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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.

  • Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day 19 of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil – the gift that keeps on giving.

    After further excitement, controversy and late drama last night, this tournament continues to thrill as if it were Christmas, and much like the festive period, it’s hard to keep track of what day it actually is.

    The glum faces on my bus this morning would indicate it’s Monday, but the mood of commuters may have been swayed by what – on paper/high-definition computer screens – look the two least thrilling last sixteen fixtures. But they would be reckoning without believing in the magic that this competition has conjured.

    And what better reasons for more drama this evening than history and revenge? At 5pm, in Brasilia, Nigeria have the opportunity to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time. However, they’ll have to get past a France side that racked up the goals and plaudits in the group stage; the 1998 winners are now considered fifth favourites to lift the trophy in two weeks.

    Then, at 9pm in Porto Alegre, Germany take on Algeria with the Africans gunning for retribution. The Desert Foxes defeated West Germany at Spain ’82, but a stitch-up 1-0 success for the Germans against Austria the following day ensured the two European clubs progressed at the expense of the Algerians. It was the World Cup’s most shameful night and, after 32 years, this is Algeria’s chance to put it right.

    Sam Dymond, and later Samuel Stevens, will be here to talk you through all the action as it happens, and if you want to have your say on either last 16 game or anything World Cup related, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    6/30/2014 10:15:13 AM
  • 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
  • From a contentious penalty to eight expertly taken - and one not-so-expertly taken - ones.

    In Recife last night, ten-man Costa Rica held their nerve to defeat Greece 5-3 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

    Highly-rated Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas was the hero for the Central Americans, making a number of fine saves during normal and extra-time, before saving from Theofanis Gekas in the shoot-out, allowing Michael Umana to settle the tie.

    The game ended Greece's resolve in the tournament, and also signalled the end of the international career of Giorgos Karagounis - the man with 139 caps for his country and the most chiselled jaw in football.

    6/30/2014 12:10:31 PM
  • It's not the kind of thing you'd expect at a major international football tournament but it seems the French are a pretty amiable bunch right now.

    Seven points and eight goals were their reward for some scintillating attacking play during the group stages, and, as they prepare to face Nigeria in the last 16 this evening, James Olley explains how Les Bleus are in the right mood to repeat their World Cup triumph of 1998.
     
    They arrive at the Estadio Nacional in harmonious state to face a Nigeria team that last week staged their own training-ground boycott amid a row over win bonuses having reached the knockout stage by finishing second in Group F behind Argentina.
    6/30/2014 12:38:10 PM
  • Algeria have only ever beaten one European side at the World Cup - defeating West Germany 2-1 in the group stages of Spain '82 - but a famous victory was the beginning to a notorious storyline; the North African country were denied a place in the second round when the Germans and Austria 'played' out a farcical fixture that saw both progress as Algeria's expense. Tonight, the Desert Foxes finally have a shot at revenge.

    The Independent's Simon Hart spoke to former Algerian international Lakhdar Belloumi about today's last 16 encounter and the history that makes it one of the World Cup's ultimate grudge matches...

    In Algeria, it is impossible to look forward to today’s last-16 meeting without also looking back, and Belloumi is the ideal man to tell us why. He scored the winning goal when Algeria beat West Germany 2-1 at the 1982 World Cup – a famous victory which would have provided the springboard for the tournament debutants to become the first African team to reach the second phase but for one of the World Cup’s murkier episodes.


    6/30/2014 1:02:37 PM
  • Uruguay's players returned home to a heroes' welcome in Montevideo last night, but the reception received by other squads on their homecoming wasn't quite as sweet. Or maybe it was.

    Following a draw and two disappointing defeats, South Korea finished bottom of Group H to ensure an early exit, and on their return to Seoul this morning, their players were met by a shower of sweets from at least one disgruntled fan.

    However, before any Neville Southall, Frank Lampard or Jon Parkin types start wishing they were Korean, it's worth pointing out that the throwing of taffy is considered an insult within the republic.

    South Koreans pelted with sweets on Seoul return
    by Press Association via YouTube
    6/30/2014 1:18:26 PM
  • The performances of Neymar have shone brightest for Brazil in what has otherwise been an underwhelming World Cup so far for the hosts, but if the youngster wants any indication as to whether he should stop working or not, he need look no further than to breaking news involving another one-time Brazilian wonderkid.

    AC Milan have just tweeted that Kaka has terminated his contact with the Rossoneri, allowing the 32-year-old Brazilian to sign for Orlando City in the MLS on a free transfer where he will line up alongside former Aldershot midfielder - and son of Tony - Anthony Pulis, and ex-Rushden and Diamonds loanee Luke Boden.

    One day, Neymar. One day.

    6/30/2014 1:32:46 PM
  • Not bad, but it loses a mark for not carving the Algerian star out of a watermelon: 9/10.

    6/30/2014 1:55:17 PM
  • And you thought his World Cup co-commentary was boring...

    6/30/2014 1:58:35 PM
  • 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
  • Water carrier or good luck charm?


    6/30/2014 3:40:48 PM
  • Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo picked up his 100th cap for his country against Argentina last week, and he reaches another landmark this evening...


    6/30/2014 3:46:51 PM
  • There's just five minutes until kick-off in Brasilia...




    6/30/2014 3:55:21 PM
  • KICK-OFF: We're off and running at the Estadio Nacional, and the opening minute could well have set the tone for the next 90. The French have already shown some fleet-footed trickery and one-touch passing in attack, but Nigeria have denied them with some old-school ruggedness; most notably with a thumping tackle from Juwon Oshaniwa and some persistent tracking back from Ahmed Musa.
    6/30/2014 4:03:17 PM
  • 4 mins: It's a corner apiece for both sides in a frantic beginning, but while the French dealt comfortably with Nigeria's effort, Olivier Giroud rose highest to meet Mathieu Valbuena's delivery. However, the Arsenal man couldn't get any power or accuracy to his effort, and the ball sailed behind for a goal-kick.
    6/30/2014 4:05:41 PM
  • 8 mins: Ahmed Musa was Nigeria's main man going forward against Argentina in their previous outing, but it's his willingness to get back and help out his full-back that has caught the eye so far in Brasilia. The assistance of the CSKA Moscow man has stifled Valbuena, who has started to dictate play in that final third as he looks to create chances for Giroud and Karim Benzema.
    6/30/2014 4:09:49 PM
  • 13 mins: Paul Pogba takes advantage of Nigeria sitting deep to cut off any clever passes by bursting forward from midfield. It causes momentary panic in the African defence, and as Ogenyi Onazi attempts to quickly close the Juventus man does, he clatters into a teammate. The Lazio midfielder has to leave the pitch for extended treatment but he eventually returns to the action.

    6/30/2014 4:15:37 PM
  • 17 mins: For all of France's stylish build-up, it's Nigeria's more direct approach that is causing the most problems at the moment. Peter Odemwingie has already gone close to converting one free-kick at the far post, and just now, won his team another set-piece 30 yards from goal. Striker Emmanuel Emenike took responsibility but blazed high over the bar.
    6/30/2014 4:17:52 PM
  • 19 mins: DISALLOWED GOAL! Emenike thought he had given Nigeria the lead, but the linesman's flag has cut short the striker's celebrations. It was created by a smart inswinging curling ball from Musa on the left, to which the Fenerbahce forward got to first in front of the France defence to steer first-time past Hugo Lloris at the near post. Unfortunately, he had just mistimed his run and was called offside. It's a real let-off for the French.

    6/30/2014 4:19:05 PM
  • 22 mins: Brilliant football all round! Pogba went on another one of his trademark charges through the middle, eventually laying a pass out wide right to Valbuena. The diminutive Marseille man returned the ball to Pogba with a lofted cross, and the Juventus midfielder met it first-time with a purposefully-sliced right-foot volley. It was straight down Vicent Enyeama's throat, but the Lille goalkeeper still had to be alert to turn the effort behind for a corner.

    6/30/2014 4:24:20 PM
  • 29 mins: American referee Mark Geiger calls a time out at a France throw in to have words with Giroud and John Obi Mikel, who are tussling and flapping hands into each other's faces in an unnecessary part of the pitch. This is what happens when Arsenal and Chelsea meet at the World Cup.
    6/30/2014 4:30:21 PM
  • 32 mins: Paul Pogba takes a breather from his lung-busting bursts forward to sit deep, but if Nigeria's defence think they can do likewise, they're mistaken. And that's because Pogba's midfield partner, Blaise Matuidi, has taken over that particular duty, and after a smart one-two with Benzema, he finds himself inside the penalty area, but his shot is turned behind. It brings the eighth corner of the game, but its poor delivery has been a theme of this first half.
    6/30/2014 4:35:23 PM
  • 39 mins: The ninth corner of the match is again poor, floating straight out for a France goalkick, but it's notable for Patrice Evra draping his arms all over Odemwingie, who goes to ground in the style of a toddler who has lost balance in a sandpit. It's not completely lost on referee Geiger, who makes the point of warning Evra regarding any future indiscretions.

    Moments later, Mathieu Debuchy gets on the end of a cross from the right-hand side at the other end of the pitch, but drills his effort wide of the near post.
    6/30/2014 4:40:51 PM
  • 43 mins: For the second time in this first half, Mark Geiger brings play to a halt because there are two balls on a pitch. As it is, one is enough to cause Lloris problems moments later. The France goalkeeper struggles to palm away a long distance strike from Emenike that swerves all over the place, but he gets away with it when Victor Moses is unable to control the rebound and can only knock it out for a goalkick.
    6/30/2014 4:46:22 PM
  • 45 mins: There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half...
    6/30/2014 4:46:41 PM
  • HALF-TIME - FRANCE 0 NIGERIA 0:
    6/30/2014 4:47:45 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: Peter Odemwingie sets some kind of record at the start of the second half by getting caught out of position within three seconds, and things don't get much better for the Stoke man immediately after when Giroud gets the better of him in the area. However, the Arsenal forward's cross is poor and an early opportunity for France is passed up.
    6/30/2014 5:04:41 PM
  • 49 mins: Juwon Oshaniwa has followed Ogenyi Onazi's lead from the first half, and is spending the opening minutes of the second period receiving treatment. The Ashdod defender was caught by the follow through of a heavy Debuchy challenge, but looks as though he'll be fit to continue.
    6/30/2014 5:08:00 PM
  • 52 mins: Victor Moses nearly answers those critics who want to know why he's in the same Samsung advert as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney with some smart footwork inside the France penalty area, but he quickly makes a mess of it as it gets caught between his legs before bouncing up and hitting his arm.
    6/30/2014 5:12:16 PM
  • 55 mins: Blaise Matuidi becomes the first player to receive a yellow card, but he should have been the first player to receive a red one. The PSG midfielder was late with his lunge and caught Onazi fully on the ankle with his studs. Matuidi may have got away with one there, but Onazi hasn't and the Lazio midfielder departs the game on a stretcher for this second time. He won't be coming back from this one, however, and he'll be replaced by Reuben Gabriel.
    6/30/2014 5:14:54 PM
  • 60 mins: Emmanuel Emenike tries his luck from long range again, but it causes more trouble for a cameraman behind the goal than it does for Hugo Lloris.

    Meanwhile, Nigeria have only just made that substitution following Onazi's injury, playing with ten men for nearly four minutes, and in that time they were nearly caught out by an overlapping French attack. 
    6/30/2014 5:20:06 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
  • 84 mins: Vincent Enyeama goes a small way to redeeming himself with a strong one-handed stop to deny Griezmann from putting the game beyond doubt. The substitute escaped the attention of Ambrose to drive into the area, but his powerful strike down the centre of the goal was fisted away for a corner.
    6/30/2014 5:42:42 PM
  • 88 mins: The goal appears to have demoralised the Nigerians, and they don't look capable of finding a way back into this match. Stephen Keshi has sent on striker Uche Nwofor in the hope of bringing a final surge from his side.
    6/30/2014 5:47:11 PM
  • 90 mins: If the arrival of Nwofor hasn't given Nigeria a lift, then the signal of five minutes added time has. They'll have to gain possession of the ball first, however, and Matuidi and Valbuena just aren't letting them do that.
    6/30/2014 5:48:52 PM
  • 90+1 mins: GOAL! FRANCE 2 NIGERIA 0:

    France have sealed their place in the World Cup quarter-finals! Nigeria had committed a number of men forward which is all well and good, but not when you're defending a corner. The lack of defenders allowed Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena to work a short one from the right, and the latter had plenty of time to make his way into the box and fire a low cross towards Antoine Griezmann. The forward didn't get a touch, but Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo did, and the ball evaded Vincent Enyeama to spin into the net for an own-goal.

    6/30/2014 5:49:16 PM
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