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Müller With Another Key Assist as Germany Wins 2-1 in Extra Time

Neuer acts as a fifth defender as Germany hold off Algeria to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals

Jamie Squire

It is something Bayern Munich fans are used to, Thomas Müller stepping up big in extra time to put the Rekordmeister in a position to win. After 90 minutes of frustration for Germany, he did so again, picking out the pass to André Schürrle whose trickery finally beat Rias M'Bohli.

Mesut Özil for Germany and Abdelmoumene Djabou for Algeria exchanged goals in the dying minutes of extra time as die Adler advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory.

Müller had several chances himself, finding a way through a packed penalty area to get shots on target, but his efforts were for not, M'Bohli collecting nine saves throughout regulation. With the assist, though, head contributed to all but two of Germany's goals in the World Cup.

Algeria sat back for most of the match, Vahid Halilhovic setting up his side with five in defense. Germany held 69 percent of the ball throughout the match, but struggled against the Fennec Foxes counter attack. Toni Kroos led the team with 121 touches, but his passing was not at the precision of his prior World Cup performances.

Manuel Neuer had his best match in a Germany shirt, playing as a "false sweeper" in critical moments. He came of his line several times when Algeria were nearly in on the counterattack, winning two critical tackles in the process. He only needed to make two saves, Algeria unable to create menacing chances in the final third.

Boateng moved back to center back with Mats Hummels out with an illness. He may have had a brain fart or two, but he used his pace to recover and track back many times when Germany were outnumbered on the break. Philipp Lahm started in midfield for the fourth consecutive match, but eventually moved to fullback once Shkodran Mustafi came off with an injury.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze started as well, the first time all seven Bayern players started in Germany's XI. Needing more runs in behind, Joachim Löw brought in Schürrle to replace Götze at halftime, and M'Bohli saved Götze's only shot on target. Schweinsteiger was active on both ends of the pitch again, nearly heading a ball past M'Bohli during regulation.

Germany will play France in the quarterfinal, looking to make their third consecutive semifinal. Judging how Germany played, Löw might be forced to make some changes to his side, meaning he might field less than six Bayern players for the first time in the tournament.

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