Keys for Germany: Its Front and Its Back

Germany had a solid start to their FIFA World Cup campaign but have since slipped gradually. Against France in the quarterfinals though, the minutest of errors can cost the side massively.

updated: July 04, 2014 15:20 IST
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Thomas Muller (left) scored three against Portugal. He has since not been able to stage an encore.


Rio de Janeiro: It has been a hot and cold World Cup for Germany so far: from its bold statement match in steamy Salvador against Portugal to its botched lines and opportunities in the chill and drizzle of Porto Alegre against Algeria.

But even in fluctuating form and with seven players apparently under the weather with flulike symptoms, the Germans, as usual, are still in contention with the World Cup reaching its business end.

Next obstacle for the Nationalmannschaft: Friday's quarterfinal against a resurgent France.

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