RIO DE JANEIRO (SportingAlert.com) – Defender Mats Hummels scored the only goal of the game for Germany to beat France 1-0 in their World Cup quarter-final at the Estadio Do Maracana on Friday.
Hummels leaped high to head over Hugo Lloris and into the back of the net off the crossbar, in the 12th minute, following a cross from a free kick.
“This is the next dream to have become reality and the next positive moment here in Brazil and I hope it’s not the last either,” Hummels said after the victory.
“I hope it’s not over now and that we can manage to win again in five days’ time.”
The victory for Germany see them progressing to a record fourth successive World Cup semi-final where they will face the winner of the quarter-final clash between Brazil and Colombia on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.
The likes of Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba were both quiet today and France, who were so entertaining in the group stages, found the going tough to breakdown a very organized German team this afternoon.
France, the 1998 champions, were hoping to move on to the semis, but their performance in the second half was worth nothing, as head coach Didier Deschamps suffered a rare World Cup defeat with the national setup.