World Cup Knockout Rounds: Germany 2-1 Algeria, France 2-0 Nigeria
Germany beats Algeria 2-1 in extra time
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals.
Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner in the 92nd minute, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance.
Ozil added the second in the 120th, and Abdelmoumene Djabou pulled one back in injury time for Algeria.
Germany will next face France on Friday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
France beats Nigeria 2-0 to reach QF
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Paul Pogba finally delivered the big-game goal that France needed from its most exciting young talent, picking his spot with a late header to help France beat Nigeria 2-0 and reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday.
The 21-year-old Pogba had been feeling the pressure at the World Cup, and that looked set to continue when he rushed a chance to put France ahead in a tightly-contested first half.
But Pogba, who had been dropped by coach Didier Deschamps for a 5-2 win against Switzerland, chose the perfect time to score.
Showing the poise that France counted on him to provide, Pogba peeled slightly off a packed Nigeria defense to give himself a yard to attack the loose ball after goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama fumbled a corner in the 79th minute.