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« on: July 04, 2014, 09:05:57 pm »

The centre-back’s powerful 12th-minute header gave Germany the early ascendancy and they never relinquished it as France struggled to adjust.

Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrate Germany’s win.

Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrate Germany’s win. Source: AP

“The next dream has come true,” Hummel said after scoring his fourth goal in 34 appearances for Germany.

“It’s unbelievable that it’s all going so well for us here at the usa 2014 world cup jersey World Cup.

“I hope that our journey won’t end soon and that we can make it back to compete here in nine days time.

“We’re playing the kind of football that will give us a chance to win.

“Our defensive soccer shoes for sale attitude has been as expected and the passion will be intensified for the usa world cup away jersey forthcoming matches.”

Germany produced a polished, improved display on their extra-time win over Algeria in the last 16, to constantly frustrate France’s potent attack spearheaded by Karim Benzema.

This is the 13th time in 20 attempts Germany have reached the World Cup’s semi-finals and the fourth in succession since bowing out of the quarter-finals at France ‘98.

Teammates appreciate the early goal from Mats Hummels.

French coach Didier Deschamps, who captained Les Bleus to the 1998 triumph, suffered his first defeat in 11 World Cup games as either a player or coach.

Seven of the German squad had suffered with mild flu in the build-up as Hummels returned to take Per Mertesacker’s place at centre-back.

Miroslav Klose, the joint top-scorer at World Cup finals with 15 goals, was prefered up front with Thomas Mueller switching to the right wing.

Deschamps made two changes from the side who beat Nigeria in the last 16 with centre-back Mamadou Sakho back after a hamstring complaint while Antoine Griezmann replaced Olivier Giroud in attack.

Despite the Germans stranglehold on early possession, the first real chance feel to Benzema, who fired wide after seven argentina 2014 world cup jersey minutes.

The Germans took the lead when Hummels, back in the side after missing the win over Algeria with flu, rose highest to head Toni Kroos’ free-kick.

His bullet header smashed in off the crossbar to claim his second goal of Brazil 2014 having also scored with a similar header in the 4-0 opening win over Portugal.

Andre Schuerrle brings down Blaise Matuidi.

The goal rocked the French defence as the Germans started exerting pressure. Klose’s run into the box was held back by a tug on his shirt from right-back Mathieu Debuchy, while a Thomas Mueller half-chance was quickly snubbed out.

France’s best chance came on 33 minutes when Mathieu Valbuena’s shot was saved by Manuel Neuer and Benzema failed to control the follow-up, firing over the bar.

The French came close to being awarded a penalty just before the break when Benzema’s header Brazil 2014 World Cup jersey hit Hummels in the stomach, missing his hands by inches.

The Real Madrid star then later fired straight at Neuer on a frustrating afternoon as it stayed 1-0 to Germany at the break.

Sami Khedira earned a deserved booking for fouling Griezmann on 54 minutes as France enjoyed a good spell of pressure as centre-back Raphael Varane’s header went straight to Neuer’s grateful hands.

Deschamps threw on forward Loic Remy and defender Laurent Koscielny for the final 20 minutes in a final throw of the dice.

German fans celebrate in Berlin.

But Germany’s replacement Andre Schuerrle should have made it 2-0 when he fired at French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ feet, then had a late shot blocked.

Neuer’s late save to deny Benzema means Germany head coach Joachim Loew has now reached the semi-finals of all of the last four major tournaments during his eight-year reign.

Loew says maintaining consistent standards within the squad has been the key to Germany’s success in Brazil, even after injury deprived him of winger Marco Reus before leaving Germany.

“The team has changed over last few years and there are not many survivors from 2006 and 2010, but it’s good to have a few changes, not just the same players who have been at the top level for the last eight to ten years,” said Loew.

“We were without Reus, but players like Hummels have come in and done very well.

“We have been working on consistency, invested a lot and we have excellent players.”

Originally published as Hummels heads Germany into final four
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