Germany may have won their 2014 World Cup quarter-final tie against France by just a single goal, but they were the better side and deservedly went through.
Mats Hummels scored the only goal of the match at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, as Die Mannschaft made it through to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the third time in a row.
The Borussia Dortmund central defender was adjudged the man of the match and rightly so, as he was a rock at the back for the Germans.
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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was impressed with what he saw of the 25-year-old centre-back and hailed him in his column for the Daily Mail.
‘Mats Hummels did very well to head the opener and he and Thomas Muller went on to give the two best performances in the team’, wrote the 35-year-old.
Interestingly, Hummels has been linked with a £20 milllion move to United this summer, thanks to his impressive performances for Dortmund both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League over the past two or so years.
Having failed to make his mark at Bayern Munich, Hummels was left go by the German champions on a permanent basis in 2009, but since then, he has flourished under Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.
The chances of Hummels leaving Dortmund are not that great, although his displays at the World Cup are going to make him very attractive to the United bosses.
Hummels will be a key player for Germany in their semi-final tie against Brazil at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.
Ferdinand expects other German players to shine as well against a Selecao side who will be without the suspended Thiago Silva and the injured Neymar.
‘I believe Germany will win with their runners — Muller, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze — finding the spaces behind the full-backs and between Brazil’s defence and midfield’, wrote the former England international. ‘They’ll cause problems, big problems’.
Brazil’s defence has been shaky and without star centre-back Silva, the hosts could struggle. It will be fascinating to see how Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side cope with a German team who looked very strong and organised against France in the quarter-finals.