World Cup 2014: We Need to Take the Next Step Now, Says Germany Coach Joachim Loew

Germany coach Joachim Loew said consistency was the key to Germany's 1-0 quarter-final win over France.

updated: July 05, 2014 17:51 IST
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Germany maintain their impressive record of reaching the semi-finals at 13 of the 20 World Cup finals.


Rio de Janeiro: Germany coach Joachim Loew refused to look beyond the semi-finals after his team reached the last four at the World Cup by defeating France 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

A first half header from Mats Hummels at the Maracana Stadium here was enough to book a clash against Brazil, who later went on to beat Colombia 2-1 in Belo Horizonte Friday, reports Xinhua.

"In the last four World Cups we've reached the semi-finals. That is a good achievement but we now need to take the next step. Both teams played well defensively. There weren't many goal scoring opportunities which was part of our plan," Loew said. (Also read: No Neymar threat in semis for Germany)

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