Efficient and ruthless. Welcome to Germany at the World Cup.
Joachim Low's side registered one of their patented tournament victories, making a 13th-minute Mats Hummels set-piece header hold up at the World Cup, booking their ticket to their fourth straight semifinals where they will face hosts Brazil or Colombia.
Amazing photo! pic.twitter.com/qDNtlXY7KB— FansAllStar Football (@FASfootball) July 4, 2014
HUMMELS PUMMELS VARANE: Toni Kroos delivered the set piece from the left side and Hummels manhandled French defender Raphael Varane for the winner. It was the first time France had fallen behind at the 2014 World Cup. And they had also never come back from a half-time deficit in World Cup history.
Germany is undefeated in 22 straight WC games when scoring 1st (20-0-2). Last loss: vs Bulgaria in 1994 quarters.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) July 4, 2014
KLOSE GETS THE START: The co- all-time leading scorer at the World Cup didn't factor much in his 69-minute shift for Germany except for a 24th-minute penalty kick appeal which probably should have been called. Replays showed French fullback Mathieu Debuchy tugging on his shirt
BEST GK IN THE WORLD? NEUER: Truth be told the Bayern Munich 'keeper wasn't tested much -- Germany's back line with Philipp Lahm at right back looked sturdy -- but he made his few stops look simple. The best one came in the 34th minute on a Mathieu Valbuena blast and he fisted away Karim Benzema's final salvo at the final whistle.
Valbuena stoned by Neuer's seat cushion of a left hand.— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) July 4, 2014
SCHURRLE COMES UP SHORT: The Chelsea man had the chance to seal the deal for Germany in the 82nd and 88th minutes but he couldn't get enough power on his shots to trouble French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.