Gary Lineker introduces live coverage of the all-European quarter-final between France and Germany at the Maracana in Rio. With commentary from Jonathan Pearce and Mark Lawrenson.
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quarterfinals of this quite superb World Cup. Our live game could be a
classic, France versus Germany, two the leading lights of international
football take to the stage. deans of their -- Zidane. Schumacher
thumped him pretty hard. Klinsmann, what a girl. Thierry Henry for
France. Matuidi with the second. -- goal. It is 3-0, Muller is there.
Benzema. Ozil again. It is 24 years since Germany won the
World Cup, It is 24 years since Germany won the
of flu in the camp, they are one game away from a fourth successive
semifinal. The French coach, Didier Deschamps, was their captain when
they lifted the trophy in 1998, his talented squad have put their
troubles of four years ago firmly behind them.
Alongside Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand for this clash of the
European heavyweights, an old friend, Ruud Gullit. Are you
enjoying a? Yes, great World Cup, we did not expect to see this kind of
attacking football, loads of goals. The South Americans have surprised
us in the way they have played, and I've enjoyed it, and the people at
home as well. This Saturday's game should be tasty, two great
footballing nations? The Germans, old friends of the Dutch! In the
last few years, they have improved a lot. There is a foreign influence,
the Turkish players, they play technical, good stuff, they try to
keep the ball. Scoring a lot of goals. I am looking forward to it.
France have been a surprise to everyone. An old clash of two
titans. Both these teams playing entertaining football, this could be
the tie of the round? We hope so. Germany started the tournament
scoring goals, blazing away, they have pleaded for little bit. France,
not huge expectations on them in this tournament, like the Germans,
they are feeling their way into the tournament, feeling comfortable,
looking good. Should be a free-flowing game? It is funny,
Germany always remembered as being an efficient group of winners, they
have gone into this expansive, open football. The French team, they are
surprisingly few people. They did not have the expectation to do well,
the harmony that Didier Deschamps have got -- has got, should make for
a good game. This is shaping up to be the most open World Cup for
years. Who will be champions is not clear? We are inviting you to take
part in a vote. West Germany beat France twice in
the 1980s. The first of those encounters was one of the most
infamous in World Cup history recalled by Eddie Butler.
1982, a warm night in Seville, recalled in infamy. The villain of
the piece, Harald Schumacher. They were playing Michel Platini's
France, Schumacher protecting his area forcefully. Every square inch
of his area, from the goal-line to the outer reaches of the 18-yard
box. On the receiving end, Patrick
Battison, three teeth knocked out, the Saint-Etienne defender knocked
out. Schumacher was unhurt. Battison ended it, Platini thought he was
dead. The Dutch referee awarding a goal kick. As for the game... Michel
Platini. Vital for France. It is in. It is 1-1. What a moment in
Platini. Vital for France. It is in. area. Tigana. What a cracking goal.
Onside. Karlheinz River nacre -- Karlheinz Riemann ago May six --
makes it 3-2. It will now mean sudden death. Schumacher still
centre stage as the world's first penalty shoot out took place. It
will go out to the mag on until someone misses. Schumacher. No
question he moved, he takes the applause. West Germany have won.
They have won in a totally unsatisfactory matter. West German
celebrations would end here, they lost 3-1 to Italy in the final.
It was an extraordinary game, great memories, great goals, but always a
member for that unbelievable moment with Schumacher. 3-3, great goals,
great game, but that. I don't mind physical contact, but that was a bit
too much. Incredible. It was a Dutch referee! In those days, the
punishment was different maybe. Horrifying. For
punishment was different maybe. on, it was terrible, he was OK.
Being remembered for that Ba the referee did not give any thing. No
foul, no penalty. A goal kick. FIFA did not look at it. Any memories of
that? No memories. It was a car crash. The game, you remember it for
the wrong reasons. The nominal. We were tough in those days, Rio!
Today's all European encounter takes place in the most famous stadium in
South America, across Rio de place in the most famous stadium in
Janeiro, at the Maracana. Mark Chapman and Danny Murphy
imposition. We are. A glorious lunchtime at the
Maracana. Germany have not hit the heights of that opening game against
Portugal. They had three tough games, they were tested against
Ghana in the heat. games, they were tested against
all the way. Against Algeria they needed extra time. The French may be
a bit fresher. If you were a French midfielder, would you be licking
your lips at taking on this high defensive gem in line? I would be
amazed if they do that today, that is asking for trouble against a
quality side. They are more well-equipped. We think Philipp Lahm
will go to full-back, Boateng in the middle. They might try and do it,
but I think they will be more cautious. Is that because of the
high line, Lahm going to full-back? I think it is because of Griezmann,
he was a game chain, allowing Benzema to go into the centre,
causing problems. The German manager has seen it, thinking my most
experienced full-back, one of my best players, I will put him on
Griezmann. They are still warming up, we will city you -- we will talk
to you at half-time. There has been much debate to the
open nature of the German tactical approach. Whatever happened to
ruthless efficiency? Dan Walker can tell us.
A dash of daring, sweeper keepers, high defensive lines. Walking the
tightrope. What would they have made for this? 18 years without a
trophy, and attire generation knowing Germany as the nearly men.
Before the only thing they did not win was friends. Efficient,
functional, they were the World War I arrows let loose from the high
ground. They simply raised their metal shields to the sky and smiled.
Then the production line slowed, a systemic overhaul, a period of
transition where they still reach the World Cup final. Then Germany
showed a new face, fresh, cosmopolitan, expansive. Yearling
Klinsmann, the quiet technocrat, Low is a thinker, he found it at his
players 2.8 seconds to make a pass, too long. The kept going until it
was less and less, too long. The kept going until it
was now he says it is 0.9. Flamboyance rooted in science.
Goalkeeping midfielders apart, the fluid style is best personified by
this man, what is Thomas Muller? Winger, striker, false nine, one
thing is certain, he is deadly, usually. Will this more muscular
style at its time? Low may have a stopwatch on his team, but those 18
years, he knows his clock is ticking, too.
Indeed, he has made big tactical changes. Manuel Neuer winning his
50th cap, he has lost just three times in a Germany shirt. The
experiment are times in a Germany shirt. The
playing Lahm in central midfield is over, he returns to write back. Mats
Hummels comes into the fence. Schweinsteiger and Khedira are
United in front of the back four. Toni Kroos has had more touches than
any other player in the World Cup. Ozil to his left, Muller is no
longer a false nine. Miroslav Klose given the chance to create history
and become his country's all-time leading scorer. Everything has been
talking about Manuel Neuer, Rio, that sweeper keeper role.
Defender in front of his defence. I think he is the best keeper in the
world, he plays quickly, incisively. He has become a sweep almost. This
touch map, almost one third of this touches on so -- outside the box.
Finding danger, clearing it up, phenomenal. The AUC, making a
decision early, phenomenal. The AUC, making a
athleticism. Sliding tackle. Head down, back to goal. This would be a
defender's nightmare, I would not want to see him out here. He punches
it, through one of his own guys, off they go. He sees Mertesacker... Out
he comes. Quick. Is there a sense there is a red card waiting to
happen? It is high risk football, if it does not come off, it is a red
card or a goal. The centre halves have no cover, they are drilled he
will be coming off his line. Mark your man, they get the space. People
recover the space. It is not the way I like to play, but it works for
them. Doesn't it just but to show how
football has changed for a goalkeeper in the last 20 years when
he hardly used his hands! Hugo Lloris is the same, he does not mind
coming off his line, either. Did you not to the words that a goalkeeper
must be able to play football? That is why he was in goal, otherwise he
would have been playing out. But he chooses people, plays people in
different positions, whatever. You need that. As a goalkeeper, you have
to be a footballer. That changed. But he took a lot of risks, I agree
with you. Against better opposition, Algeria are not France, and the
forwards in the French team will be thinking, if that ball comes to me
now, they will be thinking, I will be running in behind. You can bet
whatever you want that France have been working on exactly that. I want
to see somebody clever enough to see him and catch him out of his goal.
As for the French, Thierry Henry is now back in playing action in New
York, but he still found time to record a rallying cry for his
compatriots. LET'S HAVE A LOOK AT THE FRENCH
LINE-UP. THEY HAVE MADE TWO CHANGES. Sakho
LINE-UP. back in central defence, in place of
Koscielny. Paul Pogba scored in back in central defence, in place of
their last match back in central defence, in place of
settled midfield trio. And back in central defence, in place of
has tinkered with his front line, with Griezmann coming in for Giroud,
meaning Benzema moves into the central role. Alan Shearer, you have
had a look at Benzema. He is one of the players who is in contention for
the Golden Boot? Traditional centre forward, he wants to play number
nine. The contrast between him and Muller, this guy wants to get in the
box. He wants to play on the last man. This was a fantastic finish. He
has had more shots in the tournament than anyone else. He can assist as
well. The weight of pass there was brilliant. But this is what he will
be looking to do today, get in behind. In contrast, this guy, I do
not know what he is, an attacking midfielder, centre forward, number
ten... Here, crossing from the left, and this time, coming from the
right. Another assist. That is fantastic, on a plate. And he does
his bit for the team as well. Defending here. You will not see
that from Benzema too many times. Again, from the left, another
assist. Brilliant. But he is also a guy in the right place at the right
time, who can finish. That is not a fluke, that that ball comes to him,
but what about the finish. It is brilliant. He is similar to a Frank
Lampard, an attacking midfielder who will be in the right place at the
right time. Golden Boot four years ago, and a great chance of doing it
again. There are not many number nines here. Look at the guys who are
scoring the goals. Both Muller and Benzema have been moved around a bit
in this World Cup. He looks more comfortable in the middle, that is
where he plays at Real Madrid. He is a real striker. For instance, van
Persie is not a real striker, he just converted. And I think Thomas
Muller is the same. You know he can do it, you can put him on the right,
the left, and he will do something for your team. He is a player that
every coach would be happy to have. You have played against these
players, Rio, how do they compare? Very different, Benzema is a pure
centre forward, one of the most difficult guys I have played
against. He can shoot off either foot. Comfortable with the ball
coming into feet, and can run-in behind, here's a defender's
nightmare, he can do a bit of everything. Thomas Muller, when you
look at him, he does not scare you, he is not physically imposing or
articulately quick, but he is efficient. He does what is best for
the team. He is one of those kind of ghostly players, he sneaks into
positions. Maybe a bit like Lampard, or David Platt. But also, as we saw,
he can assist. Those balls he played in were fantastic. Going back to
Benzema, if Germany are going to play that high line today, then he
will love that. You will see him trying to run-in behind at every
opportunity, if they are going to leave that space. That is what he
wants to do, because he is quick, and defenders do not like that. What
do you think, Ruud Gullit, about the fact that Lahm has now gone back to
full-back? I must say he does it well when he plays in midfield. He
is a good player. Of course you miss him at right-back because he always
comes forward at the right moment. That is why they played Khedira.
Almost all season he was injured, but in the final, he played for Real
Madrid. So they know what they are going to get from him. A more
natural holding player? Yes, he is. But going back to Lahm, he went into
midfield for Bayern Munich, for Germany as well. He gets the most
touches, and his pass accuracy is really high. That is a top, top
player. Pep Guardiola said he is one of the best football players he has
ever managed. Also in the French team, Griezmann and Pogba, laying
with no fear, just enjoying their World Cup. I think that is
important. If they can make runs in behind as well. The Germans want to
have the ball, so they will be writing for the right moment.
Quickly, how do you see it going, Alan Shearer? I will go for Germany.
Also Germany. Rio? I think France will win it. It is a quarterfinal
between France and Germany, watched in the Maracana by Mark Lawrenson
and Jonathan Pearce. JONATHAN PEARCE: Good afternoon,
everybody. One of the hottest Rio days in the World Cup so far. We
could have a World Cup classic here today. Germany, unbeaten in 15
games, France and beaten in eight. Germany into the last eight for the
16th time in a row. A sixth quarterfinal for France. We will
have the anthems, and then the two captains will read out an
anti-discrimination declaration. Temperatures down on the pitch side,
about 30 degrees Celsius. It is searingly hot. And the players will
have to wait while this anti-discrimination explanation is
read out on the PA system. And they will introduce a message from the
two captains, Lahm and Lloris. Hugo Lloris, he is saying, on behalf of
the national team France, they wholeheartedly reject any
discolouration on any grounds -- discrimination on any grounds. Using
the power of football, they can help to eradicate racism and risk
ruminations from sport and society at large. We ask you to join us in
this fight. Philipp Lahm, on behalf of Germany - we appeal to everyone
who is watching us today to help us remove discrimination from our
society. It is only together that we can succeed. Those players have been
made to stand a long time in the sunshine and the heat.
# Allons enfants de la Patrie Le jour de gloire est arrive
L'etendard sanglant est leve # L'etendard sanglant est leve
# Entendez-vous dans les campagnes Mugir ces feroces soldats
# Aux armes, citoyens Formez vos bataillons
# Marchons, marchons # Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons # Amour sacre de la Patrie
# Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Fur das deutsche Vaterland
# Danach lasst uns alle streben Bruderlich mit Herz und Hand
# Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Sind des Gluckes Unterpfand
# Bluh' im Glanze dieses Gluckes Bluhe, deutsches Vaterland. #
It will be interesting to see who the Brazilian neutrals in the crowd
will be supporting. They lost to France in the 1998 final, and in the
quarterfinals of 1986 and 2000. The winners of this will play the
winners of Brazil-Colombia. France have everybody fit. Two changes.
Griezmann, from Real Sociedad, starts his third game, with Olivier
Giroud dropping to the bench. starts his third game, with Olivier
Giroud dropping to the That allows Benzema to be the central striker.
He has rediscovered his goal-scoring touch. Mamadou Sakho is fit again,
preferred to Koscielny. Watch out for bellboy in, one of the
candidates -- watch out for Valbuena, one of the candidates for
player of the tournament. There is the referee, Nestor Pitana, from
Argentina. Philipp Lahm has three times been voted best full-back at
tournaments. Hugo Lloris has been simply outstanding so far. Again,
there is some delay in this ritual, which will not help the players at
all. changes, now they will have another
delay for an anti-discrimination say no to racism photo. Bearing in mind,
once you get out onto the field of play, you just want to start. They
may think it's necessary, but I'm pretty sure the players don't, in
terms of the temperature. A crucial message to get across. Yes. The
German changes, Arsene Wenger would like to know why Per Mertesacker was
not playing, he is set behind us, one of the players suffering from
flu. The press also believe it's a tactical decision. Khedira returns
to the starting line-up, the other big talking point upfront. Klose
coming in, Rio got sir. -- coming in for Mariga -- Gotze.
When you look both teams with the changes, both look extremely well
balanced. You would argue better than they have been in the
competition so far. I wonder if Yogi the -- Joachim Low has been waiting
for this, you all a great piece by Dan Walker, he has been honing the
German team down to the split-2nd. We're about to get going at the home
of football, the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Many people have France as
the dark horses, they had to beat the mike and experience of Germany,
all in white. The first World Cup where they have not had black shorts
or green shirts as part of their kits. Awaiting final permission from
the feeder macro official. -- FIFA official. Germany get us going.
Put forward by Debuchy. Newcastle trying to keep hold of him.
We're still not sure if Schweinsteiger is fully fit.
We're still not sure if problems with Bayern Munich this
season. He came out to warm up with tracksuit bottoms on. Very hot out
there. Germany do have orthodox full-backs,
they have been playing with four centre-backs. That is where all the
width will come from, with Lahm. Mats Hummels, important player.
Germany playing possession football early on. The French are ready and
retreating, five across midfield. The French are rejuvenated, saying
the whole of France is behind them. Six months ago the French press were
decrying them are the worst team ever. They would have to go
mixture of experience and youth. A mixture of experience and youth. A
chance for Muller to attack. Looking for Klose, to the edge of the
penalty area. That is pumped away by Cabaye. The French centre-back from
Liverpool did not look comfortable. Evra was breaking forward, the ball
was not played to him, he was completely a position. -- out of
position. Hamill -- Hummels blossomed in the last two years.
Schweinsteiger plays it back to blossomed in the last two years.
Hummels. 14 of the squad are 25 or under. It is a conveyor belt of
talent. Has been for many generations in German football. The
French cannot get the ball at the moment. Looking for Muller. Away by
Cabaye. Sakho or Koscielny, who would you
have preferred? The presence of Sakho makes me a bit nervy.
Deschamps likes Sakho, his goals. They struggled in qualifying, with
Spain in their group, but they had been a completely different team
here. Miller thinking Lahm was going to continue his run. Interesting
that Griezmann, who plays on the left, did not even think about
tracking Lahm. Some thought... That is a brilliant shot, I hope you can
see that at home. Christ the Redeemer, the Maracana. Some French
observers thinking they were going to play Sissoko on the left-hand
side. Griezmann beaten in the air by
Boateng. Cut down. The French have not started, have they? Not up to
speed at the moment. He could make history, Thomas
speed at the moment. He could make finishes top scorer?
speed at the moment. He could make finished top scorer in World Cups
twice. Nine goals in his first nine World Cup games. The same is Pele.
Klose trying to make his own record. Great interception by Sakho. Great
start by Germany. Klose holding it up. Lloris taking a while to
start by Germany. Klose holding it out, trying to calm things down. Or
slow down the Germans. Blaise Matuidi, a lot of people thought he
slow down the Germans. Blaise was lucky to be playing today, a
fierce tackle leaving the Nigerian player with a broken leg. He did
apologise afterwards. Klose. Klose the highest scoring German. Evra,
head down. It is behind Benzema. Not the highest scoring German. Evra,
a great header away. Valbuena has had a magnificent tournament. A
little chip, an effort is by Benzema. Great little ball from
Valbuena. A quick look, thinking it in. -- dinks it in. I'm not sure why
has gone with a side foot. Nobody has had more shots at World Cup
2014, that is his 25th. Cristiano Ronaldo in second place!
A free kick to France. Have you seen the official feeder -- FIFA player
of the tournament? I have. David Luiz according to the stats. Johan
Have not scored a goal Djourou is in the top ten!
Have not scored a goal half in a last three games. Debuchy.
Varane, the best young centre-back in the world according to Jose
Mourinho. He would love to get hold of him
Mourinho. He would love to get hold with injury every Madrid. Started
the Champions League final. Had an operation near the start of the
campaign. -- Real Madrid. Fairies Deschamps, he was decried by Eric
Cantona as a water carrier. Had a great influence on that side.
Benzema macro offside surely. The flag stayed down, through to Manuel
Neuer. Have you seen the DVD of Deschamps in the dressing room in
98? Absolutely brilliant. Getting the players together. A great man
motivator, they say. A little chip in. Away by Sakho.
Germany penetrating deep into French territory. Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger dwelling on that. Came into the tournament carrying in
injury, had to macro operations this season on his ankle.
Had to have a couple operations. Twice Valbuena has got in either
side. A good start to the game, opening ten minutes. Germany having
most of the play, the French looking a bit more dangerous.
most of the play, the French looking a Valbuena is the key. That is
forward to Griezmann, onside, Benzema macro in the middle. The
cover was there I Mats Hummels. Both offences looking vulnerable.
Matuidi. Here is Schweinsteiger. Neuer flaying his 50th game. That is
a free kick. The little nudge by Pogba. A big occasion for him, 21.
He is on. Kroos with a free kick, one, nil.
Germany lead. Mats Hummels. In a competition of wonderful goals, and
old-fashioned set piece from the big centre-half coming up. Not unlike
the one Marouane Fellaini scored for Belgium. Similar position. A really
clever header. Lovely ball in. Just helping it on,
as much as anything. Scored against Portugal. Now has another.
He was fighting with Varane at the time as well.
Great for the game. When he pushes it forward there, one of seven
players in this German side to have played in the 2009 Under-21
tournament winning campaign. They have kept that side together.
Cleverly done by Pogba. I think Valbuena was looking at Debuchy, as
if to say, let me know! He will have been aware of the danger of Germany
at set pieces. They have the height advantage, if you compare all 11
men. Hugo Lloris, but for only the third
time in these finals. -- beaten. Good football, France. Valbuena has
had a really good game so far. Griezmann is in the middle. And
Valbuena nipped in. Followed up by Cabaye. Seen out by Howedes. He did
well, Howedes. He just retreated a little bit so he did not have to
make the tackle. Clever header, that was, Jonathan, very clever. Good
strength as well. He was injured against England back in November. He
only came back in January after a ligament problem.
Hugo Lloris has got great feet, just like Neuer at the other end.
Combined in this XI, the functional and the flamboyant. Good mix, good
balance today. Well, the goalkeeper is as good a parser is anybody in
this team. He was described this week as the best German sweeper
since Franz Beckenbauer. A little bit tongue in cheek, I think. But we
studio guest today, Ruud Gullit, saying that Paul Pogba is the future
of the game. Joachim Low. The pressure is very much on him to
His contract has been extended to succeed at these finals.
His contract has been extended to July 2016, and the Euros.
have only failed to make the last eight once, and that was in 1938.
Remember, we want you to vote BBC World Cup website on who you
think will win the tournament. That vote closes at half past five
tonight. The Maracana, absolutely packed.
The French supporters dotted around the stadium. A big section of
Germans behind Manuel Neuer's goal in this half.
Cabaye was banned for two yellows following the Ecuador game.
Valbuena, lovely touch. Just too far for Debuchy. He looks a player
today, doesn't he? Fiorentina want him, but he has been a folk hero at
Marseille. The new coach at Marseille does not fancy him,
apparently. I thought Benzema was a yard at
least offside. He looked it, didn't he? He has not been particularly
good at keeping up with the play, the referee's assistant. There was a
decision early on in the game, and the referee had to give it. He
wonderful World Cup history between these two sides. 1958, the French
won the third-4th place play-off. 1982, semifinal, the first-ever
penalty shoot-out. And then, 1986, in Guadalajara, won by Germany.
Another good ball. He is better at centre back then right-back, no
doubt about it. He is having a better World Cup than his brother,
who was sent home by Ghana. Oh, Thomas Muller nearly got that.
Patrice Evra. Matuidi behind him. A curious recent World Cup history,
France have had. They have got out of the first round -- not got out of
the first round, or got to the final!
Toni Kroos has been a little metronome at times for Germany.
I think he was hoping that Griezmann was going to run-in behind there.
No sign in the last game of any understanding between Benzema and
Giroud. They only passed to each other two or three times. Much
better balance with Benzema in the middle. Looking for Klose, and he
has gone down, very theatrically! It was Debuchy, the man with him. How
about this, maybe you should have just controlled it and had a shot
instead?! What is all that about?! He got hold of his shirt. Are you
saying you would have given it? Not for the way he went down, I think,
that would have counted against him. They have only ever lost one match
on Brazilian soil, France, one in ten. They are trailing here.
Khedira, looking for Thomas Muller! Hugo Lloris did well. Yes, he did
extremely well. He had to change his stride, Thomas Muller, which enabled
Lloris to come and collect. Playing some lovely football, Germany, Mark.
Parliament they are, some lovely football, Germany, Mark.
although I will say that there is something about the French, they are
still a threat, especially when Valbuena gets on the ball. When they
got to this stage, one or two players have started talking about
winning the competition, and Cabaye came out and said, confidence should
not become arrogance. Here he is, Yohan Cabaye. Title winner with
Paris St Germain. That is why he went there, to win things.
Matuidi also had a fantastic year for them.
That is good play by Germany, they are just sat in, forcing the French
to go back. Still playing that high line, Germany. They know that Manuel
Neuer is behind them. Matuidi trying to get it through to
Griezmann. Manuel Neuer starts another Germany attack. This
referee's assistant on this site, he does not anticipate anything, he
does not go until the ball is played. He might get himself I have
not seen him before at this competition. Hernan Maidana, from
Argentina. He has probably not seen you, then!
coach after yelling Klinsmann, Joachim Low wanting to improve the
speed of their movement, and he's still unhappy going into this game.
speed of their movement, and he's -- after Klinsmann. Paul Pogba, such
a talented Frenchman. Great header. Don't forget, he must have been
staring into the sun, quite easy to get that wrong. He is small, one of
the diddy men. Lovely disguised ball by Kroos. Klose not quite got enough
pace to get away from anybody. Evra unhappy with the free kick. His
guile won him that. He has caught him, hasn't he? If you keep going
down like that, theatrically, no surprise a 50-50 in the penalty area
will go against him. Ozil and Klose over by the free
kick. That may have come off Sakho. A
corner ball. Some dispute over that. The first corner of the game.
Lloris has to come, taking away from him by his own player, Varane. Very
nearly still in play. A brave decision to come, you have to be
certain you are going to get it. May when year it. Hugo Lloris is a big
Pogba was holding off Kroos. Lucky not to be sent off for swiping out
at Palacio -- Wilson Palacios. He is an impetuous young player, according
to his manager. The ball just skipping on, Neuer could come and
claim. He was lightning quick, just watching the play. A great shot
stopper, sharp reflexes, but also sees things from a long way out. I
den think there is a better goalkeeper around, in all honesty. I
den think there is a better remember the 2009
den think there is a better winning team, he kept a clean sheet
in the final. Defeating England. Lie on the right. The return ball to
the area. They thought alone was impeded. It is Debuchy. The referee
was in a great position. -- Muller was impeded. No. Debuchy is looking
at the ball. Deschamps got after the worst
at the ball. Deschamps got after the international manager. Everything
changed after that play-off second leg. Griezmann pulling it back to
Valbuena. The state comes the Benzema. -- save. Nearly I got a bit
fortunate. -- Neuer got a bit fortunate. This is a good ball in.
Really good first stop, Benzema could not force it in. It comes to
the far post. Another corner. Great pressure on Benzema after the
original first save. They allowed Valbuena together shot on target,
but as a good height. Across goal, Sakho was up from the
back. They carry a threat, France. They
know that. Really good goalkeeping. The top goalkeepers have 15-20
minutes when they don't touch the ball, and those other saves which
are difficult because of the concentration element. There have
been some good goalkeepers, Navas of Costa Rica, the Colombian and
Mexican. A class class of his own? You think he is the world best? I
do. A good goal-scorer, Muller,
prodigious worker. Well done from Pogba. A little slip from
Schweinsteiger. Malone was pulled back. -- Muller was pulled back. In
the German cup final, Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund, few
people could even manage walking, and he was still going for the gold.
-- goal. Klose. Khedira. Ozil available on
the left. Toni Kroos looking for Klose. Khedira has gone down.
Clutching his face. Another player who missed a lot of football this
season. He got a ball in the face. Looks at the referee, then goes
down. Man playing football hit by ball in face shock! He had a really
nasty knee injury, early in the season. Playing just three games for
Real Madrid. His injury allows all the players to get a drink.
There can be an official drinks break if temperatures are high
enough. It must be today, surely? We were shown official figures. The
referee is chatting to his assistant. We were told the official
figure was 26 degrees, it will be hotter at pitch side, around 30. I
don't think this is an official break. The players have made it into
one. I wonder what the referee is doing. He is asking the assistant
referee and Muller where things stopped. He is asking the player? He
asked his assistant. Khedira is OK. Neuer was starting to come. Went
backwards. It is a two reflector midfield three, Schweinsteiger,
Kronos, Khedira. -- Kroos. The same again? It was from
that the goal came. Ozil standing over it, Kroos is there. Lovely
control by Yohan Cabaye. 4.5 minutes to plus stoppage time.
We mentioned about the referee asking a player, in the Bundesliga
they often do. They ask a player if he handled it, and expect honesty
afterwards. Interesting. Piti they didn't ask Thierry Henry
in that game in Paris! -- it's a pity.
Plenty of white shirts back for Germany now. Looking for Benzema.
Tentative appeals for handball. Hummel 's the Levys -- Hummels
turned his back. The referee was not helped by his assistant. No.
turned his back. The referee was not hit him in the guts. I was about to
say, I know the assistant has two wait to see if the player is active,
but I am not sure if the assistant on the near side is up to this. He
but I am not sure if the assistant just does not anticipate the play. I
still think it is harder than actually refereeing, though, being
the assistant. France famously won the World Cup in
1998. And they got to the final in
Germany, and it became a bit of an infamous final, because of the
Zinedine Zidane thing. Lovely ball from Pogba to Benzema.
This time he is onside. Benzema! In the end, great ball from Pogba,
but he created the chance for himself, Benzema. But he really
should have done better. You are thinking, go on, but it was white at
the goalkeeper. thinking, go on, but it was white at
game at these World Cup Finals. Pogba, his strength and everything,
game at these World Cup Finals. and Valbuena, they are a real
problem for Germany. Benzema has taken up a position in
the middle, Griezmann was coming from deep. Away by Schweinsteiger.
Sliced out by Muller. One minute of stoppage time. Valbuena was in and
out of the side for a fair few years, but Didier Deschamps Billy
has placed his trust in him. That was surely out of play! It is now.
I think if they go in 1-0 down, the French, at half-time, I think
Deschamps will be saying to them, let's get Pogba and Valbuena on the
ball as often as we can, because they will make things happen. The
goal which separates the sides, guided in by Hummels, who used the
pace of the free kick well. That is the half-time whistle. And it is
Germany who lead against Didier Deschamps' France. Joachim Low
making notes, he will be congratulating his defender Hummels,
whose goal separates the science at half-time.
Chances for both sides, but it is the Germans who have a slight
advantage at the moment, but this game has got a long way to go? It
has. I think the Germans have just edged it for me, neat and tidy. They
are getting in behind once or twice. But France look dangerous on the
break, particularly with the German high line, they have caught them out
once or twice. That it is a very good game. It looks to be a better
balance to this German side than in previous games, perhaps? It looks
like France or most are giving them the advantage, letting them keep the
ball, and then we will just try and get in behind you. A couple of times
they have succeeded. But also for the Germans, it is difficult the
goal came from a set piece. It is difficult for both sides, but
Germany has the initiative, trying to make the play. But the danger is
always waiting for a counterattack. How do you read it, Rio? The Germans
look more composed, like they have been here before. They are not
panicking, they are a goal up, and for me, they are just going to
strangle the game now. Interesting that Joachim Low was brave enough to
leave out big players are - did you ever do that in your managerial
career, Ruud?! And look what happened! I just thought I would
bring that up. The goal came from a set piece, as you said, Ruud, and it
was a very good header, wasn't it? ALAN SHEARER: It was impressive.
RUUD GULLIT: Hummels just pushes the defender away when the ball comes
in. It was a great header. Looks a little bit like Fellaini's goal for
Belgium. As a centre half, you cannot be bullied like that. I think
that is probably the week part of Varane's game. He is young, growing
into his frame still. Experience also? Yes, you have got to be able
younger, maybe not now. I tried to stay away from you because I did not
want to fight. How stay away from you because I did not
with that, now experience, he has got to fight
more? experience, he has got to fight
aggressive, but also, do not let Hummels get his hands on you. He is
right. Hummels wants to take control of the situation. As the centre
half, you have got to do exactly the same, but he is pulling him around.
That cannot happen. Penalty shout for Klose, what did you think? I
thought it was a penalty. Went down a little bit too easily. But Debuchy
has got hold of him. He gets the wrong side of him. What costs Klose
is the way he goes down, but he has got hold of his shirt. If the
referee sees that coming he gives a penalty. It was a great ball to see
that. The way he takes the extra step, the way he goes down. Also,
with the heavy touch, the referee probably thinks, he has lost the
ball so he has had a dive. That is what you do most of the time. The
moment you control the ball, you get a little push or a little pool, it
gets you off balance. And then you a little push or a little pool, it
go down. We spoke a lot about the high line prior to the game, and it
go down. We spoke a lot about the does not seem quite as drastic as
before? It is still high Gary. Look at the space in behind.
One well timed run in behind and they will strike glory. They have
had one or two attempts. You either make a run in from the side, whether
had one or two attempts. You either that is Griezmann or Valbuena. Or
the way to catch them would be Pogba, or a midfield runner, coming
from deep. The defenders will not be able to spot a midfield runner. I
mentioned coming off the line, Griezmann, and he did it very well.
He has got the whole pitch to look at so he can time his run. This was
a very good save from Neuer, at so he can time his run. This was
can be difficult for a forward, because you are sometimes the last
man, but a midfield guy can break the trap, if you like. And I think
if they keep on doing that, there is a little bit of success for France.
Germany, especially the centre halves, they react to danger, they
do not see it early. They all stay in line. I do not understand that as
a defender. I cannot wait to see, still after 20-25 minutes, it is
still 1-0. I want to see France take a bit more of a risk, and I think
they can do it with this team. When they have, Benzema has had a couple
of chances, Rio? Yes, you do not want to give this guy too many
chances. This one was nice. I thought he should have put his laces
through this but he tried to place it. Alan, you would have smashed
that. I said that straightaway. It is head down, hit it as hard as you
can. This was never going in. Well, he has worked hard to get himself
the space, but then it is a poor header. There is no way it is
handball. But it is a poor header. This is typical Benzema. He comes
inside, and this is what you are waiting for him to do. Centre
forward play at its best, sitting the defender down, take another
touch and get your shot off. Rio de Janeiro has two world-famous
landmarks. You can see Sugarloaf Mountain across the bay. The other
is a mighty statue of huge symbolic significance to this city and
nation, as Dan Walker has been finding out.
There is a legend which surrounds this amazing place. The engineer who
designed this 38 metre wonder of the world started work as an atheist but
finished it a man of faith. Many who visit this city will tell you,
wherever you are, you can see him. But in Brazil, it is much more a
case of him seeing you, watching over you, in life, in football.
COMMENTATOR: We are going to a penalty shoot-out, there is plenty
of drama to come yet. COMMENTATOR: Off the post! Brazil
have won in the most dramatic of circumstances!
Brazil are not the only nation displaying a strong faith. There are
many praying that it will be them, their country.
The Argentinian fans have been coming here in their thousands. They
have a man called Lionel Messi, and a home-grown hope. Don't tell the
Brazilians, but could this be their year?
Of course, God cannot answer all of those prayers. Most psychologists
will tell you that faith in someone can give you a little extra
something. And in a World Cup, something extra could make all the
difference. You can see whether the faith of the
host nation is rewarded in our highlights tonight on BBC One. Five
past midnight if you are watching in Scotland. Then, tomorrow evening, we
will have another live quarterfinal for you.
The Netherlands versus Costa Rica will be live on BBC One from 8.30.
That is pre-seeded in the afternoon by the Wimbledon women's singles
final. And a little earlier, we asked you who you thought would win
this years World Cup, and the answers are in. And 20% of you went
for Germany. A lot of faith for your nation? It
didn't start like that, we had trouble in the defence. That is why
we have played five at the back. We have scored a lot of goals. The
football has not been extraordinary. We have not passed the ball like we
usually do. The results are there. Costa Rica looks like the easy one
on paper, but that's where the danger is. The South Americans are
playing good football. I saw Colombia against Uruguay, strong,
unpredictable, fit. Van Gaal, clever? The thing is... All the
time, he has tried to make his mistakes right. Why don't you start
immediately with the right ones? There is controversy. Van Gaal is
very good, clever. Not easy to get rid of the old system. Doing
something different. Speaking to some of the guys in the camp, the
way that the media have gone on about the way they played. You can't
always be romantic. You want results. Backing in Maracana, Mark
Chapman and Danny Murphy give us their thoughts.
I think Alan said it, the Germans are keeping possession better, but
the French are hitting them on the break? Especially when the French
got into it. When they get in behind, they look dangerous. The
Germans are in control, dictating possession, they had something.
Schweinsteiger dictating play. There will be a point where the French
have two step out, press higher up the pitch, take risks. You have kept
an eye on the battle on the German Reich and the French left? The
German Reich is where Muller is playing, he is the second striker in
possession, but he's not getting back quick enough. The French have
had a lot of joy down the left. More importantly, they need to get Pogba
on the ball with his surging runs, causing the Germans problems.
Valbuena has not had the influence he did in the previous games,
although he had the best chance. The ball over the top two Griezmann and
Benzema is causing the Germans problems? It is, I think as long as
it does, it could still be a fascinating contest.
it does, it could still be a There are the two teams coming out
for the second half. Germany having the lead, long way to go. How
for the second half. Germany having do you think before France take
chances? I think they will give it 20 minutes, perhaps looking to Remy
because of 20 minutes, perhaps looking to Remy
German Highline. The Germans? What will they address? They will say, if
it stays like this for 20 minutes, the French will change. And what
they will have Came through to Griezmann there. He
went to ground. The ball would not fall for him. Fascinating to hear
Rio Ferdinand talking about Varane filling out his shape.
Pogba, like Raphael Varane, will be a terrific player in the future.
Good pressure by France. A bright start. Here is the forementioned
Raphael Varane, signed for Real Madrid on the advice of Zidane.
Offside against Valbuena. Enough for you? Griezmann does not make a great
deal of this at all. Is it Griezmann leaning back? Two threes could make
six. Why would you run the risk? Matuidi battling with zero. Klose
making the run. Could not cushion the header down.
What will they be thinking right now on the French bench? One of the
first things, they will look to see if the Germans are playing the
first things, they will look to see way, then they will start, if they
are not already, making plans in the next 15-20 minutes.
Muller gives Ozil a chase. 74,000 the official crowd figures. 74,240.
The Germans the official crowd figures. 74,240.
the Copacabana yesterday, they had a great day. Another goalkeeper quick
off his line. Patrice Evra, his 62nd cap. Low
looks on. Valbuena winning a free kick. Very clever. Schweinsteiger
cannot believe it. Nothing in that from Schweinsteiger.
France have an but unity to draw level. -- have an opportunity. Taken
quickly, Germany switched. The flag stayed down. -- switched off. Get
absolutely nothing whatsoever on it. Maybe the linesman's problem was the
shade or the light? Good start by France. Matuidi overran it.
Anticipating a touch from a defender. He was hoping as much as
anticipating. He squeezed between them, thinking he was going to get
tagged by one of them. I fink it is quite obvious what Deschamps said at
half-time, raise the tempo and the pace of the game. I certainly think
Brazil against Colombia will be played at a higher pace, because
Colombia have been playing like that all covered vision. Mind you, they
are in Fortaleza, stiflingly hot. It is hot here, but no hotter than
Germany in 2006 or Italy in 1990, Marseille in 1998. The players
cannot complain too much about the conditions in Rio, other places,
yes. Toni Kroos. A chance for Mesut Ozil. Just cut out, he was looking
for Klose. I kind of feel when they broke the opportunity was better
than it turned out. Asking a lot to read it through there. He has had a
quiet World Cup, Ozil, similar to the season he had at Arsenal. A
telling look. Hummels was there. Does he get fouled? He has got away
with it. Really got away with that. What is Hummel 's doing wrong --
Hummels. Eyes on the ball. What is Hummel 's doing wrong --
is onside. Rolling office to. -- off his toe. Coming out the sky, came
off his knee in the end. Germany lead, as they try and end this
longest barren run without a trophy. lead, as they try and end this
Nothing since 1996. 28 years. Lovely ball. The defence was
wrong-footed. Lovely ball. The defence was
blocking. Griezmann has space. Valbuena is available. Khedira will
get a yellow card. I should hope so. Quite right. The other thing,
Griezmann can play it earlier. He was looking and looking, so many
touches. Once was looking and looking, so many
it was always looking to do Muller, Klose, saw the runner
Schweinsteiger. Toni Kroos... He absolutely wanted to belt it, in the
end, contact is really poor. He is thinking Hollywood, name in
Approaching 50 caps, only goals, three came in qualifying.
I spoke to a Marseille fan this morning, more agitated
I spoke to a Marseille fan this destination of Valbuena then
France's game today. Here is Griezmann. Blocked by lie. --
blocked by Germany, third in 2010 and 2006,
runners-up in 2002 to Brazil. Can they finally get their hands on the
trophy, for the first time since 1990? Matuidi. A better touch, and
the French were away. Good run, mind. Some engine on him.
He seems to have added a bit of goal-scoring as well this season,
Matuidi. Howedes went to ground. Pogba cannot
quite believe that one. It did come off him last. He has gone for the
double bluff. Time and space now for Mamadou
Sakho. Patrice Evra. Sakho to Valbuena. That really was
not a good all. Those two players, very much favourites of Didier
Deschamps. He must be thinking of making a change now. Well, he has
got nearly all his bench warming up behind the goal away to our
left-hand side. That is foul on Muller. He did well he just never
stops working. One more goal for him today, and he will be joining those
players who have scored ten World Cup goals.
Boateng beaten, and away goes Matuidi. Benzema in the middle. Cut
out. Yes, it was actually a poor header by Boateng which put the
French on the attack. Germany got away with it. Schweinsteiger was
unhappy that it was he who had to make the block. Valbuena with the
corner for France. Benzema in there. It is
Cross comes in, anticipated by Neuer. Yes, comfortable in the end.
He must be glad he has had something to do!
Just to remind you, you can see the last quarterfinal, between the
Netherlands and Foster Rica, live on BBC One tomorrow, at half past
eight. The Germans want to know why there
was not an offside flag against Benzema. He will say he was not
interfering. He was not, strictly, Benzema. He will say he was not
was he? As Brian Clough used to say, if you are on the pitch, you are
interfering. That was 45 years ago. In towards Klose, nearly came
through to him. Won back by Schweinsteiger, who has left
Valbuena in a crumpled heap. There was nothing wrong with the
challenge, he goes and wins the header. That is one of the problems
with the Germans, in terms of the way they play, Jonathan. Howedes on
the left, he is a centre-back playing left-back, so they do not
really get much joy down the left-hand side. What is wrong with
that? I think every hard challenge by German on a French player will
remind the French of Patrick Battiston being steam-rollered by
Harald Schumacher in 1982. That was assault, wasn't it? How the referee
could just give a free kick... There were some fantastic goals in that
match, though. The bicycle kick. And then of course it was the first
county shoot out in the World Cup Finals. -- penalty shoot-out.
Griezmann attacking the far post, good block by Philipp Lahm. That is
a good battle between those two. Fourth corner of the game for
France. Valbuena. The whistle has gone. The flag did not go up... He
has probably had his back to the referee's assistant. That is harsh,
if it was called for handball. Very. He has made a lot of chances in this
World Cup, as well as scoring, Karim Benzema. He has got 20 or more goals
at club level for six seasons out of the last seven. The game has got
very bitty. But one was there to be won by Evra. He was hardly caught,
Muller. You cannot go down clutching your head. Germany over the years
have so very rarely lost in the knockout stages from this sort of
position. But it is certainly not beyond France, unless Germany score
here. Free kick. Muller, the offender. Muller on Evra,
25 minutes to go. I think the Germans might be going to make a
change. I think they might make the first one. The assistant coach has
called one of the substitutes, first one. The assistant coach has
Schurrle, to come to the bench, having been warming up behind the
goal. Maybe it will not be a record-breaking day for Miroslav
Klose today. Stick Muller through the middle. That is what the German
press thought they were going The whistles are I think from the
Brazilian fans, who have seen this game becoming something of a logjam.
The Germans are slowly working their way up the touchline.
He has scored five in his last five competitive internationals, the
Chelsea player, Schurrle. There is Olivier Giroud. The game needs
something. Good football, Germany. Mesut Ozil
on the far side of the penalty area... But it was too long for
Muller. Yes, Ozil came to the near post, creating the space, but they
could not exploit it, Germany. The record will have to wait for another
day. But he certainly gave them a target to hit in the first half, he
gave them better shape. On terms Schurrle. The German press have been
gave them better shape. On terms fulsome in their praise of Schurrle
over the last few days. That was for his goal against Algeria. Generally,
when he has come on, he has injected haste and energy, which is probably
what this game needs. And here he comes, of the right.
Mesut Ozil is in the middle. That has to be a corner! It IS a corner.
Everybody in the stadium can see the deflection. Sakho with the original
mistake, it came off him, should have been a corner. We are right
behind it, you could see it was a definite deflection.
behind it, you could see it was a referees today have been really
poor, both of them. Here is the injection of pace.
good ball by Schurrle. At the moment, Germany are not playing with
a centre forward. A couple of false nines. Have you seen any tactical
innovations here? No. The biggest tactical innovation has been the can
of spray paint. Which they have had in South American football for
years. But it has been a great World Cup. And they have invented another
one as well, just in case its nose, in orange. Seriously. -- just in
case it snows. France are going to make a
substitution, and it is going to be Laurent Koscielny who comes on for
Sakho. Sakho has been in and out, he has had this thigh injury, and he
missed a couple of months for Liverpool this season with another
injury. He is one of those players who, as a forward player, as a
striker, you always think, he will give you a chance. He virtually went
missing at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace came back that day.
What do you mean, virtually? Schurrle puts it out of play.
Valbuena created over 100 chances for Marseille this season. Benzema
was goal side. Not great positional sense by Boateng. Koscielny for
Sakho is OK, but you are not sending out the message to your players, be
more adventurous. What are you saying? He went for goal. He sounded
surprised. The young man is 23, choosing the wrong option, way wide.
Another substitution, Cabaye coming off for Loic Remy. That is your
statement, midfield player Ron, attacker on, probably playing wide
right. It is Schurrle, Ozil making strides. He went for goal as well.
Would have to be some strike to beat Lloris from there.
Great change of play to Valbuena. Took it well, coming inside. He hit
it too flat. Great ball, nice touch. Schurrle,
the Tottenham keeper making sure. The French are almost playing with
four, Griezmann up with Benzema, Remy on the
four, Griezmann up with Benzema, late on with the Swiss. We know what
four, Griezmann up with Benzema, happened there. Benzema
challengingly Boateng. Can Germany counter decisively? Into Muller,
looking for Ozil. The touch via Raphael Varane was enough for the
goalkeeper to get it out. They were unlucky, nice reverse pass. The
French did not panic. A quarter of an hour left in the
Maracana, the lead is a fragile one between Germany and a record fourth
semifinal in a row. Koscielny, no great urgency. They need to come out
and play, take a chance. How many times have we seen centre halves do
that. Lovely ball to Griezmann. Valbuena coming in, Benzema!
Brilliant block by Mats Hummels. Evra beyond the dearer. Neuer comes,
and gathers. What a difference getting a shout. I wonder if Benzema
let it run through to Valbuena. getting a shout. I wonder if Benzema
great block by Hummels. 2-Benz. Here is Matuidi. -- that
Germany need a second dearer powering on, brought down by
Pogba? No. The German benches absolutely furious. This --
French cheers ringing round the Maracana. Comfortable save, isn't
it? They threw him in for his debut, five years ago, he was 23. They have
the attitude that he was going to be the world's best, we will throw him
in, he will stay there. No great support for Ozil. Germany
Conservative, losing possession. I keep thinking there is an
equaliser for France, it has not come. There is an impetus with Remy
coming on. Possession is now 50-50 in the game. A good ball by the
outstanding Muller. Not by Lahm. A free kick against Matuidi. So he was
trying to win the ball. The next goal in this game could
have a huge The next goal in this game could
to win the trophy. Germany were very narrow, running
into trouble. That is trouble for Schweinsteiger. Flicking his leg out
to make sure Griezmann did not get away. The Germans are not sure where
Griezmann is playing. Causing problems. Loic Remy.
Benzema was fouled by Schurrle. He said he did not miss timed tackle.
Ten minutes ago. -- to go. France have seven players in the
opposition penalty area. A competition where we have seen so
many late goals. Hitting a defender, bouncing wide.
It's a German, looks like Hummels. Did not know much about it. It was
hit against him by the left-back. Brilliant. What a difference that
makes. Pressure off, break. It we go. Ozil looked offside. Back
towards Muller Schurrle missed it. Germany saw the semifinal beckoning.
He was on. When it comes to Schurrle, he can have another touch
if he wants. On his favoured foot. He panicked. He knows. That could
come back to want them. Games can spin on moments like that. Lloris
keeping France in the World Cup. They have a man over on the left.
Played in, not far enough. Valbuena trying to win it back. Toni Kroos
timed it well. It is intriguing, for all the French attacks, the Germans
could score another one. It comes little Mario got -- Gotze. They will
replace Ozil. He had a strange season, replaced by Mario Gotze,
brilliant against Portugal, has faded since then. His future is
clouded at Bayern Munich. Comes out to Gotze, corner off Koscielny.
Neuer is almost on the halfway line. Headed away by Koscielny. Here comes
Olivier Giroud. For Benzema? Valbuena going off. It must be,
Griezmann on the left... Remy on the right, the big two through the
middle. When Giroud has played in a three, Benzema on the left, it has
not worked at all. A foul. The referee's assistant, 3.5 metres
away, never put his We haven't spoken to much about the
referees in the World Cup, they have been good, but the assistants are
lagging behind. I think France
regrets if it stays like this and they go out. Not going for it early
enough. It will not be today, but in the fullness of time Deschamps will
tell them it was a game they could have won.
tell them it was a game they could Yes, the Germans are just going to
slow the game down at every opportunity now.
Well, Mexico thought they were home and hosed in the round of 16. Two
very late goals saw them off. We are into the last four minutes here
What is that?! He thought the player was down. He did. I think he thought
that Giroud was down. You cannot was down. He did. I think he thought
change it to my referee, surely. What are you doing? I will
change it to my referee, surely. has done the decent thing. Well
done, Patrice Evra there. has done the decent thing. Well
is. Thomas Muller. Away from Patrice Evra. Schurrle to finish it! The
block came in from Varane. Evra looks the Benzema. Boateng. Do you
want your looks the Benzema. Boateng. Do you
far forward in this situation? Has Boateng left them exposed?! Offside.
Yes, it is not a problem if you're centre-back comes out there, you
just fill in, it is fine. I don't think actually we have seen enough
centre halves bringing the ball forward in the competition. No,
Marquez has been as good as anybody. With the exception of David Louise,
let's not forget. Oh, Schweinsteiger, where he has been
all day, blocking anything loose. Loic Remy. Griezmann underneath it.
Too far. The French need to squeeze up and
try and win the ball back in Germany's half. Two great European
heavyweights. It has been intriguing but it has
not been free-flowing. Koscielny has gone forward. Looking for Benzema.
Brought it down well. Hamas again. He has been brilliant. Yes, he has,
his positional sense has been outstanding. -- Hummels. There have
been a couple of second-half cautions. We know now that there
will be for minutes of added time. If you wanted any team in the world
to protect a 1-0 lead in the World Cup quarterfinal, it is Germany,
isn't it? It is, indeed. They are going to make another substitution
as well, I think. They are going to be in no hurry to take the throw,
that is for sure. Christopher Cramer is going to come on for them. Forced
forward. of these finals. He runs his socks
off, says Joachim Low, of the 23-year-old. Giroud fouls him.
Toni Kroos is going to be the man replaced by Cramer.
A funny old game. He had a very strong end of the season on loan at
Russia Moenchengladbach. He does not influence the game enough for me. He
was not in the original 30, but he played well against Poland on his
debut in a 0-0 draw in May, and that got him into the squad. That is
foul. The referee's assistant has given a throw.
He has had a frustrating afternoon, Pogba. He needs to learn how to
dominate. Yes, it will come, there is no doubt about that. That is
foul. Debuchy down, it was foul by Muller. Mind you, he has taken a few
prisoners in his career as well, Debuchy.
Forward by Lloris, won cleanly by Schurrle. Goalkeeper pursued by
Muller! Comes forward. Griezmann. Benzema! Needs something special.
Karim Benzema. Manuel Neuer, one-handed, almost nonchalant!
Matuidi wants it. Benzema waits. Oh, that is a terrible ball, and the
chance has gone. Well, I think Benzema has got to go low and hard
across the goalkeeper. He is not going to score from there, sorry.
It is an easy save them isn't it? And he knows, look. France are
heading out. We have had the four minutes of stoppage time. Germany
are through. The goal by centre-back Mats Hummels after 17 minutes was
enough. The campaign has ended for France. And they will know, in the
fullness of time, this is a game they might have won, had they been
more aggressive, more adventurous. But it is Germany who roll on in
extra be to the last four of a World Cup once again.
GARY LINEKER: So, Germany into the semifinal for a fourth successive
time, a record. They have not won it since 1990. The French have done
puffed but they since 1990. The French have done
something overall. It is the same disappointment that we have seen
from so many disappointment that we have seen
competition, as they go home. All in all, it was not quite the
footballing feast we expected, Alan Shearer? No, we wanted to see better
football in the second half, but France were not able to produce it.
It was very surprising, their lack of urgency and spring, going
forward. They were chasing the game. He brought Loic Remy on, and played
him on the right-hand side, which I was surprised about, because the one
thing the Germans did lack was a bit of pace through the middle. I
thought he should have put him on up front with Benzema. But other than a
couple of opportunities created by Benzema for himself, there was very
little from France attacking-wise. But defensively, Germany got it spot
on, and Hummels was brilliant whenever the question was asked of
him. What a brilliant decision it was by Joachim Low to leave
Mertesacker out. Ruud, if there is any criticism of Germany, it is
probably the fact that they failed to kill it off, they had a couple of
chances? Yes, it was a great chance. But I agree with Alan Shearer, the
lack of urgency from France. It is a disappointment from this game,
because I wanted to see Germany a little bit more under pressure. But
maybe it is also because Germany are that strong, it is possible.
RIO FERDINAND: I was disappointed with France because they did not up
the tempo, and they did not have anybody to take the game by the
scruff of the neck. I think Pogba will grow into that. But they missed
Ribery, he was the guy who will grow into that. But they missed
always look to to unlock doors, that little bit of magic, and I do not
think they had anybody in their team who could produce that, and he was a
big miss today. The German back four were comfortable against the French.
Not too many times that France had a runner from midfield. The back four
were always comfortable, facing forwards. Particularly second-half,
were always comfortable, facing they hardly got in behind them at
all. Just the single goal of the game, it was quite a while ago. Yes,
very, very good header, he was strong, he wanted the ball more than
Varane. He controls the situation, rather than Varane controlling it.
Hummels is rushing him and pulling him around, and he is
Hummels is rushing him and pulling him, and he gets his reward.
Hummels is rushing him and pulling a sign of his inexperience as a
defender, Rio? Guess, you cannot let the forward dictate to you, you have
got to push him around. He did not do that, and it comes down to
experience. We often see defenders grabbing hold of players. You have
played in Spain and Italy, the Italians, they do it, they push you
out of your position. It is also anticipating - where do you want the
ball? He pushes him here, he pushes him away, and he cannot reach the
ball. In that situation, as a forward, have to get the eye of the
ball, to pull and drag the defender, and you take control of the
situation by knowing where that ball is going, rather than the defender.
As a forward, you can gamble, but as a defender, you can't. As I said,
sometimes even just a little nudge, it puts you off. In the end it was
Hummels who was doing that. But is it a foul? No, it is good play. Just
playing devil's advocate. Hummels played an important part in the
game, as well as getting the goal. He made an important block as well.
Yes, this was from Benzema. A rate last-ditch tackle. Benzema was
looking to pull the trigger, and Mats Hummels does not give up on it.
Great tackle, Rio. Yes, he just cruel as the game went on. He is a
big guy. In and around the box, he reads it well and smells the danger,
shuts the door. RUUD GULLIT: Was it Griezmann who
almost had a shot at goal? Funny, also important was Muller. He runs
for fun, the whole game he is annoying the forwards. We were
saying during the game, one chance, and here it came, right at the end.
Benzema again, it has got to be something special to beat the
goalkeeper from this angle. The goalkeeper did everything right. He
will not beat him from there. That is what I mean, these are just half
chances, really. If you have got Ribery, he is jawing two players, so
somebody else that's more space to create danger at double can anybody
but this Neuer?! So The number of possibilities they had, if you have
certain moments, you can. It was the Germans on the counter that have the
better chances. The more that France tried to push further forward,
inevitable they were going to create chances. When they missed this one,
we thought they were going to regret this. They would get a chance at the
other end. Terrible ball into the middle. They didn't
other end. Terrible ball into the advantage of it. Later on a better
chance. A beautiful feeling when the keeper comes out in claims one like
that. Straight into the French half. Muller again. You expect him to put
this away. A disguised pass! He has a big gap, but he just put it
straight down the middle. We thought they were going to regret missing
these chances. Muller again, always involved. An opportunity. As much as
we can say we were disappointed with the French, the lack of urgency, we
have two say, you know what? The Germans killed again, taking the
sting out of it. -- killed the game. You have to give them credit. No
real superstars, all very good at doing their jobs. A good example of
that is Klose and to dearer taking yellow cards. -- and Khedira. You
have to do that. Let's pop back to the Maracana and hear from Mark
Chapman and Danny Murphy. You are like everybody in the
studio, frustrated at the lack of urgency from the French? I don't
know whether they ran out of legs, or the German possession wore them
out. It was like a group game, ten minutes ago, I am thinking, run
around, leave it out there. You saw the Americans against Belgium, not
one player who did not put 100% in, dying out there. Credit to the
Germans, talk about killing the game off, keeping the ball, they should
have won by two or three. The decision-making came from the three
in the middle, Khedira, Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos.
Schweinsteiger was outstanding. I like a good midfielder... Muller,
playing is a midfielder, as a number nine, going wide, coming to feet.
The Germans had a bit more experience, they knew how to do it.
I suppose that experience will come for people like Pogba? He was one of
their best friends players, -- one of the best French players, he
didn't have his best game, but he looks like he will be a top
midfielder. We don't know who Germany will play, if it was the
hosts, would they have problems with the Germans? Yes, I think they
would. It would be a fascinating game. The Germans showed their
experience and know-how today. The Brazilians have good athletes, it
would be a fascinating game. I don't imagine the Brazilians giving up
like the French did. That is it from Danny and myself, the German
celebrations were understated on the pitch. They are used to making
semifinals at World Cups. Nothing to them. Let's find out what
is happening in the world of social media with Dan Walker. A national
holiday in Brazil every time the host play. South America in during a
three-day weekend. Enjoying a moment of Messi magic, this van. When he
scored this goal against Nigeria, he posted the word goal, but with
20,000 characters. Obama has been getting in on all the social media
attention with Tim Howard. I just wanted to call and say you did us
proud. It has sparked thousands of pictures, including things he could
save like this one... He could have presented Del boy from
that fall. David Luiz posting selfies. Have a look at Daniel
Ricciardo, the F1 driver, silky skills. I surprised myself. Send in
your efforts. These have been going down very well with the tourist.
Locals say you need two a day. I will prepare you a lovely bunch of
coconuts when you come off there. We will play keep ups with them.
The Germans are through, who will they play? I think they will play
Brazil. With the they play? I think they will play
is in, the expectation, the pressure, I
is in, the expectation, the impressive? I am supporting them. I
like them very much. I would not announce that too loudly here! You
have to make your choices. How do you see it going, Rio? The whole
Brazil behind them, I cannot Brazil getting beaten.
Brazil behind them, I cannot Brazil way they have played, but Brazil, I
want them to get to way they have played, but Brazil, I
there a great team in this tournament? Great teams going
forward, not defensively. In the last 90 minutes, only one goal the
match. -- a match. The difference is becoming less, they are making less
mistakes. We're running out of time, Germany are our first semifinalist,
some things never change. Germany are our first semifinalist,
the dark horses, they have two beat the mighty Germany. Wide from
Benzema. Germany leading. He stayed comes out to Ben. -- Benzema.
A lovely cross in. Muller. Schurrle has missed it. Germany roll on
Live coverage from Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium of the first World Cup quarter-final as France take on Germany in an all-European clash.