PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — No disgrace in this result.
Three decades after Germany used trickery to eliminate Algeria, the Germans did it the honest way Monday, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory in extra time over the Desert Foxes. Andre Schurrle scored in the 92nd minute, and Mesut Oezil added an insurance goal in the 120th.
Abdelmoumene Djabou spoiled the shutout, scoring in stoppage time. But it was little consolation to the Algerians, with Sofiane Feghouli pulling his jersey over his head after the game ended. As his players left the field, coach Vahid Halilhodzic waved to acknowledge the applause of the Algerian fans.
Germany has now reached the quarterfinals or better at nine consecutive World Cups, a streak that began in dubious fashion in 1982. Playing in its first World Cup, Algeria shocked the reigning European champions 2-1 in the group stage opener.
Algeria had a chance to advance after finishing the group stage with two wins and a loss, but would have to wait for the result of the Austria-Germany game a day later. Knowing exactly what each needed to advance, Austria and Germany conspired for a result that benefitted each of them – and kept Algeria out.
Algeria's protest would be rejected by FIFA. But ever since the "Disgrace of Gijon," group stage finales have been played simultaneously to prevent any collusion.
There was no doubting the effort by either team in this game. Shredding Germany's backline, Algeria tested Manuel Neuer often in the first half. Islam Slimani had a goal in the 17th waved off by an offside call, and a minute later Faouzi Ghoulam sent a shot from close range whistling by the far post.
Germany had multiple chances, and the score could have been far more lopsided if not for outstanding performances by Algerian goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi and his defense. Time and again Mbolhi turned away the Germans, making finger-tip saves or putting outfielders to shame with his catches.
And what he didn't get, his defense did. At the end of regulation, Philipp Lahm had what looked like a sure goal, only to have Rafik Halliche slide it in to clear it off the line.
During the break before extra time, Halilhodzic went from player to player, exhorting and encouraging them. And it didn't take a lip reader to know he was telling his players this was their time as they huddled before taking the field.
But the euphoria was short-lived as Schurrle chipped in a cross from Thomas Muller with his left heel in the 92nd minute.