Germany Ousts France In World Cup

By WISE Web Sports

Germany Ousts France In World Cup

July 4, 2014 Updated Jul 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM EDT

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) -- Germany secured a familiar World Cup semifinal berth with a minimum of fuss as French hopes of avenging past injustices shrivelled and died in the Maracana.

This is the fourth World Cup in a row that Germany have reached the last four of the tournament, and France had little answer to Mats Hummels' 13th - minute header.

Germany always looked comfortable with the slender lead and it was Joachim Low's side who came closest to scoring again before settling for a 1 - 0 result.

This was a blow to French pride, the country remembering with bitterness semi defeats by Germany in 1982 -- which featured the infamous Harald Schumacher challenge on Patrick Battiston -- and 1986.

In another quarterfinal match, Brazil eliminated Columbia 2 - 1.

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