By TIM FONTENAULT
André Schürrle entered the World Cup Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at halftime, with coach Joachim Löw desperately trying whatever he could to give Germany the upper hand.
Algeria gave Germany everything they had, nearly finding the winning goal several times in the second half before pushing the match to extra time. Shortly after extra time began, Schürrle broke their spirits.
Thomas Müller played the ball across the face of goal to Schürrle, who somehow poked the ball into the back of the net with a back-heel flick. The goal gave Germany a 1-0 lead in the 92nd minute.
Germany ended up needing the second goal they got from Mesut Özil in the 120th minute, as Algeria would go on to score one minute later, but Schürrle’s goal gave Germany the advantage it desperately needed. It also earned Schürrle the SBI World Cup Man of the Match award.
Schürrle wins the award over Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi.
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