|Confident: France celebrate after beating Nigeria 2-0, despite doing it the hard way|
|Ozil (right) celebrates at the final whistle, while an Algerian player lies down on the ground|
But the experience and sheer quality of France shown through in the final 20 minutes against the African Cup of Nations winners Nigeria in the earlier match, thanks to Paul Pogba and an own goal from defender Joseph Yobo.
|Norwich defender Yobo makes it 2-0 on his 100th and last international appearance|
Scored a goal, could have had two more in the process, was unluckily denied by good acrobatic saves from goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the first-half.
|Pogba was a real nuisance to deal with for the Nigerians, and played well throughout the match.|
Two side notes for the match, Nigerian defender and captain Yobo did in-fact retire from international duty effective immediately after the game. He had this to say:
"This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride. I wanted to leave on a high for my country.
Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I'm happy with all I've done for the national team. It's time to give a chance to other people to come through."
Meanwhile Nigerian manager Stephen Keshi has confirmed that he has left the national side, as a result of the country not renewing his contract.
He said this: "I was a bit shocked that the global media said I have quit. I told my players it was maybe my last match because my contract ended and I have not been offered a new one.
Nigeria have lost a good manager in Keshi, who has done the following -
FACT: He became the first Nigerian to lead the country into the second round of a World Cup.
FACT: He won the African Cup of Nations in 2013, just 2 years after his appointment in charge was confirmed.
Meanwhile Germany had to fight the hard way against a stubborn Algerian side who got all 10-men behind the ball and counter attacked at pace, with Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer having to be called into action on numerous occasions to defend against the possibility of conceding.
The match was one of the most exciting 0-0 scorelines after 90 minutes was played, simply because of the nature of the match as a contest.
One of the favourites to win the whole tournament, against one of the underdogs - it was an unpredictable match, which Germany eventually edged out in extra time with a 2-1 victory.
The Germans broke the deadlock thanks to a cheeky backheel flick goal from Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle. I'll leave you to decide as to whether he meant it or not.
|Flick: Schurrle broke the deadlock in extra time, after a low cross by Muller into the area|
|I'll take it: A hint of luck for his goal, but did Schurrle mean it?|
|Ozil wanted the assist, but he made it 2-0 after being set up by Schurrle with a power strike from close range|
|Unsung hero: Goalkeeper M'Bolhi was great for his country, making 11 saves against Germany|