FT: France 0 Germany 1

The final whistle is blown and it's Germany who progress into a record fourth World Cup semi-final in a row. The 1998 champions are out - they pushed and pushed in the second half but Germany dealt with the threat brilliantly and Mats Hummels was the star of the show.

94
Great save! France send the ball forward and it breaks to Benzema in the left channel. He attempts a shot into the roof of the net but Neuer gets a strong hand to it and that's the final chance gone. It really should have been squared to the players waiting in the middle.

93
Pogba wants a free kick in midfield but the decision goes the other way and Boateng sends it forward before Debuchy is fouled by Muller.

92
Toni Kroos is being replaced by Christoph Kramer.

91
France win a free kick in their own half but Germany are back in shape and Schurrle is fouled when trying to break.

90
There will be a minimum of four added minutes.

89
Just a sense now that France have run their race, but we'll be getting a few minutes added on at the end of the 90.

88
Pogba infuriated after Germany kick the ball away after a free kick is awarded. No yellow card shown to the offender.

87
A great chance for Germany on the break and it's Schurrle again who wastes the opportunity after being found by Muller.

86
Lloris put under pressure and forced to clear straight out of play for a Germany throw on the half way line. Germany now looking to slow things down and Gotze makes his way towards the corner flag. Too early for that?

85
Foul from Schurrle deep in the France half and Lloris will send it forward.

84
A Germany corner is headed away by Koscielny, while France then change Valbuena for Olivier Giroud.

83
The game is opening up to say the least and Germany's latest change see Ozil taken off, with Mario Gotze coming on in his place.

82
The corner is caught by Neuer, who immediately sets up a Germany break. The ball eventually rolls into the path of Schurrle but his left foot shot is rushed and Lloris makes a fine save with his legs.

81
It's a good delivery from Valbuena and the ball bounces off a couple of players before dribbling behind for a corner.

81
Foul from Schurrle on Evra deep into the Germany half and France have a chance to send over a quality cross.

80
A Germany attack breaks down and Schweinsteiger is forced into fouling the breaking Griezmann. Yellow card for the Bayern Munich man.

79
Matuidi penalised for going in with his studs up - thankfully there was no actual contact on Schurrle.

78
Ozil crowded out of it on the Germany left before Howedes fouls Remy.

76
Brilliant block from Mats Hummels, who slides in to prevent Benzema getting a clear shot on goal. France building towards an equaliser after Matuidi now has a shot parried away by Neuer.

75
Germany's turn to attack and Ozil links beautifully with Muller before Varane intercepts and plays back to Lloris, who can clear the lines.

74
Good build-up from France as Griezmann sends a cross-field pass out to Valbuena on the left but his cuts inside and fires well wide on the his right foot.

73
Anothe France switch as Cabaye comes off for Loic Remy.

73
Good defending from Germany as Benzema almost brings the ball down in the area before Griezmann tries a rather speculative shot.

72
A France change now and it's Sakho coming off for Koscielny.

71
Griezmann knocked to the floor but asked to get to his feet. Cabaye is then in well on Schurrle.

70
Close from Muller! Sakho gives the ball away in a bad area and Muller comes in off the right flank and fires just wide of the post. It looked like a deflection off a France defender, but not spotted.

69
Here is the first change and it's Klose coming off for Schurrle. Muller will move up top and the Chelsea man is likely to fill in on the right.

68
It's Andre Schurrle stripped off and ready for action as France win a goal kick.

67
More scrappy play with throw-ins for either side around the halfway line. Germany look to be preparing a sub.

65
It's become a touch scrappy and Muller is now down after an Evra challenge, but it looked a fair header. Free kick to Germany. Muller fouls his man in the box and France win the free kick.

64
Evra forward on the left and forces a corner out of Lahm but Benzema is penalised at the back post for what looked like handball, or it may have been a push.

63
Schweinsteiger barges into Valbuena after winning a header cleanly and the little man felt that. After a short delay (more drinks all round), we're back under way.

62
Klose almost gets a chance but his control lets him down on the edge of the France penalty area.

61
Neuer out of his box again to make a clearance down the left touchline.

60
France burst forward through Matuidi on the left but his cross is poor and cut out by Schweinsteiger for a corner. The corner is too long but comes back into the box and Neuer makes a comfortable save from a Varane header.

59
Germany coming under more and more pressure but Muller helps out by drawing a foul from Evra.

58
Pogba aggrieved not to get a throw down by the Germany corner flag but the officials were right again. A Germany attack is thwarted as Klose is tackled.

56
Another positive move from France as Griezmann pulls out to the left and sends a cross in. It almost deflects into the path of Valbuena but he can't keep it on and goes behind for a goal kick.

55
Matuidi tries to get in behind again but his left foot cross bounces clear and Germany break. The ball falls to Kroos around 30 yards out and he drags his shot badly wide.

54
Kroos find Lahm on the right but cross is blocked and France break. Kedhira brings down Griezmann near the half-way line and the Germant midfielder is the first name into the book.

53
A good chance for Griezmann, who very nearly latches onto a long high ball over the top. He just fails to bring it down with enough control and would have been in on goal otherwise.

52
Germany break through Kroos, who finds Ozil on the left, but his pass is deflected behind for a corner. Hummels goes up with Lloris from the corner and the keeper is fortune to get a free kick.

51
Muller fails to hold the ball up under strong pressure.

50
France pressing all the time now and Matuidi gets in on the act but he rather loses control down by the byline and looked like he was expecting a challenge. He ultimately failed to keep the ball in.

49
Klose tries to hook the ball over the top for an onrushing Kroos but Lloris is out sharply to clear up. He and Neuer arguably two of the best goalkeepers in the world at present.

48
At the other end Lahm drifts in a cross from the right but Klose's header is up in the air and goes behind for a goal kick to Hugo Lloris.

47
A positive start from France in the second period but the flag goes up for offside to halt their latest attack.

46
We're back under way in the Maracana and around the half the pitch is now covered in shade. France straight on the front foot and Benzema sends over a cross from down by the corner flag. Griezmann can't quite gather the ball and he goes down rather tamely.

Our friends at Sky Bet make Germany 4/9 favourites to go on and complete the job in 90 minutes, with France 11/2 and the draw priced at 11/4. Their LIVE half-time PRICE BOOSTS include Germany to win 3-0 at 18/1 and Antoine Griezmann to score next at 10/1.

The whistle blows for half time and Hummels was the star after making a fine tackle to prevent a Benzema chance before going up the other end and heading in off the bar to put his side 1-0 to the good. France finished the half well and will be encouraged heading into the break, but Germany will remain a huge threat on the break as France push for an equaliser.

45
Scuffed clearance from Germany and France have a throw deep into the Germany half. There will be a minimum of 1 minute added on at the end of the first half.

44
Chance for Benzema, who finds a few yards of space on the left for the first time in the half and cuts inside on his left foot. But the shot lacks venom and is straight at Neuer.

43
Muller penalised deep in the France half and it's encouraging to see the French keen to get on with things. But Germany are so quickly back into position.

42
France attempt an attack on the left and the cross from the left finds Benzema. He tries to direct his header back across goal but it fires straight into the midriff of Mats Hummels and the hand-ball appeals are rightly turned down.

41
Germany get a free kick on the left and try to repeat the Kroos to Hummels routine but the France defence is wise to it this time and win the header in the area.

40
Boateng gets across to cut off Griezmann following another nicely flighted ball over the top from Valbuena. Neuer thought about coming out, but his defender did enough.

38
Khedira looks fine to continue but the referee has to force everyone back on the pitch after both sides effectively stopped for a mini drinks break.

37
Khedira is receiving some treatment after being hit in the face at close range by the ball following a Debuchy clearance. Everyone having a breather.

36
France push forward again but the low cross from the left is behind its intended target and Germany come away through Muller, who is fouled by the right touchline.

35
The corner finds its way to Sakho at the back post but his header fails to bring a save from Manuel Neuer.

34
A real scramble in the Germany area nearly results in a Benzema goal. Griezman sends over the cross fro Valbuena and his shot is parried into the path of Benzema but his hooked effort is put over for a corner.

33
Another German hits the deck in the box under pressure from Debuchy, this time Muller going down under minimal contact.

32
Valbuena has been the brightest France player and is buzzing around trying to create things but Germany have France at arm's length here and look dangerous on the counter.

31
The Kroos corner causes France a few problems and Varane heads away before Lloris can get his fist to it.

30
The Ozil free-kick is deflected behind for a corner on the left.

30
Free kick to Germany on the right edge of the penalty area as Klose is felled by Evra. The Man United man doesn't quite look up to the pace today.

29
Decent cross from Valbuena on the right but Lahm is in the right place at the right time and loops a lovely header back to his goalkeeper.

27
Long ball aimed at Matuidi this time but it once again goes through to Neuer. France yet to really get in behind the Germany back line barring the one opening when Hummels cut off the cross.

26
Cabaye seeing plenty of the ball but he looks up and sees a wall of white shirts in front of him. Frustrating at the moment for the French midfield. They need to get Pogba on the ball more.

25
Evra and Lloris collide under pressure from Muller but they are all soon back to their feet.

24
Big shout for a penalty as Klose goes down under a Debuchy challenge but the Germany forward was clearly looking for something after losing control. The ref got it spot-on from what I could see.

23
Valbuena and Griezmann get their wires cross as one goes long and the other plays the ball short. France yet to fully click into gear here.

22
Germany try to keep the ball and pull France around but it's good pressing from the French and Boateng is forced to hit a hopeful pass forward, which goes straight out of play.

21
Matuidi sends a ball over the top for Benzema but it's just too long and bounces through for a goal kick.

20
Cabaye in hard on Klose but still no cards shown.

19
Good header away from Debuchy. He's had a really good tournament so far and is clearly preferred ahead of Bacary Sagna, who is on the bench.

18
Lovely run from Pogba after turning his man on the right wing but Lahm cuts out the attempted throughball after the French ace tries to find Griezmann.

17
Neuer spends a lot of his time outside of his penalty area and is effectively a sweeper in behind the back four. He takes the odd risk, but his manager has absolute faith in him.

16
Neuer plays the goal kick short before lumping the ball up towards Klose but France win it back.

15
The tempo has clearly increased as France look to hit straight back. A Pogba cross is well defended before Germany win a goal kick.

13
Germany had started best but France were just finding their feet and will be rocked by that opening goal. Hummels was the saviour at one end, then immediately gave his side the lead.

12
GOAL!! (Mats Hummels) A simple headed goal for Hummels, who fends off his marker Varane to nod home a pin-point Toni Kroos free-kick into the top corner.

11
Good chance for France as Griezmann gets in behind Germany after a ball over the top. He looks across and sees Benzema in space but his attempted cross is weak and cut out before it reaches the big striker. Hummels the man to the rescue for Germany.

10
Muller finds space again in front of the France back line and finds Ozil on the left but his clipped cross lacks direction.

9
Neat footwork from Debuchy and Cabaye helps France out of a tight spot and they look to build from the back. Both sides very much sizing each other up for now.

8
Typically, a half-chance for Benzema, who volleys wide of the post with a tricky side-foot having been found by a cross from the left. More encouraging from Les Bleus.

7
Signs of nerves from France in the early stages and their front three haven't really had a kick as of yet.

6
Evra brings down Muller with a clumsy tackle and that may have drawn a card from the referee had it been later in the game. Khedira then almost squeezes the ball through to Kroos but the pass is over hit.

5
Muller makes a good run into the right channel but his cut-back doesn't have enough power on it and is easily dealt with. Some early warning shots for the France defence though.

4
Varane called into action again as a Howedes throw from the left finds its way into the box. Klose unable to get on the end of it.

3
The first penalty-area action sees Germany burst forward through Muller but his cross is cleared by Varane. Some nice touches for Ozil and Schweinsteiger now, bright start from Germany.

2
Lahm hugging the right touchline in the early moments and France are happy to sit deep and allow Germany to pass the ball between them defenders.

1
Boateng gave it away straight from the kick-off but France couldn't squeeze the ball through for Benzema. Boateng then sends a long ball forward to the left flank but Debuchy plays it out.

We've had the anthems and are set for kick-off. Germany will get us under way...

Just less than a quarter of the pitch is in shadow, but the rest is bathed in sunshine and handling the conditions is going to be a serious test. Germany have had a real mixed bag in terms of the weather at the venues they've played at, which was mentioned by Low in his press conference as a possible reason for the illness in the camp.

The teams are preparing to come out of the tunnel and the excitement is building ahead of the first quarter-final at Brazil 2014. There is every chance the winner of this contest could go on to claim World Cup glory - let's hope it lives up to expectations as a spectacle.

My own view is that France may be able to open up this rearranged Germany back-line and if they take their chances then it will be Deschamps' side who make it through. Mathieu Valbuena to score first and France to win 2‐1 can be backed at a massive 80/1 as one of Sky Bet's PRICE BOOSTS.

Klose will be very keen to add to his incredible World Cup haul after equaling Ronaldo's record of 15 with a goal against Ghana. Can he inspire another Germany victory, or is it one tournament too many for the 36-year-old? So many questions ahead of this clash. Give me some answers...

An interesting point from Chris, but I'm not totally convinced this German side has masses left in the tank in terms of performance. They have a huge amount of attacking talent in midfield but they are vulnerable at the back and it's no surprise to see France being heavily backed to progress.

Chris Green, from Huddersfield, has been back on after reading the team news: "The France starting line-up looks very frightening to say the least - but I don't think that will be enough to seal them a place in the semi-finals, as I see the Germans delivering their best performance of the tournament this evening, which is long overdue."

There is plenty of World Cup history between these two European giants, with (West) Germany coming out on top in 1882 and '86. Not since '58 have France beaten Germany at the World Cup, but I sense Les Bleus or on a real roll under Didier Deschamps now and I like the way they operate. The sun is (of course) shining in the Maracana and I'd like to know your thoughts on the heat affecting the tempo of the game. Email me at matthew.brocklebank@bskyb.com with your views on all things France v Germany.

It will be fascinating to see how this Germany side reacts to the loss of Mertesacker at the back, whether it was enforced or not. Benzema et al may well have been licking their lips at the prospect of running at the rather slow Arsenal man, but he has been a real organiser at the heart of the German defence. Lahm switching to full-back should help deal with the pace and trickery of Griezmann and Valbuena.

For Germany, the big news is Mats Hummels is back in the team but there is no place, even on the bench, for Per Mertesacker. The flu bug mentioned by Joachim Low in the build-up must have hit the big centre-half. That means captain Philip Lahm moves back to fill in at right-back, with the versatile Boateng moving across to the other side, or into the middle. Gotze missing out isn't much of a surprise but it's veteran striker Miroslav Klose who gets the nod in his place, rather than Andre Schurrle, who impressed off the bench in the last game. That also means Muller will drop off into a slightly deeper/wide role.

So Sakho is fit for France and comes in for Laurent Koscielny, with Antoine Griezmann in for Olivier Giroud the other change from their last-16 win over Nigeria. What does everyone think of that latter switch? A good move in my book, allowing Benzema to do his damage in the middle. Not to mention how exciting the young Griezmann has looked thus far.

Finlay Jack from Dumfries is predicting a thrilling match. He says: "I'm expecting end to end stuff this evening and hopefully a high scoring game. I think France to win 3-2, Benzema and Klose to score braces for their respective teams and Pogba with a pivotal goal."

Chris Green writes to say: "Germany to win 3-1, with Ozil and Klose (2) scoring the goals.."

In light of the team sheets below (no Gotze in the Germany line-up) Sky Bet now make Miroslav Klose to score first their PRICE BOOST. He is 13/2 from 6/1 to open the scoring.

GERMANY TEAM: Neuer, Hoewedes, Hummels, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos, Ozil, Muller, Klose.

FRANCE TEAM: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Valbuena, Griezmann, Benzema.

Jamie Redknapp's Sky Bet tips are: France to win 2-1 at 10/1, both teams to score at 10/11 and Karim Benzema to score first at 11/2.

Sky Bet can't split the two nations. Both France and Germany are priced up at 9/5 to win in normal time, while the draw is 21/10. The to qualify market - including extra-time and penalties - sees Germany at 17/20 and France at even-money. Sky Bet's Price Boosts are: Antoine Griezmann to score first at 8/1 from 15/2, Mario Gotze to score first at 7/1 from 13/2, France to win 2-0 at 14/2 from 12/1 and Germany to win 3-0 at 40/1 from 33/1.

Welcome to our live coverage of the opening World Cup quarter-final between France and Germany at the Maracana. E-mails can be sent to matthew.brocklebank@bskyb.com with your thoughts on the match.

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