Germany were expected to get the better of Algeria without any fuss in their World Cup last-16 clash on Monday.
After all, Joachim Low’s side are one of the strongest teams in the tournament and have some of the best players in the world.
Algeria progressed to the knockout stage by finishing second in Group H, five points behind winners Belgium.
Many would have predicted Germany to ease past their African opponents and secure their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament by a big margin, but it did not quite turn out that way.
The German failed to inspire especially in the first half, as the centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng often struggled against Algeria’s long balls.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who was yet again in dismal form for England at the World Cup, was impressed with Algeria’s performance and took to social networking site Twitter to predict a victory for Vahid Halilhodzic’s side.
Good game this I fancy Algeria to nick a win here— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 30, 2014
Rooney’s prediction would have come true, had Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle not been in good form.
The 23-year-old former Bayer Leverkusen star came on at half time and was impressive in the second half.
It was Schurrle who scored Germany’s opening goal in the second minute of extra time to ease their nerves, as the European giants subsequently went on to win the contest 2-1.