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World Cup, France v Germany Quarterfinal: as it happened

World Cup, France v Germany Quarterfinal: as it happened

Mats Hummels headed in a free kick in the first-half to help Germany upset France in an all-European quarterfinal at the Estadio do Maracana.

Sattwik Biswal
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Catch all the live updates from the quarterfinal match between France and Germany at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. (Scroll down for the Live Blog)

A European presence in the World Cup semi-finals is assured as Germany and France meet at the Maracana, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the second round that exposed frailties in both teams.

Contesting a quarterfinal for the ninth straight World Cup, the Germans will start as slight favourites because of their vast experience in major tournaments but with doubts surrounding a slow, porous defense that was breached repeatedly in the 2-1 extra-time victory over Algeria on Monday.

France were thrust among the tournament favourites after scoring a combined eight goals against Switzerland and Honduras. Yet, Didier Deschamps' inexperienced team played within themselves against Nigeria, perhaps struggling under the weight of lofty expectations.


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