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France 0-1 Germany

France 0-1 Germany

  • "France fell short. They looked entertaining in the group stage but have beaten today by a better team, with more experience at this level, who knew how to see out the game.

    "Germany dominated the midfield and dictated the pace of the game, while France were well off their own pace today."

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    Gary Durham: "France seem to have departed with a Gallic shrug."

    Thomas Broadley: "The French can have no complaints. World Cup quarter final and they didn't even give it a go. No urgency, tempo or desire."

    John Pierce: "Poor game, a real lack of clarity on the game plans settled by a set piece, dull as dishwater. Massive disappointment."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at19:03

    "We wanted to see better football in the second half but France weren't able to produce it. I was surprised at their lack of urgency and their lack of spring. Other than one or two opportunities that Benzema created for himself there was very little from France. What a very good decision it was from the German manager to leave Per Mertesacker out."

  • France 0-1 Germany

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  • France 0-1 Germany

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    Missed any of the action from the Maracana? Handily, you are already able to catch up in the three-minute highlights package at the top of this page.

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    Still Obannon: "France have been alarmingly poor today, No cutting edge No pace in attack and they are rightly out."

    Marwan Alshiekh: "It won't be a competitive semi-final without Germany. The Frenchmen had performed well in this tournament as an overall."

    Loz Smith: "1-0 down and they take off Valbuena, their most creative player, for Giroud... Wow."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:58

    "We said right at the start of the afternoon that Germany seem to know how to get through without playing brilliantly. The Germans are exhausted, we know that, but they just took the snap out of the French in the last 15 minutes. They seem to know game management better than anyone else."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:57

    Young French midfielder Antoine Griezmann breaks down in floods of tears on the Maracana pitch. Awww, someone give him a big hug, please. Team-mate Paul Pogba obliges.

    The German players look pleased with themselves as they go over to clap their fans behind the goal. No over-exuberant celebrations though - they know they have failed at the last-four stage in each of the last two finals.

  • FULL-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:54

    Now it is officially all over. Referee Nestor Pitana blows his whistle for the final time. Germany move into the World Cup semi-finals for the a record fourth successive tournament!

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at90+4 mins

    Big chance! Karim Benzema plays a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud in the German box, but Germany keeper Manuel Neuer paws clear with a strong right hand. Benzema knows it is all over for the French.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at90+2 mins

    Germany are content to run down the clock as France substitute Olivier Giroud is kippered by Andre Schurrle. Schurrle draws Giroud into a clumsy foul which serves to tick down the clock. Germany almost there....

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at90 mins

    Their team might be losing but the pained expression on the French fans in the Maracana stands turn to smiles when they spot their mugs on the big screen. Someone have a word....

    Back on the pitch, their team continue to chip away at the German defence. But in truth they don't look like hurting them as Mats Hummels block another probing pass. Four minutes of stoppage time between Germany and the semi-finals.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at88 mins

    Low key would be one way to describe this second half - but the Germans will not be complaining.

    Andre Schurrle has another chance to kill off the French, but blasts a low shot into the stomach of Les Bleus defender Raphael Varane. They hurt. A lot.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

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    "A subdued atmosphere in the stands, little activity on the touchline and a scrappy encounter on the pitch. This match is badly in need of an equaliser if we are to see anything like the drama witnessed so far in this tournament."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at85 mins

    Another throw of the tactical dice from both managers. Mesut Ozil is replaced by Mario Gotze in a like-for-like change for Germany, while France - as they must - make a more attacking switch. Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud replaces midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

    Five minutes for Les Bleus to stay in this World Cup.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "The offside decision for the German counter attack was very tight but that should have been game finished there and then for Andre Schurrle and Germany.

    "You have to applaud the French. They have made the change and now Antoine Griezmann, Loic Remy, Karim Benzenma and Mathieu Valbuena are all up there.

    "The two yellow cards Germany have had in this game have both been great yellow cards. It sounds cynical but both stopped great chances for France on the break."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at82 mins

    End to end stuff now! A France free-kick pinballs around the German penalty area before it cannons off Mats Hummels head and out for a corner. Germany keeper Manuel Neuer gathers the set-piece and launches a quick counter attack. Surely Andre Schurrle must score? Nope, the German substitute rushes his shot and fires straight at Hugo Lloris.

    How costly could that be?

  • YELLOW CARD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at80 mins

    The French break quickly on the counter as a German move breaks down through Mesut Ozil on the edge of the opposition box. Antoine Griezmann could be in as he flies forward at pace, but is hauled down by Bastian Schweinsteiger. That is the very definition of a professional foul.

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    Bob: "France need to find the Go switch, at this rate they are going home!"

    AADZ: "The Germans have the French shackled! Where's the world-class midfield now? Seen nothing of Pogba & co."

    Josh Jackman: "We were so spoiled by that ridiculously dramatic second round."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport at the Maracana

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    "An odd scene in the stands as the pockets of Brazil fans begin singing their own songs in an attempt to improve a low-key atmosphere, drawing resounding boos from the German masses around them. Stewards are currently moving in to deal with an incident."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "I just think that if Karim Benzema let the ball run through to Mathieu Valbuena, it might have had a different outcome. Benzema did well, and his shot was blocked but if he let it run through Valbuena was waiting."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at77 mins

    Here's the French onslaught. Karim Benzema swivels in the box before seeing his volley blocked by a brilliant sliding challenge from Mats Hummels. Then, Blaise Matuidi tries his luck from a narrow angle, forcing Manuel Neuer to punch clear at his near post. Didier Deschamps fist-pumps his team forward from the touchline.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at75 mins

    Not yet. In fact, it is the French defence which is being stretched. Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil combine to create half a chance, shortly after Andre Schurrle picked another hole in Les Bleus' backline.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at73 mins

    Now Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps makes his statement of intent. Off comes holding midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who is replaced by ex-Newcastle team-mate Loic Remy. Can his pace stretch the tiring Germans?

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "I will have to think about that French change long and hard - when you have to score a goal why would you replace a centre-back with a centre-back? Especially when Mamadou Sakho looked perfectly fine.

    "Andre Schurrle was unlucky not to start, I think he is having a great tournament. With his pace he could be the German player to have the most impact on this second half because his team-mates are beginning to run out of legs, there is no doubt about it."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at71 mins

    Here's the substitution that the French have been crying out for. Wait - it's not Olivier Giroud. It's not Loic Remy. It's Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who trots on in place for Mamadou Sakho. Hmmm...

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at70 mins

    Andre Schurrle almost becomes an instant hero within seconds of his introduction. The German forward is agonisingly close to sticking his toe on to Thomas Muller's wicked low cross from the right.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at69 mins

    These Brazilians are a hard crowd to please. The neutrals in the Maracana are whistling and jeering as the match becomes a little flat.

    And here's the German change we expected. Chelsea player Schurrle, who has scored in each of his last five internationals, replaces Klose who will not become the World Cup's outright leading scorer today.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at67 mins

    Rather surprisingly it is Germany who blink first. Joachim Low is preparing to bring on Andre Schurrle - which could signal the end of Miroslav Klose's afternoon.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at65 mins

    France striker Karim Benzema chests down a deep ball towards the far post but is halted by the referee's whistle as he prepares to thump a shot goalwards. Handball apparently. Benzema looks as bemused as everyone else.

    The game is all very bitty now. Neither side is taking it by the scruff of the neck - but it is the French who need to.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "A great save from Manuel Neuer. Other goalkeepers would have punched that but Neuer gets there with ease, catches it and puts his team back in possession.

    "One of the debates I don't want to have is who has been the best goalkeeper at this World Cup - that is a tough one."

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    Barry Nolan: "This is a game where Remy could make a difference."

    Shaun Grey: "France going out with a bit of a wimper at this rate."

    Max: "Hope France don't end up kicking themselves for tossing away the first 45 minutes without pressurising."

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  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at60 mins

    France midfielder Blaise Matuidi's surging runs are familiar to those of you who follow Ligue 1 and the Paris St-Germain man produces another here on the international stage. But his cut-back from the left wing is intercepted by Bastian Schweinsteiger's sliding challenge.

    Moments later, Germany keeper Manuel Neuer breaks sweat for the first time since the break when he plucks Raphael Varane's free header out of the still Rio air.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "This is definitely no longer a Germany-dominated game. For the first time Antoine Griezmann is allowed to go and break into space and that is a clear yellow card for Sami Khedira, who brings Griezmann down when France had an extra man on the break.

    "The French have opened up and Griezmann and Mathieu Valbuena are trying to stay up as close to Karim Benzema as they can. But the Germans love to play on the break too."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at57 mins

    Didier Deschamps looks rather pensive from his vantage down in the shade of the French dugout. Time for a change soon perhaps? Almost all of his subs are warming up behind the Germany goal.

  • YELLOW CARD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at54 mins

    Referee Nestor Pitana, like a strict headmaster, scrawls the first name into his notebook after calling over Sami Khedira for a ticking off. The Germany midfielder grapples with Antoine Griezmann in a move more akin to WWE and rightly sees yellow.

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    Maria Doherty on the BBC Sport Google+ page: "Mathieu Valbuena is the one who will break through for France... either he will assist or score. Germany's back line will be eventually be caught out."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at52 mins

    I've hardly mentioned Mesut Ozil, who looks a shadow of the man who lit up the Premier League in the early days of his time at Arsenal last year. But the German finally shows signs of life, pounding down the left channel of the French box to force a corner. France keeper Hugo Lloris comes to collect the set-piece, is under pressure from Mats Hummels, and is rather fortunate to get a free-kick for his efforts.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "I have to say that Mamadou Sakho looked miles offside, the linesman left his flag down but might have raised it if Sakho had got a touch.

    "France lifted it a little bit towards the end of the first half but Germany had also taken their foot off the gas a little just to control the game. That is what France have to do again now. They have to realise that they are in the quarter-finals of the World Cup and have to give everything they have got to give.

    "There may be questions about the Germans being tired after the Algeria game, well France have to go and ask that question and find out."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at49 mins

    France midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is again causing a nuisance of himself. He wins a cheap free-kick off Bastian Schweinsteiger and the little man's set-piece almost catches the German defence napping. But France defender Mamadou Sakho, who looks suspiciously offside, cannot call Manuel Neuer into action.

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    Jeff Logan: "Bad move by France by playing the 4-3-3 formation against strong teams. I would bring Giroud up and play Benzema on the left."

    Harshit Khare: "Germans going about it in their usual well oiled manner. The French need to invoke the Rousseau within. Where is the romance!?"

    Peter McMillan: "Is this the stage where the World Cup loses momentum? More pedestrian pace in France v Germany. Hope it picks up."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at47 mins

    Mathieu Valbuena skips into space down the German left, twice in quick succession, only to see both of his flat crosses thumped clear by a white shirt. Promising start from the Deschamps-inspired French.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:04

    France striker Karim Benzema nudges the ball forward as referee Nestor Pitana gives his whistle a short, sharp shrill. Game on.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:04

    No sign of Loic Remy yet - or any other changes - as the players remerge from the Maracana tunnel.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:03

    "You expect Raphael Varane to be stronger in his challenge with Mats Hummels for the goal but Germany thoroughly deserve their lead. They have dominated midfield and have had a good shape.

    "I want to see more energy and movement from France. We have not yet seen the best from Antoine Griezmann or Mathieu Valbuena. Maybe they will come into the game as Germany tire, but I would think about bringing on the pace of Loic Remy.

    "The France manager Didier Deschamps will say: 'Germany have had illness and travelled a lot - let's up the tempo and see what happens.'"

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    Former France midfielder Patrick Vieira: "Frustrating first half, showing too much respect. We have to be more brave & play at our full potential which we haven't done yet."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:02

    This current crop will, I'm sure, be getting a rousing team-talk from French coach Didier Deschamps as they aim to continue this proud record.

    Deschamps is a man accustomed to rallying the troops - as anyone who has seen that footage of the World Cup-winning skipper cajoling his team-mates in the 1998 final will testify. The then-Les Bleus skipper goes around the dressing room, whispering encouragement and pointers to his pals - including Zinedine Zidane, who is on the floor having a massage. Remarkable scenes.

  • Match of the Day vote

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    They are beating France in this match and many of you think they will go all the way. Yes, Germany topped our Match of the Day vote on who you believe will win the World Cup.

    Tens of thousands of you voted and it was close. Germany edged out Netherlands and Colombia. Perhaps a little surprisingly, many of you had less faith in hosts Brazil and Lionel Messi's Argentina, who secured 15% and 14% of the vote respectively.

    Full results are in the voting section of this page.

    Thank you for taking part.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:58

    "It's been a good battle out there but Germany have just edged it. France look dangerous on the break, particularly with that German high line, and they've been caught out once or twice. It's a good game."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport at the Maracana

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:57

    "There was applause from the France bench as the half-time whistle went - they would have been desperate to avoid conceding a second goal and actually ended the first 45 minutes on the front foot.

    "Germany also looked content with their work - they're closing in on an unprecedented fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final."

  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:55

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:53

    Former Netherlands forward Ruud Gullit on Match of the Day: "It is difficult for the Germans to find space, it is difficult for both sides but Germany have the initiative and try to make the play. The danger is always waiting for the counter attack."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:52

    "Didier Deschamps will be saying get Paul Pogba and Mathieu Valbuena on the ball as often as possible in the second half because they can make things happen."

  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:50

    So far so good for Die Mannschaft. They are 45 minutes from another place in the history books.

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    Juicy Luc: "That sweeper just turned into a decent goalkeeper!"

    Donald Oluoch: "What's up with the new diving trend in this World Cup? Player simulation has been professionalised. Klose taking after Robben."

    Sharon Manak: "The Germans are solid and fearless they've really done their homework, the French look tired."

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  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:48

    And there's little time for France to mount another attack. Germany head into the bowels of the Maracana holding a vital lead. Mats Hummels' header separating the European giants.

  • INJURY TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at45 mins

    One minute of stoppage time before the half-time oranges are dished out.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "Karim Benzema is such a typical centre-forward - he walks around with hunched shoulders and doesn't want to close players down but give him the ball in his favourite area and he comes alive. Manuel Neuer was in the right place again."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at44 mins

    Karim Benzema is finding pockets of space in the German defence now. The Real Madrid man peels off to the left, picks up Paul Pogba's raking pass, cuts inside two German defenders and.... fires tamely into Manuel Neuer's arms.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at43 mins

    Almost a decent chance for the French. Karim Benzema peels off his marker into space, but Mats Hummels wakes up to stick his gut into the path of the France striker's header.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "That chance for Mathieu Valbuena has finally given the France supporters something to cheer about. They were looking fairly dejected until then, preferring to jeer opposition possession rather than will their own team forward.

    "But Les Blues are starting to expose Germany's high defensive line and will be confident of working their way back into this match."

    You can watch Valbuena's chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at41 mins

    Germany win a free-kick in an identical spot to the one which set up the opening goal - but this time the French get their act together and head clear. Under five minutes for Les Bleus to grab an equaliser before half-time.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at39 mins

    Play restarts after confused-looking referee Nestor Pitana asks Germany's Thomas Muller where he should start play from. "Just outside the France area" was presumably his reply..

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "Manuel Neuer's save from Mathieu Valbuena was absolutely first class, somehow he sticks out a left hand - for me that is one of the saves of the tournament.

    "What France need in midfield is a Michel Platini - somebody who can play that ball over the top of the Germany defence so it just sits up. Karim Benzema is not working hard enough - he is leaving it to the wide players to make that run in behind when it should be him."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at37 mins

    Lawro also reckons that Manuel Neuer is "without a doubt" the best goalkeeper in the world. Think a few others might have something to say about that...

    Short break as Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is whacked in the head by a loose ball. Both sets of players take advantage by putting plenty of fluids in the tank.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "A brilliant save, a good run and then a good ball in also. There was great pressure on Karim Benzema after the first save from Mathieu Valbuena, who did well to get his shot away from the angle he was in. France carry a threat."

    Watch Valbuena's chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at34 mins

    Now it's France turn to pile on the pressure. Germany keeper Manuel Neuer gets his gloves mucky for the first time, springing into action to palm away Mathieu Valbuena's effort as Karim Benzema prods wide the rebound with the aid of a deflection. Then, Mahadou Sakha heads over the cross bar from the resulting corner. Warning signs for the Germans.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at33 mins

    Another Germany penalty shout is met by another blank expression from referee Nestor Pitana. Thomas Muller, socks rolled down like his 1970s namesake Gerd, goes down under a clumsy challenge from Mathieu Debuchy. Not enough contact for me.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at31 mins

    A flurry of German corners as they look to entice France keeper Hugo Lloris off his goal-line. He bites on the bait like a hungry koi carp, but gets away with a failed attempt to punch clear as one of his defenders head away the danger.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at28 mins

    Great to see Germany skipper Philipp Lahm in a more familiar position at right-back. The 'Magic Dwarf' as he is nicknamed - honestly - rises highest to nod back a French cross safely to keeper Manuel Neuer. All under control.

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    Lewis Borlase: "I wonder how many chances the wasteful Benzema will waste today."

    Nathan Bright: "In typical German fashion they've just put a towel down to reserve their spot in the semi-finals."

    Jacques O'Neill: "Pogba is not the future, he is not a Zidane, Deco, Rui Costa or Riquelme. He has strength energy etc he could be a Vieira."

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  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at25 mins

    Moments later, Germany threaten again. Thomas Muller aims to race on to a through ball which cuts apart the French defence. But Patrice Evra and Hugo Lloris do just about enough between them to snuff out the danger.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "It was tight whether Miroslav Klose was offside or not but there is a definite pull there. Mathieu Debuchy did it quietly on the blind side of the referee, who could not see it."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "Maybe he should have controlled it and had a shot instead. What was that all about?"

  • PENALTY APPEAL

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at24 mins

    Miroslav klose tumbles to the turf inside the French box. Penalty? Not according to referee Nestor Pitana. And his opinion is the only one which counts. He's having none of it. Too theatrical from Klose.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at23 mins

    Karim Benzema is flagged offside for the second time in quick succession - that's like Darren Huckerby is his 1990s heyday. The French are settling into their stride as they try to keep the ball before looking for the quick ball forward which worked so well for Algeria against Germany on Monday.

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    Massimo, in Italy, via text: "Germany are showing their strengths....play like this, World Cup is theirs!"

    Andrew via text: "Yes! That's exactly what this game needed, and early German goal. France looked happy to sit back, soak up the pressure and let the Germans play all of the football, no France have to go toe-to-toe now."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "Germany are a long way ahead in terms of possession and they are not just holding the ball across the back line but trying to break through France - it's possession for a purpose.

    "At the moment this is a game of really high technical quality but things will really take off if France can score one back."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • It's all in the head

    France 0-1 Germany

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  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at20 mins

    Are the French already showing signs of frustration? Yohan Cabaye slams late into Miroslav Klose, crudely cutting down the veteran Germany striker. That's no way to treat a World Cup record goalscorer...

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at19 mins

    Joachim Low, looking resplendent in his usual all-in-black shirt and trousers combo, is already chewing on his fingernails in the German dug-out. Steady on Jogi, there's a long way to go yet. His players are firmly in control at the moment, midfield trio Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger dictating the tempo.

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    Tom McGrath: "Quality delivery. Quality header. Quality goal."

    Samuel Rhydderch: "Very clever set play from Germany, getting caught out with the long through balls from the French though ... Creative play."

    Adam Momoniat: "Varane is a great young player but has just been schooled there by Hummels, was nowhere near stopping the German scoring there."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "Germany's celebrations were notable for their restraint. That opening goal is a reward for their early pressure, but there's a long way to go yet. Mats Hummels wheeled away to the corner flag but there was no over-exuberance.

    "On the touchline, coach Joachim Low threw his arms into the air but quickly pulled them down and regained his focus. The Germany fans, by contrast, are loving it."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at15 mins

    Have France got the stomach for the fight? Yup. They go on the attack as Mats Hummels returns to his day job, cutting out a teasing right-wing cross. Plenty of noise from the Germans inside the Maracana now.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "Toni Kroos put the ball into such a dangerous area and Mats Hummels just wanted it more than Rapahel Varane. Varane just didn't have enough power there and France have lost a goal through it.

    "Germany will now look to stretch the French as much as possible. But remember, France made chances before conceding that goal and they can make more. An early goal means it will be brilliantly open from now on."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

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    "That was like the header Marouane Fellaini scored for Belgium [against Algeria]. He just helped push the ball on with his head. He was battling with Raphael Varane as well at the time, that was how difficult the finish was. Great for the game."

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    GOAL

    France 0-1 Germany - Mats Hummels

    Posted at12 mins

    Zut alors! Seconds after twice escaping themselves, the Germans grab the opener. They win a free-kick close to the left touchline and Toni Kroos dinks it into the packed French box. Mats Hummels outmuscles marker Raphael Varane to nod in his second of the tournament. Advantage Germany.

    You can watch the goal again via the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at11 mins

    Mathieu Valbuena is a tricky customer. The diminutive France midfielder tears another hole in the German defence, but pulls back to an empty patch of grass in the danger zone. Moments later, Antoine Griezmann does the same after latching on to a long ball. Double escape for the Germans.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "It was a great ball from Mathieu Valbuena. Quick look, dink to feet, but the finish from Karim Benzema should have been better. Not sure why he went with his sidefoot."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "France have joined the game at last, and that is relief as much as anything we can hear from the French fans. Karim Benzema tried to pass it into the net but playing against Manuel Neuer you have to give it some pace as well. Benzema will be thinking he should have put his foot through it."

  • CLOSE!

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at7 mins

    After riding out the early pressure, France break forward to create a decent chance. Karim Benzema is in confident mood, having scored three times in Brazil already, but fires a volley wide from Mathieu Valbuena's pull-back.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at6 mins

    Not sure who the locals will be supporting inside the Maracana. But the Germans appear to have some vocal support from an unlikely source - this trio of fed-up England fans...

    They will be happy because Germany are still dominating. Mamadou Sakho is needed to come to the rescue again, before Sami Khedira's throughball runs out for a France goal-kick.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "Let's hope we don't see two European nations who are scared of each other and overly tactical. Let's hope they have learned something from the likes of Costa Rica and Mexico who have gone and attacked games - we're in the Maracana for goodness sake."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at3 mins

    Patrice Evra isn't shy of bombing down that Frrench left flank, but he is almost picked off by the Germans when he loses possession. But team-mate Mamadou Sakho hacks clear from inside his own penalty box. All Germany so far.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at2 mins

    Plenty of early possession for the Germans as they stroke the ball around between their back four and midfield pair of Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger. That draws plenty of boos from the French fans inside a sun-drenched Maracana.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at17:02

    Ever-cool German boss Joachim Low looks relaxed as he surveys the scene from his position on the Maracana touchline. His players have the honour of kicking things off.

    It's show-time!

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Eyeobel Gomini: "Today is the day Pogba will introduce himself as a top-class player!"

    A Karim: "You just know Klose will break the record today. It's bound to happen."

    JC Yes: "Hoping I'm totally wrong but got a feeling this might be a cagey, niggly match. Fingers crossed it's the opposite!"

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  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at17:00

    "A fairly low-key atmosphere is transformed into a din as the teams emerge from the tunnel into blazing sunshine at arguably the most famous and iconic football stadium in the world."

  • LINE-UPS

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:59

    We've just got time for one last check of the line-ups....

    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Valbuena, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Griezmann, Benzema. Subs: Ruffier, Landreau, Cabella, Giroud, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne, Sissoko, Remy, Koscielny, Schneiderlin.

    Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Howedes, Ozil, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Muller, Klose. Subs: Zieler, Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Schurrle, Podolski, Draxler, Durm, Mertesacker, Gotze, Kramer.

    Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:57

    Anthem time. The French belt out the familiar notes of La Marseillaise, before the Germans hit back with a rousing rendition of Das Lied der Deutschen. I'm calling that one a score-draw.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:55

    "France have gone with pace, they will press high and look to catch Germany on the counter attack. Germany will play slow football, there is not a lot of pace in the side so they will have to try to keep the ball and boss the midfield, which is of course a lot easier said than done."

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

    Got your Tricolore flag at the ready?

    Or are you wearing your Angela Merkel mask?

    These French and German fans inside the Maracana are - they are ready. Are you? Under 10 minutes until kick-off. So dash to the loo, stock up on the biscuits and sit down. You don't want to go anywhere for the next couple of hours.

    That familiar Fifa anthem is blaring out. Here are the teams....

  • Where are we?

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:51

    Estadio Do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

    Capacity: 76,804.

    Opened: 1950 (reopened after renovation in June 2013).

    Games played: 15 June, Argentina 2-1 Bosnia-Hercegovina; 18 June, Spain 0-2 Chile; 22 June, Belgium 1-0 Russia; 25 June, Ecuador 0-0 France; 28 June, Second-round, Colombia 2-0 Uruguay;

    Fixtures coming up: 4 July, Quarter-final, France v Germany; 13 July, World Cup final, 20:00.

    Background: Renovation of this iconic venue was completed just in time for the Confederations Cup last summer. Work only began in earnest in September 2010 - three years after Brazil was officially handed the World Cup. The stadium formally reopened on 2 June when Brazil drew 2-2 in a friendly with England, and hosted three Confederations Cup matches.

    Since then venue has resumed its role as the venue for derby matches between Rio's biggest teams - Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafago and Vasco da Gama.

    The pitch was re-laid in October 2013. It is one of four football venues for the 2016 Olympics and will also host the opening and closing ceremonies.

  • United colours of the World Cup

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:50

    An aerial view of some fans wearing a variety of different shirts, from Brazil to Nigeria, inside the Maracana. Any Leeds United shirts? Nope, thought not.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:49

    On Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer sweeping behind the defence:

    "It is high risk football by Manuel Neuer, if it doesn't come off it is a red card or a goal waiting to happen. It is not the way I like to play football but it is working for them at the moment."

    You can click on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page to view.

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    Posted at

    Bilal Hashmi: "Starting Sakho over Koscielny is a really poor decision by Didier Deschamps. He's been their best defender in the last two games."

    Sadozaie: "I suspect Ozil might have a good game hence a 2-1 German win."

    Paul McCarthy: "Four years ago I saw Paul Pogba play for Man Utd in the final of the FA Youth Cup. Looked classy then, but just look at him now."

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:48

    Here's the view of our man in the Maracana - Dave Ornstein - as the players go through their final warm-ups. We are not jealous. Repeat after me everyone - we are not jealous. Yeah right.

  • Lawro's prediction

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:47

    Not Mark Lawrenson. Lawro - BBC Sport's very own Mystic Meg - isn't bad at predicting the future, correctly guessing all eight of the sides which would reach the quarter-finals. So who is he tipping to win at the Maracana?

    "This is the tie of the round. I expect this encounter to be very competitive as well, because they are both well matched," says the ex-Republic of Ireland defender.

    "Although some of Germany's games at this tournament have been close, they have been the better team in every game they have played."

    Lawro's prediction: France 0-2 Germany

  • Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "No surprise Per Mertesacker has been left out. He's been shocking, positional play terrible, as has all the back four! Karim Benzema is much better in a centre-forward position for France. And with Antoine Griezmann on the left, movement could be too much for the Germans. France to win 2-1."

    Anyone agree with Robbie?

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:45

    1 July: Germany 2-1 Algeria (aet)

    Germany survived a huge test of their World Cup credentials to see off underdogs Algeria in extra time and set up a quarter-final meeting with France.

    The three-time champions frequently looked rattled as an enterprising Algeria wasted a succession of chances in an open, exciting encounter, before Andre Schurrle finished from close range early in the first additional period.

    Mesut Ozil drilled in to double their lead and, although Abdelmoumene Djabou volleyed home to ensure a frantic end, a relieved Germany held on.

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:45

    26 June: USA 0-1 Germany

    Thomas Muller once again made the difference as Germany qualified as winners of Group G with victory over the United States.

    The Bayern Munich forward scored his ninth World Cup goal in as many games to give Germany a routine win at a rain-soaked Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:44

    21 June: Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Miroslav Klose became the joint-record scorer in World Cup history as he rescued Germany a point from a dramatic game against Ghana.

    The 36-year-old Lazio striker scored with his first touch after coming on as a second-half substitute as the Germans were fortunate to escape with a point.

    They took a fortuitous lead through Mario Gotze's unorthodox header, but Ghana came roaring back through Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan before Klose's intervention.

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:43

    16 June: Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Thomas Muller scored the first hat-trick of the 2014 World Cup as Germany produced a ruthless attacking display to destroy 10-man Portugal.

    The Bayern Munich forward dispatched an early penalty, drilled home Germany's third and tapped in a fourth, with centre-back Mats Hummels heading in the second.

    Germany's task was helped by Portugal defender Pepe receiving a needless red card at 2-0 after he appeared to headbutt Muller.

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:42

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:41

    Former Netherlands forward Ruud Gullit on Match of the Day: "It has been a great World Cup. The South Americans have surprised us and I have really enjoyed it.

    "The Germans are old friends of the Dutch, but in the last years they have improved a lot. They have a foreign influence, with Turkish players, and they play good technical football. France have been a surprise in this tournament and it is going to be a clash of two titans."

    I think Ruud was speaking with his tongue firmly planted into his cheek about the Dutch and Germans being 'old friends'....

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:40

    "Germany started the tournament scoring goals, blazing through the field but they've petered off. France did not have a huge expectation on them. But they're feeling their way into the tournament and looking good."

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:39

    Germany keeper Manuel Neuer, who is having plenty of shots pinged at him on the Maracana pitch, drew plenty of plaudits for his impression of Die Mannschaft sweeping legend Franz Beckenbauer against Algeria. The Bayern Munich player wasn't shy of careering out of his penalty area, and neither is the man stood in the opposite goal today - Hugo Lloris. If David Beckham was on the pitch he'd fancy his chances from distance against those two...

  • Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:37

    "I was too young to understand that it should have been a red card, but if it had happened in our time Harald Schumacher would have been sent off for his challenge on Patrick Battiston. And France would have got to the World Cup final.

    "It was a different time, with different rules and different referees, but every time I see the semi-final on TV I still always think we are going to win."

  • How France reached the last 16

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:36

    Andrew, from Richhill: "Germany and France are two massive nations when it comes to world football. But I can't remember them ever meeting each other in a major international tournament other than THAT World Cup semi-final in 1982 when the French were absolutely robbed by German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher and the referee. That game will be on the minds of the French player today, I'm sure, so this game will be very interesting."

    30 June: France 2-0 Nigeria

    Les Bleus scored twice in the final 11 minutes to beat Nigeria and set up today's quarter-final tie against Germany

    Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike had a strike ruled out for offside before Vincent Enyeama saved Paul Pogba's volley.

    Victor Moses cleared Karim Benzema's shot off the line after the break and Yohan Cabaye volleyed against the bar as France pressed.

    But Pogba eventually headed in after an Enyeama error and Joseph Yobo diverted Mathieu Valbuena's cross into the net.

    The two countries have actually met once since that infamous game, four years later in Mexico with West Germany winning 2-0 in the semi-finals.

  • How France reached the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:35

    26 June: Ecuador 0-0 France

    France could not maintain their prolific start but still finished top of Group E following a goalless draw with Ecuador.

    Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Loic Remy went close as the much-changed French were frustrated by an Ecuador side who had captain Antonio Valencia sent off.

    But after impressive victories over Honduras and Switzerland, a point was enough to send Les Bleus through to the last 16.

  • How France reached the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:34

    20 June: Switzerland 2-5 France

    France all but secured a place in the last 16 as three first-half goals helped them to an easy win over Switzerland.

    Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock with a stunning header before Blaise Matuidi blasted in the second 66 seconds later. Karim Benzema had a penalty saved but Mathieu Valbuena added a third for the 1998 World Cup winners.

    Goals by Benzema and Moussa Sissoko made it 5-0 after the break, before Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka reduced the arrears in a dramatic game.

  • How France reached the last-eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:33

    15 June: France 3-0 Honduras

    Karim Benzema scored twice as France became the first team to benefit from goalline technology at a World Cup in their victory over 10-man Honduras.

    The GoalControl tool was called into action in the 48th minute, ruling keeper Noel Valladares nudged Benzema's shot over the line.

    The Real Madrid forward gave France the lead from the spot before adding a late third with a vicious strike from a tight angle.

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:32

    Seems a long time since we saw Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull gyrating around on stage at a colourful opening ceremony, doesn't it?

    If, like me, you can't even remember what you had for breakfast yesterday, here's a quick reminder of how France and Germany reached this stage...

  • Watch Match of the Day now

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:30

    Match of the Day is starting now on BBC One and via the live coverage tab at the top of this page. Rio Ferdinand, Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer are ready.

    Are you?

  • Wolves of Champs-Elysees

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:27

    It appears that the French squad have been watching some black comedy in the run-up to today's match. No, they haven't watched footage of their predecessors' anarchy at the 2010 World Cup. Instead they seem to have been enjoying Hollywood blockbuster 'The Wolf of Wall Street' in their team hotel.

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey psyche themselves up with some chest thumping and humming in the Martin Scorsese film, and French players seem to have taken inspiration in training this week. Come on, hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm.

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Peter Bellamy: "Nice of Djokovic to win his match before the football was due to start."

    Bilal Ahmed: "German experience and Brazilian home factor will take them over their opponents."

    Bledi Jahjaga: "We'll have a new record World Cup goal scorer in two hours or less."

    Tweet #bbcworldcup, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page, Google+ page or text (UK only) 81111.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in the Maracana

    France team news

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:22

    "Like Germany, France have also dropped an Arsenal centre-back - Laurent Koscielny being replaced by Mamadou Sakho - and a Gunners striker striker in Olivier Giroud.

    "The impressive Antoine Griezmann is preferred to Giroud and will join Mathieu Valbuena in support of Karim Benzema. Otherwise, France are as expected, with a midfield three of Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba."

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    Get involved

    Posted at

    Ali Mahmood on the Match Of The Day Facebook page: "Neymar carries Brazil. Rodriguez carries Colombia. British Airways carry England."

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  • Vote

    Posted at16:19

    So, here we are at the quarter-final stage. Eight teams are three games from World Cup glory, but who do you think will triumph?

    The BBC Match of the Day team want your verdict. Provide your choice through the voting section on this page. The vote will close at 17:30 BST and the result will be announced on this page and the BBC TV broadcast. Terms and conditions can be found here.

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:18

    The Maracana is filling up with plenty of face-paint and sunglasses already on show. The decibel meter is already rising too - and not just because R'n'B king Usher's 'Yeah' is blasting out of the PA system. Thousands of German fans cheer their players on to a sun-soaked Maracana pitch.

  • Good neighbours?

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:14

    France and Germany, who share a 451km border, are friendly neighbours. The bigger equivalent of the type who might pop next door for a cup of milk when they're making a cup of tea and realise they've run out.

    BBC News reporter Chris Morris has been to the French border town of Schoeneck to find out more about the rivalry and the mood ahead of the match.

  • Klose to history

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:11

    What a career Miroslav Klose has had. Pretty average at club level - but dynamite on the world stage. Not only is he within a predatory tap-in of becoming the World Cup's outright leading goalscorer, today he makes his 22nd finals appearance - putting him behind only compatriot Lothar Matthaus (25) and Italy's Paolo Maldini (23). Impressive stuff.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:09

    "News of the Germany starting line-up has been greeted with widespread surprise among journalists here at the Maracana. I asked the German football expert Raphael Honigstein if he was confident of victory and he replied: 'Not so much after seeing that team selection'.

    "We knew Mats Hummels would return to the defence after a bout of illness, but we did not expect him to come in at the expense of Per Mertesacker.

    "Unless the Arsenal centre-back is unwell, it would appear he has been dropped to ensure Germany are better equipped to deal with the pace of France.

    "Captain Philip Lahm's move from central midfield to right-back had been rumoured, but most Germany journalists did not expect it to actually happen.

    "Mario Gotze was expected to miss out after being hauled off at half-time in the last-16 win, but it was thought Andre Schurrle would come in. Instead, 36-year-old Miroslav Klose is given his first start of the tournament as the lone striker as Thomas Muller drops back in a 4-2-3-1 formation."

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Shane Long: Football doesn't get bigger than this. World Cup quarter-finals between #FRAvsGER and #BRAvsCOL. Cannot wait.

    Mayedul: You expect Germany to win knowing them in major tournaments. But I'm liking France'

Posted on Friday 4th July 2014

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