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Germany, France struggle but win over African opponents

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Both Germany and France had severe difficulty breaking down their African opponents Algeria and Nigeria, scoring the deciding goals late in their matches. 

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Germany's forward Andre Schuerrle (L) scores a goal as Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbohli jumps to save the ball and Algeria's defender Faouzi Ghoulam watches on during the first half of extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Germany and Algeria at Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Germany, France end Africa World Cup hopes to advance

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, AFP – Germany posted an extra-time victory over Algeria and France defeated Nigeria to extinguish Africa's World Cup hopes on Monday and set up a titanic quarter-final showdown.

A sublime flicked finish by Chelsea's Andre Schuerrle and a late Mesut Ozil strike gave Germany a 2-1 win over the Algerians in Porto Alegre to put Joachim Loew's side into the last eight. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186460/index.html)

The Germans will meet European rivals France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio on Friday after Les Bleus ended Nigeria's campaign with a 2-0 win in Brasilia.

Germany were pushed all the way by a physical but limited Algerian side, playing in the last 16 for the first time.

Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbohli makes a save during the Round of 16 football match between Germany and Algeria. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

Schuerrle put Germany ahead in the second minute of extra time after the match finished deadlocked at 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Thomas Mueller skipped clear down the left and whipped in a low cross, and Schurrle steered the ball into the net with a deft flick of his heel.

Ozil added a second on 120 minutes to put Germany 2-0 up before Abdelmoumene Djabou snatched a late consolation in the dying seconds of stoppage time.

Anxious German fans react in Berlin during an unexpectedly close match against Nigeria. AFP PHOTO / CLEMENS BILAN

It means Germany now face France for the first time at a World Cup finals since the 1986 semi-final – the last time the French lost in normal time in a World Cup finals knockout match.

France had clinched their place in the last eight courtesy of a late Paul Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal to down the Super Eagles. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186462/index.html)

France's midfielder Paul Pogba (R) takes aim before scoring his team's first goal during the Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA

Juventus star Pogba made the key breakthrough for France 11 minutes from time, punishing a rare mistake by Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

In the closing minutes, a low cross from Mathieu Valbuena was turned in by Yobo as he came under pressure from Antoine Griezmann.

Nigeria's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (R) and defender Joseph Yobo (back R) watch helplessly as the ball rolls into the net for France's second goal after it had hit Yobo during a challenge from France's forward Antoine Griezmann (L) . France won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

The defeat was hard on France-based Nigeria keeper Enyeama, who had kept Les Bleus at bay with a series of fine saves.

But the win was no less than Didier Deschamps's' France deserved after dominating the contest and enjoying the better of the chances throughout.

"Deliverance came late, but all the matches at this World Cup are difficult," said Deschamps.

"We're among the best eight teams in the world who remain. We won't go on about it, but we should savour it and in four days, we'll go again."

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Vocabulary:

anxious: worried because you think something bad might happen - ที่วิตกกังวล, ที่ร้อนใจ

at bay: under control ควบคุมไว้ได้ - ควบคุมไว้ได้

breakthrough: an achievement that comes after a lot of hard work - การพัฒนาหรือการค้นพบที่ยิ่งใหญ่, การบุกเข้าไปในแนวเขตของคู่ต่อสู้

campaign: a series of matches in a tournament or season -

clinch: to succeed in achieving or winning something - รัดแน่น, ตอกติด, ยึดติด

consolation: something that makes you feel less unhappy or disappointed - การปลอบโยนปลอบขวัญ,ทำให้สบายใจ

contest: a competition - การแข่งขัน

courtesy of: through, because of, through the kindness of - โดย

cross: (in football) the action of kicking the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side - เตะบอลขวางสนาม

deadlock: a competition where both sides have the same score - ความเสมอกัน

defeat: to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition - ชนะ, ปราบ

defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน

deft: done quickly and with skill คล่องแคล่ว, ชำนาญ - คล่องแคล่ว, ชำนาญ

deliverance: the state of being rescued from danger, evil or pain - การปลดปล่อย, มุตติ

deserve: of something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities - สมควรได้รับ

dominate: to be in control - มีอำนาจเหนือ ครอบคลุม ควบคุม

extinguish: to destroy or get rid of something - ดับ, ทำให้หมดไป

flick: to make something move quickly and suddenly, especially with a quick movement of the foot or hand - สะบัด, ปัด

forward: an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า

heel: the back part of the foot below the ankle - ส้นเท้า

key: most important - ที่สำคัญ

limited: not much or enough; not very great in amount or extent - จำกัด

physical: involving people touching or hitting each other a lot - ออกแรง

pressure: a force pressing against something - ความกดดัน

quarter-final: a competition between two of the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament - การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ

rare: not happening very often - เกิดขึ้นได้ยาก

react: to behave in a particular way because of something that is happening around you or something that someone is doing to you - ตอบสนอง, เกิดปฏิกิริยา

rival: a person, group, team or business that competes with another - คู่ต่อสู้, คู่ปรับ, คู่แข่ง

savour: to enjoy a feeling or an experience thoroughly -

semi-final (or semifinal): one of the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition - การแข่งขันกีฬารอบรองชนะเลิศ

showdown: (in sports) an important match, especially one which decides a championship or who is best between two competitors - การเผชิญหน้า (กับฝ่ายตรงข้าม)

skip: to move forwards lightly and quickly making a little jump with each step - กระโจน,กระโดด

snatch: to take or get something quickly - คว้า

steer: to control the direction in which something or someone moves - นำทาง ถือพวงมาลัย

stoppage time: extra allowed at the end of a half of football for stoppages during normal time, especially for injuries -

strike: an act of hitting or kicking something/somebody with great force - การเตะ, การตี, การเคาะ, การโขก

sublime: of very high quality and causing great admiration - ล้ำเลิศ, เป็นเลิศ, ยิ่งยวด

titanic: very large, important, strong or difficult - ใหญ่โต

whip: to move, or make something move, quickly and suddenly or violently in a particular direction - ตวัด, สะบัด, ปัด

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