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FT: France 0-1 Germany

Posted: 4 July 2014 Time: 17:14

Germany edged European rivals France 1-0 at the Maracana to book their place in the semi-finals of this year's FIFA World Cup.

Final score: France 0-1 Germany

And that's it! Germany have held on to their lead, and are in the last four of this year's tournament!

93' - CHANCE! Late surge by France as Benzema's effort is blocked by Neuer!

91' - Late German substitute as Kroos makes way for Kramer.

90' - Four minutes added on...

89' - Frantic defending by Germany, who win a free-kick on the edge of their box.

88' - Griezmann hoofs in a ball from the right, yet it runs out of play on the left flank. Dejected look from the youngster...

87' - CHANCE! Muller down the right finds Schurrle, who cracks a goal-bound effort straight at Varane!

84' - Giroud on for Valbuena. France going for it now, just over 5 minutes to find a goal!

81' - CHANCE! Schurrle's effort saved with just the keeper to beat!

80' - CLOSE! France free-kick swung in, bobbles around and France win a corner, which Neuer then grabs.

79' - Schweinsteiger fould Griezmann in the middle of the park to receive a yellow.

77' - Neuer beats away a Matuidi effort on goal! France giving it all they've got now!

76' - CLOSE! Benzema's shot blocked by a sliding Mats Hummels!

75' - Muller gets in behind, yet his cut-back fails to find a fellow forward as Lloris kicks clear.

74' - France with two changes as Sakho and Cabaye make way for Koscielny and Remy.

73' - Griezmann with a long range effort, but it's wide.

72' - Ball delivered in for Benzema, yet its quickly hoofed away by the German defense.

69' - CLOSE! Muller with a shot from the right which narrowly passes Lloris's right-hand upright.

68' - Germany SUB: Klose (OFF) for Schurrle (ON)

66' - Both France and Germany have not lost a football game this year. One of these sides will be on the losing end in just under 25 minutes, lest it's all level and we go into extra time...

64' - Evra again fouls Muller in midfield. Kroos crosses it in, yet this time Muller fouls Evra in his own box as France come away with a free-kick.

62' - Opportunity for players to take on some liquid in the heat of Rio de Janeiro after Valbuena is fouled and receives treatment.

59' - CHANCE! Resultant corner is finally delivered in on the second attempt, and Varane's goal-bound header is picked out of the air by Neuer!

58' - Evra fouls Muller in the middle of the park. Resultant free-kick is quickly snatched up by France, who break with Matuidi down the left. His ball in from the left is cut out for a corner.

56' - Valbuena almost gets in, controlling a ball delivered from the left, yet his touch is too heavy, and it's a German goal-kick.

55' - Kroos drags his shot wide from range.

54' - First booking of the game for Germany's Sami Khedira for a foul in midfield.

53' - Germany with good build-up play from the right, yet the final ball is blocked as France break.

52' - Germany win a corner after Cabaye deflects Klose's effort out of play. Lloris fouled and France are able to clear.

50' - Matuidi twists and turns in the box, but runs out of space. Goal-kick Germany.

49' - Valbuena wins a free-kick after drawing a foul from Schweinsteiger. Delivered into the box, but Neuer collects.

47' - Lahm floats in a ball, but it's just too strong for Klose as his tame header goes out for a goal-kick.

46' - France with the early pressure as they look to overturn the Germans' lead.

And we're underway in the second half!

Half-time: France 0-1 Germany

Referee blows his whistle, and it's Germany who take a slender 1-0 lead into the break. 

45' - One minute added on...

43' - CHANCE! Pogba's beautifully-weighted ball finds Benzema on the left, who cuts inside, but his shot is straight at Neuer!

41' - Evra crosses in from the left, as Benzema heads powerfully goalwards, yet straight at goal-scorer Hummels as the Germans clear their lines.

39' - Germany just holding the ball in midfield, before constructing an attack down the right, drawing a foul from Debuchy on Howedes. Kroos sends it in, but France deal with the danger, eventually winning a goal-kick.

36' - The French under pressure from Klose as he tries to latch onto a bobbing ball in the box, yet Debuchy clears - right into Khedira's face however, as the German midfielder receives treatment on the side of the field.

33' - SAVE! Neuer forced into a fine save from a Valbuena effort on the left as he scoops away his effort. Benzema's rebound goes out for a corner. Benzema wins another corner in quick succession, which Sakho heads over. Good play from the French.

32' - Muller this time takes a tumble under a challenge from Debuchy in the box, and again nothing given. Went to ground far too easily there...

30' - Ball is whipped in as Howedes backheels it out, yet is awarded a corner! Resultant set-piece is pushed away by Lloris.

29' - Klose draws a foul from Evra on the edge of the French box...

28' - Valbuena this time crosses in from the right, but Lahm is there to tidy up as he heads it back to Neuer.

26' - Matuidi dinks in a ball over the top, but it's too strong for the on-rushing Griezmann as Neuer gathers.

25' - Khedira plays a neat ball into the box for Muller, yet Evra shields him off as Lloris collects.

24' - Klose goes down in the box following a challenge by Debuchy. Germans protest, but no penalty gievn.

23' - Cabaye intercepts Ozil's pass in midfield, tries to thread a pass through for Griezmann, yet fails to find the desired target.

22' - Varane with a good-looking ball from the back to Benzema, but the Real Madrid frontman is offside.

19' - Cabaye with a rash challenge on Klose in the middle of the park. France need to be careful, having already conceded from a free-kick...

17' - Great run by Pogba down the middle, yet his final pass goes astray as Germany clear away the danger.

15' - A French attack down the right is snuffed out by the German defense. French coach Didier Deschamps has never tasted defeat at a World Cup, as either a player or manager. It's still early days, but will his impressive record finally be broken today?

12' - GOAL! Defender Mats Hummels gives Germany the lead as he heads home from a deep corner delivered by Toni Kroos!

11' - France looking dangerous down the left once again as Griezmann gets in behind the German defence, but his square-ball is cleared away.

9' - Ozil delivers in a ball from the left-hand side of the box, yet it fails to reach record goal-scorer Miroslav Klose. Klose, starting his first match of the tournament, will beat Ronaldo's tally of 15 goals in all World Cups should he find the back of the net in this encounter.

7' - CLOSE! Good play for the French down the left, as a floated ball in by Valbuena finds Benzema, who shoots wide for France's first attempt of the match.

6' - Germans looking the more dangerous of the two sides, edging closer to the opposition box, yet the French defense remains firm.

5' - First free-kick of the match just over the half-way line as Evra fouls Muller.

4' - Lahm feeds in Muller again down the right, yet his cut-back fails to find a team mate as France clear.

3' - Dangerous play by the Germans down the right, yet the French backline eventually hoof the ball away to safety.

2' - Germany with the early possession in midfield, much to the displeasure of a jeering crowd.

1' - The Argentine referee blows his whistle, and we're underway at the magnificient Maracana! France in their blue strip, Germany in white.

Both captains read out statements condemning discrimination in sport, before the anthems ring out around the stadium.

The FIFA anthem sounds as the two European rivals walk out onto the hallowed Maracana pitch...

For the first time in World Cup history, all eight teams that topped their respective groups will contest the quarter-finals at this year’s Mundial.

France qualified top of Group E with two wins and a draw, before overcoming African rivals Nigeria 2-0 in their Last 16 encounter on Monday. Similarly, Germany also topped their group with two wins and a draw, yet needed extra-time to defeat their African opponents Algeria 2-1.

The two sides have met on 25 previous occasions in all competitions, France leading the head-to-head ratio with 11 wins compared to Germany’s eight, with six draws. They have faced each other three times at a FIFA World Cup, France winning once and Germany twice (once on penalties), with Die Mannschaft winning their last encounter in 1986.

The only player unavailable for this evening’s encounter is German defender Shkodran Mustafi, who has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament through injury. Despite revealing that seven of his players were suffering from flu-like systems earlier in the week, Germany coach Joachim Low said his entire squad participated in training yesterday, and it seems they are all fit for the quarter-final showdown.

The team line-ups have been announced:

France XI: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Pogba

Germany XI: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

Livefyre comments on this story...

deleted_21083860_deleted_21083860_SisterP
posted: 2014-07-04 15:52:40

Easy win for france.

Lavista4Life
posted: 2014-07-04 16:30:25

SisterP germany hs never been an easy team, i wish france wins bt reality is dat germany will win as they already leading d game.


khosi arrow
posted: 2014-07-04 16:50:33

@SisterP

Easy win my foot!!!

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