RIO DE JANEIRO: Mats Hummels headed Germany to a 1-0 victory over old rivals France on Friday, taking his country to the World Cup semi-finals for a record fourth straight time.
The centre-back’s powerful 13th-minute header decided the nervy encounter between two sides. Hummels also blocked a late strike by French striker Karim Benzema in a man-of-the-match performance.
“Germany were on a higher level today,” said a disconsolate French manager Didier Deschamps.
Germany now play their semi-final on Tuesday at Belo Horizonte. This is the 13th time in 20 attempts Germany have reached the World Cup’s semi-finals.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2014.