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Algeria assaulting Germany's goal but held 0-0 at halftime in 2nd round of World Cup


Algeria's Mehdi Mostefa, left, pushes off Germany's Mesut Ozil to stop his attack during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (The Associated Press)

A chaotic Germany was fortunate to hold an attacking Algeria to 0-0 Monday at halftime in the second round of the World Cup.

Nine minutes into the match, Islam Slimani collected a long vertical pass behind Germany's defense and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had to race far out of his area to block a shot from the striker.

Two minutes later, Slimani was dangerous again and had only one defender to beat, but Per Mertesacker was able to stop him at the very last opportunity.

Slimani had a goal waved off when he was offside in the 17th. After a brief protest, Algeria was threatening again when Faouzi Ghoulam's shot skimmed across the goalmouth.

Germany produced little until a flurry of shots shortly before halftime.