France vs Germany: World Cup 2014 match preview

A look ahead to the first match of the World Cup quarter-finals

The competition has tightened in the World Cup as there are only eight nations left to fight for the most prestigious title in international football. France and Germany will be squaring off at the Maracana stadium and will be hoping to return there on 13 July.

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The Germans failed to convince against Algeria but won 2-1 thanks to an impressive performance by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who also undertook sweeper duties in defence. Germany’s backline showed many problems but manager Joachim Low will be fortunate enough to probably have Borussia Dortmund player Mats Hummels back after an illness to replace Shkodran Mustafi who was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a hamstring injury. 

Les Bleus also made the next round with two late goals against Nigeria and will need to tone up their game ahead of this collision. Manager Didier Deschamps might be having the services of Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho after a hamstring injury but Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny had a stellar performance and contributed in the team’s third clean sheet in the competition.

Gunners’ striker Olivier Giroud could not keep up in the Round of 16 and therefore the French offence might feature striker Karim Benzema alone up front and Antoine Griezmann on the wing. Much will also be expected by Paul Pogba on midfield after being described as Patrick Vieira’s heir.

KICK-OFF: Friday, 5pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

France 1 (Valbuena) Germany 2 (Muller, Khedira), International Friendly, February 2013

Germany 1 (Cacau) France 2 (Giroud, Malouda), International Friendly, February 2012

France 0 Germany 0, International Friendly, November 2005

 

STATS…

France have faced Germany before World War II and after the fall of the Berlin wall a total of 10 times where Les Les Bleus won five and lost three matches.

From 1952 until 1990, France have squared off with West Germany 15 times where they won six and lost five matches.

France manager Didier Deschamps remains undefeated in 10 straight World Cup matches as a manager and a player where he picked up eight wins and two draws.

Chelsea player Andre Schurrle has scored five goals in five competitive international matches.  

Germany will play at the World Cup quarter-finals for the ninth time in a row.

If Lazio striker Miroslav Klose scores in this match he will become the all-time top scorer in the World Cup with 16 goals. He currently shares the top spot with Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

ODDS…

France to win: 11.5

Germany to win: 29.20

Draw: 11.5

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

In 1982 France and West Germany squared off at the World Cup semi-finals in Spain and German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher collided so hard with legendary Patrick Battiston that he knocked him out, damaged his vertebrae and made him lose three teeth. The German later became known as the ‘Butcher of Seville’.

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