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Germany must improve for quarterfinal match against France: Low

MUMBAI: Germany has made the quarterfinal stage of the soccer World Cup but their coach Joachim Low feels that the team needs to improve for the quarterfinal contest on Friday against France.

Germany got a 2-1 extra time win over Algeria in the round of 16.

Low said, “We must be better for the match against the French. Today was a victory of the will. During the first half we were poor, we gave away a lot of ball, which invited Algeria to counter-attack us.”

Schurrle scored in the 92nd-minute. “We’d have preferred to win in 90 minutes, but the Algerians did a good job. We don’t care how we did it, the main thing is we’re in the quarter-finals.”

Low has also said that right-back Shkodran Mustafi’s World Cup campaign has ended due to a hamstring injury. But Schweinsteiger should be fit. “Mustafi did a great job, but he’s pulled a muscle and I don’t think he will play a further role in this tournament. chweinsteiger just had cramps at the end, he was just empty after the 90 minutes, but he isn’t injured,” said Low.

Low praised his goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “Neuer had an extraordinary game, he didn’t just have to pull off a lot of saves, but he kept cutting out their long passes into his area and dealt well with them. He came out a lot and had a great save right at the end when Algeria were desperate for a goal.”

Talking about France, Low praised their coach. “Didier Deschamps has turned them around since 2010, they have good players like (Karim) Benzema and (Olivier) Giroud who can decide games on their own. We’re looking forward to another classic.”

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