France 0 Germany 1: Player ratings as Man Utd target nets winner

France 0 Germany 1: Player ratings as Mats Hummels nets a first-half winner to book his side's semi-final spot

Trevor Murray
By Trevor Murray
France
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Germany
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France

Hugo Lloris Was well beaten by Hummels’ header from the early free-kick. Was left vulnerable thanks to some shoddy defending. Stood up to a wave of white shirts that came his way with nine minutes remaining as he pulled a reflex save out of the bag to keep them in it. 7/10

Mathieu Debuchy France’s right-back did his all to keep the Germans quiet – even taking the extra step of pulling on Müller’s jersey in the box after the first goal went in to stop him getting to it before him. Risky. 7

Raphael Varane Was totally exposed when Hummels’ goal went in. It was almost as if he wasn’t there – needed to show more strength. His header in the 60th minute towards the top corner was decent and had Neuer panicking. 6

Mamadou Sakho Got up for set-pieces and even had a header from a corner, but it flashed over the bar. Gave away the ball just outside the edge of the area with a wayward pass that eventually found its way to Müller, but he pushed his shot wide. 6

Patrice Evra Got down the left flank to offer support to the French attack, but his lack of pace let him down. Needed to cut the ball in with more accuracy and find the likes of Benzema with superior quality crosses. 6

Yohan Cabaye The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder didn’t do a whole lot in the first half but grew into the tie as the match wore on. The nitty-gritty style played into his hands. 7

Blaise Matuidi Should have done a whole lot more to stop Germany breaking out from the back – there were times when the tackles just weren’t there. His effort at goal late on was punched clear by Neuer with confidence, but it underlined their threat and never-say-die attitude. 7

Paul Pogba Looked a class above the rest at times in the opening 45 minutes – his through balls and vision looked like the greatest asset that Didier Deschamps’ men had at times. Fizzled out of energy. 7

Mathieu Valbuena The diminutive Marseille midfielder showed enthusiasm and energy to give Joachim Low’s charges something to think about. Had a great chance in the 34th minute. 7

Antoine Griezmann In the 11th minute, his cut-back from the left-hand side almost found Benzema in the six-yard box, but it was cut out. Again, like his team-mates, he was not as involved as he should have been in such a high-stakes encounter. 6

Karim Benzema The Ream Madrid star always looked dangerous – lurking in and around the box, you just knew he’d get at least one clear-cut chance. Whether or not he’d beat Neuer was another thing. Was denied with 14 minutes to go by some last-gasp defending and again at the death. 8

Substitutes

Laurent Koscielny Was introduced for Sakho with just under 20 minutes to play. 6

Loic Remy Came on in the 73rd minute for Cabaye. 6

Olivier Giroud Took the place of Valbuena in the closing stages. 6

Germany

Manuel Neuer (Man of the Match) Looked comfortable between the posts – France didn’t quite have the clear-cut chances they wanted to threaten him, but he still stood up to whatever they threw at them. A fantastic custodian that looks capable of handling anything that comes his way. 9

Phillip Lahm Assured and confident, he was a pillar at the back. Tidied up a few aerial threats. 7

Mats Hummels Scoring his second header of the tournament, Hummels gave the Germans something to celebrate from as early as the 12th minute. Did well to block Benzema’s 76th-minute shot at point-blank range. 8

Benedikt Howedes Had a solid match. Didn’t do anything silly, which was all that was needed against an impotent French attack. 7

Jerome Boateng Looked tired in the closing stages, but gave the cause his all. Will need more guile about him in the semi-final, though. 6

Sami Khedira Played well, albeit quietly. Held his nerve well even as the match ebbed and flowed from end-to-end. 6

Bastian Schweinsteiger Was involved in a few heavy challenges in the second half – some of which were quite tactical in nature. 6

Toni Kroos His shot in the 56th minute was dragged disappointingly wide. He lacked the threat one expected from him. 6

Thomas Müller Was a constant threat through the middle as he floated from position-to-position in an effort to give his team some much-needed threat. 7

Mesut Ozil Had a fairly quiet game – to follow suit with his tournament to date – and didn’t quite have the influence German fans would have desired. 6

Miroslav Klose Had a shout for a penalty in the first half, but the referee heeded it little attention. Couldn’t quite find the pace to get around France’s centre-halves when he had the ball in the box – will now have to wait a little longer for his record goal. 6

Substitutes

Andre Schurrle Came on in the 69th minute to replace Germany’s record World Cup goal-scorer. Was denied in the 82nd minute by the feet of Lloris. 6

Mario Götze Was introduced for Ozil with seven minutes left on the clock. 6

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