World Cup: African teams out

Both Algeria and Nigeria crashed out of the 2014 World Cup after losing to France and Germany.

Germany's Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal against Algeria in the 2014 Fifa World Cup round of 16 on 30 June 2014. Picture: Facebook.

SAO PAULO - The 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil has seen its last participation from Africa.

On Monday night, the continents two remaining teams, Nigeria and Algeria, crashed out of the tournament.

It's been a disappointing tournament all round for the African teams.

France knocked out Nigeria, booking their spot in the quarterfinals.

They take on Germany who needed extra time to beat Algeria, who were defensively sound throughout the match.

Both European giants struggled for their wins, France needing late goals to see off African champions Nigeria 2-0 and Germany only securing their 2-1 victory over Algeria in extra time.

France's Paul Pogba opened the scoring 11 minutes to time after Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, failed to clear a ball from a corner kick.

Minutes later, The Super Eagles' defender Joseph Yobo skewed a cross into his own goal.

With the score 0-0 at full time, German substitute Andre Schuerrle skillfully flicked in a low cross, before Mesut Ozil added a second in the last minute.

The result kept Germany's enviable record of reaching at least the quarterfinals in every World Cup they have played in since 1938.

It was the first time two African teams had reached the second round, but both went out within hours of each other to leave the continent still struggling to make an impact on the biggest stage.

Germany and France will meet in the last eight on Friday.

Monday's goals took the tournament tally to 150, surpassing the 145 scored in the whole 2010 World Cup.

Today the last quarterfinal spots are up for grabs with both Argentina and Belgium being favourites to progress to the last eight.

But based on what has happened so far in this tournament predicting anything has become almost impossible.

Switzerland will be hoping to add to the upset list when they take on Argentina in the first match of the day, while Belgium take on the USA, another surprise package side in this tournament.

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