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Friday 15 December 2017

Germany scrape past Algerians

Brave Algeria gave Germany the fright of their lives last night before extra time goals from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil sent Joachim Low's side into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Germany were expected to ease their way through but it was the Algerians who created the better chances during a tense 90 minutes before Germany ran out 2-1 winners after extra time.

As early as the ninth minute, Islam Slimani collected a long vertical pass behind Germany's defence and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had to race far out of his area to block a shot from the striker.

Two minutes later, Slimani was dangerous again and had only one defender to beat, but Per Mertesacker was able to stop him at the very last opportunity.

RULED

Slimani was at it yet again when he had a goal ruled out for offside in the 17th minute.

After a brief protest, Algeria were threatening again when Faouzi Ghoulam's shot skimmed across the goalmouth.

Germany produced little until a flurry of shots shortly before half-time.

It was a close battle after the break with both sides creating chances.

Low introduced Schurrle and Khedira and they played their part as Germany began to dominate possession.

But Algeria held firm for the 90 and the game went to extra time.

And Low's men got off to the perfect start when after just two minutes Schurrle flicked home a Muller cross.

Algeria huffed and puffed thereafter but Germany hit them with a sucker punch two minutes from the end of the added on 30 minutes when Mesut Ozil hammered home from close range.

Plucky Algeria were not done however, and they got one goal back a minute later when Djabou turned the ball home at the far post but it proved too little too late.

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