Monday was a good day to be a European country in the World Cup. Those from Africa, not so much. France and Germany both earned spots in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, sending Nigeria and Algeria, respectively, packing.
Both contests were tight for most of the match, though. Behind the brilliant handiwork of keeper Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria played France tough for 79 minutes before France's Paul Pogba bounced one into the goal off a corner kick. France took a two-goal lead in extended time in regulation when Nigeria put in an own goal.
Powerhouse Germany needed extra time to put away a feisty Algerian squad, scoring its first goal in the 92ndminute on a nifty touch by André Schürrle, and adding another in the 120th minute on a goal by Mesut Özil. It was too little, too late for Algeria, as they scored a goal to make it 2-1 as time expired.
France and Germany will play each other next on Friday at 12/11c on ESPN2.
Knockout play continues Tuesday with Argentina versus Switzerland at noon/11c on ESPN and the big Belgium versus United States match at 4/3c also on ESPN.
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