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Heart over head, @DFB_Team are driving on together. #allin or nothing. #worldcup http://t.co/ganLCXa6JU— adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) 04/07/2014 18:56
FULL TIME: Germany hold on to their slender 1-0 lead and have secured a spot in the semi-finals thanks to some great work by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. France threw everything they had towards the end but Joachim Low's side held strong and will look on with great interest at today's second quarter-final between Brazil and Colombia.
has been elected Man of the Match
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GOOD SAVE: Benzema nearly equalises but Neuer is able to get a quick hand to it and keep Germany's cleansheet in tact.
Jocahim Low brings on a defender for the midfielder to bolster Germany's backline for the final minutes.
GOOD BLOCK: Muller flies past Evra and finds Schurrle alone in the area yet again but Varane is able to track back and block the shot in grave fashion.
France make their third and final change, bringing on another attacker.
Germany make a second switch, bringing on Gotze for Ozil.
GOOD SAVE: Schurrle is alone in the middle of the area and shoots one-time toward the far post but Lloris is able to get a foot to it.
Griezmann starts a French counter-attack but is once again clipped down, this time by Schweinsteiger, who earns a yellow for his troubles.
The substitutions for Les Bleus seem to have inspired Didier Deschamps' side to move forward in numbers. Germany's backline have done well to relieve the pressure so far but France continue to attack.
Neuer punches Matuidi's effort from a very tight angle high and wide to clear the danger.
Benzema's first touch in the area is exceptional and the No10 gets a quick shot off but it's blocked by Hummels.
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Andre Schurrle gets an early touch since entering the game only moments ago but his shot isn't strong enough to trouble Lloris.
France bring on another change in quick succession opting for the pace of Loic Remy up top in favour of the midfielder.
Didier Deschamps replies with a change of his own, swapping one defender for another.
The Chelsea striker comes on for Klose.
Philipp Lahm stands tall and stops Evra from coming into the box and concedes a corner instead.
Valbuena sends Matuidi down the line who flies into the Germany area and looks to pick out Benzema with a cross but Schweinsteiger slides in to clear out for a corner.
Khedira finds his way into the referee's book after taking down Griezmann to break-up the French counter-attack.
Great build-up by germany here with Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Kroos and Lahm connecting nicely but Lahm's final ball is cut out, which springs a French counter-attack.
Benzema and Matuidi link up nicely but can't beat Hummels, who is able to control the ball and spring a counter-attack.
France get us started in the second half.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel and will soon be heading out to start the second half.
Take a look at some of the best images from the Maracana during the first 45 minutes.
HALF-TIME: The two teams looked fatigued heading into the break after a back-and-forth 45 minutes as Germany hold on to their 1-0 lead. Germany, currently the tallest team (185cm) remaining in the tournament, used their height to their advantage on their free-kick, punishing Raphael Varance and France, who are the joint-shortest (181cm) team left at Brazil 2014.
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Benzema looks dangerous again, this time cutting in from the left and driving towards goal after recieving a terrific ball from Paul Pogba. He beats two defenders the No10 gets a shot off but Neuer is there to save.
Patrice Evra sends in a great cross and Benzema's header is powerful but Hummels blocks it before it can get to Manuel Neuer.
After receiving medical attention on the touchline, Sami Khedira is back on the pitch.
This is a good stretch of play from France here and Les Bleus seems to building confidence by the minute as they continue to move forward.
Benzema's shot deflects off Germany's No7 for another corner.
GREAT SAVE: Varane plays a long ball into Griezmann and the No11 takes a quick touch and fires a cross over to Valbuena. The No8 shoots and Neuer does incredibly well to get a hand to it. Benzema nearly puts in the rebound but it's blocked out for a corner.
Benedikt Howedes back-heels the free-kick but it deflects off Matuidi for another corner.
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Miroslav Klose's first touch is a little bit away from him and Hugo Lloris is first to get to it and elminates the danger.
PHOTO: After @MatsHummels' effort, 19% of goals at this #worldcup have been headers #FRAGER http://t.co/SvK2ckegpD http://t.co/MbWhC8enQu— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 04/07/2014 16:24
Blaise Matuidi plays a ball wide to Benzema, looking to beat the high German backline, but it's too strong and the No10 can't catch up to it before it rolls out for a goal-kick.
France have not conceded a first-half goal in 19 of their last 20 matches in all competitions, including all four at the 2014 World Cup.
A force that can't be stopped. @matshummels #allin or nothing. #worldcup http://t.co/d1VROcpYhy— adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) 04/07/2014 16:16
GOAL! Mats Hummels' header off the crossbar gives Germany the lead! Toni Kroos puts in an excellent free-kick and Hummels beats Raphael Varane to the ball and his flicked header glances off the bottom of the bar and settles in the back of the net.
Antonie Griezmann beats his defender and dribbles to the byline and looks to find Benzema, who is in alone in front of goal, but the German defence recovers to clear the danger.
Thomas Muller collects the ball in the middle and plays out wide to Mesut Ozil. The No8's first touch isn't the best, though, and his cross is off the mark, which is cleared out by the France backline.
WIDE: Karim Benzema connects on Mathieu Valbuena's cross but his shot misses just wide. That's France's first good movement up the pitch.
Germany are controlling most of the possession early on. The high temperatures may dictate the pace of the match as both sides seems to be reserving a bit of energy.
Germany kick off the first half from the Maracana, wearing their all-white kit.
Das Deutschlandlied is up next and the German side sing their national anthem while grabbing each other by the shoulder.
La Marsellaise rings around the Maracana with the team and supporters alike singing along proudly.
As part of FIFA's anti-discrimination days, the two captains recite their pledge to fight discrimination in football. Hugo Lloris goes first for France, followed by Phillip Lahm.
The teams are walking out onto the pitch now, and the supporters in the Maracana greet the sides with warm applause.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Hugo LLORIS, 2 Mathieu DEBUCHY, 3 Patrice EVRA, 4 Raphael VARANE, 5 Mamadou SAKHO, 6 Yohan CABAYE, 8 Mathieu VALBUENA, 14 Blaise MATUIDI, 19 Paul POGBA, 9 Olivier GIROUD, 10 Karim BENZEMA
1 Manuel NEUER, 4 Benedikt HOEWEDES, 5 Mats HUMMELS, 17 Per MERTESACKER, 20 Jerome BOATENG, 6 Sami KHEDIRA, 7 Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER, 8 Mesut OEZIL, 18 Toni KROOS, 11 Miroslav KLOSE, 13 Thomas MUELLER
Step out and leave your mark of greatness. #allin or nothing. #worldcup http://t.co/km4c9ogOIs— adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) 04/07/2014 15:48
Since Brazil defeated them in the 2002 Final, Germany have lost another three World Cup games, all at the hands of European sides. Their opponents were Italy in 2006, followed by Serbia and Spain in 2010.
DID YOU KNOW?
Miroslav Klose, who is expected to start, will make his 22nd World Cup match and move up to second in the tournament appearance ranking for German players, behind Lothar Matthaus (25) and one in front of Uwe Seeler. The forward would be placed third in the overall ranking, behind Matthaus and Italy’s Paolo Maldini (23).
PAUL POGBA'S WORLD CUP MOMENTS
The France No19 shares with his memories of Les Bleus capturing the 1998 World Cup.
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Happy Independence Day #4thofJuly wonderful day for BBQ & even better football match #GER V #FRA & #BRA V #COL @FIFAWorldCup #clefication— Wyclef Jean (@Wyclef Jean) 04/07/2014 15:24
ON THIS DAY IN 1954
Germany won their first World Cup by beating Hungary 3-2 in Berne. Check out highlights from that day in the video below.
France have kept clean sheets in their last two games. Les Bleus have never managed to go three World Cup matches without conceding a goal.
HEAD TO HEAD:
France lead the 25-match overall series between the sides, with 11 wins to Germany’s eight, plus six draws.
HUGO LLORIS ON MANUEL NEUER:
"When the team pushes so high up the pitch, you have to be able to play further forward and perform the role of a 'libero'. Neuer is certainly the most complete goalkeeper in the world and is capable of doing that role. He did it remarkably against Algeria."
“It’ll be an interesting match. They’ve got lots of good young players, but so do we. We just have to stick to what we’re great at, play our usual game and not get carried away. We need to continue what we’ve been doing since the outset, but adding in a bit of extra focus, determination and aggression."
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Argentina's Nestor Pitana
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TONI KROOS ON FRANCE:
"They present themselves unbelievably well as a collective, which was not always the case in recent tournaments. For us it will be important to be superior in the midfield. Then we have good chances to beat them."
JOACHIM LOW ON FRANCE:
"They are a team with a lot of class. Them and us, we are on eye level. We will go with all self-confidence we have into this match."
Take a look back to Mexico 1986 when France and Germany met in the semi-finals of that tournament.
GERMANY AT THIS WORLD CUP:
- 9 goals scored
- 70 per cent of shots on target
- 117.2km per match (team average)
- 2560 passes completed
- 80 per cent pass completion rate
FRANCE AT THIS WORLD CUP:
- 8 goals scored
- 60 per cent of shots on target
- 107km per match (team average)
- 1807 passes completed
- 80 per cent pass completion rate
The importance of a good coach. @Benzema talks about the effect of the manager. #allin or nothing #WorldCup https://t.co/gdWFSCBBKA— adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) 04/07/2014 15:03
The starting XIs for today's first quarter-final are in!
#FRA LINE-UP: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Pogba #FRAGER #WorldCup #Joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 04/07/2014 14:57
#GER LINE-UP: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng #FRAGER #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 04/07/2014 14:57
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Hello and welcome to the first quarter-final of Brazil 2014, and what a way to start after a two-day break. France and Germany are set to do battle in Rio de Janeiro in a little under an hour at the Maracana for a spot in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. These two teams have faced each other on 25 previous occasions, and we're expecting today's 26th clash to be nothing short of incredible. So, stay here for the latest build-up to today's first match and the LIVE minute-by-minute coverage from the Maracana. Be sure to #joinin the global conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.
Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro