El World Cup Diario, Day 20: And then there were eight

The Big F**king German put it best. On the day the world's finest 16 teams were cut down to eight, Per Mertesacker pointed out a harsh truth when defending his nation's unconvincing win over Algeria. "Would you rather we played beautiful football but got knocked out?” railed the defender, live on German TV. “I don’t know what you want from me – do you think that just Mickey Mouse teams are involved in the last 16?"


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