The match began with Nigeria pilling on the attack against the French as they gave their opponents an early scare after Emmanuel Emenike scored on the 19th minute mark only for an offside to be given. Vincent Enyeama and his defence held on for the entire first half, forcing a strong save from a venomous Paul Pogba volley.
The Nigerian goalkeeper continued to produce a sensational performance, only to be completely forgotten when his misjudgement from a corner kick led to an unmarked Pogba heading France into the lead. Even though the African side pushed for an equalizer, it wasn’t going to be their night when a Mathieu Valbuena cross struck Joseph Yobo for an own goal, ensuring the European side progressed into the quarter finals.
The two sides left it really late until a clear winner was eventually named with the match being deciding in the final stages of extra time. Algeria saw the ball in the back of the German net in the 17th minute, but Islam Slimani’s goal was ruled offside. The Algerians took the game straight to Germany, forcing them to defend throughout the first half.
However, the European side came out with intent, forcing save after save out of Rais M’Bohli. Joachim Low was unable to break down his opponents defence until substitute Andre Schurrle netted home from close range via a cheeky flick to give his team the led two minutes into extra time. Mesut Ozil secured a save passage making it 2-0 with a minute remaining as they saw a Abdelmoumene Djabou goal in the dying seconds to end the game at 2-1 in favour of the Germans.