A first half goal from Mats Hummels was enough to ensure Joachim Low’s side advance to the semifinals as France were knocked out in a highly exciting encounter on a hot day at the Maracana
Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira; Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil; Miroslav Klose.
France (4-3-2-1): Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Raphael Varane, Mamadou Sakho, Patrice Evra; Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi; Mathieu Valbuena, Antoine Griezmann; Karim Benzema.
Germany vs France 2014 World Cup Highlights Goals GIFs Photos
Germany qualified for the semifinal of the FIFA World Cup for the fourth consecutive time as a first half goal from Mats Hummels was enough to eliminated the French side.
It was always going to be a very tightly fought contest and Germany took initial advantage of the weak French defense as they started to create a lot of chances. Miroslav Klose, who started ahead of Mario Gotze looked quite elegant as he chased his own record of a 15th FIFA World Cup goal.
Germany were awarded early in the 12th minute as German defender Mats Hummels out-muscled France’s Rafael Varane on a header, from a free kick by Tony Kroos. Germany took a crucial 1-0 lead to send their supporters in huge celebrations.
France looked rusty in the first half as they failed to create chances that could threat the German defense. The scoreline remained 1-0 at the end of the first half.
France began the second half a lot positively and they started to create a lot more of chances to find that very elusive second goal. However, Manuel Neur and Germany defense were alert as they prevented France from causing any damage to their goal.
Karim Benzema came mighty close to scoring the equalizer in injury time but it was Manuel Neur again who was at Germany’s rescue as he produced a a superb one-handed save and France were eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
With this win, Germany have become the first team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2014 semifinals and they will face Brazil or Colombia in Tuesday’s semifinal in Belo Horizonte.
Germany vs France 2014 World Cup Date
July 4, 2014
Germany vs France 2014 World Cup Kick Off Time
GMT: 6:00 pm
Indian Standard Time: 9:30 pm
USA: 12:00 pm
Brazil: 1:00 pm
Germany vs France 2014 World Cup Venue
Stadium: Estadio do Maracana
City: Rio de Janerio
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