France 0-1 Germany: Loew's men through to the semis

Franck Ribery France

Germany defeated a very poor France in a 1-0 win which saw Mats Hummels score a header to see his side through to the semi finals.

The game started with Germany pressing France immediately with Les Bleus not even getting so much as a touch. However after five minutes France had their turn and started to put the pressure on, going close with Karim Benzema with Mathieu Valbuena causing all sorts of trouble.

Albeit slightly against the run of play, Germany took the lead after 12 minutes through a Mats Hummels header. Toni Kroos whips in a great free kick where Hummels fends off Raphaël Varane to flick his header in off the bar.

For the rest of the half the game offered little, with neither side having any clear cut opportunities.

This theme carried when the game resumed after the interval and led to what was a very dull affair.

There wasn’t a great deal of chances but France just about edged it. The best of the bunch fell to Benzema and on the first occasion his shot was blocked brilliantly by Hummels. The second came right at the death when Benzema could have possibly taken the game to extra-time, but Manuel Neuer calmly stuck up a hand to save the shot.

Unfortunately for France that was the best they could create, congratulations must go to Germany but France will be bitterly disappointed with their performance in what was the worst game at the World Cup.

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