Germany became the first nation to reach four consecutive World Cup semi-finals as Mats Hummels' early header proved enough to see them past France at the Maracana.

The three-time champions needed extra time to beat Algeria in the last 16 and suffered a bout of illness in midweek, but they were comfortable victors over a disappointing France in Rio de Janeiro.

Hummels got the better of Raphael Varane to score what proved to be the winning goal and Germany can now prepare for a meeting with Brazil in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday after the hosts beat Colombia.

Chris Waddle analysis

"France fell short. They looked entertaining in the group stage but were beaten by a better team, with more experience at this level, who knew how to see out the game. Germany dominated the midfield and dictated the pace of the game, while France were well off their own pace."

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gave another faultless performance and Joachim Low's men deserved their win against a France side who failed to hit the heights of earlier in the tournament.

It is 60 years to the day since Germany overturned a two-goal deficit to upset Hungary in the 1954 final, and this will go down as another memorable day in their history.

Germany graphic

In the build-up, Low dismissed talk of France seeking revenge for 1982, when Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher escaped punishment for a brutal challenge on Patrick Battiston and went on to save two penalties as his side came through a shootout to reach the final.

But what could not be ignored was Germany's greater experience and, despite a reconfigured starting line-up and doubts over their health, they again showed their international pedigree.

Hummels returned to central defence after a bout of "flu-like symptoms", with Per Mertesacker unexpectedly the man to make way as Germany looked to contain France's quick forwards.

Philipp Lahm moved from midfield to right-back in place of Shkodran Mustafi, Sami Khedira coming into midfield, and there was a surprise start for 36-year-old Miroslav Klose in attack.

Germany looked far more balanced than against Algeria in their last match, and a period of sustained pressure told when Hummels held off Varane to guide home a Toni Kroos free-kick.

Match facts

Germany scored with their first shot on target and then hit only two more in the rest of the match

Germany had 59% possession in the first half but only 40% after the break

Defeat marked the first time France have failed to reach the semi-final stage in their past six appearances in the knockout stage

It was the first time France had gone behind in the tournament and the first time they had conceded in the opening half. Their afternoon could have got worse when Mathieu Debuchy challenged Klose in the box, only for referee Nestor Pitana to ignore the Germany appeals.

Les Bleus were struggling to find any rhythm as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Khedira and the excellent Kroos dominated the midfield, but they soon began to expose Germany's dangerously high defensive line.

Antoine Griezmann broke clear and crossed for Mathieu Valbuena to force Neuer into a stunning one-handed save and Karim Benzema's close-range follow-up was deflected over the bar.

Benzema went close twice more as France gained some momentum before half-time, and they maintained it after the break as Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi gained control of the central areas, allowing Griezmann and Valbuena to cause damage from wide.

But Germany appeared to realise the increased threat, dropping deeper and limiting France to a Varane header and Matuidi strike that were both comfortably saved by Neuer.

Low introduced Andre Schurrle from the bench and he significantly boosted the tiring Germans, although he might have done better with two opportunities on the counter attack.

France manager Didier Deschamps turned to Olivier Giroud, who set up Benzema in stoppage time, only for Neuer to repel his angled drive with a strong fist.

The atmosphere inside this iconic ground was relatively flat, reflecting an unspectacular encounter, but at the end the Germany celebrations and France tears illustrated just how much the result meant.

France coach Didier Deschamps:

"Although our adventure in Brazil ends here and we're sad, disappointed and frustrated, we'll move on.

"I hope this group of players can play together for a long time. I have a lot of work to do with them, but things are definitely promising.

"Today, there wasn't much between the two sides. I thought we were a little bit timid at first and they scored early. After that, we showed promise. We created chances and could have been more clinical, but Manuel Neuer had a good game."

Germany coach Joachim Low:

"We played well, we played with a compact defence. They had some long balls against us but we did a classy job taking care of those.

"Our midfield did a very good job disrupting their attack. We didn't have any organisation problems.

"It was an incredibly exciting match but you can't expect anything else at the World Cup. Both teams were equals. Our team had fought hard to the end."

Matts Hummels

Mats Hummels' header took Germany's tally of headed goals to 15 since the 2002 World Cup, seven more than any other side in that period

Manuel Neuer

France had five shots on target, but could not find a way past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

Karim Benzema had France's best chance towards the end of the second half with his first shot on target

Karim Benzema had France's best chance towards the end of the second half with his first shot on target

Germany have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four World Cup quarter-finals.

Germany have kept a clean sheet in three of their past four World Cup quarter-finals

France

Twelve of France's 13 shots came from inside the box, yet they could not score

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

France

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 03 Evra
  • 06 Cabaye (Remy - 73' )
  • 04 Varane
  • 05 Sakho (Koscielny - 71' )
  • 19 Pogba
  • 14 Matuidi
  • 10 Benzema
  • 08 Valbuena (Giroud - 85' )
  • 11 Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 07 Cabella
  • 09 Giroud
  • 12 Mavuba
  • 13 Mangala
  • 15 Sagna
  • 16 Ruffier
  • 17 Digne
  • 18 Sissoko
  • 20 Remy
  • 21 Koscielny
  • 22 Schneiderlin
  • 23 Landreau

Germany

  • 01 Neuer
  • 16 Lahm
  • 04 Höwedes
  • 06 Khedira Booked
  • 20 Boateng
  • 05 Hummels
  • 07 Schweinsteiger Booked
  • 18 Kroos (Kramer - 92' )
  • 11 Klose (Schürrle - 69' )
  • 08 Özil (Götze - 83' )
  • 13 Müller

Substitutes

  • 02 Großkreutz
  • 03 Ginter
  • 09 Schürrle
  • 10 Podolski
  • 12 Zieler
  • 14 Draxler
  • 15 Durm
  • 17 Mertesacker
  • 19 Götze
  • 22 Weidenfeller
  • 23 Kramer
Ref: Néstor Pitana
Att: 74,240

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

5 3

Corners

5 3

Fouls

15 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, France 0, Germany 1.

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, France 0, Germany 1.

90:00 +3:48

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

90:00 +3:01

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

90:00 +3:01

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:36

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:36

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

90:00 +1:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Christoph Kramer replaces Toni Kroos.

90:00 +1:16

André Schürrle (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:16

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

90:00 +0:49

Foul by Sami Khedira (Germany).

90:00 +0:49

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:37

Mats Hummels (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:37

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

87:48

Foul by Mario Götze (Germany).

87:48

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:01

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

84:38

Foul by André Schürrle (Germany).

84:38

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

83:21

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

82:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Mario Götze replaces Mesut Özil.

81:13

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

80:37

Corner, France. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

79:57

Foul by André Schürrle (Germany).

79:57

Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:17 Booking

Booking Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:14

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

79:14

Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:31

André Schürrle (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:31

Dangerous play by Blaise Matuidi (France).

77:50

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (Germany).

77:50

Loïc Remy (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:16

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:16

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

76:03

Attempt saved. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a cross.

75:29

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

73:24

Attempt missed. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

72:59

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller with a headed pass.

72:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Loïc Remy replaces Yohan Cabaye.

72:21

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Raphael Varane.

71:18

Hand ball by Philipp Lahm (Germany).

71:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Laurent Koscielny replaces Mamadou Sakho because of an injury.

68:57

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

68:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. André Schürrle replaces Miroslav Klose.

64:56

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

64:56

Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:15

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:15

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

63:36

Hand ball by Karim Benzema (France).

63:19

Corner, France. Conceded by Philipp Lahm.

63:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:14

Delay in match Mathieu Valbuena (France) because of an injury.

61:47

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

61:47

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:48

Attempt saved. Raphael Varane (France) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye with a cross.

59:18

Corner, France. Conceded by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

58:36

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:36

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

54:57

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger following a fast break.

53:57 Booking

Booking Sami Khedira (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:50

Foul by Sami Khedira (Germany).

53:50

Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:56

Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

51:56

Raphael Varane (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:21

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Yohan Cabaye.

48:56

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

48:56

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:20

Offside, France. Mamadou Sakho tries a through ball, but Mathieu Valbuena is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins France 0, Germany 1.

45:00 +0:54 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, France 0, Germany 1.

43:44

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

42:53

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

42:53

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:53

Offside, France. Mamadou Sakho tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

41:40

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

40:16

Attempt blocked. Mats Hummels (Germany) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

39:43

Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:43

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

37:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

37:22

Delay in match Sami Khedira (Germany) because of an injury.

35:55

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:55

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

35:22

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

35:22

Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:25

Attempt missed. Mamadou Sakho (France) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

33:54

Corner, France. Conceded by Thomas Müller.

33:51

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

33:26

Corner, France. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

33:20

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

33:18

Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

31:19

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

31:19

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:50

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

29:48

Attempt blocked. Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

28:53

Miroslav Klose (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:53

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

22:04

Offside, France. Raphael Varane tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

19:11

Miroslav Klose (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:11

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

18:04

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:04

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

11:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! France 0, Germany 1. Mats Hummels (Germany) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a set piece situation.

11:23

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:23

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

7:37

Hand ball by Toni Kroos (Germany).

6:56

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

4:55

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:55

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

2:10

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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