The round of 16 is in full swing at the 2014 World Cup after some more exciting action on Monday, with two huge matches to watch during Day 19.
After Monday, there will be only two more matches before the quarterfinals, and both will take place on Tuesday. Argentina will start things off against Switzerland, then the United States will be trying to find a way past Belgium. Once those games are done, there will be a two-day rest before the quarterfinals begin on Friday.
As the round of 16 continues, here are the results from Day 19 at the World Cup.
France 2, Nigeria 0
The first game on Monday featured the talented strikers of France going head-to-head with the stifling defense and deadly counter-attack of Nigeria.
Before the match, French manager Didier Deschamps mentioned how strong Nigeria are on defense.
“This Nigeria team is very athletic and strong physically,” Deschamps told Stuart James from The Guardian. “The defence is well structured and they have a quartet of forwards that are very fast, with one very skilful player like Musa.”
The first half may have been scoreless, but it featured plenty of excitement with some good opportunities for both sides. Possession was about even through the first 45 minutes, with both teams getting six shots on target. Blaise Matuidi played especially well in the first half, posting a match-high six take-ons according to Squawka Football.
The scoreless half meant that France's scoring drought continued after such a strong start to the World Cup. As ESPN Stats & Info pointed out, France hadn't scored in 150 minutes after the scoreless half.
The second half was a different story. France was the much more aggressive team, getting more than a few really good looks early. However, most of those chances were thwarted thanks to Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who was arguably the biggest reason that his team was able to make it out of the group stage.
During the game, Numbers Never Lie noted that Enyeama had more saves than anyone else in the World Cup, and he added a few more on Monday.
However, Enyeama simply couldn't save them all. In the 79th minute, France were finally able to pull ahead, with Paul Pogba finally getting the go-ahead goal. According to the FIFA World Cup Twitter account, that goal was the 146th of the tournament, which is already more goals scored than in the 2010 World Cup.
France continued to turn it on late, and because of that, they forced mistakes. In stoppage time, Joseph Yobo accidentally tapped the ball in for an own goal, and France came away with the 2-0 win to advance to the quarterfinals.
Germany 2, Algeria 1
As one of the favorites to win it all, Germany were looking to avoid the upset against Algeria in their round of 16 matchup, and while they didn't look as dominant as they had in previous matches, they were still able to come away with a 2-0 victory.
Neither side was able to get on the board in the first half, which was good news for Algeria as they looked to pull off an upset. Germany still dominated possession and scoring opportunities, keeping the ball 71 percent of the time while getting four shots on goal compared to one for Algeria.
Around halfway through the first half, Squawka Football noted how well Algeria were defending Germany, keeping them away from their goal.
As ESPN's Paul Carr pointed out, this was the third straight first half Germany were held scoreless, but they scored three goals in the previous two matches in the second half.
Germany continued to get great looks in the second half, but they continued to come up just short. There were constant close calls, yet nothing found the back of the net, giving Algeria fans hope. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was a big reason Algeria weren't able to get as many shots off, as he had more touches outside of the box than any other goalie in the World Cup according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Algeria kept holding on and made crucial stops when needed in regulation, forcing the game into extra time after a scoreless 90-plus minutes despite Germany getting 21 shots on target.
Unfortunately for Algeria, they weren't able to keep it scoreless in extra time. Shortly after extra time began, Andre Schurrle was finally able to put Germany ahead off of an assist from Thomas Muller to give them their first extra time goal since 1982.
Germany officially sealed their fate in the 119th minute thanks to a goal from Mesut Ozil. Abdelmoumene Djabou was able to score a couple of minutes later for Algeria, but it was too little too late.
Now that they've advanced, Germany will be playing France in the quarterfinals. Both teams have plenty of top-tier talent, and whichever squad wins that match will likely have a thrilling semifinal game against the home team in Brazil.
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