FIFA World Cup Preview: France, Germany Meet in All-Euro Quarterfinal

Two European football powerhouses, Germany and France, will be eager to iron out several flaws as they fight for a  World Cup semifinal berth at the Maracana on Friday.

updated: July 02, 2014 22:21 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: A European presence in the World Cup semifinals is assured as Germany and France meet at the Maracana on Friday, looking to shrug off stumbling wins in the second round that exposed frailties in both teams.

Contesting a quarterfinal for the ninth straight World Cup, the Germans will start as slight favorites because of their vast experience in major tournaments but with doubts surrounding a slow, porous defense that was breached repeatedly in the 2-1 extra-time victory over Algeria on Monday. (It's Europe vs Latin America in World Cup 2014 Quarters)

If goalkeeper Manuel Neuer hadn't produced the kind of sweeper display that German greats Franz Beckenbauer and Lothar Matthaus would have been proud of, Joachim Loew's side could have been on the end of a real shock.

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