Lionel Messi stars in the most-googled World Cup XI (8)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Like Argentina, Germany's less than impressive second-round performance has led to an angry and passionate backlash in the national press. 

Although they also triumphed over inferior opposition in extra-time, an inability to comfortably impose their will upon a plucky Algeria outfit - who themselves were making their very first appearance in the second round - created doubts that Joachim Low's men have what it takes to win their first World Cup title in 24 years.

Despite this, however, Bayern Munich midfielder Schweinsteiger's immense popularity does not seem to have suffered much and the 29-year-old was even airlifted to hospital earlier in the tournament to seek urgent clarification on the status a knee injury that threatened to scupper his involvement in Germany's thumping opening win over Portugal.

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