5 Things We Learned From Germany 2-1 Algeria (after extra-time)


1. Algeria Have Been One Of The Stories Of The World Cup

Algeria boss Vahid Halilhodzic had to deal with mildly offensive questions about how his players would cope with playing having begun their fasting for Ramadan before the match, but nothing was going to get in their way of a great performance here.

They hassled, hurried and worried Germany all the way, showing no little quality as they came close to causing one of the all-time great shocks.

2. Germany Need More From Mario Götze and Mesut Özil

It is one thing trying to shoehorn a couple of gifted, elegant No. 10s in your team, but you need at least one of them to put his hand up and work hard.

Mario Götze was substituted at half-time here, whilst Mesut Özil was virtually a passenger watching on as the Algerians buzzed around him, only emerging in the final minute of extra-time to kill off the Algerians.

The pair were transferred for a combined £70million last year.

3. Germany’s High Line Will Get Caught Out

The first half showcased something that not really anyone of any generation will have seen too often at tournament level: a German team looking completely disorganised.

Time and again the Algerians were able to breach the German high line and get in behind them, causing them increasing problems and forcing Manuel Neuer to repeatedly race off his line to clean up after his defence.

They were fortunate not to be behind at the break, and you can be sure that quarter-final opponents France will have taken note.

4. Miroslav Klose Might Be Worth A Try

The Germans have so many gifted players outside the penalty area, but other than Thomas Müller, nine of them seem too prolific in front of goal.

Miroslav Klose may be able to trace his World Cup debut back to the times of Jules Rimet, but as he stands one goal off the all-time competition record would it not be worth given him a go against France? Perhaps moving Müller out wide to replace the largely ineffective Özil?

5. If Not Klose, Then Andre Schürrle Is A Reliable Replacement

Germany goalscorer Andre Schürrle seemed to specialise in sporadically coming into the Chelsea team and impressing during his first season in English football, and he used that talent to full effect in the opening moments of extra-time here.

If Joachim Löw doesn’t trust the ageing legs of Klose then perhaps he could give the former Bayer Leverkusen man a go, as the attack will need to be shaken up ahead of a meeting with a country as strong as France.