Algeria put up an admirable fight, but Germany rallied to a 2-1 win yesterday to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals. After going scoreless through regulation, the Germans finally got on the board at 92′ with a lucky goal from Andre Schurrle, and they increased their lead at 120′ with a second goal from Mesut Ozil. But somehow, someway, Algeria still had some fight left, and substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou snuck one in to make it 1-2. Unfortunately, it was too late to stage a comeback, and Germany advanced to their 16th straight quarterfinals, where they’ll meet France, who were also victorious yesterday.
Much like the Germany-Algeria showdown, France and Nigeria were tied at zero through much of regulation before a goal from Paul Pogba at 79′. In stoppage time, Nigeria’s Joseph Yaba scored an embarrassing own goal to increase France’s lead to 2-0 and put an end to the Super Eagles’ World Cup hopes. France will face Germany in the quarterfinals this Friday at 12 noon.
Catch the best boots from these Round of 16 match-ups, plus yesterday’s Wimbledon standouts in the gallery above.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.