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

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.

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