Fiji Time: 11:30 AM on Thursday 30 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Hummel stars as Germany beats France

Aap
Sunday, July 06, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mats Hummels has headed the winner as Germany beat old rivals France 1-0 to advance to the World Cup semi-finals for a record fourth straight time.

Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels rose to head home Toni Kroos's free-kick after 13 minutes to settle a cagey encounter at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

Joachim Loew's side will now play the winner of Friday's second quarter-final between Brazil or Colombia in next Tuesday's semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

France had entered the match quietly confident of avenging semi-final defeats against Germany in 1982 and 1986.

But they were left to rue a lacklustre first half performance which saw Germany dominate in sweltering conditions.

France rallied in the second half and Hummels saved Germany with a desperate late block of a Karim Benzema shot shortly before Manuel Neuer parried a firm strike from Blaise Matuidi.

Andre Schuerrle should have sealed victory in the closing minutes, but with the goal gaping, struck his shot from Mesut Ozil's low cross directly at Hugo Lloris in the French goal.

There was still time for Neuer to save Germany at the death, pulling off a brilliant block from Benzema just seconds from the final whistle.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63220.6132
JPY 50.597447.5974
GBP 0.36260.3546
EUR 0.43850.4265
NZD 0.69540.6624
AUD 0.66050.6355
USD 0.48740.4704

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th June 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Ready, waiting
  2. Prayer for a spouse
  3. FNPF members to receive $239m
  4. Family mourns loss
  5. Chand: Impact of illegal wildlife trading enormous
  6. Police to use database system to track vehicles
  7. Sandalwood nursery
  8. Lack of public convenience
  9. 'SDGs linked to political, parliamentary stability'
  10. Target on sports tourism

Top Stories this Week

  1. Hayne works on 'God's call' Friday (24 Jun)
  2. Early morning catch wows crowd at Labasa fish market Tuesday (28 Jun)
  3. Police confirm discovery at Natadola beach Friday (24 Jun)
  4. Resignation threat Saturday (25 Jun)
  5. Home on a mission Wednesday (29 Jun)
  6. Rabuka in Saturday (25 Jun)
  7. Body parts Tuesday (28 Jun)
  8. INTERPOL assists with Natadola gruesome discovery, missing couple Monday (27 Jun)
  9. Monster fish halts traffic Wednesday (29 Jun)
  10. Police probe body parts find Saturday (25 Jun)