Germany edge past Algeria

Germany booked a quarter-final meeting with France after extra-time strikes from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil saw them edge past Algeria to win 2-1 in Porto Alegre.

Algeria had the better chances of the opening 45 minutes with Germany struggling to cope with their pace on the break. Islam Slimani did manage to beat Manuel Neuer with a flying header, but his effort was ruled out for offside, while Faouzi Ghoulam fired inches wide from inside the area as Vahid Halilhodzic's men threatened to upset the odds.

Joachim Low's side showed signs of improvement as the first half progressed with Thomas Muller heading wide before Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi was called into action to deny Toni Kroos' strike from range and then Mario Gotze's follow up.

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle replaced Gotze at the break and he immediately caused problems among the Algeria defence as his deflected effort looped behind for a corner before M'Bolhi tipped a Philipp Lahm strike over the bar with a fine one-handed save.

Algeria were restricted to the number of openings they saw in the second half but Sofiane Feghouli did threaten when he fired wide on the turn, while Slimani forced Neuer into action with a powerful low strike straight into the Bayern Munich keeper's arms.

Muller twice came close as M'Bolhi palmed away his towering header before firing wide from inside the area, and Schweinsteiger then headed Lahm's floated cross into the arms of the Algeria stopper with Germany becoming increasingly frustrated in front of goal.

With the deadlock still to be broken, the game entered extra-time but it took Germany just two minutes to open the scoring as Schurrle met Muller's low cross and guided it beyond the helpless M'Bolhi with a deft flick from inside the area.

Mesut Ozil then wrapped things up late on from close range when he blasted home after Schurrle's effort was intially scrambled off the line, but second-half substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou did manage to pull one back for Algeria late on with a powerful volley.

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