France vs Germany World Cup 2014 player ratings: Yohan Cabaye or Mesut Ozil - who rated higher?
Man-for-man marking from the first World Cup quarter-final
Friday 04 July 2014
Germany secured a familiar World Cup semi-final berth with a minimum of fuss as French hopes of avenging past injustices shrivelled and died in the Maracana.
This is the fourth World Cup in a row that Germany have the last four of the tournament, and France had little answer to Mats Hummels' 12th minute header.
Germany always looked comfortable with the slender lead and it was Joachim Low's side who came closest to scoring again before settling for a 1-0 result.
This was a blow to French pride, the country remembering with bitterness semi-final defeats by Germany in 1982 - the infamous Harald Schumacher challenge on Patrick Battiston - and 1986.
For some reason, Didier Deschamps' side seemed strangely subdued in the manner of their defeat. Even towards the final whistle there seemed little urgency.
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