Soccer-Germany and Algeria all square at halftime


PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) - Germany and

Algeria were goalless at halftime in their World Cup last-16

match on Monday with the North Africans starting strongly but

indebted to keeper Rais Mbolhi who made an outstanding double


Mbolhi first parried a shot by Toni Kroos after 41 minutes

and then blocked a follow-up effort from Mario Goetze.

Algeria had the ball in the net after 17 minutes when Islam

Slimani headed home a cross by El Arabi Soudani but the forward

was correctly ruled offside.

(Writing by Nigel Hunt; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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