Africa Heads Home Early, Cash in Hand

Both Nigeria and Algeria bowed out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament on Tuesday after Last 16 losses against France and Germany respectively. They were the only African teams remaining in the competition.

updated: July 01, 2014 16:56 IST
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Disappointed fans of Algeria react during a public screening June 30, 2014 in Algiers of Algeria's 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Germany in Brazil. Extra-time goals by Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil sealed Germany's 2-1 win over Algeria in the last 16 clash to put the three-time winners into the World Cup quarter-finals.


Brasilia, Brazil: This has been a historic World Cup for Africa, and not just for the number of contentious meetings, suspensions and threatened player boycotts. For the first time, two teams from the soccer-adoring continent advanced to the knockout stages of the tournament.

But that sense of accomplishment succumbed to reality in a matter of hours Monday as both teams battled hard but lost to favored opponents, leaving behind more lasting images of training ground strikes, cash-laden airplanes and an assortment of missed opportunities.

Algeria lost to Germany, 2-1, in overtime and Nigeria lost to France, 2-0, leaving Africa without a team in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. No African team, despite a history of dazzling players, has ever reached the semifinals. (How France Won | How Germany Made Quarters)

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