Samba Sunrise: Timely Ozil secures Germany progress
What they say
"It might have taken France time to make their superiority count against a brave Nigeria, but with Les Bleus looking assured in midfield and with several strong individual displays, the momentum is definitely on their side heading into the quarter-finals. Match Entertainment Value: 7/10"
FFT's Jeremy Lim, France 2 Nigeria 0
"Germany needed extra time to see off the gutsy Algerians, who have captured the heart of the football world with their grit and determination. Quality was the difference eventually, with M'Bolhi's heroics not enough to keep out the Germans. Match Entertainment Value: 8.5/10"
FFT/RedCard Sports Radio's Ahmad Khan, Germany 2 Algeria 1 (aet)
Nigeria's John Obi Mikel said France forward Olivier Giroud should have seen red for elbowing him during this morning's World Cup match. “Yes I got an elbow and the referee saw it and he only gave him a warning, not even a yellow card, nothing. It was bad," he told Mirror Sport.
"We know the game - if you see it, act on it. The ref saw it. He did catch me, I don’t know if it was too hard but the intention was definitely there."
Didier Deschamps hailed France's 2-0 victory over Nigeria, before urging his side not to ease up in their bid to win the World Cup. "We are part of the eight best teams in the world. This is a great feeling of happiness," he told TF1.
"I am very proud of what we have done since the start of the competition. Now we have to keep going."
Germany coach Joachim Low praised his team's fighting qualities after they edged Algeria at the World Cup this morning. "In the end it was a victory for willpower," he said after his side reached the quarter-finals .
"In extra-time all the players were at their limit. Sometimes in tournaments you have matches like this where you have to fight until the end."
Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra said their focus would be turning to the Africa Cup of Nations after their World Cup exit. "There are many positives. Also thank you to the Algerian public, which has always been behind us. And Brazilians have always supported the team," he said.
"Now, the next goal is to win the Africa Cup of Nations."
Belgium will be without Thomas Vermaelen against the United States due to injury, while captain Vincent Kompany remains doubtful. Coach Marc Wilmots confirmed the Arsenal defender had not recovered from a hamstring strain sustained against Russia in Group H, while Kompany has yet to train fully with an abdominal injury.
Roy Miller will miss Costa Rica's last-eight clash with the Netherlands following confirmation that the defender has strained a hamstring. The New York Red Bulls man has made one appearance at the World Cup so far, playing the full 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw with England in their final Group D fixture.
Uruguay president Jose Mujica has lambasted FIFA as "sons of b*****s" for handing out a "fascist" punishment to Luis Suarez. Suarez was hit with a four-month ban from all football activity and a nine-match international suspension for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup last week.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has however apologised for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, vowing never to repeat the action. The Liverpool striker, who has twice bitten opponents in the past, initially denied wrongdoing in a statement to FIFA.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has resigned after his team's World Cup exit at the hands of France this morning. "Friends, it has been a good run and I have enjoyed every moment. It's been an honor (sic) coaching the SuperEagles. It is however time to bow out," Keshi tweeted.
Veteran defender Joseph Yobo has also announced his retirement in the wake of Nigeria's exit at the hands of France. Yobo suffered an unfortunate conclusion to his 101st and ultimately final cap as he conceded an own goal in the closing stages of Monday’s 2-0 round-of-16 loss.
Arjen Robben has defended his candid comments regarding allegations of diving in Netherlands' dramatic 2-1 win over Mexico on Monday. "It's a shame," he said in a press conference. "I was honest in the interview after the game, and sometimes you are punished for being honest."
The United States' strong performance against Portugal could provide the blueprint to defeat Belgium, according to Brad Davis and Clint Dempsey. Michael Bradley played ahead of two holding midfielders - Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman - with Graham Zusi and Alejandro Bedoya out wide as they came within seconds of a famous win.
Brazil's press officer, Rodrigo Paiva, has been suspended for one match by FIFA following a clash with Chile's Mauricio Pinilla. Pinilla claims he was punched by Paiva, who insists the fracas was nothing more than pushing and shoving.
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