FIFA World Cup: Germany Beat France 1-0, Reach Fourth Successive Semifinal

A first-half header from Mats Hummels helped Germany become the first team ever to reach four successive World Cup semifinals.

updated: July 04, 2014 23:46 IST
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Mats Hummels (second left) scored the opening goal for Germany.

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Rio de Janeiro: Germany reached the semifinals for a fourth straight World Cup by beating France 1-0 Friday in a cagey match settled by a first-half header from Mats Hummels. (Match Highlights)

The center back headed Toni Kroos' free kick in off the underside of the bar in the 13th minute in one of the few chances created in muggy conditions at Maracana stadium.

Germany will play Brazil or Colombia in the semifinals on Tuesday as it seeks a fourth world title.

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