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AT A GLANCE
Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil
scored in extra time yesterday to
lead Germany over an aggressive
Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup
Thomas Mueller provided a cross
from the left flank that was slightly
behind Schuerrle. The Germany for-
ward dragged his left leg and back-
heeled the ball into the far corner
in the 92nd minute, leaving goal-
keeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance.
Ozil added the second in the
120th, and substitute Abdel-
moumene Djabou pulled one back
in injury time for Algeria.
Three-time champion Germany,
which has now advanced past the
second round at nine consecutive
World Cups, will next face 1998
winner France on Friday at the
Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
With the temperature a chilly 14
degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahren-
heit) and a light rain falling at times,
the pace was high at the Estadio
Beira-Rio but the goals didn t come
until the end.
Ozil thought he had put the result
out of reach when he pounded in
a rebound after a shot from Schuer-
rle was cleared off the line by
defender Esseid Belkalem, but
Djabou volleyed in a minute later
to make the last seconds count.
Perhaps inspired by the "Disgrace
of Gijon" at the 1982 World Cup,
when Germany and Austria sup-
posedly conspired to oust Algeria
in the group stage, the northern
African nation outmatched Ger-
many s intensity for long stretches
in an entertaining match.
Algeria was playing in the second
round of the World Cup for the first
time and dominated early on. A goal
from Islam Slimani was waved off
for offside in the 17th, one of many
opportunities for the Algeria strik-
er.At the start of the second half,
Germany put Schuerrle on for Mario
Goetze in an attacking midfield and
came out better organized.
In the 55th, Germany captain
Philipp Lahm unleashed a hard shot
that an outstretched Rais did well
to push wide with his fingertips.
Still, Algeria continued to produce
dangerous counterattacks. In the
72nd, Neuer had to come out of his
area to head away the danger with
In the 88th, Germany s inability
to find the target turned theatrical
for a moment when Mueller
appeared to fall during a free kick.
Algeria's Mehdi Mostefa, left, pushes off Germany's Mesut Ozil to stop
his attack during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between
Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil,
Late goals boot France past Nigeria
BRASILIA---Paul Pogba scored with a late
header to finally break Nigeria s stubborn resist-
ance and Joseph Yobo added an own-goal as
France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quar-
Four years ago, France crashed out of the group
stage, shamed a nation by going on strike and
was jeered by its own fans and lambasted by
politicians in the fallout from an embarrassing
"I m proud of my players because we re coming
back from very far. I think we ve given a lot of
pleasure back to our fans," France coach Didier
Deschamps said. "I think there were 5,000 here
and millions back home who will feel proud."
Pogba s crucial goal came after Nigeria s best
spell of the match.
Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had just
made a superb save to tip over Karim Benzema s
header, but he flapped at the ball from the ensuing
corner and Pogba pounced in the 79th minute
to nod in his first goal of the tournament.
That atoned for a scrappy first half in which
he gave the ball away carelessly and placed a
volley too close to Enyeama. Scoring such a
crucial goal will boost his confidence heading
into the last eight game on Friday at Rio s Mara-
cana stadium against either Germany or Algeria,
who were playing their match later.
Yobo, who announced his international retire-
ment after the game, turned the ball into his
own net in stoppage time under pressure from
France substitute Antoine Griezmann.
At the final whistle, France s relieved players
danced in front of their fans as dreams of a
repeat run to the final---just like in 2006---moved
a step closer.
France started slowly and finished strongly in
the second round match.
African champion Nigeria had a goal ruled
out for offside in the 19th minute after Emmanuel
Emenike poked home Ahmed Musa s cross from
the left, but wasted a lot of second-half pos-
"The score doesn t tell the game," Nigeria
coach Stephen Keshi said.
After Griezmann came on, Benzema finally
came alive in the 70th, opening up the defense
after a clever one-two with the France substitute.
After Enyeama blocked Benzema s initial shot,
his follow-up effort was hacked clear by Victor
Moses. Video technology confirmed that the ball
had not crossed the line.
Pogba s tendency to try and hit perfect
through-balls saw him give the ball away four
times inside the first 10 minutes alone. He often
seemed in two minds and this only slowed down
the French attacks.
France failed to show the attacking flair of
previous games, with Giroud skewing a shot
wide early on.
He also appeared to elbow John Obi Mikel in
an off-the ball incident, having done the same
in last week s 0-0 draw with Ecuador after com-
ing on as a second-half substitute.
Keshi was highly critical of American referee
Mark Geiger s handling of the game.
"The ref is a human being, but a lot of mistakes
were questionable," he said. "Giroud elbow, Pogba
foot up ... he decides what happens on the field.
I m not happy with the ref."
Two chances were missed late in the half.
Full-back Mathieu Debuchy smacked a shot
wide and into the back of a steward, and Emenike
saw his sharp drive from the edge of the area
palmed away by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
With French nerves fraying, midfielder Blaise
Matuidi was booked for a heavy challenge on
Ogenyi Onazi, who was replaced by Ruben Gabriel
in the 59th.
The atmosphere quietened at the Estadio
Nacional in Brasilia, with the pockets of French
fans watching silently on as Nigeria started to
dominate possession. Deschamps then made a
key change in the 62nd, taking Giroud off and
bringing on Griezmann, freeing Benzema to play
through the middle.
But Nigeria continued to push forward, and
Lloris did well to block a shot from Peter
Odemwingie and center half Laurent Kocielny
cut out Musa s dangerous cross from the right.
France's Paul Pogba (19) celebrates after
scoring his side's opening goal during the World
Cup round of 16 soccer match between France
and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia,
Brazil, yesterday. A
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