Friday, 4th July
France vs Germany in Rio de Janeiro.
France have played West Germany three times at the World Cup
France won the third-place match (6:3) in Gothenburg at Sweden 1958; lost the Seville semi-final on penalties
(3:3aet 4:5pens) at Spain 1982; and lost the
Guadalajara semi-final (0:2) at Mexico 1986.
This is only the quarter-final, so France might be in with a
That was until the 12th minute, when Mats Hummels beat Raphael Varane to a Toni Kroos
free-kick and headed over Hugo Lloris.
France were in with a chance in the 34th minute but Karim Benzema's
scramble effort was tipped over. France then failed to make anything from two consecutive
Although the French attack wasn't firing on all cylinders, Hugo Lloris
kept France in the game; saving with his feet with ten minutes to go.
Loic Remy already on the pitch in place of Yohan Cabaye, Didier Deschamps tried a final
roll of the dice; Olivier Giroud on for Mathieu Valbuena.
Four minutes were added on.
Karim Benzema came close in the final seconds but Manuel Neuer palmed
his rising shot away.
Not a great game of football but the Germans will be happy enough with
the result and another game in the semi-finals.
Final Score: France 0 - Germany 1
1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 4-Raphael Varane, 5-Mamadou Sakho, 3-Patrice Evra;
8-Mathieu Valbuena, 19-Paul Pogba, 6-Yohan Cabaye; 14-Blaise Matuidi, 11-Antoine
Griezmann, 10-Karim Benzema.
1-Manuel Neuer; 16-Philipp Lahm, 5-Mats Hummels, 20-Jerome Boateng, 4-Benedikt Howedes;
8-Mesut Ozil, 18-Toni Kroos, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 6-Sami Khedira; 13-Thomas Muller,
Referee: Nestor Pitana - Argentina
2 yellow cards.
Brazil vs Colombia
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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