Germany advance to World Cup quarters

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne celebrate a goal in their round of 16 knockout clash against USA.
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne celebrate a goal in their round of 16 knockout clash against USA.
Belgium's Divock Origi throws himself into the goal net, behind USA goalkeeper Tim Howard after narrowly missing a strike.
Belgium's Divock Origi throws himself into the goal net, behind USA goalkeeper Tim Howard after narrowly missing a strike.
Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne raises his arms in celebration as he watches his strike roll into the net.
Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne raises his arms in celebration as he watches his strike roll into the net.
Argentina's Angel Di Maria sends his love to the crowd while celebrating scoring against Switzerland in the round of 16.
Argentina's Angel Di Maria sends his love to the crowd while celebrating scoring against Switzerland in the round of 16.
Switzerland's Valon Behrami jumps for the ball next to Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain.
Switzerland's Valon Behrami jumps for the ball next to Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain.
Argentina's Marcos Rojo jostles with Switzerland's Josif Drmic for possession in Sao Paulo.
Argentina's Marcos Rojo jostles with Switzerland's Josif Drmic for possession in Sao Paulo.
Germany's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side's second goal during extra time against Algeria at the World Cup.
Germany's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side's second goal during extra time against Algeria at the World Cup.
Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli is consoled by teammate Djamel Mesbah (back) after their loss to Germany at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli is consoled by teammate Djamel Mesbah (back) after their loss to Germany at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Yacine Brahimi of Algeria controls the ball against Mesut Oezil (left) and Sami Khedira of Germany.
Yacine Brahimi of Algeria controls the ball against Mesut Oezil (left) and Sami Khedira of Germany.
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) fights for the ball with Algeria's Mehdi Lacen during extra time round of 16 game at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) fights for the ball with Algeria's Mehdi Lacen during extra time round of 16 game at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.
Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker of Germany celebrate their team's second goal in extra time against Algeria.
Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker of Germany celebrate their team's second goal in extra time against Algeria.
Thomas Mueller of Germany attempts a shot against Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria during the round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Thomas Mueller of Germany attempts a shot against Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria during the round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
France's Blaise Matuidi (14) and Mathieu Valbuena celebrate after winning their World Cup round of 16 game against Nigeria at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia.
France's Blaise Matuidi (14) and Mathieu Valbuena celebrate after winning their World Cup round of 16 game against Nigeria at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia.
France's Raphael Varane is hit by the ball in the face beside Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike (left).
France's Raphael Varane is hit by the ball in the face beside Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike (left).
John Obi Mikel of Nigeria challenges Paul Pogba of France during their round of 16 match at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.
John Obi Mikel of Nigeria challenges Paul Pogba of France during their round of 16 match at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.
France's Mathieu Valbuena and Rio Mavuba (right) celebrate after winning their World Cup round of 16 game against Nigeria.
France's Mathieu Valbuena and Rio Mavuba (right) celebrate after winning their World Cup round of 16 game against Nigeria.
Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama (right) checks on teammate Ogenyi Onazi as he lies on the pitch after a challenge against France.
Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama (right) checks on teammate Ogenyi Onazi as he lies on the pitch after a challenge against France.
Raphael Varane of France controls the ball against Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during their clash at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.
Raphael Varane of France controls the ball against Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during their clash at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.
Costa Rica’s Yeltsin Tejeda celebrates with team-mates after defeating Greece in a penalty shootout.
Costa Rica’s Yeltsin Tejeda celebrates with team-mates after defeating Greece in a penalty shootout.
Costa Rica’s Michael Umana fires the winning penalty past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis during the penalty shootout.
Costa Rica’s Michael Umana fires the winning penalty past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis during the penalty shootout.
Greek midfielder Theofanis Gekas sees his penalty kick saved by Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Greek midfielder Theofanis Gekas sees his penalty kick saved by Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Costa Rica's Joel Campbell and Greece's Konstantinos Manolas compete for the ball.
Costa Rica's Joel Campbell and Greece's Konstantinos Manolas compete for the ball.
Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte (second left) is shown a red card after his second bookable offence by referee Benjamin Williams.
Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte (second left) is shown a red card after his second bookable offence by referee Benjamin Williams.
Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz (second right) scores his team's first goal past Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz (second right) scores his team's first goal past Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz celebrates scoring the opening goal in their second round match with Greece in Recife.
Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz celebrates scoring the opening goal in their second round match with Greece in Recife.
Greece striker Giorgos Samaras controls the ball under the close attentions of Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte.
Greece striker Giorgos Samaras controls the ball under the close attentions of Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte.
Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa slides in to halt the progress of Greece's Jose Cholevas.
Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa slides in to halt the progress of Greece's Jose Cholevas.
Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his side's winning goal from the penalty spot in injury time.
Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his side's winning goal from the penalty spot in injury time.
Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder fires his side's equaliser past Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder fires his side's equaliser past Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Holland's Dirk Kuyt battles for the ball with Mexico's Hector Herrera during their second round match in Fortaleza.
Holland's Dirk Kuyt battles for the ball with Mexico's Hector Herrera during their second round match in Fortaleza.
Netherlands striker Robin van Persie brings the ball under control.
Netherlands striker Robin van Persie brings the ball under control.
Giovani dos Santos wheels away after putting Mexico 1-0 up against the Netherlands.
Giovani dos Santos wheels away after putting Mexico 1-0 up against the Netherlands.
Dutch winger Arjen Robben rides the tackle of Mexico captain Rafael Marquez during his side's 2-1 win.
Dutch winger Arjen Robben rides the tackle of Mexico captain Rafael Marquez during his side's 2-1 win.
Uruguay's Alvaro Gonzalez challenges Colombia's Pablo Armero during their second round match at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Uruguay's Alvaro Gonzalez challenges Colombia's Pablo Armero during their second round match at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez tackles Colombia's Pablo Armero during their second round match in Rio de Janeiro.
Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez tackles Colombia's Pablo Armero during their second round match in Rio de Janeiro.
James Rodriguez scores with a sublime volley to put Colombia 1-0 up against South American rivals Uruguay.
James Rodriguez scores with a sublime volley to put Colombia 1-0 up against South American rivals Uruguay.
James Rodriguez scores with a sublime volley to put Colombia 1-0 up against South American rivals Uruguay.
James Rodriguez scores with a sublime volley to put Colombia 1-0 up against South American rivals Uruguay.
James Rodriguez scores his second goal past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to put Colombia 2-0 up.
James Rodriguez scores his second goal past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to put Colombia 2-0 up.
James Rodriguez celebrates scoring his and Colombia's second goal with his team-mates.
James Rodriguez celebrates scoring his and Colombia's second goal with his team-mates.
Brazilian players swarm to goalkeeper Julio Cesar after defeating Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
Brazilian players swarm to goalkeeper Julio Cesar after defeating Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
Neymar puts a penalty shot past Claudio Bravo and into the net, the winning goal in the penalty shootout.
Neymar puts a penalty shot past Claudio Bravo and into the net, the winning goal in the penalty shootout.
Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar makes one of his two saves in the penalty shootout.
Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar makes one of his two saves in the penalty shootout.
A nervous bunch of Chilean players line up ahead of the penalty shootout.
A nervous bunch of Chilean players line up ahead of the penalty shootout.
Hulk appeals to the assistant referee after having a goal for Brazil ruled out for a handball.
Hulk appeals to the assistant referee after having a goal for Brazil ruled out for a handball.
Brazil's Dani Alves makes a slide-tackle on Chile's Eugenio Mena.
Brazil's Dani Alves makes a slide-tackle on Chile's Eugenio Mena.
Chile's Arturo Vidal steals a pass from in front of Brazil's Neymar.
Chile's Arturo Vidal steals a pass from in front of Brazil's Neymar.
Chile's Alexis Sanchez waits for team-mates as he celebrates his first-half goal against Brazil.
Chile's Alexis Sanchez waits for team-mates as he celebrates his first-half goal against Brazil.
David Luiz looks skyward in celebration of Brazil's first goal, which was later ruled an own-goal.
David Luiz looks skyward in celebration of Brazil's first goal, which was later ruled an own-goal.
Brazil's Neymar unsuccessfully appeals to referee Howard Webb for a foul.
Brazil's Neymar unsuccessfully appeals to referee Howard Webb for a foul.

Germany were pushed all the way by an inspired Algeria today before Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil secured them a 2-1 extra-time victory to send them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarterfinal meeting with France.

The North African outsiders played with energy and confidence to regularly expose a static German defence, but in the end the European team's power and fitness counted.

The end of regulation time 0-0 scoreline did not last long into extra time after substitute Schuerrle flicked in a low-cross from Thomas Mueller.

GOAL SCORERS: Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle embrace after beating Algeria 2-1 in the round of 16.
GOAL SCORERS: Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle embrace after beating Algeria 2-1 in the round of 16.

Ozil buried the Algerian dream in the last minute, but in a final moment of drama, Abdelmoumene Djabou grabbed a consolation goal for the brave Algerians just before the final whistle.

''We showed the whole world that Algeria has a great team. Now people around the world will have seen our qualities,'' defender Madjid Bougherra told German television.

The victory extended Germany's remarkable record of reaching at least the quarterfinals in every World Cup they have entered since 1938 and gave them their first win in three attempts against Algeria, who were playing in the last-16 for the first time.

''We would have preferred to have won this differently. The Algerians did a good job, they disrupted us from the start and didn't let us get into our game,'' Schuerrle said.

''But it doesn't matter how we won, the important thing is that we're in the quarter-finals now against France.''

The result also denied Algeria, who famously beat West Germany in a 1982 World Cup group game, revenge for the so-called ''Disgrace of Gijon''.

After the Algerian victory, West Germany secured a narrow win over Austria in a farcical, half-hearted game which saw both of them go through at Algeria's expense.

That history weighed heavy on today's clash in Porto Alegre, with Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic saying it would motivate the ''Desert Foxes''. For the first half at least, it looked like they might have that revenge.

LACK OF INSPIRATION

Germany, playing in all-white, took a long time getting into  their stride at the Beira Rio stadium and seemed to lack inspiration, with most of the thrills coming from swift Algerian counter-attacks.

The Germans tried to find Mueller - scorer of nine goals in his nine previous World Cup matches - in early probes, but the passes were just too far ahead of him as he ran goal-wards.

Algeria, in an all-green strip, showed just what a threat they posed early on when Islam Slimani broke down the left and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer charged out of the box to cut him off.

A few minutes later Sofiane Feghouli cut in nicely from the right but his shot went astray. Slimani hit the net with a diving header from a cross in the 16th minute, but was ruled offside.

Algeria always looked dangerous with Faouzi Ghoulam and El Arabi Soudani coming the left-flank. But Germany began to look more purposeful and Ozil had a couple of shots from the left of the box parried by goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi.

Mbolhi began to get busier - Mueller headed wide then a long-range shot from Toni Kroos was batted away by the Algerian goalie only for Mario Goetze to hit the rebound back at him.

In the second half, Germany began to gain ascendancy. Minutes in, Shkodran Mustafi leapt to a cross, but Mbolhi stopped the header. A driving shot by captain Philipp Lahm from outside the penalty area was tipped away for a corner.

The Algerians, never ones to shrink from tackles, began to spend more time packing the defence as the Germans pushed up in waves. Their counterattack still managed to find holes in the German defence to keep hopes of an upset alive, but the shots and headers were coming in thick and fast at the other end.

It looked all over for Algeria when Mueller, by now getting the better of his marker, rose to head at goal from a few metres out but the magnificent Mbolhi again saved. Moments later, Mueller shot just wide.

And so to extra-time. But just two minutes in, second-half substitute Schuerrle finally broke Algerian resistance before the late exchange of goals from Ozil and Djabou.

With Nigeria's loss to France in today's other match, all the African teams are now out of the tournament.

Reuters