Thomas Mueller is a great player, it's just he didn't have the best game for Germany in the last 16 against Algeria. The forward put in a pretty dire performance that culminated in a free-kick routine that was either a moment of madness, a work of genius, or a little of both:
Whatever was intended, it turned into a farce the likes of which we have not seen on this stage since Mwepu Ilunga made his legendary charge out of the wall against Brazil in 1974.
Cue mass ridicule.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 30, 2014
What you doing Gerrard mate? pic.twitter.com/NBsipU5nrU
— TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) June 30, 2014
Mueller did have his defenders though (unlike his team, who seemed to be playing without any on the pitch).
It wasn't just Mueller who attracted criticism after the game though; the majority of the German team came under fire after a display that failed to live up to their billing as one of the tournament favourites.
#Ger have been like a bottle of Lemonade in this WC. Full of fizz at the start and getting flatter every time it's opened.
— Les Rosbifs (@LesRosbifs) June 30, 2014
There was one German to come out of the game with his reputation enhanced though: Manuel Neuer. Although the goalkeeper was not being lauded for his work in between the sticks.
— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) June 30, 2014
Increasingly certain that Manuel Neuer is a better central midfielder than Steven Gerrard.
— Alex Chick (@alex_eurosport) June 30, 2014
Still, it was a pretty rip-roaring encounter between the two sides, which had the internet cooing for more.
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) June 30, 2014
And then there were the vanquished, Algeria and Nigeria. They will be missed.
— Hassan Khan (@thekhanworld) June 30, 2014
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