Germany v Algeria - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest on day 19 including reaction to France 2 Nigeria 0 - Live coverage - The Independent

Germany v Algeria - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest on day 19 including reaction to France 2 Nigeria 0

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Germany versus Algeria on day 19 of the World Cup with Sam Dymond and Samuel Stevens. We'll be bringing you all the very latest from Brazil as well as reaction to France's last 16 defeat of Nigeria.

    It's not quite up there with two sides playing out a result that benefits both, but Arjen Robben's admittance that he dived during Holland's dramatic late victory over Mexico yesterday has caused a World Cup stir.

    Yet perhaps more startling is the insistence of the Bayern Munich forward that it wasn't playacting that took him to ground in injury time when he won a match-winning penalty for his country under the challenge of Rafa Marquez.


    The one at the end was a clear penalty but I have to admit there was an incident in the first half where I did dive. I must apologise. I should not be doing that.
    6/30/2014 11:25:31 AM
    Much like the five-second rule for eating food that you've dropped on the floor, there should be a timed cut-off after defeat before you can mock football fans. Around five or six months ideally.

    It's a guideline that the social media manager at KLM would do well to learn as soon as he's finished explaining himself to bosses this morning. In the immediate aftermath of Holland's controversial late victory over Mexico, the Dutch airline tweeted, "Adios Amigos!" alongside a picture of a man with a moustache and sombrero at departures.

    The tweet was later deleted but not before it caused fury on the wires. Most angry of all was Hollywood actor Gael Garcia Bernal who responded that he'd never fly with the airline again. Albeit in somewhat more colourful language.

    Nobody in my family has flown KLM since they sponsored Brentford in the late 80s. 
    6/30/2014 11:40:53 AM
    Three-times World Cup winners Germany are among the frontrunners for success in Brazil this year, and are overwhelming favourites to book their place in the quarter-finals when they face Algeria in Porto Alegre this evening.

    But, as The Independent's Ian Herbert explains, many questions are being asked back in the motherland about the tactics and team selections preferred by coach Joachim Löw at this tournament...

    We are still searching for evidence of German invincibility. Some of the noises emanating from the squad’s entourage suggest the multi-million euro training base that the German DFB have built just north of Porto Seguro is too insulated and cut off, while Löw’s side have fluctuated between the loose abandon of the 2-2 draw with Ghana and the rather stiff inertia of the win over the United States.
    6/30/2014 2:32:33 PM
    Breaking News

    FIFA spokesperson, pin-up and current flavour of the month, Delia Fischer, has just announced at the World Cup's daily media briefing that Arjen Robben will face no sanction from authorities after the Holland forward admitted to diving during his country's dramatic last 16 win over Mexico yesterday.

    6/30/2014 2:43:39 PM
    The France and Nigeria starting line-ups are in from the Estadio Nacional.

    The French coach Didier Deschamps makes six changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Ecuador in their final Group E game. Back into the side come Mathieu Debuchy, Patrice Evra, Raphael Varane, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena and Olivier Giroud for Bacary Sagna, Lucas Digne, Mohamed Sakho, Morgan Schneiderlin, Moussa Sissoko and Antoine Griezmann.

    Meanwhile, Stephen Keshi makes just a single switch to his Nigerian team that ran Argentina close last week. Out goes the injured Michael Babatunde, who broke his arm during that encounter, and he's replaced by Chelsea's Victor Moses.

    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema, Matuidi, Pogba, Koscielny

    Subs: Sakho, Cabella, Griezmann, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Ruffier, Digne, Sissoko, Remy, Schneiderlin, Landreau

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Yobo, Ambrose, Musa, Odemwingie, Emenike, Mikel, Moses, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Omeruo

    Subs: Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Egwuekwe, Odunlami, Oboabona, Azeez, Ejide, Nwofor, Uchebo, Agbim, Ameobi

    Referee: 
    Mark Geiger (USA)
    6/30/2014 2:50:51 PM
    63 mins: France have made a change of their own with the introduction of Antoine Griezmann. The arrival of the Real Sociedad forward was always on the card, and it was just a matter of who he was going to replace. In the end, Didier Deschamps decided to withdraw the ineffectual Giroud instead of the anonymous Benzema. 
    6/30/2014 5:22:14 PM
    64 mins: Nigeria are turning up the gas on the French, and Peter Odemwingie decides he wants to light the spark. He shows great skill to turn away from his marker in midfield, and, moments later, fires a thumping shot on goal from 20 yards out that Lloris needs to get down low to save.
    6/30/2014 5:23:36 PM
    Meanwhile, in Uruguay...


    6/30/2014 5:25:11 PM
    70 mins: At long last, here's Karim Benzema! And he's inches away from giving France the lead! The Real Madrid striker finally manages to get on the ball and skip away from Efe Ambrose before playing a neat one-two with Griezmann that takes him through on goal. Enyeama is out quickly to block the shot, but the ball cannons back off Benzema and is heading for the net. However, Moses was tracking back the whole time and, with Nigerian hearts in mouth, volleys away to safety a yard from the line. It's the closest either side have come.

    6/30/2014 5:27:46 PM
    75 mins: France, who have been much better since the introduction of Griezmann, look like they're winding themselves up for a strong finish. 
    6/30/2014 5:34:06 PM
    77 mins: Yohan Cabaye clatters the underside of the crossbar! It all stemmed from a Valbuena corner that fell to the feet of Benzema at the far post. His cross-cum-shot fired low across the face of goal was cleared away from the line, but only as far as the former Newcastle midfielder 20 yards from goal. Cabaye showed wonderful technique take the ball down and unleashed a brilliant effort that flew past a crowd of players but cannoned off the woodwork.
    6/30/2014 5:34:26 PM
    79 mins: GOAL! FRANCE 1 NIGERIA 0:

    Paul Pogba gives France the lead! And it has been coming! Vincent Enyeama did well to deny Karim Benzema with a point-blank header, but the Nigeria keeper didn't fare nearly as well with the subsequent corner. He came a long way off his line to deal with Mathieu Valbuena's floated delivery from the left, but his clearance was no more than a one-handed flap that aided the ball on towards Pogba at the far post, where the midfielder had the simple task of heading into an unguarded net.

    6/30/2014 5:36:54 PM

    Evening campers, Samuel Stevens here to take you right through until 11pm as Germany take on Algeria for the chance to play France in the quarter finals.

    Didier Deschamps' men, who have just disposed of Nigeria in this evening's early kick-off, are looking pretty consistent after their calamitous showing in South Africa four years ago.

    The Germans, on the other hand, are considered to be Brazil's biggest threat this summer and will want to stamp their authority on the tournament with a big victory tonight. Algeria are a plucky outfit, though, and could cause them problems.

    There's sub-plots aplenty in this one, ones we'll elaborate on later, so get your place on the sofa reserved and strap in for another evening of World Cup madness!
    6/30/2014 6:24:52 PM
    90 + 3 mins: Andre Schurrle whips in a delightful ball across the backline but Philipp Lahm can't get anything on it. Algeria survive. Extra-time looms...
    6/30/2014 9:50:49 PM
    FULL TIME: Germany 0-0 Algeria - The tie goes to extra-time.

    6/30/2014 9:51:19 PM
    OFF WE GO! Are you still with us, folks? You should be! As nil-nils go, this one's been a belter. It's all still to play for...
    6/30/2014 9:57:40 PM
    GOOOAAALLLL!! - GERMANY 1-0 Algeria - Andre Schurrle, 91 mins (aet).

    Thomas Muller spots a smart run from Andre Schurrle and plays the Chelsea man in. Taking his time to take aim, Schurrle then smashes the ball into the Algerian net! It's only taken 91 minutes but Germany are ahead. Game on!
    6/30/2014 9:59:00 PM
    That sweet, sweet sound when the ball nestles into the back of the net. We've had to wait for it tonight...

    6/30/2014 10:05:55 PM
    98 mins: Germany are finding more room now as Algeria push for that elusive equaliser. Thomas Muller's already glanced wide and Mesut Ozil was unlucky not to find Andre Schurrle just seconds later. 
    6/30/2014 10:08:24 PM
    101 mins: Great chance for Algeria!

    The ball pings around the German penalty box, after an Algeria corner, and eventually falls to the feet of Mehdi Mostefa who absolutely wallops a shot inches wide of Manuel Neuer's net! 

    Ever so close. This has been a great game. We're edging towards half-time of extra time with Germany holding a slender lead.

    Nothing worse than English people supporting the Germans!Jorge Carvalhoat 11:09 PM

    Indeed, Jorge!
    6/30/2014 10:11:19 PM
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