Algeria – Germany

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An Algerian fan poses for the camera before the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Germany and Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

What do you say about a game where one team had 29 (twenty-nine) shots at goal, 22 (twenty-two) on target?

You would be mistaken if you thought it was an easy win for the side with so many chances. Germany did win but they were pushed all the way to the final seconds of extra-time.

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If you did not see the game the concept of extra time with 22 shots on target seem improbable, unbelievable really. Algerians can hold their heads high. They performed above all expectation during this World Cup. They are easily the cream of the African crop and have put in credible performances in every game.

They concede a lot of chances but remarkably few goals result from them. This is of course due to some spectacular goalkeeping but even great keepers concede and then you need to score too otherwise your tournament ends quickly.

The Germans struggled with the energy the Algerians brought to the game often being caught out at the back where the sensational Manuel Neuer raced off his line to make tackles any fullback would be proud of.

Muller and Schweinsteiger both had clear cut chances to win the game for Germany in the final minutes of regulation time but hit their efforts straight at Rais M’Bohli in the Algerian goal.

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Only seconds into extra time Schuerrle, a 2nd half substitute, scored the opening goal. Ozil made it two with less than 3 minutes to go only for Djabou to score a late goal for Algeria and set up a frantic end to the game as the Algerians pressed for an equaliser in the hope of going to a penalty shootout.

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Algeria played well, they deserve the recognition they will have gained from this game but in the end the better team qualified for the next round.

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