Extra-time goals by substitute Andre Schuerrle and Arsenal striker Mesut Ozil sealed Germany’s 2-1 win over Algeria in Monday’s last-16 clash, putting the three-time FIFA World Cup winners into the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament.
The victory at Porto Alegre’s Estadio Beira-Rio was Germany’s first over Algeria in three attempts, but resulted from an unimpressive display over 120 minutes of play.
Schuerrle’s deft flick on 92 minutes, followed by Ozil’s 119th-minute tap-in were enough to put Joachim Loew’s side into Friday’s quarter-final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Estadio Maracana against France.
The Desert Foxes grabbed a deserved consolation for a battling display just before the final whistle when Abdelmoumene Djabou netted his second World Cup goal.
The statistics show that the Mannschaft’s had more than three times as many shots on goal as Algeria and their lack of finishing will be a concern for Loew.
Much of the pre-match talk had been of Algeria’s chance to avenge the “Shame of Gijon,” in which Germany’s mutually beneficial 1-0 win over Austria sent Algeria home from the Spain 1982 World Cup in the city of Gijon, and history repeated on Monday as Germany progressed at the expense of the North African squad, disputing the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time.
Schuerrle’s opening goal was just reward for a battling display in which he created a string of chances after replacing the ineffective Mario Goetze at the break.
A blocked Goetze shot and a Thomas Mueller header were all Germany had to show for an opening 45 minutes that allowed their rivals to grow in confidence.
Algeria had by far the better of the opening exchanges and Islam Slimani had the ball in the net on 16 minutes, but was ruled offside.
Schuerrle made the difference after the break as leftback Benedikt Hoewedes headed straight at M’Bolhi, while Germany captain Philipp Lahm fired wide with a long-range effort on 54 minutes.
Algeria kept pushing forward, but only a crucial M’Bolhi save denied Mueller with a bullet header on 80 minutes before he hit the side netting moments later.
Extra-time had barely begun when Thomas Mueller fired in a cross which Schuerrle deflected into the back of the net with a deft flick to spare his side’s blushes.
Algeria kept up the fight and though Ozil killed off their hopes with Germany’s second, there was time for Djabou to blast home and put a fitting finishing touch to the Desert Foxes’ World Cup run.