Germany won Group G and as a result played Group H runner-ups Algeria. They faced a tough Algerian team and for the second time this tournament struggled with an African team.
In their second game of the group stage, Germany and Ghana ended in a draw, the only game they didn’t win in that stage. Through 90 minutes against Algeria, Germany was held scoreless and the game headed to extra time.
In just the first couple of minutes into the second half though, Germany was able to get the go-ahead goal adn were able to breathe a sigh of relief if they could hang on until the end of extra time.
Thomas Müller sent in a low pass in front of goal to André Schürrle, who hung his back foot behind him to redirect it on goal. Algeria played remarkably well and you could make the argument that they deserved to win.
At the end of extra time it looked like Islam Slimani was going to get a breakaway goal, but Jérome Boateng stopped the attack. Moments later, Mesut Özil scored the insurance goal, which believe it or not they needed because of a late goal from Abdelmoumene Djabou.
With Germany’s win, they’ll face European neighbors France in the quarterfinals.
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