Jun 30, 2014 7:33 PM
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - From a comically executed free kick to the slapstick folly of the defense, a laughably disorganized Germany struggled mightily against a determined Algeria.
Struggled, but still won.
The Germans beat a team many had underestimated 2-1 in extra time Monday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for ninth straight time.
But it was only after Thomas Mueller fell to the ground during a free kick, and after the Algerians forced goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off his line and out of his area several times that the Germans produced finally a stroke of brilliance early in extra time.
Andre Schuerrle backheeled in a goal in the 92nd minute, and Mesut Ozil added another before the north Africans scored a consolation goal in the final seconds.
While it was Germany's first win in three matches against Algeria, the three-time champions will need more to overcome France in the quarterfinals.