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The attacker came off the bench to score in extra-time to fire Germany into the last eight but admits that his strike, which went in off his heel, was fortunate

Germany goalscorer Andre Schurrle has conceded that his fancy flick to help his team to a 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria involved a large slice of luck.

Joachim Low's men were held to a goalless stalemate after 90 minutes by the spirited African side, who went close to scoring on a number of occasions only to be denied by an effective performance from Manuel Neuer.

However, substitute Schurrle struck early in extra-time to give the Germans the lead before Mesut Ozil added a second, meaning that Abdelmoumene Djabou's late goal for the Algerians was a mere consolation.

The Chelsea man believes that his team-mates' profligacy nearly cost them and, though he insists his backwards flick goal was no fluke, accepts that he had a large slice of fortune.

"Obviously we wanted to win the match earlier," he told ZDF. "But Algeria did well, they pressured us from the beginning. I scored almost the exact same goal in Mainz three weeks ago. So I am capable of it, but of course I had a little luck.

"We had many chances in the last 10 minutes of the 90, but we missed them. Now we are at the quarter-finals. We need to relax, and then play France."

Germany will face France in the quarter-final on Friday, with the winner facing either Brazil or Colombia in the lst four.

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