Today’s summary of the Round of 16 matches at the FIFA World Cup for Tuesday, July 1 in Brazil.
Germany’s last-minute dash to victory
Germany went into the World Cup with high expectations and had lived up to that in every game played. Those expectations were tested, however, by Algeria who reached the knockout stage for the first time.
The first half of the game was relatively uninteresting, with more of the same in the second. The game was locked at nil-all, both teams threw everything into extra time, fighting desperately to net the ball and secure a quarter-final position.
In the first minutes André Schürrle opened the score for Germany, and then the pace picked up. It was still anyone’s game. As the game drew to a close Mesut Özil scored another for Germany. In the last minute Abdelmoumene Djabou finally scored for Algeria but time had run out for the North African challenge and the victory went to Germany.
Germany wins 2-1, Algeria eliminated
France to meet Germany after leaving Nigeria scoreless
Following the pattern that has been set in most Round of 16 games, France and Nigeria went scoreless through the first half, but not for want of trying; Nigerian Emmanuel Emenike’s attempt at goal was only inches away. Frenchman Paul Rogba finally opened the scoring at the 79th minute with a deftly placed goal that brought fans to their feet. The scoreboard changed again in the dying minutes of the match, but it was a shocker of an own goal to Nigeria’s Joseph Yobo, sealing the African’s fate.
France wins 2-0, Nigeria eliminated – Noah La’ulu
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