An early Mats Hummels goal proved enough for three-time champions Germany to beat France in Rio de Janeiro and become the first team through to the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.
The Borussia Dortmund centre-back made the difference by glancing in Toni Kroos's 13th-minute free-kick as Joachim Löw's side edged past Les Bleus in the all-European quarter-final at the Estádio do Maracanã. Although Hummels almost inadvertently headed into his own goal in the second half, Germany could have doubled their lead before clinching their place in a semi-final against either Brazil or Colombia.
Karim Benzema sidefooted wide from Mathieu Valbuena's pass and Antoine Griezmann came close to teeing up the three-goal forward before Germany struck. From Kroos's inswinging delivery, Hummels – recalled along with Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose – outstrengthed Raphaël Varane to angle a header off the underside of Hugo Lloris's crossbar and in for the breakthrough.
|1||Lloris (GK) (C)||1||Neuer (GK)|
|16||Ruffier (GK)||12||Zieler (GK)|
|23||Landreau (GK)||22||Weidenfeller (GK)|
|Didier Deschamps (FRA)||Joachim Löw (GER)|
|Nestor Fabian Pitana (ARG)|