In a game where Germany were expected to dominate and brush aside Algeria, what happened during normal time came as quite a shock.
After only nine minutes a long ball in over Per Mertesacker allowed Islam Slimani through but he was met by a stunning rush from Manuel Neuer a near 35 years out who slide tackles expertly. It could have all gone wrong.
Less than ten minutes later Algeria were at it again, this time with a disallowed goal. That man Slimani again met a stunning cross from El Arabi Soudani to head low into the goal. Unfortunately for Algeria he was offside, and it was a great call by the linesman.
Only a minute later Algeria nearly score again. Faouzi Ghoulam escapes down the left due to poor tracking from Mesut Özil and as he enters the box he smashes a left footed strike which whips just past the bar.
Algeria were really starting to impress and the didn’t stop there, agains Slimani got in behind the high Germany defence line and again Neuer came rushing out a good 40 yards to produce another brave tackle.
Before the stroke of half time Germany started to get back into the game a little bit more with Thomas Müller threatening but only to head wide. Toni Kroos also nearly grabbed a goal with a dipping shot and forced a great save from Rais M’bolhi
In the second half the game didn’t show as many opportunities as the first but it did Neuer coming off the line again, this time 20 yards from goal. It’s actually quite surprising how it worked so effectively every time.
In the 82nd minute Müller went excruciatingly close, twisting his way in the box but then dragging his shot wide. Moments later Schweinsteiger also nearly scored but could only direct his header into the hands of Adi Mbolhi.
The referee blew the whistle and yet another game in the last 16 went to extra-time.
Germany knew they needed to up their game if they were to avoid penalties and they did just that. Four minutes into extra-time Müller put through a superb low drilled cross and André Schürrle was there to add a very clever finish. With the ball behind him, Schürrle left his left leg dragging for the ball to hit it, go through his legs and bounce into the far corner.
Both Mesut Özil and Müller had chances, and perhaps could have done better, but Algeria clung on. As they started to commit more men forward they were understandably sacrificing their defence.
Just before the extra-time break however, Madjid Bougherra had a fantastic opportunity when the ball fell to him in the Germany box but could only drag his shot wide.
In the second half Germany managed to contain well, if not attack more so than they did during normal time. This attacking pressure paid dividend when Özil squared the ball to Schürrle whose shot was blocked but fell back to him, he squared it back to Özil who then smashed in a superb finish.
That goal had seeming put Germany through but the game wasn’t quite over yet, Algeria went straight down the other end and Abdelmoumene Djabou arrived on the end of a Sofiane Feghouli cross to make it 2-1.
Algeria more than deserved that goal, but were just out of time in the end. Germany progress after a tricky tie as they face France in the next round. Algeria meanwhile go back home, but can hold their heads high after a very proud performance.