Algeria were close to an 'extraordinary' win - Bougherra

The former Rangers defender, who came on in extra time, was delighted that his country were able to push Joachim Low's Germany side all the way in Porto Alegre on Monday
Madjid Bougherra feels that Algeria were close to doing something "extraordinary" in their extra-time defeat to Germany in Porto Alegre on Monday.

The north Africans held Joachim Low's men to a goalless draw in 90 minutes and threatened to score on numerous occasions, with Islam Slimani having a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.

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Andre Schurrle gave Germany the lead at the start of extra time and Mesut Ozil thought that he had made the game safe on 119 minutes but substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou still had time to set up a nervy finale and, after the match, Bougherra, who came on during the additional 30 minutes, declared that Algeria could be proud of their spirited display.

"We were very, very close to doing the extraordinary," he told reporters. "We remained level with this great Germany for 90 minutes. We showed great quality and strengths. I'm very proud of what we've done.

"I think the goal in the first half could have made us more confident - there were a lot of chances - but it didn't happen. We reacted well to both goals. When a team plays with such heart, it's the foundation you need to succeed."

Team-mate Rais M'Bolhi earned the man-of-the-match award for pulling off a string of impressive saves in the Algerian goal and he, too, left the game upbeat.

"We are part of Algerian football history," the 28-year-old enthused. "We have a lot to build on this. We played on equal conditions with bigger teams than us.

"I have to congratulate my team-mates. There were not many aspects we missed today, even though we conceded two goals."