Germany survived a huge test of their World Cup credentials to see off underdogs Algeria in extra time and set up a quarter-final meeting with France.

The three-time champions lacked urgency throughout the 90 minutes. They frequently looked rattled as an enterprising Algeria wasted a succession of chances in an open, exciting encounter, before Andre Schurrle finished from close range early in the first additional period.

Mesut Ozil drilled in to double their lead and, although Abdelmoumene Djabou volleyed home to ensure a frantic end, a relieved Germany held on and will take on the French in Rio on Friday.

Andre Schurrle scores cheeky extra-time goal

The result looked inevitable once an impressive Algeria side began to tire, but Joachim Low's men will have to improve dramatically if they are to secure a first World Cup since 1990.

Germany are into the last eight for the 17th time in 18 World Cup appearances, but they lacked the fluency and cutting edge that has seen them installed among the tournament favourites.

Algeria could not mark their first experience of the knockout stage with a win, meaning Africa's representation in Brazil is over, but they depart with immense credit for a superb campaign.

Analysis

"Germany played such a high line with little pace in defence, and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is incredible to sweep up after them. They flirt with danger and he gets them out of trouble.

"Has there ever been a better sweeper keeper? He reads things wonderfully well."

The build-up was dominated by talk of them seeking revenge for 1982, when West Germany's convenient 1-0 win against Austria saw them both reach the second round at Algeria's expense.

They beat the Germans in the group stage that year and looked determined to produce a repeat.

With a 5-1-3-1 formation and five changes to their starting line-up that saw playmaker Yacine Brahimi drop to the bench, the Desert Foxes appeared to be set up defensively.

But, after an early spell of German pressure, they went in search of a shock lead and almost found it.

Germany keeper Manuel Neuer made a vital challenge on Islam Slimani after Faouzi Ghoulam's ball up the left wing eluded Per Mertesacker, and it subsequently took an important tackle from the Arsenal centre-half to deny the same man.

Match facts

Andre Schurrle has scored five goals in his last five competitive matches for Germany.

Germany's total of 28 shots (inc. blocked) is a record for this edition of the tournament.

There have now been a record 27 goals scored by substitutes at this World Cup.

Algeria (7) have scored more goals in this tournament than in their previous three World Cup finals combined (6).

Sofiane Feghouli then sliced through the Germany back line only to miscue his cross from a brilliant position, Slimani's diving header was correctly disallowed for offside and Ghoulam steamed through on the left but lashed his finish across goal and wide.

Germany eventually managed to exert an influence - Ozil's misdirected cross was tipped over the bar, Muller headed wide and keeper Rais Mbolhi spilled an Ozil drive - but Algeria refused to sit back and Mehdi Mostefa was the latest to come close with a strike that was deflected wide.

Mbolhi made a magnificent double save from Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze as Germany finished the half well, but it was no surprise when Gotze was replaced by Schurrle at the break.

The big question was whether Algeria would maintain their intensity or be punished for their missed chances and the answer nearly arrived when Schurrle's effort was deflected narrowly off target, before Shkodran Mustafi headed at Mbolhi and the goalkeeper pulled off a fine save from Philipp Lahm's shot.

Manuel Neuer

Algeria responded by tightening up at the back and attempting to pounce on the counter-attack. Keeper Neuer was forced to operate as an auxiliary sweeper as Slimani escaped the German centre-backs, while Feghouli drilled wide and then Slimani lashed powerfully at Neuer.

At the other end, Mbolhi made another stunning stop from Muller's header while Esseid Belkalem and Ghoulam cleared off the line from Schurrle and Benedikt Hoewedes respectively.

Algeria were visibly tiring and after Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger threatened a winner late in the 90 minutes, Schurrle finally broke the deadlock in the opening moments of extra time.

Muller crossed low from the left for the Chelsea forward to dispatch with an improvised finish. It was the 14th of Germany's last 24 World Cup goals that Muller has been involved it.

Ozil rammed in a second before substitute Djabou converted from Feghouli's cross, but there was no time to find another goal as Germany celebrated and Algeria made a tearful exit.

Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi:

"It's true we are part of Algeria football history, we went farther than any other team before.

"We have to build upon this performance for the future since we saw that Algeria is able to play on an equal footing at a very high level with other teams."

Algeria fans in confident mood ahead of their game with Germany

Algeria fans predict a repeat of their victory over (West) Germany in 1982

Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer challenges Algeria's Islam Slimani

Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer challenges Algeria's Islam Slimani

Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi dives for the ball

Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi dives for the ball

Philipp Lahm forces a fine save from Rais Mbolhi

Philipp Lahm forces a fine save from Rais Mbolhi

Bastian Schweinsteiger sees his header saved

Bastian Schweinsteiger sees his header saved as the game heads into extra time

Germany's Andre Schurrle scores past Algeria's goalkeeper

Germany's Andre Schurrle scores past Algeria's goalkeeper

Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle celebrates his opening goal

Mesut Ozil scored what proved to be the winner

Mesut Ozil scored what proved to be the winner

Abdelmoumene Djabou

Abdelmoumene Djabou scores a late consolation for Algeria

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Germany

  • 01 Neuer
  • 20 Boateng
  • 04 Höwedes
  • 16 Lahm Booked
  • 17 Mertesacker
  • 18 Kroos
  • 13 Müller
  • 08 Özil
  • 19 Götze (Khedira - 45' )
  • 07 Schweinsteiger (Kramer - 109' )
  • 21 Mustafi (Khedira - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Khedira
  • 02 Großkreutz
  • 03 Ginter
  • 09 Schürrle
  • 10 Podolski
  • 11 Klose
  • 12 Zieler
  • 14 Draxler
  • 15 Durm
  • 22 Weidenfeller
  • 23 Kramer

Algeria

  • 23 Mbolhi
  • 20 Mandi
  • 03 Ghoulam
  • 08 Lacen
  • 04 Belkalem
  • 05 Halliche Booked (Bougherra - 97' )
  • 10 Feghouli
  • 22 Mostefa
  • 13 Slimani
  • 19 Taïder (Brahimi - 78' )
  • 15 Soudani (Djabou - 100' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Mohamed
  • 02 Bougherra
  • 06 Mesbah
  • 07 Yebda
  • 09 Ghilas
  • 11 Brahimi
  • 12 Medjani
  • 14 Bentaleb
  • 16 Zemmamouche
  • 17 Cadamuro
  • 18 Djabou
  • 21 Mahrez
Ref: Sandro Meira Ricci
Att: 43,063

Match Stats

Shots

28 10

On target

14 4

Corners

10 4

Fouls

11 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Germany 2, Algeria 1.

120:00 +2:12

Second Half Extra Time ends, Germany 2, Algeria 1.

120:00 +2:00

Attempt saved. Madjid Bougherra (Algeria) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rais M'Bolhi.

120:00 +1:42

Thomas Müller (Germany).

120:00 +1:42

Rais M'Bolhi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

120:00 +0:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 2, Algeria 1. Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli with a cross.

118:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 2, Algeria 0. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the high centre of the goal.

118:54

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

116:51

Attempt saved. Christoph Kramer (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

114:43

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Germany).

114:43

Islam Slimani (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

113:20

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

113:20

Foul by Aissa Mandi (Algeria).

109:57

Offside, Algeria. Madjid Bougherra tries a through ball, but Abdelmoumene Djabou is caught offside.

108:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

108:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Christoph Kramer replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger.

107:58

Delay in match Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) because of an injury.

106:42 Booking

Booking Philipp Lahm (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

106:40

Foul by Philipp Lahm (Germany).

106:40

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Germany 1, Algeria 0.

106:05

First Half Extra Time ends, Germany 1, Algeria 0.

102:35

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Sofiane Feghouli.

101:52

Hand ball by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

101:40

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerome Boateng.

100:58

Attempt missed. Mehdi Mostefa (Algeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

100:35

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Sami Khedira.

99:58

Offside, Germany. Thomas Müller tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.

99:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Algeria. Abdelmoumene Djabou replaces Soudani.

98:44

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

96:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Algeria. Madjid Bougherra replaces Rafik Halliche because of an injury.

96:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

96:29

Delay in match Rafik Halliche (Algeria) because of an injury.

94:56

Attempt blocked. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sami Khedira.

93:01

Sami Khedira (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

93:01

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Algeria).

91:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 1, Algeria 0. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Germany 0, Algeria 0.

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Germany 0, Algeria 0.

90:00 +3:17

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Rafik Halliche.

90:00 +1:24

Per Mertesacker (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:24

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

89:27

Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:27

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria).

89:10

Attempt saved. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Philipp Lahm.

88:15

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:15

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Algeria).

87:28

Offside, Germany. Per Mertesacker tries a through ball, but Thomas Müller is caught offside.

86:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:56

Delay in match Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) because of an injury.

85:27

Hand ball by Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria).

85:26

Attempt blocked. Jerome Boateng (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:55

Delay in match Rafik Halliche (Algeria) because of an injury.

83:25

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Essaïd Belkalem.

82:05

Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:05

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

81:11

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sami Khedira.

80:13

Attempt missed. Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

79:47

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Essaïd Belkalem.

79:45

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

79:43

Attempt saved. Thomas Müller (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sami Khedira with a cross.

78:13

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Müller with a cross.

77:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Algeria. Yacine Brahimi replaces Saphir Taïder.

74:25

Attempt saved. Islam Slimani (Algeria) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli.

73:51

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Aissa Mandi.

72:48

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

71:47

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:47

Foul by Rafik Halliche (Algeria).

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Sami Khedira replaces Shkodran Mustafi because of an injury.

68:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67:20

Delay in match Shkodran Mustafi (Germany) because of an injury.

66:49

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

66:49

Mehdi Lacen (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:16

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:16

Foul by Rafik Halliche (Algeria).

63:40

Foul by André Schürrle (Germany).

63:40

Mehdi Lacen (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:10

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:10

Foul by Aissa Mandi (Algeria).

61:04

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Soudani.

60:36

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Rafik Halliche.

59:20

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Shkodran Mustafi.

56:23

Jerome Boateng (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:23

Foul by Soudani (Algeria).

54:50

Offside, Germany. Bastian Schweinsteiger tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

54:10

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Rais M'Bolhi.

54:09

Attempt saved. Philipp Lahm (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

52:49

Hand ball by Mesut Özil (Germany).

52:01

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:01

Foul by Rafik Halliche (Algeria).

50:56

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

50:56

Saphir Taïder (Algeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:35

Attempt blocked. Soudani (Algeria) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

50:23

Attempt missed. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

49:50

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Faouzi Ghoulam.

49:15

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

48:09

Attempt saved. Shkodran Mustafi (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

47:49

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Essaïd Belkalem.

47:45

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

45:00

Second Half begins Germany 0, Algeria 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. André Schürrle replaces Mario Götze.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Germany 0, Algeria 0.

45:00 +0:14

Foul by Jerome Boateng (Germany).

45:00 +0:14

Saphir Taïder (Algeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:59

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Philipp Lahm.

41:26 Booking

Booking Rafik Halliche (Algeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:23

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:23

Foul by Rafik Halliche (Algeria).

40:04

Attempt saved. Mario Götze (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:02

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

38:44

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Jerome Boateng.

38:40

Attempt blocked. Mehdi Mostefa (Algeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:01

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

38:01

Saphir Taïder (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:48

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

35:24

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (Germany).

35:24

Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:03

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (Germany) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shkodran Mustafi with a cross.

33:28

Offside, Algeria. Mehdi Mostefa tries a through ball, but Soudani is caught offside.

32:15

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

31:05

Foul by Mario Götze (Germany).

31:05

Soudani (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:49

Attempt blocked. Philipp Lahm (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

30:24

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:24

Foul by Mehdi Lacen (Algeria).

25:02

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:02

Foul by Saphir Taïder (Algeria).

23:20

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Rais M'Bolhi.

22:34

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (Germany) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

17:54

Attempt missed. Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Soudani.

16:10

Offside, Algeria. Faouzi Ghoulam tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

13:24

Attempt saved. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

12:58

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:58

Foul by Mehdi Mostefa (Algeria).

9:09

Offside, Algeria. Aissa Mandi tries a through ball, but Saphir Taïder is caught offside.

8:32

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.

8:30

Attempt saved. Islam Slimani (Algeria) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Soudani.

7:25

Per Mertesacker (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:25

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

5:54

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:54

Foul by Mehdi Mostefa (Algeria).

2:23

Offside, Germany. Philipp Lahm tries a through ball, but Shkodran Mustafi is caught offside.

1:16

Per Mertesacker (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:16

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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