Two European heavyweights clash in the first quarter final of the 2014 World Cup as 1998 champions France take on three time trophy winners Germany.
France made an electrifying start to the tournament with big wins over Honduras and Switzerland before playing out a draw with Ecuador when their progress to the last 16 was already assured. Les Bleus were then faced with a defiant Nigeria side in the Second Round where despite controlling much of the game they were repeatedly denied by an excellent goalkeeping display from Vincent Enyeama and were looking vulnerable on the break. France eventually found the breakthrough 10 minutes from time through a Paul Pogba header and an unfortunate Yobo own goal in injury time confirmed their passage to the last eight.
Germany also got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start when they thrashed a lacklustre Portugal side, but were held to a draw in their second match after a battling display from Ghana. Die Mannschaft then confirmed themselves as winners of their pool when edging fellow Group G qualifiers USA to set up a favourable Second Round clash with Algeria. However, it was not to be plain sailing as the underdogs gave as good as they got and with both sides spurning a hatful of golden opportunities extra-time was needed to decide the winner. Germany instantly took the lead through a cheeky Andre Schurrle finish from close range and Mesut Özil put the result beyond doubt with a minute of extra-time to play meaning Abdelmoumene Djabou's last minute goal was merely a consolation for Algeria.
Karim Benzema flourished during the group stage with 3 goals and 2 assists, but was largely ineffective from a wide position against Nigeria. Should Didier Deschamps restore the Real Madrid striker to his more favoured central role then he may regain the goal-scoring thread and any punters wishing to back him in the First Goalscorer market can get best odds of 6/1 with Coral.
Thomas Muller has without doubt been an integral part of Germany's success so far in Brazil. He bagged a hat-trick against Portugal and scored the decisive goal against USA as well as providing the assist for Schurrle's crucial goal against Algeria. Muller will be aiming to add to his already incredible tally of World Cup goals when Germany face France and is the leading fancy for First Goalscorer bets on the match at top price 11/2 with Betvictor.
2014 World Cup Match Results
France W W D W Germany W D W D
World Cup 2014 Goalscorers
France (2014 World Cup):
Benzema - 3 (1 Penalty, 1 First Goalscorer)
Giroud - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Matuidi - 1 (0 Penalty, 0 First Goalscorer)
Sissoko - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Valbuena - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Pogba - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Muller - 4 (1 Penalty, 2 First Goalscorer)
Hummels - 2 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Götze - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Klose - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Schürrle - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Özil - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
World Cup 2014 Top Goal Assists
France (2014 World Cup):
Benzema - 2
Evra - 1
Giroud - 1
Pogba - 1
Valbuena - 1
Muller - 2
Kroos - 1
Höwedes - 1
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