Germany vs. Algeria: 6 Things We Learned

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Germany vs. Algeria: 6 Things We Learned
Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Germany continued to ride their luck in the World Cup on Monday night with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Algeria after 120 minutes of even end-to-end football.

Although the European powerhouse were expected to roll over their African opponents, Vahid Halilhodzic's side defied all the odds—in the very spirit of this competition—with a performance that any team or nation would have been proud of. Joachim Low will once again turn back towards the drawing board to decipher just what continues to elude his side of superstars after similarly poor performances against Ghana and the United States.

But at the end of the day, it was Germany who came out on top, through a fortunate finish from Andre Schurrle in the 92nd minute and a-well finished breakaway move from Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. Algeria had threatened throughout the match, but the overall class of Germany's brightest stars offered just enough to get them over the finish line on the day. 

France now offer the next headache on the horizon for most Germany fans, with their clash on Friday expected to be another tight affair for what many considered one of the favourites for the competition. 

Here's what we learned from Monday's clash between Germany and Algeria. 

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