World Cup: Germany shivers after energetic match against Algeria
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 27, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro —
Germanyhad a lot of trouble beating Algeria. The soccer match in the
second round of World Cup 2014needed extra time in order to decide that the Europeans should go through to the quarterfinals: 2-1.
In Porto Alegre,
Algeriawanted to take revenge for the Disgrace of Gijón.
At the World Cup soccer 1982 in Spain, the Algerians were disabled because West Germany and Austria made a deal in their final group match. A 1-0 victory for the Germans enabled both soccer teams to continue in the tournament, at the expense of Algeria.
Today, Algeria proved to be a surprisingly dangerous team against Germany.
Germany was relieved to say the least
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was just in time far from his goal to save a shot by El Arbi Hilel Sour Dani with his legs while Sofiane Feghouli shot wide, a goal of Islam Slimani was rejected and Faouzi Ghoulam just missed. Germany came to a header by Thomas Müller and distance shots from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos. The rebound of the last attempt seemed still to be scored by Mario Götze, but strong goalie Raïs M'Bolhi could save.
In the second half Germany seemed to understand better that it had to do work harder to reach the last eight of World Cup 2014. A header from defender Shkodran Mustafi - who played for the sick Mats Hummels, but was later injured himself - ended up in the hands of M'Bolhi. Shortly after the goalkeeper saved very nice on a shot by Philipp Lahm. More than once German goalie Manuel Neuer had to come far out of his goal to intercept Algerian counterattacks.
M'Bolhi, playing at CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, turned out to be the absolute hero of the Algerian soccer team, while on the other side Müller distinguished himself negatively. M'Bolhi turned a header from the free Bayern München striker. Moments later the main scorer of the Germans at this World Cup, with four goals, again had to score the opening goal: however, he flicked the ball with the outside of the right foot. In the mean time Algeria was still a threat with sharp counterattacks.
In the final part of the
soccer match Germany-Algeria, Müller was the laughter of many. He was joining a free kick that he seemed to be taking, then dropped fakely. He stood up and then went deep to receive the ball but was offside in the end, so the practised theater of clever soccer became the theater of mockery. An attempt by the head of Schweinsteiger was once again saved by M'Bolhi, so extra time was necessary to get a decision.
In the first minutes alreay, Müller crossed to substitute Andre Schürrle who - consciously or not - scored with his back heel: 1-0. Mehdi Mostefa of Algeria was close to 1-1, but the shot just went wide. The North Africans seemed to be too tired to turn the score, but were still not beaten yet. In the last minute of the extra time Mesut Ozil even scored the liberating 2-0.
However, immediately Adelmoumene Djabou scored the well-deserved goal for Algeria, but it was too late:
Germany plays the quarterfinal against Francenext Friday.
Matches & Standings Second Round - World Cup 2014