Schurrle celebrates against Fulham
Schurrle celebrates against Fulham

It took injury time and every ounce of German sweat but Algeria were finally defeated after Andre Schürrle opened his World Cup account.
Algeria surprised many by taking the game to the Germans on the break.
Islam Slimani and Faouze Ghoulam both broke to effect and Manuel Neuer in the German goal had to play as a sweeper to protect the high German defence. It was a risky strategy that would see them punished by higher ranked opposition.
Slimani had the ball in the net from a delicious deep cross but the linesman nailed him.
At the other end Schürrle was showing willing in running into dangerous wide positions but Algerian legs and bodies got in the way of most of his cut-backs and crosses.
Germany couldn’t find a fluid rhythm and Algeria trooped off nil-all at the half having enjoyed the better penetration.
Germany started to look dominant as the second-half wore on because of their superior fitness as much as anything else.
Thomas Müller and Schürrle both had chances to win the match within the 90-minutes but both were denied by the flying acrobatics of Rais M’Bohli in the Algerian goal.
M’Bohli’s display was proper old school ’keeping. He covered everything in a gymnastic fashion unseen since the 70s.
Extra-time had Germany ahead after Schürrle turned in Müller’s cross, he had to hang a foot backwards to get his instep on a clever finish. 1-0.
Algeria pressed but were wilting and everything looked sewn up when Schürrle’s late shot was deflected to Mesut Ozil who thrashed in a second. 2-0.
There was barely time to kick-off but somehow a booming cross from Feghouli found Djabou for a neat volley but it was too late.
Schürrle might have done enough to keep his place in the side ahead of a showdown with France.

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