Germany not pretty, but efficient
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, France, France News, Germany, Germany News, News
The game was played in warm conditions at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and it was just as heated on the pitch as both teams fought it out for a place in the semi-finals.
The teams had met only once before in the playoff stage of a World Cup, when Germany won a semi-final match on penalties at the ’82 edition held in Spain.
Germany started the game with their record World Cup goal scorer, Miroslav Klose, and Captain Phillip Lahm moved to centre back as Germany opted for a 4-4-2 formation. France left out frontman Oliver Giroud and played with Karem Benzema as the lone striker.
France created all the early pressure in the first half and had a few chances to take the lead. They did well to get in behind the German defence, and Benzema had a couple of opportunities where he should have done better and could have given the French the lead.
It was Germany though who struck first when they scored against the run of play. Defender Mats Hummels turned in a header from a free kick in the 13th minute to make it 1-0 to Germany.
Germany then began to get a foothold in the game and dominated proceedings. Only in the final 10 minutes of the half did the French begin to threaten again.
German goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, pulled off a fantastic reflex save from a Mathieu Valbuena volley inside the box to deny France an equalizer in the 34th minute, and ensured Germany went into the half with their lead.
The French carried the momentum they had created at the end of the first half, into the second half and looked to have a goal in them. But France struggled to keep possession in the build-up to their attacks, and the German defence looked happy to sit back and soak up the French pressure.
With just under 20 minutes to go, French coach Didier Deschamps decided to go for broke in an attempt to find the equalizer and brought in striker Loic Remy for defensive midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Striker Giroud was also brought in an attempt to bolster the attack.
France began to commit more and more players into attack as the game began to open up and it was end-to-end stuff for the final 10 minutes. Germany looked to catch France on the break and exploit the gaps left in the French defence but couldn’t capatilise.
Karim Benzema forced a final save from Neuer with seconds left in the game but neither team were able to find the back of the net in the second half and Germany held on for another victory over their old rivals.
By Farren Collins
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