Quarter-final: France v Germany Match of the Day Live


Quarter-final: France v Germany

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

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classic, France versus Germany, two the leading lights of international

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football take to the stage. deans of their -- Zidane. Schumacher

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thumped him pretty hard. Klinsmann, what a girl. Thierry Henry for

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France. Matuidi with the second. -- goal. It is 3-0, Muller is there.

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Benzema. Ozil again. It is 24 years since Germany won the

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World Cup, It is 24 years since Germany won the

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of flu in the camp, they are one game away from a fourth successive

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semifinal. The French coach, Didier Deschamps, was their captain when

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they lifted the trophy in 1998, his talented squad have put their

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troubles of four years ago firmly behind them.

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Alongside Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand for this clash of the

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European heavyweights, an old friend, Ruud Gullit. Are you

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enjoying a? Yes, great World Cup, we did not expect to see this kind of

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attacking football, loads of goals. The South Americans have surprised

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us in the way they have played, and I've enjoyed it, and the people at

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home as well. This Saturday's game should be tasty, two great

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footballing nations? The Germans, old friends of the Dutch! In the

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last few years, they have improved a lot. There is a foreign influence,

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the Turkish players, they play technical, good stuff, they try to

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keep the ball. Scoring a lot of goals. I am looking forward to it.

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France have been a surprise to everyone. An old clash of two

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titans. Both these teams playing entertaining football, this could be

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the tie of the round? We hope so. Germany started the tournament

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scoring goals, blazing away, they have pleaded for little bit. France,

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not huge expectations on them in this tournament, like the Germans,

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they are feeling their way into the tournament, feeling comfortable,

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looking good. Should be a free-flowing game? It is funny,

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Germany always remembered as being an efficient group of winners, they

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have gone into this expansive, open football. The French team, they are

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surprisingly few people. They did not have the expectation to do well,

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the harmony that Didier Deschamps have got -- has got, should make for

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a good game. This is shaping up to be the most open World Cup for

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years. Who will be champions is not clear? We are inviting you to take

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part in a vote. West Germany beat France twice in

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the 1980s. The first of those encounters was one of the most

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infamous in World Cup history recalled by Eddie Butler.

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1982, a warm night in Seville, recalled in infamy. The villain of

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the piece, Harald Schumacher. They were playing Michel Platini's

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France, Schumacher protecting his area forcefully. Every square inch

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of his area, from the goal-line to the outer reaches of the 18-yard

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box. On the receiving end, Patrick

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Battison, three teeth knocked out, the Saint-Etienne defender knocked

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out. Schumacher was unhurt. Battison ended it, Platini thought he was

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dead. The Dutch referee awarding a goal kick. As for the game... Michel

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Platini. Vital for France. It is in. It is 1-1. What a moment in

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Platini. Vital for France. It is in. area. Tigana. What a cracking goal.

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Onside. Karlheinz River nacre -- Karlheinz Riemann ago May six --

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makes it 3-2. It will now mean sudden death. Schumacher still

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centre stage as the world's first penalty shoot out took place. It

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will go out to the mag on until someone misses. Schumacher. No

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question he moved, he takes the applause. West Germany have won.

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They have won in a totally unsatisfactory matter. West German

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celebrations would end here, they lost 3-1 to Italy in the final.

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It was an extraordinary game, great memories, great goals, but always a

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member for that unbelievable moment with Schumacher. 3-3, great goals,

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great game, but that. I don't mind physical contact, but that was a bit

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too much. Incredible. It was a Dutch referee! In those days, the

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punishment was different maybe. Horrifying. For

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punishment was different maybe. on, it was terrible, he was OK.

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Being remembered for that Ba the referee did not give any thing. No

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foul, no penalty. A goal kick. FIFA did not look at it. Any memories of

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that? No memories. It was a car crash. The game, you remember it for

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the wrong reasons. The nominal. We were tough in those days, Rio!

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Today's all European encounter takes place in the most famous stadium in

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South America, across Rio de place in the most famous stadium in

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Janeiro, at the Maracana. Mark Chapman and Danny Murphy

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imposition. We are. A glorious lunchtime at the

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Maracana. Germany have not hit the heights of that opening game against

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Portugal. They had three tough games, they were tested against

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Ghana in the heat. games, they were tested against

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all the way. Against Algeria they needed extra time. The French may be

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a bit fresher. If you were a French midfielder, would you be licking

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your lips at taking on this high defensive gem in line? I would be

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amazed if they do that today, that is asking for trouble against a

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quality side. They are more well-equipped. We think Philipp Lahm

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will go to full-back, Boateng in the middle. They might try and do it,

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but I think they will be more cautious. Is that because of the

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high line, Lahm going to full-back? I think it is because of Griezmann,

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he was a game chain, allowing Benzema to go into the centre,

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causing problems. The German manager has seen it, thinking my most

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experienced full-back, one of my best players, I will put him on

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Griezmann. They are still warming up, we will city you -- we will talk

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to you at half-time. There has been much debate to the

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open nature of the German tactical approach. Whatever happened to

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ruthless efficiency? Dan Walker can tell us.

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A dash of daring, sweeper keepers, high defensive lines. Walking the

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tightrope. What would they have made for this? 18 years without a

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trophy, and attire generation knowing Germany as the nearly men.

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Before the only thing they did not win was friends. Efficient,

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functional, they were the World War I arrows let loose from the high

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ground. They simply raised their metal shields to the sky and smiled.

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Then the production line slowed, a systemic overhaul, a period of

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transition where they still reach the World Cup final. Then Germany

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showed a new face, fresh, cosmopolitan, expansive. Yearling

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Klinsmann, the quiet technocrat, Low is a thinker, he found it at his

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players 2.8 seconds to make a pass, too long. The kept going until it

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was less and less, too long. The kept going until it

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was now he says it is 0.9. Flamboyance rooted in science.

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Goalkeeping midfielders apart, the fluid style is best personified by

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this man, what is Thomas Muller? Winger, striker, false nine, one

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thing is certain, he is deadly, usually. Will this more muscular

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style at its time? Low may have a stopwatch on his team, but those 18

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years, he knows his clock is ticking, too.

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Indeed, he has made big tactical changes. Manuel Neuer winning his

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50th cap, he has lost just three times in a Germany shirt. The

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experiment are times in a Germany shirt. The

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playing Lahm in central midfield is over, he returns to write back. Mats

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Hummels comes into the fence. Schweinsteiger and Khedira are

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United in front of the back four. Toni Kroos has had more touches than

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any other player in the World Cup. Ozil to his left, Muller is no

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longer a false nine. Miroslav Klose given the chance to create history

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and become his country's all-time leading scorer. Everything has been

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talking about Manuel Neuer, Rio, that sweeper keeper role.

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Defender in front of his defence. I think he is the best keeper in the

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world, he plays quickly, incisively. He has become a sweep almost. This

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touch map, almost one third of this touches on so -- outside the box.

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Finding danger, clearing it up, phenomenal. The AUC, making a

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decision early, phenomenal. The AUC, making a

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athleticism. Sliding tackle. Head down, back to goal. This would be a

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defender's nightmare, I would not want to see him out here. He punches

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it, through one of his own guys, off they go. He sees Mertesacker... Out

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he comes. Quick. Is there a sense there is a red card waiting to

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happen? It is high risk football, if it does not come off, it is a red

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card or a goal. The centre halves have no cover, they are drilled he

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will be coming off his line. Mark your man, they get the space. People

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recover the space. It is not the way I like to play, but it works for

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them. Doesn't it just but to show how

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football has changed for a goalkeeper in the last 20 years when

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he hardly used his hands! Hugo Lloris is the same, he does not mind

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coming off his line, either. Did you not to the words that a goalkeeper

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must be able to play football? That is why he was in goal, otherwise he

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would have been playing out. But he chooses people, plays people in

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different positions, whatever. You need that. As a goalkeeper, you have

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to be a footballer. That changed. But he took a lot of risks, I agree

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with you. Against better opposition, Algeria are not France, and the

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forwards in the French team will be thinking, if that ball comes to me

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now, they will be thinking, I will be running in behind. You can bet

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whatever you want that France have been working on exactly that. I want

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to see somebody clever enough to see him and catch him out of his goal.

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As for the French, Thierry Henry is now back in playing action in New

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York, but he still found time to record a rallying cry for his

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compatriots. LET'S HAVE A LOOK AT THE FRENCH

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LINE-UP. THEY HAVE MADE TWO CHANGES. Sakho

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LINE-UP. back in central defence, in place of

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Koscielny. Paul Pogba scored in back in central defence, in place of

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their last match back in central defence, in place of

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settled midfield trio. And back in central defence, in place of

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has tinkered with his front line, with Griezmann coming in for Giroud,

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meaning Benzema moves into the central role. Alan Shearer, you have

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had a look at Benzema. He is one of the players who is in contention for

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the Golden Boot? Traditional centre forward, he wants to play number

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nine. The contrast between him and Muller, this guy wants to get in the

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box. He wants to play on the last man. This was a fantastic finish. He

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has had more shots in the tournament than anyone else. He can assist as

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well. The weight of pass there was brilliant. But this is what he will

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be looking to do today, get in behind. In contrast, this guy, I do

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not know what he is, an attacking midfielder, centre forward, number

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ten... Here, crossing from the left, and this time, coming from the

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right. Another assist. That is fantastic, on a plate. And he does

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his bit for the team as well. Defending here. You will not see

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that from Benzema too many times. Again, from the left, another

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assist. Brilliant. But he is also a guy in the right place at the right

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time, who can finish. That is not a fluke, that that ball comes to him,

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but what about the finish. It is brilliant. He is similar to a Frank

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Lampard, an attacking midfielder who will be in the right place at the

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right time. Golden Boot four years ago, and a great chance of doing it

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again. There are not many number nines here. Look at the guys who are

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scoring the goals. Both Muller and Benzema have been moved around a bit

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in this World Cup. He looks more comfortable in the middle, that is

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where he plays at Real Madrid. He is a real striker. For instance, van

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Persie is not a real striker, he just converted. And I think Thomas

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Muller is the same. You know he can do it, you can put him on the right,

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the left, and he will do something for your team. He is a player that

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every coach would be happy to have. You have played against these

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players, Rio, how do they compare? Very different, Benzema is a pure

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centre forward, one of the most difficult guys I have played

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against. He can shoot off either foot. Comfortable with the ball

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coming into feet, and can run-in behind, here's a defender's

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nightmare, he can do a bit of everything. Thomas Muller, when you

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look at him, he does not scare you, he is not physically imposing or

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articulately quick, but he is efficient. He does what is best for

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the team. He is one of those kind of ghostly players, he sneaks into

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positions. Maybe a bit like Lampard, or David Platt. But also, as we saw,

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he can assist. Those balls he played in were fantastic. Going back to

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Benzema, if Germany are going to play that high line today, then he

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will love that. You will see him trying to run-in behind at every

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opportunity, if they are going to leave that space. That is what he

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wants to do, because he is quick, and defenders do not like that. What

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do you think, Ruud Gullit, about the fact that Lahm has now gone back to

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full-back? I must say he does it well when he plays in midfield. He

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is a good player. Of course you miss him at right-back because he always

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comes forward at the right moment. That is why they played Khedira.

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Almost all season he was injured, but in the final, he played for Real

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Madrid. So they know what they are going to get from him. A more

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natural holding player? Yes, he is. But going back to Lahm, he went into

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midfield for Bayern Munich, for Germany as well. He gets the most

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touches, and his pass accuracy is really high. That is a top, top

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player. Pep Guardiola said he is one of the best football players he has

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ever managed. Also in the French team, Griezmann and Pogba, laying

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with no fear, just enjoying their World Cup. I think that is

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important. If they can make runs in behind as well. The Germans want to

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have the ball, so they will be writing for the right moment.

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Quickly, how do you see it going, Alan Shearer? I will go for Germany.

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Also Germany. Rio? I think France will win it. It is a quarterfinal

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between France and Germany, watched in the Maracana by Mark Lawrenson

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and Jonathan Pearce. JONATHAN PEARCE: Good afternoon,

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everybody. One of the hottest Rio days in the World Cup so far. We

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could have a World Cup classic here today. Germany, unbeaten in 15

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games, France and beaten in eight. Germany into the last eight for the

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16th time in a row. A sixth quarterfinal for France. We will

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have the anthems, and then the two captains will read out an

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anti-discrimination declaration. Temperatures down on the pitch side,

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about 30 degrees Celsius. It is searingly hot. And the players will

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have to wait while this anti-discrimination explanation is

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read out on the PA system. And they will introduce a message from the

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two captains, Lahm and Lloris. Hugo Lloris, he is saying, on behalf of

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the national team France, they wholeheartedly reject any

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discolouration on any grounds -- discrimination on any grounds. Using

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the power of football, they can help to eradicate racism and risk

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ruminations from sport and society at large. We ask you to join us in

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this fight. Philipp Lahm, on behalf of Germany - we appeal to everyone

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who is watching us today to help us remove discrimination from our

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society. It is only together that we can succeed. Those players have been

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made to stand a long time in the sunshine and the heat.

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# Allons enfants de la Patrie Le jour de gloire est arrive

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L'etendard sanglant est leve # L'etendard sanglant est leve

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# Entendez-vous dans les campagnes Mugir ces feroces soldats

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# Aux armes, citoyens Formez vos bataillons

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# Marchons, marchons # Qu'un sang impur

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Abreuve nos sillons # Amour sacre de la Patrie

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# Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Fur das deutsche Vaterland

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# Danach lasst uns alle streben Bruderlich mit Herz und Hand

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# Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Sind des Gluckes Unterpfand

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# Bluh' im Glanze dieses Gluckes Bluhe, deutsches Vaterland. #

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It will be interesting to see who the Brazilian neutrals in the crowd

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will be supporting. They lost to France in the 1998 final, and in the

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quarterfinals of 1986 and 2000. The winners of this will play the

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winners of Brazil-Colombia. France have everybody fit. Two changes.

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Griezmann, from Real Sociedad, starts his third game, with Olivier

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Giroud dropping to the bench. starts his third game, with Olivier

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Giroud dropping to the That allows Benzema to be the central striker.

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He has rediscovered his goal-scoring touch. Mamadou Sakho is fit again,

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preferred to Koscielny. Watch out for bellboy in, one of the

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candidates -- watch out for Valbuena, one of the candidates for

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player of the tournament. There is the referee, Nestor Pitana, from

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Argentina. Philipp Lahm has three times been voted best full-back at

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tournaments. Hugo Lloris has been simply outstanding so far. Again,

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there is some delay in this ritual, which will not help the players at

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all. changes, now they will have another

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delay for an anti-discrimination say no to racism photo. Bearing in mind,

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once you get out onto the field of play, you just want to start. They

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may think it's necessary, but I'm pretty sure the players don't, in

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terms of the temperature. A crucial message to get across. Yes. The

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German changes, Arsene Wenger would like to know why Per Mertesacker was

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not playing, he is set behind us, one of the players suffering from

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flu. The press also believe it's a tactical decision. Khedira returns

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to the starting line-up, the other big talking point upfront. Klose

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coming in, Rio got sir. -- coming in for Mariga -- Gotze.

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When you look both teams with the changes, both look extremely well

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balanced. You would argue better than they have been in the

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competition so far. I wonder if Yogi the -- Joachim Low has been waiting

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for this, you all a great piece by Dan Walker, he has been honing the

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German team down to the split-2nd. We're about to get going at the home

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of football, the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Many people have France as

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the dark horses, they had to beat the mike and experience of Germany,

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all in white. The first World Cup where they have not had black shorts

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or green shirts as part of their kits. Awaiting final permission from

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the feeder macro official. -- FIFA official. Germany get us going.

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Put forward by Debuchy. Newcastle trying to keep hold of him.

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We're still not sure if Schweinsteiger is fully fit.

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We're still not sure if problems with Bayern Munich this

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season. He came out to warm up with tracksuit bottoms on. Very hot out

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there. Germany do have orthodox full-backs,

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they have been playing with four centre-backs. That is where all the

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width will come from, with Lahm. Mats Hummels, important player.

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Germany playing possession football early on. The French are ready and

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retreating, five across midfield. The French are rejuvenated, saying

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the whole of France is behind them. Six months ago the French press were

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decrying them are the worst team ever. They would have to go

:34:43.:34:48.

mixture of experience and youth. A mixture of experience and youth. A

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chance for Muller to attack. Looking for Klose, to the edge of the

:34:57.:35:05.

penalty area. That is pumped away by Cabaye. The French centre-back from

:35:06.:35:12.

Liverpool did not look comfortable. Evra was breaking forward, the ball

:35:13.:35:19.

was not played to him, he was completely a position. -- out of

:35:20.:35:35.

position. Hamill -- Hummels blossomed in the last two years.

:35:36.:35:43.

Schweinsteiger plays it back to blossomed in the last two years.

:35:44.:35:49.

Hummels. 14 of the squad are 25 or under. It is a conveyor belt of

:35:50.:35:56.

talent. Has been for many generations in German football. The

:35:57.:36:00.

French cannot get the ball at the moment. Looking for Muller. Away by

:36:01.:36:08.

Cabaye. Sakho or Koscielny, who would you

:36:09.:36:34.

have preferred? The presence of Sakho makes me a bit nervy.

:36:35.:36:41.

Deschamps likes Sakho, his goals. They struggled in qualifying, with

:36:42.:36:55.

Spain in their group, but they had been a completely different team

:36:56.:37:03.

here. Miller thinking Lahm was going to continue his run. Interesting

:37:04.:37:07.

that Griezmann, who plays on the left, did not even think about

:37:08.:37:17.

tracking Lahm. Some thought... That is a brilliant shot, I hope you can

:37:18.:37:23.

see that at home. Christ the Redeemer, the Maracana. Some French

:37:24.:37:34.

observers thinking they were going to play Sissoko on the left-hand

:37:35.:37:35.

side. Griezmann beaten in the air by

:37:36.:37:51.

Boateng. Cut down. The French have not started, have they? Not up to

:37:52.:37:58.

speed at the moment. He could make history, Thomas

:37:59.:38:01.

speed at the moment. He could make finishes top scorer?

:38:02.:38:06.

speed at the moment. He could make finished top scorer in World Cups

:38:07.:38:10.

twice. Nine goals in his first nine World Cup games. The same is Pele.

:38:11.:38:18.

Klose trying to make his own record. Great interception by Sakho. Great

:38:19.:38:35.

start by Germany. Klose holding it up. Lloris taking a while to

:38:36.:38:44.

start by Germany. Klose holding it out, trying to calm things down. Or

:38:45.:38:56.

slow down the Germans. Blaise Matuidi, a lot of people thought he

:38:57.:38:59.

slow down the Germans. Blaise was lucky to be playing today, a

:39:00.:39:05.

fierce tackle leaving the Nigerian player with a broken leg. He did

:39:06.:39:19.

apologise afterwards. Klose. Klose the highest scoring German. Evra,

:39:20.:39:24.

head down. It is behind Benzema. Not the highest scoring German. Evra,

:39:25.:39:38.

a great header away. Valbuena has had a magnificent tournament. A

:39:39.:39:49.

little chip, an effort is by Benzema. Great little ball from

:39:50.:39:58.

Valbuena. A quick look, thinking it in. -- dinks it in. I'm not sure why

:39:59.:40:12.

has gone with a side foot. Nobody has had more shots at World Cup

:40:13.:40:19.

2014, that is his 25th. Cristiano Ronaldo in second place!

:40:20.:40:26.

A free kick to France. Have you seen the official feeder -- FIFA player

:40:27.:40:45.

of the tournament? I have. David Luiz according to the stats. Johan

:40:46.:40:48.

Have not scored a goal Djourou is in the top ten!

:40:49.:41:04.

Have not scored a goal half in a last three games. Debuchy.

:41:05.:41:12.

Varane, the best young centre-back in the world according to Jose

:41:13.:41:19.

Mourinho. He would love to get hold of him

:41:20.:41:23.

Mourinho. He would love to get hold with injury every Madrid. Started

:41:24.:41:28.

the Champions League final. Had an operation near the start of the

:41:29.:41:35.

campaign. -- Real Madrid. Fairies Deschamps, he was decried by Eric

:41:36.:41:42.

Cantona as a water carrier. Had a great influence on that side.

:41:43.:41:49.

Benzema macro offside surely. The flag stayed down, through to Manuel

:41:50.:41:59.

Neuer. Have you seen the DVD of Deschamps in the dressing room in

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98? Absolutely brilliant. Getting the players together. A great man

:42:08.:42:10.

motivator, they say. A little chip in. Away by Sakho.

:42:11.:42:26.

Germany penetrating deep into French territory. Schweinsteiger.

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Schweinsteiger dwelling on that. Came into the tournament carrying in

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injury, had to macro operations this season on his ankle.

:42:49.:43:11.

Had to have a couple operations. Twice Valbuena has got in either

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side. A good start to the game, opening ten minutes. Germany having

:43:24.:43:28.

most of the play, the French looking a bit more dangerous.

:43:29.:43:29.

most of the play, the French looking a Valbuena is the key. That is

:43:30.:43:35.

forward to Griezmann, onside, Benzema macro in the middle. The

:43:36.:43:45.

cover was there I Mats Hummels. Both offences looking vulnerable.

:43:46.:44:05.

Matuidi. Here is Schweinsteiger. Neuer flaying his 50th game. That is

:44:06.:44:16.

a free kick. The little nudge by Pogba. A big occasion for him, 21.

:44:17.:44:27.

He is on. Kroos with a free kick, one, nil.

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Germany lead. Mats Hummels. In a competition of wonderful goals, and

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old-fashioned set piece from the big centre-half coming up. Not unlike

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the one Marouane Fellaini scored for Belgium. Similar position. A really

:45:17.:45:27.

clever header. Lovely ball in. Just helping it on,

:45:28.:45:39.

as much as anything. Scored against Portugal. Now has another.

:45:40.:45:50.

He was fighting with Varane at the time as well.

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Great for the game. When he pushes it forward there, one of seven

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players in this German side to have played in the 2009 Under-21

:46:22.:46:28.

tournament winning campaign. They have kept that side together.

:46:29.:46:38.

Cleverly done by Pogba. I think Valbuena was looking at Debuchy, as

:46:39.:46:53.

if to say, let me know! He will have been aware of the danger of Germany

:46:54.:46:59.

at set pieces. They have the height advantage, if you compare all 11

:47:00.:47:01.

men. Hugo Lloris, but for only the third

:47:02.:47:09.

time in these finals. -- beaten. Good football, France. Valbuena has

:47:10.:47:38.

had a really good game so far. Griezmann is in the middle. And

:47:39.:47:44.

Valbuena nipped in. Followed up by Cabaye. Seen out by Howedes. He did

:47:45.:47:59.

well, Howedes. He just retreated a little bit so he did not have to

:48:00.:48:07.

make the tackle. Clever header, that was, Jonathan, very clever. Good

:48:08.:48:16.

strength as well. He was injured against England back in November. He

:48:17.:48:20.

only came back in January after a ligament problem.

:48:21.:48:33.

Hugo Lloris has got great feet, just like Neuer at the other end.

:48:34.:48:43.

Combined in this XI, the functional and the flamboyant. Good mix, good

:48:44.:49:03.

balance today. Well, the goalkeeper is as good a parser is anybody in

:49:04.:49:12.

this team. He was described this week as the best German sweeper

:49:13.:49:15.

since Franz Beckenbauer. A little bit tongue in cheek, I think. But we

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studio guest today, Ruud Gullit, saying that Paul Pogba is the future

:49:51.:49:59.

of the game. Joachim Low. The pressure is very much on him to

:50:00.:50:01.

His contract has been extended to succeed at these finals.

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His contract has been extended to July 2016, and the Euros.

:50:13.:50:41.

have only failed to make the last eight once, and that was in 1938.

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Remember, we want you to vote BBC World Cup website on who you

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think will win the tournament. That vote closes at half past five

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tonight. The Maracana, absolutely packed.

:51:25.:51:52.

The French supporters dotted around the stadium. A big section of

:51:53.:52:04.

Germans behind Manuel Neuer's goal in this half.

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Cabaye was banned for two yellows following the Ecuador game.

:52:22.:52:44.

Valbuena, lovely touch. Just too far for Debuchy. He looks a player

:52:45.:53:01.

today, doesn't he? Fiorentina want him, but he has been a folk hero at

:53:02.:53:12.

Marseille. The new coach at Marseille does not fancy him,

:53:13.:53:13.

apparently. I thought Benzema was a yard at

:53:14.:53:23.

least offside. He looked it, didn't he? He has not been particularly

:53:24.:53:29.

good at keeping up with the play, the referee's assistant. There was a

:53:30.:53:37.

decision early on in the game, and the referee had to give it. He

:53:38.:53:45.

wonderful World Cup history between these two sides. 1958, the French

:53:46.:53:51.

won the third-4th place play-off. 1982, semifinal, the first-ever

:53:52.:54:01.

penalty shoot-out. And then, 1986, in Guadalajara, won by Germany.

:54:02.:54:26.

Another good ball. He is better at centre back then right-back, no

:54:27.:54:38.

doubt about it. He is having a better World Cup than his brother,

:54:39.:54:43.

who was sent home by Ghana. Oh, Thomas Muller nearly got that.

:54:44.:54:45.

Patrice Evra. Matuidi behind him. A curious recent World Cup history,

:54:46.:55:12.

France have had. They have got out of the first round -- not got out of

:55:13.:55:21.

the first round, or got to the final!

:55:22.:55:36.

Toni Kroos has been a little metronome at times for Germany.

:55:37.:55:48.

I think he was hoping that Griezmann was going to run-in behind there.

:55:49.:56:21.

No sign in the last game of any understanding between Benzema and

:56:22.:56:29.

Giroud. They only passed to each other two or three times. Much

:56:30.:56:36.

better balance with Benzema in the middle. Looking for Klose, and he

:56:37.:56:45.

has gone down, very theatrically! It was Debuchy, the man with him. How

:56:46.:56:51.

about this, maybe you should have just controlled it and had a shot

:56:52.:56:58.

instead?! What is all that about?! He got hold of his shirt. Are you

:56:59.:57:08.

saying you would have given it? Not for the way he went down, I think,

:57:09.:57:17.

that would have counted against him. They have only ever lost one match

:57:18.:57:23.

on Brazilian soil, France, one in ten. They are trailing here.

:57:24.:57:41.

Khedira, looking for Thomas Muller! Hugo Lloris did well. Yes, he did

:57:42.:57:52.

extremely well. He had to change his stride, Thomas Muller, which enabled

:57:53.:57:59.

Lloris to come and collect. Playing some lovely football, Germany, Mark.

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Parliament they are, some lovely football, Germany, Mark.

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although I will say that there is something about the French, they are

:58:10.:58:13.

still a threat, especially when Valbuena gets on the ball. When they

:58:14.:58:21.

got to this stage, one or two players have started talking about

:58:22.:58:28.

winning the competition, and Cabaye came out and said, confidence should

:58:29.:58:35.

not become arrogance. Here he is, Yohan Cabaye. Title winner with

:58:36.:58:42.

Paris St Germain. That is why he went there, to win things.

:58:43.:58:53.

Matuidi also had a fantastic year for them.

:58:54.:59:01.

That is good play by Germany, they are just sat in, forcing the French

:59:02.:59:12.

to go back. Still playing that high line, Germany. They know that Manuel

:59:13.:59:15.

Neuer is behind them. Matuidi trying to get it through to

:59:16.:59:43.

Griezmann. Manuel Neuer starts another Germany attack. This

:59:44.:59:50.

referee's assistant on this site, he does not anticipate anything, he

:59:51.:59:53.

does not go until the ball is played. He might get himself I have

:59:54.:00:02.

not seen him before at this competition. Hernan Maidana, from

:00:03.:00:09.

Argentina. He has probably not seen you, then!

:00:10.:00:33.

coach after yelling Klinsmann, Joachim Low wanting to improve the

:00:34.:00:39.

speed of their movement, and he's still unhappy going into this game.

:00:40.:00:41.

speed of their movement, and he's -- after Klinsmann. Paul Pogba, such

:00:42.:01:04.

a talented Frenchman. Great header. Don't forget, he must have been

:01:05.:01:08.

staring into the sun, quite easy to get that wrong. He is small, one of

:01:09.:01:30.

the diddy men. Lovely disguised ball by Kroos. Klose not quite got enough

:01:31.:01:46.

pace to get away from anybody. Evra unhappy with the free kick. His

:01:47.:01:56.

guile won him that. He has caught him, hasn't he? If you keep going

:01:57.:02:08.

down like that, theatrically, no surprise a 50-50 in the penalty area

:02:09.:02:10.

will go against him. Ozil and Klose over by the free

:02:11.:02:22.

kick. That may have come off Sakho. A

:02:23.:02:59.

corner ball. Some dispute over that. The first corner of the game.

:03:00.:03:09.

Lloris has to come, taking away from him by his own player, Varane. Very

:03:10.:03:24.

nearly still in play. A brave decision to come, you have to be

:03:25.:03:28.

certain you are going to get it. May when year it. Hugo Lloris is a big

:03:29.:04:08.

Pogba was holding off Kroos. Lucky not to be sent off for swiping out

:04:09.:04:33.

at Palacio -- Wilson Palacios. He is an impetuous young player, according

:04:34.:04:39.

to his manager. The ball just skipping on, Neuer could come and

:04:40.:04:46.

claim. He was lightning quick, just watching the play. A great shot

:04:47.:04:52.

stopper, sharp reflexes, but also sees things from a long way out. I

:04:53.:04:57.

den think there is a better goalkeeper around, in all honesty. I

:04:58.:05:03.

den think there is a better remember the 2009

:05:04.:05:06.

den think there is a better winning team, he kept a clean sheet

:05:07.:05:08.

in the final. Defeating England. Lie on the right. The return ball to

:05:09.:05:28.

the area. They thought alone was impeded. It is Debuchy. The referee

:05:29.:05:38.

was in a great position. -- Muller was impeded. No. Debuchy is looking

:05:39.:05:55.

at the ball. Deschamps got after the worst

:05:56.:05:55.

at the ball. Deschamps got after the international manager. Everything

:05:56.:06:04.

changed after that play-off second leg. Griezmann pulling it back to

:06:05.:06:11.

Valbuena. The state comes the Benzema. -- save. Nearly I got a bit

:06:12.:06:28.

fortunate. -- Neuer got a bit fortunate. This is a good ball in.

:06:29.:06:37.

Really good first stop, Benzema could not force it in. It comes to

:06:38.:06:47.

the far post. Another corner. Great pressure on Benzema after the

:06:48.:07:03.

original first save. They allowed Valbuena together shot on target,

:07:04.:07:04.

but as a good height. Across goal, Sakho was up from the

:07:05.:07:15.

back. They carry a threat, France. They

:07:16.:07:36.

know that. Really good goalkeeping. The top goalkeepers have 15-20

:07:37.:07:41.

minutes when they don't touch the ball, and those other saves which

:07:42.:07:45.

are difficult because of the concentration element. There have

:07:46.:07:50.

been some good goalkeepers, Navas of Costa Rica, the Colombian and

:07:51.:08:02.

Mexican. A class class of his own? You think he is the world best? I

:08:03.:08:10.

do. A good goal-scorer, Muller,

:08:11.:08:30.

prodigious worker. Well done from Pogba. A little slip from

:08:31.:08:44.

Schweinsteiger. Malone was pulled back. -- Muller was pulled back. In

:08:45.:08:57.

the German cup final, Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund, few

:08:58.:09:01.

people could even manage walking, and he was still going for the gold.

:09:02.:09:07.

-- goal. Klose. Khedira. Ozil available on

:09:08.:09:30.

the left. Toni Kroos looking for Klose. Khedira has gone down.

:09:31.:09:43.

Clutching his face. Another player who missed a lot of football this

:09:44.:09:58.

season. He got a ball in the face. Looks at the referee, then goes

:09:59.:10:05.

down. Man playing football hit by ball in face shock! He had a really

:10:06.:10:16.

nasty knee injury, early in the season. Playing just three games for

:10:17.:10:25.

Real Madrid. His injury allows all the players to get a drink.

:10:26.:10:43.

There can be an official drinks break if temperatures are high

:10:44.:10:54.

enough. It must be today, surely? We were shown official figures. The

:10:55.:10:58.

referee is chatting to his assistant. We were told the official

:10:59.:11:06.

figure was 26 degrees, it will be hotter at pitch side, around 30. I

:11:07.:11:10.

don't think this is an official break. The players have made it into

:11:11.:11:15.

one. I wonder what the referee is doing. He is asking the assistant

:11:16.:11:26.

referee and Muller where things stopped. He is asking the player? He

:11:27.:11:32.

asked his assistant. Khedira is OK. Neuer was starting to come. Went

:11:33.:11:53.

backwards. It is a two reflector midfield three, Schweinsteiger,

:11:54.:12:10.

Kronos, Khedira. -- Kroos. The same again? It was from

:12:11.:12:59.

that the goal came. Ozil standing over it, Kroos is there. Lovely

:13:00.:13:09.

control by Yohan Cabaye. 4.5 minutes to plus stoppage time.

:13:10.:13:26.

We mentioned about the referee asking a player, in the Bundesliga

:13:27.:13:32.

they often do. They ask a player if he handled it, and expect honesty

:13:33.:13:33.

afterwards. Interesting. Piti they didn't ask Thierry Henry

:13:34.:13:55.

in that game in Paris! -- it's a pity.

:13:56.:14:26.

Plenty of white shirts back for Germany now. Looking for Benzema.

:14:27.:14:40.

Tentative appeals for handball. Hummel 's the Levys -- Hummels

:14:41.:14:55.

turned his back. The referee was not helped by his assistant. No.

:14:56.:15:04.

turned his back. The referee was not hit him in the guts. I was about to

:15:05.:15:11.

say, I know the assistant has two wait to see if the player is active,

:15:12.:15:16.

but I am not sure if the assistant on the near side is up to this. He

:15:17.:15:38.

but I am not sure if the assistant just does not anticipate the play. I

:15:39.:15:41.

still think it is harder than actually refereeing, though, being

:15:42.:15:43.

the assistant. France famously won the World Cup in

:15:44.:16:17.

1998. And they got to the final in

:16:18.:16:18.

Germany, and it became a bit of an infamous final, because of the

:16:19.:16:23.

Zinedine Zidane thing. Lovely ball from Pogba to Benzema.

:16:24.:16:43.

This time he is onside. Benzema! In the end, great ball from Pogba,

:16:44.:16:47.

but he created the chance for himself, Benzema. But he really

:16:48.:16:53.

should have done better. You are thinking, go on, but it was white at

:16:54.:16:56.

the goalkeeper. thinking, go on, but it was white at

:16:57.:17:07.

game at these World Cup Finals. Pogba, his strength and everything,

:17:08.:17:10.

game at these World Cup Finals. and Valbuena, they are a real

:17:11.:17:12.

problem for Germany. Benzema has taken up a position in

:17:13.:17:24.

the middle, Griezmann was coming from deep. Away by Schweinsteiger.

:17:25.:17:55.

Sliced out by Muller. One minute of stoppage time. Valbuena was in and

:17:56.:18:03.

out of the side for a fair few years, but Didier Deschamps Billy

:18:04.:18:09.

has placed his trust in him. That was surely out of play! It is now.

:18:10.:18:22.

I think if they go in 1-0 down, the French, at half-time, I think

:18:23.:18:26.

Deschamps will be saying to them, let's get Pogba and Valbuena on the

:18:27.:18:31.

ball as often as we can, because they will make things happen. The

:18:32.:18:38.

goal which separates the sides, guided in by Hummels, who used the

:18:39.:18:46.

pace of the free kick well. That is the half-time whistle. And it is

:18:47.:18:52.

Germany who lead against Didier Deschamps' France. Joachim Low

:18:53.:18:59.

making notes, he will be congratulating his defender Hummels,

:19:00.:19:03.

whose goal separates the science at half-time.

:19:04.:19:10.

Chances for both sides, but it is the Germans who have a slight

:19:11.:19:15.

advantage at the moment, but this game has got a long way to go? It

:19:16.:19:20.

has. I think the Germans have just edged it for me, neat and tidy. They

:19:21.:19:24.

are getting in behind once or twice. But France look dangerous on the

:19:25.:19:30.

break, particularly with the German high line, they have caught them out

:19:31.:19:33.

once or twice. That it is a very good game. It looks to be a better

:19:34.:19:39.

balance to this German side than in previous games, perhaps? It looks

:19:40.:19:44.

like France or most are giving them the advantage, letting them keep the

:19:45.:19:49.

ball, and then we will just try and get in behind you. A couple of times

:19:50.:19:55.

they have succeeded. But also for the Germans, it is difficult the

:19:56.:20:01.

goal came from a set piece. It is difficult for both sides, but

:20:02.:20:05.

Germany has the initiative, trying to make the play. But the danger is

:20:06.:20:12.

always waiting for a counterattack. How do you read it, Rio? The Germans

:20:13.:20:19.

look more composed, like they have been here before. They are not

:20:20.:20:25.

panicking, they are a goal up, and for me, they are just going to

:20:26.:20:30.

strangle the game now. Interesting that Joachim Low was brave enough to

:20:31.:20:34.

leave out big players are - did you ever do that in your managerial

:20:35.:20:41.

career, Ruud?! And look what happened! I just thought I would

:20:42.:20:48.

bring that up. The goal came from a set piece, as you said, Ruud, and it

:20:49.:20:55.

was a very good header, wasn't it? ALAN SHEARER: It was impressive.

:20:56.:21:06.

RUUD GULLIT: Hummels just pushes the defender away when the ball comes

:21:07.:21:11.

in. It was a great header. Looks a little bit like Fellaini's goal for

:21:12.:21:19.

Belgium. As a centre half, you cannot be bullied like that. I think

:21:20.:21:24.

that is probably the week part of Varane's game. He is young, growing

:21:25.:21:31.

into his frame still. Experience also? Yes, you have got to be able

:21:32.:21:43.

younger, maybe not now. I tried to stay away from you because I did not

:21:44.:21:45.

want to fight. How stay away from you because I did not

:21:46.:21:49.

with that, now experience, he has got to fight

:21:50.:21:53.

more? experience, he has got to fight

:21:54.:21:57.

aggressive, but also, do not let Hummels get his hands on you. He is

:21:58.:22:05.

right. Hummels wants to take control of the situation. As the centre

:22:06.:22:09.

half, you have got to do exactly the same, but he is pulling him around.

:22:10.:22:15.

That cannot happen. Penalty shout for Klose, what did you think? I

:22:16.:22:20.

thought it was a penalty. Went down a little bit too easily. But Debuchy

:22:21.:22:24.

has got hold of him. He gets the wrong side of him. What costs Klose

:22:25.:22:30.

is the way he goes down, but he has got hold of his shirt. If the

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referee sees that coming he gives a penalty. It was a great ball to see

:22:36.:22:44.

that. The way he takes the extra step, the way he goes down. Also,

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with the heavy touch, the referee probably thinks, he has lost the

:22:51.:22:55.

ball so he has had a dive. That is what you do most of the time. The

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moment you control the ball, you get a little push or a little pool, it

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gets you off balance. And then you a little push or a little pool, it

:23:03.:23:09.

go down. We spoke a lot about the high line prior to the game, and it

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go down. We spoke a lot about the does not seem quite as drastic as

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before? It is still high Gary. Look at the space in behind.

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One well timed run in behind and they will strike glory. They have

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had one or two attempts. You either make a run in from the side, whether

:23:31.:23:36.

had one or two attempts. You either that is Griezmann or Valbuena. Or

:23:37.:23:37.

the way to catch them would be Pogba, or a midfield runner, coming

:23:38.:23:45.

from deep. The defenders will not be able to spot a midfield runner. I

:23:46.:23:49.

mentioned coming off the line, Griezmann, and he did it very well.

:23:50.:23:54.

He has got the whole pitch to look at so he can time his run. This was

:23:55.:23:56.

a very good save from Neuer, at so he can time his run. This was

:23:57.:24:07.

can be difficult for a forward, because you are sometimes the last

:24:08.:24:11.

man, but a midfield guy can break the trap, if you like. And I think

:24:12.:24:15.

if they keep on doing that, there is a little bit of success for France.

:24:16.:24:22.

Germany, especially the centre halves, they react to danger, they

:24:23.:24:25.

do not see it early. They all stay in line. I do not understand that as

:24:26.:24:36.

a defender. I cannot wait to see, still after 20-25 minutes, it is

:24:37.:24:41.

still 1-0. I want to see France take a bit more of a risk, and I think

:24:42.:24:46.

they can do it with this team. When they have, Benzema has had a couple

:24:47.:24:52.

of chances, Rio? Yes, you do not want to give this guy too many

:24:53.:24:58.

chances. This one was nice. I thought he should have put his laces

:24:59.:25:03.

through this but he tried to place it. Alan, you would have smashed

:25:04.:25:09.

that. I said that straightaway. It is head down, hit it as hard as you

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can. This was never going in. Well, he has worked hard to get himself

:25:21.:25:23.

the space, but then it is a poor header. There is no way it is

:25:24.:25:29.

handball. But it is a poor header. This is typical Benzema. He comes

:25:30.:25:37.

inside, and this is what you are waiting for him to do. Centre

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forward play at its best, sitting the defender down, take another

:25:43.:25:52.

touch and get your shot off. Rio de Janeiro has two world-famous

:25:53.:25:56.

landmarks. You can see Sugarloaf Mountain across the bay. The other

:25:57.:26:03.

is a mighty statue of huge symbolic significance to this city and

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nation, as Dan Walker has been finding out.

:26:08.:26:23.

There is a legend which surrounds this amazing place. The engineer who

:26:24.:26:30.

designed this 38 metre wonder of the world started work as an atheist but

:26:31.:26:36.

finished it a man of faith. Many who visit this city will tell you,

:26:37.:26:40.

wherever you are, you can see him. But in Brazil, it is much more a

:26:41.:26:45.

case of him seeing you, watching over you, in life, in football.

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COMMENTATOR: We are going to a penalty shoot-out, there is plenty

:26:52.:26:52.

of drama to come yet. COMMENTATOR: Off the post! Brazil

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have won in the most dramatic of circumstances!

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Brazil are not the only nation displaying a strong faith. There are

:27:27.:27:29.

many praying that it will be them, their country.

:27:30.:27:59.

The Argentinian fans have been coming here in their thousands. They

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have a man called Lionel Messi, and a home-grown hope. Don't tell the

:28:06.:28:15.

Brazilians, but could this be their year?

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Of course, God cannot answer all of those prayers. Most psychologists

:28:30.:28:37.

will tell you that faith in someone can give you a little extra

:28:38.:28:41.

something. And in a World Cup, something extra could make all the

:28:42.:28:42.

difference. You can see whether the faith of the

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host nation is rewarded in our highlights tonight on BBC One. Five

:28:52.:28:59.

past midnight if you are watching in Scotland. Then, tomorrow evening, we

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will have another live quarterfinal for you.

:29:08.:29:46.

The Netherlands versus Costa Rica will be live on BBC One from 8.30.

:29:47.:29:55.

That is pre-seeded in the afternoon by the Wimbledon women's singles

:29:56.:30:03.

final. And a little earlier, we asked you who you thought would win

:30:04.:30:07.

this years World Cup, and the answers are in. And 20% of you went

:30:08.:30:11.

for Germany. A lot of faith for your nation? It

:30:12.:30:35.

didn't start like that, we had trouble in the defence. That is why

:30:36.:30:42.

we have played five at the back. We have scored a lot of goals. The

:30:43.:30:47.

football has not been extraordinary. We have not passed the ball like we

:30:48.:30:53.

usually do. The results are there. Costa Rica looks like the easy one

:30:54.:31:02.

on paper, but that's where the danger is. The South Americans are

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playing good football. I saw Colombia against Uruguay, strong,

:31:07.:31:12.

unpredictable, fit. Van Gaal, clever? The thing is... All the

:31:13.:31:23.

time, he has tried to make his mistakes right. Why don't you start

:31:24.:31:31.

immediately with the right ones? There is controversy. Van Gaal is

:31:32.:31:42.

very good, clever. Not easy to get rid of the old system. Doing

:31:43.:31:46.

something different. Speaking to some of the guys in the camp, the

:31:47.:31:52.

way that the media have gone on about the way they played. You can't

:31:53.:31:55.

always be romantic. You want results. Backing in Maracana, Mark

:31:56.:32:02.

Chapman and Danny Murphy give us their thoughts.

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I think Alan said it, the Germans are keeping possession better, but

:32:10.:32:13.

the French are hitting them on the break? Especially when the French

:32:14.:32:17.

got into it. When they get in behind, they look dangerous. The

:32:18.:32:23.

Germans are in control, dictating possession, they had something.

:32:24.:32:30.

Schweinsteiger dictating play. There will be a point where the French

:32:31.:32:35.

have two step out, press higher up the pitch, take risks. You have kept

:32:36.:32:40.

an eye on the battle on the German Reich and the French left? The

:32:41.:32:45.

German Reich is where Muller is playing, he is the second striker in

:32:46.:32:52.

possession, but he's not getting back quick enough. The French have

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had a lot of joy down the left. More importantly, they need to get Pogba

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on the ball with his surging runs, causing the Germans problems.

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Valbuena has not had the influence he did in the previous games,

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although he had the best chance. The ball over the top two Griezmann and

:33:12.:33:14.

Benzema is causing the Germans problems? It is, I think as long as

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it does, it could still be a fascinating contest.

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it does, it could still be a There are the two teams coming out

:33:34.:33:36.

for the second half. Germany having the lead, long way to go. How

:33:37.:33:40.

for the second half. Germany having do you think before France take

:33:41.:33:44.

chances? I think they will give it 20 minutes, perhaps looking to Remy

:33:45.:33:49.

because of 20 minutes, perhaps looking to Remy

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German Highline. The Germans? What will they address? They will say, if

:33:58.:34:06.

it stays like this for 20 minutes, the French will change. And what

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they will have Came through to Griezmann there. He

:34:11.:35:22.

went to ground. The ball would not fall for him. Fascinating to hear

:35:23.:35:37.

Rio Ferdinand talking about Varane filling out his shape.

:35:38.:35:46.

Pogba, like Raphael Varane, will be a terrific player in the future.

:35:47.:35:56.

Good pressure by France. A bright start. Here is the forementioned

:35:57.:36:10.

Raphael Varane, signed for Real Madrid on the advice of Zidane.

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Offside against Valbuena. Enough for you? Griezmann does not make a great

:36:24.:36:35.

deal of this at all. Is it Griezmann leaning back? Two threes could make

:36:36.:36:47.

six. Why would you run the risk? Matuidi battling with zero. Klose

:36:48.:36:57.

making the run. Could not cushion the header down.

:36:58.:37:13.

What will they be thinking right now on the French bench? One of the

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first things, they will look to see if the Germans are playing the

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first things, they will look to see way, then they will start, if they

:37:24.:37:28.

are not already, making plans in the next 15-20 minutes.

:37:29.:37:44.

Muller gives Ozil a chase. 74,000 the official crowd figures. 74,240.

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The Germans the official crowd figures. 74,240.

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the Copacabana yesterday, they had a great day. Another goalkeeper quick

:38:06.:38:11.

off his line. Patrice Evra, his 62nd cap. Low

:38:12.:38:43.

looks on. Valbuena winning a free kick. Very clever. Schweinsteiger

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cannot believe it. Nothing in that from Schweinsteiger.

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France have an but unity to draw level. -- have an opportunity. Taken

:39:04.:39:11.

quickly, Germany switched. The flag stayed down. -- switched off. Get

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absolutely nothing whatsoever on it. Maybe the linesman's problem was the

:39:30.:39:36.

shade or the light? Good start by France. Matuidi overran it.

:39:37.:39:45.

Anticipating a touch from a defender. He was hoping as much as

:39:46.:40:00.

anticipating. He squeezed between them, thinking he was going to get

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tagged by one of them. I fink it is quite obvious what Deschamps said at

:40:13.:40:19.

half-time, raise the tempo and the pace of the game. I certainly think

:40:20.:40:27.

Brazil against Colombia will be played at a higher pace, because

:40:28.:40:31.

Colombia have been playing like that all covered vision. Mind you, they

:40:32.:40:41.

are in Fortaleza, stiflingly hot. It is hot here, but no hotter than

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Germany in 2006 or Italy in 1990, Marseille in 1998. The players

:40:49.:40:56.

cannot complain too much about the conditions in Rio, other places,

:40:57.:41:04.

yes. Toni Kroos. A chance for Mesut Ozil. Just cut out, he was looking

:41:05.:41:16.

for Klose. I kind of feel when they broke the opportunity was better

:41:17.:41:22.

than it turned out. Asking a lot to read it through there. He has had a

:41:23.:41:30.

quiet World Cup, Ozil, similar to the season he had at Arsenal. A

:41:31.:41:50.

telling look. Hummels was there. Does he get fouled? He has got away

:41:51.:41:58.

with it. Really got away with that. What is Hummel 's doing wrong --

:41:59.:42:09.

Hummels. Eyes on the ball. What is Hummel 's doing wrong --

:42:10.:42:36.

is onside. Rolling office to. -- off his toe. Coming out the sky, came

:42:37.:42:45.

off his knee in the end. Germany lead, as they try and end this

:42:46.:42:49.

longest barren run without a trophy. lead, as they try and end this

:42:50.:43:09.

Nothing since 1996. 28 years. Lovely ball. The defence was

:43:10.:43:21.

wrong-footed. Lovely ball. The defence was

:43:22.:43:33.

blocking. Griezmann has space. Valbuena is available. Khedira will

:43:34.:43:41.

get a yellow card. I should hope so. Quite right. The other thing,

:43:42.:43:50.

Griezmann can play it earlier. He was looking and looking, so many

:43:51.:43:51.

touches. Once was looking and looking, so many

:43:52.:44:01.

it was always looking to do Muller, Klose, saw the runner

:44:02.:44:50.

Schweinsteiger. Toni Kroos... He absolutely wanted to belt it, in the

:44:51.:44:57.

end, contact is really poor. He is thinking Hollywood, name in

:44:58.:45:06.

Approaching 50 caps, only goals, three came in qualifying.

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I spoke to a Marseille fan this morning, more agitated

:45:22.:45:24.

I spoke to a Marseille fan this destination of Valbuena then

:45:25.:45:30.

France's game today. Here is Griezmann. Blocked by lie. --

:45:31.:45:38.

blocked by Germany, third in 2010 and 2006,

:45:39.:46:16.

runners-up in 2002 to Brazil. Can they finally get their hands on the

:46:17.:46:19.

trophy, for the first time since 1990? Matuidi. A better touch, and

:46:20.:46:30.

the French were away. Good run, mind. Some engine on him.

:46:31.:46:43.

He seems to have added a bit of goal-scoring as well this season,

:46:44.:46:48.

Matuidi. Howedes went to ground. Pogba cannot

:46:49.:47:13.

quite believe that one. It did come off him last. He has gone for the

:47:14.:47:17.

double bluff. Time and space now for Mamadou

:47:18.:47:48.

Sakho. Patrice Evra. Sakho to Valbuena. That really was

:47:49.:48:06.

not a good all. Those two players, very much favourites of Didier

:48:07.:48:08.

Deschamps. He must be thinking of making a change now. Well, he has

:48:09.:48:18.

got nearly all his bench warming up behind the goal away to our

:48:19.:48:28.

left-hand side. That is foul on Muller. He did well he just never

:48:29.:48:42.

stops working. One more goal for him today, and he will be joining those

:48:43.:48:51.

players who have scored ten World Cup goals.

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Boateng beaten, and away goes Matuidi. Benzema in the middle. Cut

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out. Yes, it was actually a poor header by Boateng which put the

:49:13.:49:15.

French on the attack. Germany got away with it. Schweinsteiger was

:49:16.:49:22.

unhappy that it was he who had to make the block. Valbuena with the

:49:23.:49:28.

corner for France. Benzema in there. It is

:49:29.:49:35.

Cross comes in, anticipated by Neuer. Yes, comfortable in the end.

:49:36.:49:46.

He must be glad he has had something to do!

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Just to remind you, you can see the last quarterfinal, between the

:50:10.:50:18.

Netherlands and Foster Rica, live on BBC One tomorrow, at half past

:50:19.:50:19.

eight. The Germans want to know why there

:50:20.:50:37.

was not an offside flag against Benzema. He will say he was not

:50:38.:50:43.

interfering. He was not, strictly, Benzema. He will say he was not

:50:44.:50:54.

was he? As Brian Clough used to say, if you are on the pitch, you are

:50:55.:50:55.

interfering. That was 45 years ago. In towards Klose, nearly came

:50:56.:51:36.

through to him. Won back by Schweinsteiger, who has left

:51:37.:51:42.

Valbuena in a crumpled heap. There was nothing wrong with the

:51:43.:51:44.

challenge, he goes and wins the header. That is one of the problems

:51:45.:51:47.

with the Germans, in terms of the way they play, Jonathan. Howedes on

:51:48.:51:56.

the left, he is a centre-back playing left-back, so they do not

:51:57.:52:00.

really get much joy down the left-hand side. What is wrong with

:52:01.:52:07.

that? I think every hard challenge by German on a French player will

:52:08.:52:12.

remind the French of Patrick Battiston being steam-rollered by

:52:13.:52:18.

Harald Schumacher in 1982. That was assault, wasn't it? How the referee

:52:19.:52:26.

could just give a free kick... There were some fantastic goals in that

:52:27.:52:31.

match, though. The bicycle kick. And then of course it was the first

:52:32.:52:34.

county shoot out in the World Cup Finals. -- penalty shoot-out.

:52:35.:53:03.

Griezmann attacking the far post, good block by Philipp Lahm. That is

:53:04.:53:16.

a good battle between those two. Fourth corner of the game for

:53:17.:53:22.

France. Valbuena. The whistle has gone. The flag did not go up... He

:53:23.:53:35.

has probably had his back to the referee's assistant. That is harsh,

:53:36.:53:38.

if it was called for handball. Very. He has made a lot of chances in this

:53:39.:53:58.

World Cup, as well as scoring, Karim Benzema. He has got 20 or more goals

:53:59.:54:06.

at club level for six seasons out of the last seven. The game has got

:54:07.:54:13.

very bitty. But one was there to be won by Evra. He was hardly caught,

:54:14.:54:20.

Muller. You cannot go down clutching your head. Germany over the years

:54:21.:54:31.

have so very rarely lost in the knockout stages from this sort of

:54:32.:54:37.

position. But it is certainly not beyond France, unless Germany score

:54:38.:54:43.

here. Free kick. Muller, the offender. Muller on Evra,

:54:44.:55:08.

25 minutes to go. I think the Germans might be going to make a

:55:09.:55:23.

change. I think they might make the first one. The assistant coach has

:55:24.:55:31.

called one of the substitutes, first one. The assistant coach has

:55:32.:55:40.

Schurrle, to come to the bench, having been warming up behind the

:55:41.:55:47.

goal. Maybe it will not be a record-breaking day for Miroslav

:55:48.:55:52.

Klose today. Stick Muller through the middle. That is what the German

:55:53.:55:58.

press thought they were going The whistles are I think from the

:55:59.:56:34.

Brazilian fans, who have seen this game becoming something of a logjam.

:56:35.:56:47.

The Germans are slowly working their way up the touchline.

:56:48.:56:56.

He has scored five in his last five competitive internationals, the

:56:57.:57:02.

Chelsea player, Schurrle. There is Olivier Giroud. The game needs

:57:03.:57:08.

something. Good football, Germany. Mesut Ozil

:57:09.:57:37.

on the far side of the penalty area... But it was too long for

:57:38.:57:48.

Muller. Yes, Ozil came to the near post, creating the space, but they

:57:49.:57:56.

could not exploit it, Germany. The record will have to wait for another

:57:57.:58:04.

day. But he certainly gave them a target to hit in the first half, he

:58:05.:58:08.

gave them better shape. On terms Schurrle. The German press have been

:58:09.:58:16.

gave them better shape. On terms fulsome in their praise of Schurrle

:58:17.:58:24.

over the last few days. That was for his goal against Algeria. Generally,

:58:25.:58:30.

when he has come on, he has injected haste and energy, which is probably

:58:31.:58:32.

what this game needs. And here he comes, of the right.

:58:33.:58:43.

Mesut Ozil is in the middle. That has to be a corner! It IS a corner.

:58:44.:58:51.

Everybody in the stadium can see the deflection. Sakho with the original

:58:52.:58:57.

mistake, it came off him, should have been a corner. We are right

:58:58.:59:06.

behind it, you could see it was a definite deflection.

:59:07.:59:10.

behind it, you could see it was a referees today have been really

:59:11.:59:10.

poor, both of them. Here is the injection of pace.

:59:11.:59:35.

good ball by Schurrle. At the moment, Germany are not playing with

:59:36.:59:42.

a centre forward. A couple of false nines. Have you seen any tactical

:59:43.:59:59.

innovations here? No. The biggest tactical innovation has been the can

:00:00.:00:07.

of spray paint. Which they have had in South American football for

:00:08.:00:10.

years. But it has been a great World Cup. And they have invented another

:00:11.:00:15.

one as well, just in case its nose, in orange. Seriously. -- just in

:00:16.:00:32.

case it snows. France are going to make a

:00:33.:00:38.

substitution, and it is going to be Laurent Koscielny who comes on for

:00:39.:00:46.

Sakho. Sakho has been in and out, he has had this thigh injury, and he

:00:47.:00:50.

missed a couple of months for Liverpool this season with another

:00:51.:00:58.

injury. He is one of those players who, as a forward player, as a

:00:59.:01:02.

striker, you always think, he will give you a chance. He virtually went

:01:03.:01:08.

missing at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace came back that day.

:01:09.:01:11.

What do you mean, virtually? Schurrle puts it out of play.

:01:12.:01:38.

Valbuena created over 100 chances for Marseille this season. Benzema

:01:39.:01:51.

was goal side. Not great positional sense by Boateng. Koscielny for

:01:52.:01:59.

Sakho is OK, but you are not sending out the message to your players, be

:02:00.:02:03.

more adventurous. What are you saying? He went for goal. He sounded

:02:04.:02:20.

surprised. The young man is 23, choosing the wrong option, way wide.

:02:21.:02:30.

Another substitution, Cabaye coming off for Loic Remy. That is your

:02:31.:02:37.

statement, midfield player Ron, attacker on, probably playing wide

:02:38.:02:44.

right. It is Schurrle, Ozil making strides. He went for goal as well.

:02:45.:02:52.

Would have to be some strike to beat Lloris from there.

:02:53.:03:06.

Great change of play to Valbuena. Took it well, coming inside. He hit

:03:07.:03:13.

it too flat. Great ball, nice touch. Schurrle,

:03:14.:03:36.

the Tottenham keeper making sure. The French are almost playing with

:03:37.:03:43.

four, Griezmann up with Benzema, Remy on the

:03:44.:03:51.

four, Griezmann up with Benzema, late on with the Swiss. We know what

:03:52.:03:56.

four, Griezmann up with Benzema, happened there. Benzema

:03:57.:04:04.

challengingly Boateng. Can Germany counter decisively? Into Muller,

:04:05.:04:12.

looking for Ozil. The touch via Raphael Varane was enough for the

:04:13.:04:20.

goalkeeper to get it out. They were unlucky, nice reverse pass. The

:04:21.:04:22.

French did not panic. A quarter of an hour left in the

:04:23.:04:53.

Maracana, the lead is a fragile one between Germany and a record fourth

:04:54.:04:57.

semifinal in a row. Koscielny, no great urgency. They need to come out

:04:58.:05:06.

and play, take a chance. How many times have we seen centre halves do

:05:07.:05:12.

that. Lovely ball to Griezmann. Valbuena coming in, Benzema!

:05:13.:05:21.

Brilliant block by Mats Hummels. Evra beyond the dearer. Neuer comes,

:05:22.:05:29.

and gathers. What a difference getting a shout. I wonder if Benzema

:05:30.:05:33.

let it run through to Valbuena. getting a shout. I wonder if Benzema

:05:34.:05:48.

great block by Hummels. 2-Benz. Here is Matuidi. -- that

:05:49.:06:05.

Germany need a second dearer powering on, brought down by

:06:06.:06:13.

Pogba? No. The German benches absolutely furious. This --

:06:14.:06:33.

French cheers ringing round the Maracana. Comfortable save, isn't

:06:34.:07:02.

it? They threw him in for his debut, five years ago, he was 23. They have

:07:03.:07:09.

the attitude that he was going to be the world's best, we will throw him

:07:10.:07:22.

in, he will stay there. No great support for Ozil. Germany

:07:23.:07:26.

Conservative, losing possession. I keep thinking there is an

:07:27.:07:52.

equaliser for France, it has not come. There is an impetus with Remy

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coming on. Possession is now 50-50 in the game. A good ball by the

:08:05.:08:17.

outstanding Muller. Not by Lahm. A free kick against Matuidi. So he was

:08:18.:08:22.

trying to win the ball. The next goal in this game could

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have a huge The next goal in this game could

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to win the trophy. Germany were very narrow, running

:08:39.:09:01.

into trouble. That is trouble for Schweinsteiger. Flicking his leg out

:09:02.:09:08.

to make sure Griezmann did not get away. The Germans are not sure where

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Griezmann is playing. Causing problems. Loic Remy.

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Benzema was fouled by Schurrle. He said he did not miss timed tackle.

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Ten minutes ago. -- to go. France have seven players in the

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opposition penalty area. A competition where we have seen so

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many late goals. Hitting a defender, bouncing wide.

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It's a German, looks like Hummels. Did not know much about it. It was

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hit against him by the left-back. Brilliant. What a difference that

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makes. Pressure off, break. It we go. Ozil looked offside. Back

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towards Muller Schurrle missed it. Germany saw the semifinal beckoning.

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He was on. When it comes to Schurrle, he can have another touch

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if he wants. On his favoured foot. He panicked. He knows. That could

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come back to want them. Games can spin on moments like that. Lloris

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keeping France in the World Cup. They have a man over on the left.

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Played in, not far enough. Valbuena trying to win it back. Toni Kroos

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timed it well. It is intriguing, for all the French attacks, the Germans

:12:13.:12:19.

could score another one. It comes little Mario got -- Gotze. They will

:12:20.:12:42.

replace Ozil. He had a strange season, replaced by Mario Gotze,

:12:43.:12:49.

brilliant against Portugal, has faded since then. His future is

:12:50.:13:03.

clouded at Bayern Munich. Comes out to Gotze, corner off Koscielny.

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Neuer is almost on the halfway line. Headed away by Koscielny. Here comes

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Olivier Giroud. For Benzema? Valbuena going off. It must be,

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Griezmann on the left... Remy on the right, the big two through the

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middle. When Giroud has played in a three, Benzema on the left, it has

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not worked at all. A foul. The referee's assistant, 3.5 metres

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away, never put his We haven't spoken to much about the

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referees in the World Cup, they have been good, but the assistants are

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lagging behind. I think France

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regrets if it stays like this and they go out. Not going for it early

:15:11.:15:18.

enough. It will not be today, but in the fullness of time Deschamps will

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tell them it was a game they could have won.

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tell them it was a game they could Yes, the Germans are just going to

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slow the game down at every opportunity now.

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Well, Mexico thought they were home and hosed in the round of 16. Two

:15:40.:15:58.

very late goals saw them off. We are into the last four minutes here

:15:59.:16:07.

What is that?! He thought the player was down. He did. I think he thought

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that Giroud was down. You cannot was down. He did. I think he thought

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change it to my referee, surely. What are you doing? I will

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change it to my referee, surely. has done the decent thing. Well

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done, Patrice Evra there. has done the decent thing. Well

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is. Thomas Muller. Away from Patrice Evra. Schurrle to finish it! The

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block came in from Varane. Evra looks the Benzema. Boateng. Do you

:16:54.:16:56.

want your looks the Benzema. Boateng. Do you

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far forward in this situation? Has Boateng left them exposed?! Offside.

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Yes, it is not a problem if you're centre-back comes out there, you

:17:18.:17:24.

just fill in, it is fine. I don't think actually we have seen enough

:17:25.:17:27.

centre halves bringing the ball forward in the competition. No,

:17:28.:17:32.

Marquez has been as good as anybody. With the exception of David Louise,

:17:33.:17:35.

let's not forget. Oh, Schweinsteiger, where he has been

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all day, blocking anything loose. Loic Remy. Griezmann underneath it.

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Too far. The French need to squeeze up and

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try and win the ball back in Germany's half. Two great European

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heavyweights. It has been intriguing but it has

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not been free-flowing. Koscielny has gone forward. Looking for Benzema.

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Brought it down well. Hamas again. He has been brilliant. Yes, he has,

:19:24.:19:28.

his positional sense has been outstanding. -- Hummels. There have

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been a couple of second-half cautions. We know now that there

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will be for minutes of added time. If you wanted any team in the world

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to protect a 1-0 lead in the World Cup quarterfinal, it is Germany,

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isn't it? It is, indeed. They are going to make another substitution

:20:16.:20:23.

as well, I think. They are going to be in no hurry to take the throw,

:20:24.:20:29.

that is for sure. Christopher Cramer is going to come on for them. Forced

:20:30.:20:32.

forward. of these finals. He runs his socks

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off, says Joachim Low, of the 23-year-old. Giroud fouls him.

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Toni Kroos is going to be the man replaced by Cramer.

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A funny old game. He had a very strong end of the season on loan at

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Russia Moenchengladbach. He does not influence the game enough for me. He

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was not in the original 30, but he played well against Poland on his

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debut in a 0-0 draw in May, and that got him into the squad. That is

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foul. The referee's assistant has given a throw.

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He has had a frustrating afternoon, Pogba. He needs to learn how to

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dominate. Yes, it will come, there is no doubt about that. That is

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foul. Debuchy down, it was foul by Muller. Mind you, he has taken a few

:22:56.:23:03.

prisoners in his career as well, Debuchy.

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Forward by Lloris, won cleanly by Schurrle. Goalkeeper pursued by

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Muller! Comes forward. Griezmann. Benzema! Needs something special.

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Karim Benzema. Manuel Neuer, one-handed, almost nonchalant!

:23:37.:23:44.

Matuidi wants it. Benzema waits. Oh, that is a terrible ball, and the

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chance has gone. Well, I think Benzema has got to go low and hard

:23:50.:23:56.

across the goalkeeper. He is not going to score from there, sorry.

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It is an easy save them isn't it? And he knows, look. France are

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heading out. We have had the four minutes of stoppage time. Germany

:24:19.:24:28.

are through. The goal by centre-back Mats Hummels after 17 minutes was

:24:29.:24:36.

enough. The campaign has ended for France. And they will know, in the

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fullness of time, this is a game they might have won, had they been

:24:41.:24:47.

more aggressive, more adventurous. But it is Germany who roll on in

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extra be to the last four of a World Cup once again.

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GARY LINEKER: So, Germany into the semifinal for a fourth successive

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time, a record. They have not won it since 1990. The French have done

:25:07.:25:09.

puffed but they since 1990. The French have done

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something overall. It is the same disappointment that we have seen

:25:24.:25:24.

from so many disappointment that we have seen

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competition, as they go home. All in all, it was not quite the

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footballing feast we expected, Alan Shearer? No, we wanted to see better

:25:34.:25:37.

football in the second half, but France were not able to produce it.

:25:38.:25:41.

It was very surprising, their lack of urgency and spring, going

:25:42.:25:47.

forward. They were chasing the game. He brought Loic Remy on, and played

:25:48.:25:53.

him on the right-hand side, which I was surprised about, because the one

:25:54.:25:57.

thing the Germans did lack was a bit of pace through the middle. I

:25:58.:26:01.

thought he should have put him on up front with Benzema. But other than a

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couple of opportunities created by Benzema for himself, there was very

:26:05.:26:13.

little from France attacking-wise. But defensively, Germany got it spot

:26:14.:26:17.

on, and Hummels was brilliant whenever the question was asked of

:26:18.:26:20.

him. What a brilliant decision it was by Joachim Low to leave

:26:21.:26:28.

Mertesacker out. Ruud, if there is any criticism of Germany, it is

:26:29.:26:31.

probably the fact that they failed to kill it off, they had a couple of

:26:32.:26:38.

chances? Yes, it was a great chance. But I agree with Alan Shearer, the

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lack of urgency from France. It is a disappointment from this game,

:26:51.:26:52.

because I wanted to see Germany a little bit more under pressure. But

:26:53.:26:57.

maybe it is also because Germany are that strong, it is possible.

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RIO FERDINAND: I was disappointed with France because they did not up

:27:04.:27:07.

the tempo, and they did not have anybody to take the game by the

:27:08.:27:10.

scruff of the neck. I think Pogba will grow into that. But they missed

:27:11.:27:13.

Ribery, he was the guy who will grow into that. But they missed

:27:14.:27:18.

always look to to unlock doors, that little bit of magic, and I do not

:27:19.:27:22.

think they had anybody in their team who could produce that, and he was a

:27:23.:27:30.

big miss today. The German back four were comfortable against the French.

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Not too many times that France had a runner from midfield. The back four

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were always comfortable, facing forwards. Particularly second-half,

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were always comfortable, facing they hardly got in behind them at

:27:44.:27:46.

all. Just the single goal of the game, it was quite a while ago. Yes,

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very, very good header, he was strong, he wanted the ball more than

:27:53.:27:57.

Varane. He controls the situation, rather than Varane controlling it.

:27:58.:28:01.

Hummels is rushing him and pulling him around, and he is

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Hummels is rushing him and pulling him, and he gets his reward.

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Hummels is rushing him and pulling a sign of his inexperience as a

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defender, Rio? Guess, you cannot let the forward dictate to you, you have

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got to push him around. He did not do that, and it comes down to

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experience. We often see defenders grabbing hold of players. You have

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played in Spain and Italy, the Italians, they do it, they push you

:28:32.:28:36.

out of your position. It is also anticipating - where do you want the

:28:37.:28:41.

ball? He pushes him here, he pushes him away, and he cannot reach the

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ball. In that situation, as a forward, have to get the eye of the

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ball, to pull and drag the defender, and you take control of the

:28:55.:28:57.

situation by knowing where that ball is going, rather than the defender.

:28:58.:29:01.

As a forward, you can gamble, but as a defender, you can't. As I said,

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sometimes even just a little nudge, it puts you off. In the end it was

:29:09.:29:14.

Hummels who was doing that. But is it a foul? No, it is good play. Just

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playing devil's advocate. Hummels played an important part in the

:29:25.:29:28.

game, as well as getting the goal. He made an important block as well.

:29:29.:29:37.

Yes, this was from Benzema. A rate last-ditch tackle. Benzema was

:29:38.:29:40.

looking to pull the trigger, and Mats Hummels does not give up on it.

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Great tackle, Rio. Yes, he just cruel as the game went on. He is a

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big guy. In and around the box, he reads it well and smells the danger,

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shuts the door. RUUD GULLIT: Was it Griezmann who

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almost had a shot at goal? Funny, also important was Muller. He runs

:30:06.:30:12.

for fun, the whole game he is annoying the forwards. We were

:30:13.:30:19.

saying during the game, one chance, and here it came, right at the end.

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Benzema again, it has got to be something special to beat the

:30:28.:30:31.

goalkeeper from this angle. The goalkeeper did everything right. He

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will not beat him from there. That is what I mean, these are just half

:30:36.:30:39.

chances, really. If you have got Ribery, he is jawing two players, so

:30:40.:30:46.

somebody else that's more space to create danger at double can anybody

:30:47.:30:57.

but this Neuer?! So The number of possibilities they had, if you have

:30:58.:31:06.

certain moments, you can. It was the Germans on the counter that have the

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better chances. The more that France tried to push further forward,

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inevitable they were going to create chances. When they missed this one,

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we thought they were going to regret this. They would get a chance at the

:31:23.:31:27.

other end. Terrible ball into the middle. They didn't

:31:28.:31:38.

other end. Terrible ball into the advantage of it. Later on a better

:31:39.:31:44.

chance. A beautiful feeling when the keeper comes out in claims one like

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that. Straight into the French half. Muller again. You expect him to put

:31:50.:32:00.

this away. A disguised pass! He has a big gap, but he just put it

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straight down the middle. We thought they were going to regret missing

:32:08.:32:13.

these chances. Muller again, always involved. An opportunity. As much as

:32:14.:32:20.

we can say we were disappointed with the French, the lack of urgency, we

:32:21.:32:27.

have two say, you know what? The Germans killed again, taking the

:32:28.:32:35.

sting out of it. -- killed the game. You have to give them credit. No

:32:36.:32:41.

real superstars, all very good at doing their jobs. A good example of

:32:42.:32:48.

that is Klose and to dearer taking yellow cards. -- and Khedira. You

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have to do that. Let's pop back to the Maracana and hear from Mark

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Chapman and Danny Murphy. You are like everybody in the

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studio, frustrated at the lack of urgency from the French? I don't

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know whether they ran out of legs, or the German possession wore them

:33:15.:33:19.

out. It was like a group game, ten minutes ago, I am thinking, run

:33:20.:33:24.

around, leave it out there. You saw the Americans against Belgium, not

:33:25.:33:30.

one player who did not put 100% in, dying out there. Credit to the

:33:31.:33:35.

Germans, talk about killing the game off, keeping the ball, they should

:33:36.:33:43.

have won by two or three. The decision-making came from the three

:33:44.:33:48.

in the middle, Khedira, Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos.

:33:49.:33:53.

Schweinsteiger was outstanding. I like a good midfielder... Muller,

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playing is a midfielder, as a number nine, going wide, coming to feet.

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The Germans had a bit more experience, they knew how to do it.

:34:07.:34:13.

I suppose that experience will come for people like Pogba? He was one of

:34:14.:34:22.

their best friends players, -- one of the best French players, he

:34:23.:34:26.

didn't have his best game, but he looks like he will be a top

:34:27.:34:31.

midfielder. We don't know who Germany will play, if it was the

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hosts, would they have problems with the Germans? Yes, I think they

:34:35.:34:41.

would. It would be a fascinating game. The Germans showed their

:34:42.:34:53.

experience and know-how today. The Brazilians have good athletes, it

:34:54.:34:58.

would be a fascinating game. I don't imagine the Brazilians giving up

:34:59.:35:02.

like the French did. That is it from Danny and myself, the German

:35:03.:35:06.

celebrations were understated on the pitch. They are used to making

:35:07.:35:11.

semifinals at World Cups. Nothing to them. Let's find out what

:35:12.:35:16.

is happening in the world of social media with Dan Walker. A national

:35:17.:35:21.

holiday in Brazil every time the host play. South America in during a

:35:22.:35:29.

three-day weekend. Enjoying a moment of Messi magic, this van. When he

:35:30.:35:36.

scored this goal against Nigeria, he posted the word goal, but with

:35:37.:35:47.

20,000 characters. Obama has been getting in on all the social media

:35:48.:35:51.

attention with Tim Howard. I just wanted to call and say you did us

:35:52.:35:57.

proud. It has sparked thousands of pictures, including things he could

:35:58.:35:59.

save like this one... He could have presented Del boy from

:36:00.:36:17.

that fall. David Luiz posting selfies. Have a look at Daniel

:36:18.:36:24.

Ricciardo, the F1 driver, silky skills. I surprised myself. Send in

:36:25.:36:35.

your efforts. These have been going down very well with the tourist.

:36:36.:36:42.

Locals say you need two a day. I will prepare you a lovely bunch of

:36:43.:36:45.

coconuts when you come off there. We will play keep ups with them.

:36:46.:37:06.

The Germans are through, who will they play? I think they will play

:37:07.:37:10.

Brazil. With the they play? I think they will play

:37:11.:37:15.

is in, the expectation, the pressure, I

:37:16.:37:22.

is in, the expectation, the impressive? I am supporting them. I

:37:23.:37:26.

like them very much. I would not announce that too loudly here! You

:37:27.:37:32.

have to make your choices. How do you see it going, Rio? The whole

:37:33.:37:38.

Brazil behind them, I cannot Brazil getting beaten.

:37:39.:37:39.

Brazil behind them, I cannot Brazil way they have played, but Brazil, I

:37:40.:37:43.

want them to get to way they have played, but Brazil, I

:37:44.:37:47.

there a great team in this tournament? Great teams going

:37:48.:37:53.

forward, not defensively. In the last 90 minutes, only one goal the

:37:54.:38:02.

match. -- a match. The difference is becoming less, they are making less

:38:03.:38:09.

mistakes. We're running out of time, Germany are our first semifinalist,

:38:10.:38:10.

some things never change. Germany are our first semifinalist,

:38:11.:38:19.

the dark horses, they have two beat the mighty Germany. Wide from

:38:20.:38:36.

Benzema. Germany leading. He stayed comes out to Ben. -- Benzema.

:38:37.:38:55.

A lovely cross in. Muller. Schurrle has missed it. Germany roll on

:38:56.:39:04.

again.

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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.


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