouli and Slimani keep their places.
There are no less that seven Bayern Munich players in this Germany starting lineup, with the entire midfield four all playing their club football at the Allianz Arena.
Mats Hummels is missing from the Germany lineup tonight as he is struggling with flu. In fact, the Borussia Dortmund defender didn't even travel with the rest of the team for this game in Porto Alegre.
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Spot the yellow shirt. Few and far between here in Gaúcho country. Feels more like a Bundesliga match. http://t.co/IbGinfZXkt

We're under way in Porto Alegre! It's Germany v Algeria!
The two sides are out on the pitch for the national anthems. Germany look stoic and confident. Algeria look, well, nervous to be quite frank. The biggest game in their country's history?
Islam Slimani: "The Germans are playing very well and everyone knows what they're capable of. We're clearly the underdogs, but we're confident we can put in a great performance. We'll have to be more focused than ever before and play our very best football."
Joachim Low: "If you believe that Algeria is an easy opponent, you are vastly mistaken. They have fantastic ability. I have rarely seen teams as physically robust as them. They have fast strikers and a strong defence, and they are very compact in a fight."
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Nice dressing room photo of Bastian Schweinsteiger's kit, including flip flops before Algeria (via Getty Images). http://t.co/yiKKxew1H1

Of course, the decision to start with Muller over Klose has so far been vindicated in the purest way possible: with goals. The Bayern Munich attacker has scored nine goals in his last nine World Cup games. Pele had the same record after his first nine World Cup games.
Pre match odds: Germany 3/10, Draw 9/2, Algeria 19/2

FACT: Estadio Beira-Rio, in Porto Alegre, literally translates as "The Riverside Stadium" (sort of) #WorldCup2014 #alg #ger #boro

So the big team news for Germany is that Klose is on the bench once again, despite playing well in the two games against Ghana and the USA in the group stage. It will be Muller and Gotze interchanging up front once again.
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BATTLE MODE CAPTAIN TIP: Toni Kroos has completed more passes (261) so far at the World Cup than any other player. http://t.co/7vyysXARUA

TEAM NEWS: Germany - Neuer, Howedes, Mertesacker, Boateng, Mustafi, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Muller, Lahm, Kroos, Gotze. /// Algeria - Mbohli, Ghoulam, Belkalem, Halliche, Lacen, Feghouli, Slimani, Soudani, Taider, Mandi, Mostefa.
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Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the World Cup last 16 clash between Germany and Algeria. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. Kick-off: 21:00.

Starting Line-ups

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Team Manager:  Joachim Löw
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      Essaïd Belkalem
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Team Manager:  Christian Gourcuff
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. NeuerDFP
0 3 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 120
P. MertesackerDFP
0 0 0 1 10 0 1 3 0 0 0 120
J. BoatengDFP
0 0 0 2 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 120
B. HöwedesDFP
0 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 120
S. MustafiDFP
0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 70
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
P. LahmDFP
0 0 1 98 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 120
T. KroosDFP
0 0 2 105 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 120
B. SchweinsteigerDFP
0 0 3 100 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 109
M. ÖzilDFP
1 0 3 67 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 120
T. MüllerDFP
0 1 5 46 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 120
M. GötzeDFP
0 0 1 20 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 45
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. M'bolhiDFP
0 10 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 120
Essaïd BelkalemDFP
0 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 120
A. MandiDFP
0 0 0 7 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 120
F. GhoulamDFP
0 0 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 120
R. HallicheDFP
0 0 0 2 8 0 4 0 1 0 0 97
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. LacenDFP
0 0 0 38 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 120
S. FeghouliDFP
0 1 2 32 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 120
M. MostefaDFP
0 0 1 37 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 120
0 0 0 21 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 100
S. TaïderDFP
0 0 0 23 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 78
I. SlimaniDFP
0 0 2 33 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 120
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