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France, Germany Reach World Cup Quarterfinals

French soccer fans celebrate after France scored the first goal, as they watch the World Cup soccer match between France and Nigeria being shown live on a giant screen, in front of Paris City Hall, June 30, 2014.
French soccer fans celebrate after France scored the first goal, as they watch the World Cup soccer match between France and Nigeria being shown live on a giant screen, in front of Paris City Hall, June 30, 2014.
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France and Germany have reached the World Cup football quarterfinals in Brazil.

Algeria put up a valiant effort against heavily favored Germany Monday in Porto Alegre, battling to a scoreless deadlock in regulation. But it took less than two minutes for the Germans to find the net in extra time as Andre Schurrle scored from close range, while heavily guarded, by flicking the ball off the side of his foot.

Mesut Ozil put Germany ahead 2-0 in the 120th minute, and Algeria prevented a shutout with a goal a minute later in stoppage time (by Abdelmoumene Djabou) to make the final, 2-1.

Earlier Monday, France shut out Nigeria with two late goals, 2-0, and will face Germany in the quarterfinals Friday in Rio de Janerio .

Similar to other matches in the knockout stage, the France-Nigeria game in Brasilia was not decided until late. Paul Pogba scored on a header off a corner kick in the 79th minute to break a scoreless deadlock and give France the lead.

In stoppage time action at the end of the regulation 90 minutes, Nigerian Joseph Yobo accidentally knocked the ball into his own goal to give France its second goal in the 2-0 victory.

The last two second round matches will be played Tuesday.  Argentina goes against Switzerland, and the U.S. team takes aim at a quarterfinal berth when it plays Belgium.

Star U.S. forward Jozy Altidore, injured in the team's opening game win over Ghana, has been medically cleared to play Tuesday.  But whether he will see action has not yet been determined.

  • Uruguay fans bare their teeth before the game against Colombia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 28, 2014.
  • Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina makes a save against Uruguay at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 28, 2014.
  • Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera can't reach Colombia's James Rodriguez's shot, his second goal, during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 28, 2014.
  • Colombia's fans celebrate their team's second goal as they watch a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Colombia and Uruguay at Bolivar Square in Bogota, June 28, 2014.
  • Fans dressed as superheroes await the start of the match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, June 28, 2014.
  • Chile's Alexis Sanchez scores against Brazil at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, June 28, 2014.
  • Brazil's David Luiz scores against Chile at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, June 28, 2014.
  • Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands is beaten by Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos (unseen) during their game at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza, June 29, 2014.
  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save on a shot by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza, June 29, 2014.
  • A Mexico fan reacts after his team lost to the Netherlands at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza, June 29, 2014.
  • A fan displays her allegiance before the Greece/Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, June 29, 2014.
  • Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos, left, fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Joel Campbell at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, June 29, 2014.
  • Costa Rica's Michael Umana scores past Greece's goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis during a penalty shootout at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, June 29, 2014.
  • World Cup fans celebrate at Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 29, 2014. (Gesell Tobias/VOA)

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