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Hummels heads Germany into semis

Cape Times

Mats Hummels headed Germany to a 1-0 victory over old rivals France yesterday, and took his country to the World Cup semi-finals for a record fourth straight time.

The centre-back's powerful 13th-minute header decided the nervy encounter between two sides who have traditionally produced sensation matches.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Benedikt Hoewedes of Germany controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Thomas Mueller of Germany speaks to Patrice Evra of France during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04:  Paul Pogba of France and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Mathieu Valbuena of France strikes the ball against Toni Kroos of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04:  Mats Hummels of Germany scores his team's first goal on a header past Hugo Lloris of France during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)

Hummels also blocked a late strike by Karim Benzema in a man-of-the-match performance at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

“Germany were on a higher level today,” said a disconsolate French manager Didier Deschamps, who suffered his first defeat in 11 World Cup games as either a player or coach.

Germany now face either Brazil in Tuesday's semi-final at Belo Horizonte.

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