Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, 30.06.2014
2-1 aet (0-0, 0-0)
Schürrle 92., Özil 119. / Djabou 120+1.
Despite a relatively comfortable group phase, questions had been raised for a long time about the coach’s tactics – and all of these chickens came to roost against an Algerian side that nobody had given much of a chance after scraping through into the knockout phase for the first time in four attempts.
Much of the talk before the game had concerned the previous meeting between the two teams in 1982 – arguably one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament.
On that infamous day in Gijón, Jupp Derwall’s team of superstars – then reigning European Champions – were served a large slice of humble pie by their North African opponents, but this was only the first part of an unsavoury catalogue of events that saw the Algerians eliminated on goal difference after the Mannschaft’s 1-0 win over Austria – the so-called Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón.
This latest meeting in Porto Alegre was an error-strewn affair, one that would have seen the Germans eliminated were it not for a succession of bad misses in front of goal by their energetic but profligate opponents. How the match finished goalless after the ninety minutes is anybody’s guess, but as both teams began to tire in extra-time the quality of the German team finally began to show.
André Schürrle’s smart finish finally broke the deadlock and a second goal from Mesut Özil a minute from time looked to have put everything beyond all doubt, but Algeria still had enough strength left to pull a goal back and cause a few last-minute jitters. It would prove to be the crucial wake-up call for Nationaltrainer Joachim Löw.
Germany: Neuer – Mustafi (70. Khedira), Mertesacker, Boateng, Höwedes – Lahm (c) – Schweinsteiger (109. Kramer), Kroos – Özil, Götze (46. Schürrle) – Müller
Algeria: M’Bohli – Mostefa, Belkalem, Halliche (c) (97. Bougherra) – Mandi, Ghoulam – Lacen – Taider (78. Brahimi), Feghouli, Slimani – Soudani (100. Djabou)
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistants: Emerson de Carvalho, Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth Official: Walter López (Guatemala)
Fifth Official: Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Yellow Cards: Lahm 107. / Halliche 42.
Red Cards: – / –
Ball Possession: 70% / 30%
Attempts on Target: 22 / 7
Attempts off Target: 7 / 4
Corners: 10 / 4
Fouls Committed: 11 / 20
Man of the Match: M’Bohli Raïs (Algeria)