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World Cup Match Preview: France vs. Germany (Into The Semi-Finals)

World Cup Match Preview: France vs. Germany (Into The Semi-Finals)

Match Date: 04 July 2014 (local time)

Venue: Rio de Janeiro

 

A rivalry takes the spotlight again as France and Germany battle for a spot in the semis. History coincides with the Germans, but the French are determined to close such dim chapter and make a new start.

 

What happened?

France

France had a strong start in their series of world cup matches. The squad has been on a scoring rampage despite Franck Ribery’s absence.

 

During the Group Stage, Les Bleus accumulated eight (8) goals in their first three (3) encounters, until Ecuador held them to a scoreless stalemate.

 

The group had another display of force during the Round of 16, when they kept a clean sheet against Nigeria and scored two (2) crucial goals to advance in the next stage.

 

Like Germany, France’s head honcho, Didier Deschamps fancies a 4-3-3 formation, with either Karim Benzema  or Oliver Giroud as the main attacker. Yet, so far, the squad favors seeing Benzema occupy the center, whilst Antoine Griezmann is positioned to the left.

 

But the strength of the French squad is not just about Benzema and Giroud. Whoscored, also stressed the power of its midfield. The triumvirate of Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba enables Les Bleus to control the possession and therefore, expose themselves to more scoring opportunities.

 

To date, France has no injury issues to endure, which may lessen the pressure felt by the group.

 

Germany

Die Mannschaft has been a familiar face in the semis since 2006. But of course, Joachim Low and his men do not want to break such tradition. Advancing to the semis, brings them closer to their dream of clinching their 4th trophy.

 

The Germans also had a strong start in the tournament. Despite the absence of Julian Draxler and Marco Reus the group was able to eliminate Portugal in a spectacular fashion. Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick and Mats Hummels added one more goal to strengthen their goal difference.

 

Unfortunately, Ghana’s Black Stars partially halted their run when they were forced to settle for a stalemate. They had a scare against USA and Algeria, forced them to a 120-minute grill.

 

Although a declining performance is evident, still, this does not erase the fact that they have won their battles well. And this therefore, stands as a threat since Die Mannschaft is a powerful beast on the pitch.

 

France is not the only one, which benefitted from 4-3-3. Germany has also efficiently used this formation to their utmost advantage. Nevertheless, there have been pleas that its captain, Philipp Lahm will be returned at the back of the flank to make the squad more stable. However, Low insisted that Lahm will remain in the middle.

 

Shkodran Mustafi is the only casualty in the squad. Mustafi pulled his hamstring during the Algeria encounter. There have been reports that several players suffer from flu. But the rest of the team downplayed the flu scare and stressed that they are a 100% fit to face France.

 

Prediction

A down the wire match is to be expected between France and Germany. Die Mannschaft has been the favorite of world cup odds, but the strength of the Les Bleus cannot be undermined.

 

There is a strong possibility for the encounter to end in a stalemate and be decided by a nerve-wrecking penalty shootout.

 

 

Image Source: Sports World News

 

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