Jun 30, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Germany
2-1
Algeria
Schurrle (92'), Ozil (119')
Lahm (107')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Djabou (120')
Halliche (42')

Per Mertesacker hits out at critics of performance against Algeria

Islam Slimani of Algeria is challenged by Philipp Lahm (L) and Per Mertesacker of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
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Per Mertesacker hits out at critics of Germany's performance in the 2-1 victory over Algeria on Monday night.

Per Mertesacker has questioned the criticism directed at Germany for their performance in the World Cup last-16 victory over Algeria on Monday night.

Germany needed extra time to beat a determined Algeria side 2-1 in Porto Alegre, but Mertesacker insists that it did not matter how Joachim Low's side played as long as their place in the quarter-finals was secure.

"Would you rather we played beautiful football but got knocked out?" the Arsenal defender told ZDF Television.

"I don't know what you want from me - do you think that just Mickey Mouse teams are involved in the last 16? All that matters is we're in the quarter-finals."

Germany will take on France, who beat Nigeria 2-0 in Brasilia, in the quarter-finals this Friday.

German head coach Joachim Low reacts during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying football match Germany vs Republic of Ireland in Cologne, western Germany on October 11, 2013
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