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World Cup: Germany defeats France to reach semifinals

By James Masters, CNN
updated 6:43 PM EDT, Fri July 4, 2014
Germany's Mario Gotze scores the goal that would decide the World Cup final Sunday, July 13, in Rio de Janeiro. Gotze, a late substitute, scored the goal in extra time as Germany won 1-0. Click through the gallery to see all the goals scored in the World Cup. Germany's Mario Gotze scores the goal that would decide the World Cup final Sunday, July 13, in Rio de Janeiro. Gotze, a late substitute, scored the goal in extra time as Germany won 1-0. Click through the gallery to see all the goals scored in the World Cup.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Germany books place in semifinal of World Cup
  • Mats Hummels scored the only goal of the game
  • Germany reaches fourth consecutive semifinal
  • Next plays Brazil, which beats Colombia 2-1 later Friday

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(CNN) -- It's a demon buried deep within the French psyche -- a demon which refuses to be exorcized.

A word which brings shivers down the spine and strikes a fear into the heart of the country's football fans.

In Rio de Janeiro, the ghosts of years past haunted France again -- the "Angstgegner" returned.

Germany, the "bogey team" as it is known in France, wrote another painful chapter into Les Bleus' World Cup history on Friday.

A 1-0 victory secured Germany's place in the semifinals for a record fourth consecutive tournament.

But unlike in 1982 and 1986, when Germany defeated the French in the last four on both occasions, this was not a battle of epic proportions.

There was not the drama, nor the controversy -- but the end result was the same.

Mats Hummels' 12th-minute goal gave Germany a lead it never looked like relinquishing against a French side which flattered to deceive.

In fact, it was almost an apologetic exit from Didier Deschamps' players -- so disappointing after the team's encouraging performances in the group stage.

At a tournament where there have been so many surprises, perhaps it was reassuring that there remains one constant.

Germany, whether it plays to its maximum or just within itself, seems to always get the result it craves.

Joachim Low's side will now face host nation Brazil -- which beat Colombia -- in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, while France returns home pondering what might have been.

The tears flowed for those draped in blue -- this was supposed to be the day where France finally gained revenge.

Some 32 years may have passed since the two countries met at the 1982 World Cup, but the painful memories remain.

At the time, France's World Cup hopes were in the balance with the game at 1-1 when Patrick Battiston ran on to meet Michel Platini's pass.

Battiston was the overwhelming favorite to reach the ball first -- and he did so, but as he approached, West Germany goalkeeper Toni Schumacher laid the Frenchman out cold with a brutal attack.

Battiston, shorn of three teeth and suffering damaged vertebrae, left the field on a stretcher, his limp hand held by a shaken Platini -- who feared his teammate might have even died.

Schumacher stood tall -- he wasn't red-carded, nor was he even cautioned. Instead, he saved two penalties in the shootout following a 3-3 draw as West Germany reached the final, before losing to Italy.

It was an achievement which preserved his name in notoriety, even securing him top spot in a poll held by a French newspaper for the most hated German -- a poll he won ahead of Adolf Hitler.

While the incident may not register on the German consciousness, it was repeated endlessly on televisions in the buildup to Friday's contest.

A game with a grudge -- it's hardly a new experience for Germany, which appears to encounter such fixtures on a regular basis.

Its experience at this level is undisputed -- but a failure to win the World Cup in 24 years has not gone unnoticed.

In 2002, Rudi Voller's team was defeated in the final by Brazil -- since then there have been three consecutive semifinal defeats.

For so long German football has been admired, but with success comes expectation and, in terms of triumphs, "Die Mannschaft" has failed to deliver.

Perhaps this is the year where Low's side finally delivers.

Criticized after a 2-1 extra-time victory over Algeria in the last 16 at Brazil 2014, Germany began brightly against France and made light of the flu virus which had swept through its camp.

Just 12 minutes of the contest had elapsed when Hummels held off Raphael Varane to head home Toni Kroos' perfect delivery.

Given the number of spectacular strikes witnessed at this World Cup, Hummels' effort was remarkable for its simplicity.

France, temporarily dazed by conceding, began to assert itself with the impressive Mathieu Valbuena beginning to cause Germany problems.

The diminutive midfielder, so influential in the group stage as France breezed through with ease, came close to forging an equalizer with 11 minutes of the first half remaining.

Antoine Griezmann found space on the left and his pass allowed Valbuena to curl the ball towards goal only for Manuel Neuer to save and Karim Benzema to lash wildly at the rebound.

Benzema, who scored three times in his opening two games, then went close before the interval as Hummels blocked the forward's close-range header.

In 10 previous ties where it had trailed at halftime of a World Cup tie, France had lost on each and every occasion.

But this French side has already overcome the odds. That it qualified for the tournament at all was somewhat of a surprise given its dreadful performance in the playoff tie.

A 2-0 defeat by Ukraine in the first leg left Deschamps staring into the abyss -- a misery only averted by a miraculous 3-0 victory in the return leg four days later.

But a comeback against Germany, a team renowned for its ruthlessness and ability to dominate its opponents is a far more difficult proposition.

Deschamps' decision to replace a defensive midfielder in Yohan Cabaye with striker Loic Remy signaled his side's intentions.

His pace, in addition to the threat posed by Griezmann and Benzema, appeared to trouble a Germany defense which was never managed to give impression of being wholly convincing.

But whenever France did manage to get in behind its opponents, Neuer provided a formidable presence, denying Blaise Matuidi from close range.

As both teams began to suffer in the heat, the action moved from end to end, with Germany twice failing to put the result beyond doubt

Then, with the contest entering its final throes, Benzema's effort -- from a position where he would be expected to score -- was palmed away by Neuer in almost nonchalant fashion.

As the final whistle blew, heads fell, tears followed and French players were left with an all too familiar feeling -- the "Angstgegner" had struck again.

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