FIFA World Cup: Compact Defence Helped Against France, Says Germany's Manuel Neuer

Germany scored a solitary goal and then blocked out attacks in their FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match against France.

updated: July 05, 2014 11:33 IST
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Germany's Manuel Neuer in action against France.


Rio de Janeiro: Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said Germany's improved defence was the key to Friday's 1-0 win over France as they booked a record fourth successive World Cup semi-finals berth.

Centre-back Mats Hummels' 13th-minute bullet-header settled the quarter-final clash at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

Hummels produced a man-of-the-match display on his return to the side after missing Monday's nervous 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria with flu.

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