Germany 2 Algeria 1: Player ratings as Arsenal star finds the net

Germany 2 Algeria 1: Player ratings as Mesut Özil scores in extra-time to see his side through to the last eight

By Richard Potter
Germany
2
Algeria
1

Germany

Manuel Neuer (man of the match) Had to come an awfully long way out on more than one occasion to halt Algerian advances, such was the outpaced and indecisive nature of the German backline. A makeshift sweeper for much of the game. 9

Shkodran Mustafi A centre-half by trade, the former Everton player looked uncomfortable at right-back. 6

Benedikt Höwedes Given the run-around by Feghouli and Slimani. 6

Philipp Lahm Assured and poised, the change in position from right wing-back to anchorman in midfield has been a smooth transition. Will give the German added longevity. 7

Per Mertesacker An aerial presence, however in a foot race against the lightning-quick Algerians, the 100-cap man looked to be carrying breezeblocks. 5

Jerome Boateng Much like his defensive German colleagues, lost at sea at times but improved as the game progressed. 6

Bastian Schweinsteiger Started the first half at the combined pace of the German defensive quartet. Slow. Grew into the game and had a number of chances to break the deadlock in the second half. 6

Toni Kroos Tested the Algerian goalkeeper from long range, such was the regimented brick-wall defence of the opposition. Full of industry in the second 45. 7

Thomas Müller Despite the lack of service and opportunities in the first half, a constant danger who given half a yard would punish any side on the planet to add to his impressive World Cup goal return of nine in nine. Provided his second assist of these finals in Brazil for Schürrle’s goal. 8

Mesut Özil The Arsenal man showed some nice touches to complement rare German attacks in the first half. Much like Schweinsteiger, became more effective as the game rolled on, particularly in the latter stages. Eventually put the ball in the net for Germany’s second and the final nail in Algeria’s coffin. 8

Mario Götze Was quick to pounce on a loose ball parried by M’Bolhi, the goalkeeper made himself big, however. Subbed at half-time. 6

Substitutes:

Sami Khedira On for Mustafi, did well to bolster the midfield and support of the German attack. 7

Andre Schürrle On for Gotze, the Chelsea man added clout to the German’s attacking options. Got himself in the right area to net the opener. 8

Christoph Kramer N/A

Algeria

Adi Mbolhi Parried numerous long-range German efforts. A habit nearly to his detriment, with Gotze racing to rebound a loose ball, M’Bolhi pulled of a commanding double save to keep the game at 0-0. Fantastic thereafter as Germany peppered the Algerian goal. 8

Aissa Mandi Did what had to be done defensively, last-ditch tackles in the final third. 8

Essaid Belkalem Confident in possession. 7

Rafik Halliche A rock at the back for Algeria, suffered cramp in the final minutes of the 90 as testament to his effort. 8

Faouzi Ghoulam Sensational cross to pick out Slimani for the diving header, alas, chalked off for offside. 7

Saphir Taïder Full of running, a credit to his team to close down the German threat. 7

Mehdi Mostefa Committed a number of cynical fouls. His deflected shot on 38 minutes had Neuer beaten and could have gone anywhere. 7

Medhi Lacen Solid in midfield, did well against the likes of Ozil. 7

Sofiane Feghouli Pace and trickery down the right for Algeria, asked plenty of questions to Howedes and Boateng. 8

Islam Slimani Direct running and mischievous endeavour the German backline couldn’t deal with for long periods. 8

El Arbi Hillel Soudani Effective down the left flank and quick to close down a German shirt in possession. 8

Substitutes:

Madjid Bougherra N/A

Yacine Brahimi On for Taider, provided support for Slimani up top for Algeria. 7

Abdelmoumene Djabou On for Soudani. Took his goal in the dying embers of extra-time well, deserved for his side’s overall performance. 7

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