Germany needed extra time to defeat Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio before setting up a quarterfinal tie against France on Friday night at the Maracana in Rio.
The first and second half closed out scoreless but after two minutes of extra time Germany took the lead courtesy of Andre Schurrle who flicked the ball past Algeria’s goalkeeper M’Bolhi with his back heel from six yards.
Germany doubled the lead through Mesut Ozil in the 119th minute when he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from about four yards. The Algerians could not stand the pain as they remained motionless and in disbelief.
Shockingly, the African side pulled one back as substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou converted from Feghouli’s cross to grab a lifeline in the 120th minute.
However Algeria could not force penalties as Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved Slimani’s header which was on target for an equalizer. Germany finally made the last eight for the 17th time in 18 World Cup appearances.