Saturday, July 5, 2014

Semifinal World Cup 2014 : Brazil vs Germany

Heads up: Germany defender Mats Hummels holds off the challenge of Raphael Varane to open the scoring
Photo : Getty Imanges

Germany 1-0 France.
Well, they did it again. It’s four on the trot now – a record. Germany have not missed a World Cup semi-final date this century: 2002, 2006, 2010, now 2014. 
It was 1998, in France, when they last failed to be in the competition in the final week, and they will be there again, in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. And back here, in the Maracana Stadium, one last time a week on Sunday? There is no reason why not.
Germany did not have the best chances, or necessarily play the best football, but they were excellent in possession, decisive and sharp at key defensive moments and found a way to win, as the best teams do. As Germany do, so often, in fact. 
That the goal came from Mats Hummels, a bold selection by coach Joachim Low who also abandoned his false nine system and restored Philipp Lahm to full-back, merely adds to the evidence that Germany are World Cup naturals in a way other countries – you know who – are not. 

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Brazil 2-1 Columbia
David Luiz fired home an unstoppable free-kick to send Brazil through to the World Cup semi-finals in an enthralling tie against Colombia on Friday night.
The defender hit a ferocious strike into the top corner from 30 yards out which Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina had no chance of stopping.
Fellow centre back Thiago Silva had given Brazil the lead after just seven minutes, bundling the ball home at the back post.
Colombia, who had a goal disallowed midway through the second half, scored with ten minutes to play as James Rodriguez scored from the spot.

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