France face Germany later today at 1700 BST in the first World Cup quarter-final in Rio de Janeiro.
As two of Europe’s surviving contenders go head-to-head for a place in the semi-finals, we take a look at where the game is likely to be decided.
Road to the quarter-final
France edged past Nigeria in a tight quarter-final thanks to late goals from Paul Pogba and an own goal from former Everton defender Jospeh Yobo. Didier Deschamps' side topped Group E thanks to comfortable wins over Honduras and Switzerland.
Joachim Low’s Germany started their World Cup campaign off with an impressive 4-0 demolition of Portugal but have stuttered ever since with a draw against Ghana and a narrow victory over the USA enough to see them take first place in Group G.
A 2-1 win over Algeria - in which all the goals came in extra-time - booked their date with France in the last eight.
France lead the overall battle between these two powerhouses of European football, winning 11 of the 26 encounters between the two sides with Germany having won eight of the contests.
This will be their fourth meeting in the World Cup and the previous three have produced a staggering 17 goals, most famously the 3-3 semi-final draw in 1982 from which West Germany progressed on penalties.
• Germany are bidding to become the first country to reach the semi-finals in four successive tournaments.
• Germany are on the longest unbeaten run of any side left in the competition, that streak extends to 15 games.
• France are yet to score from outside the box in this year’s competition and are the first team to benefit from two own goals in the same World Cup.
• Deschamps’ men have hit the woodwork an incredible six times in the tournament, more often than any other team.
• Chelsea’s André Schürrle has scored five in five competitive matches for Germany.
• Miroslav Klose is still awaiting the goal that will make him the World Cup’s highest ever scorer.
This looks set to be a tight game that could require extra time and even penalties to separate the two sides. Germany would have been favourites before a ball was kicked in the tournament but their lack of form matched with some impressive displays from Les Blues mean it wouldn’t be a shock to see Benzema et al progress to the last four.
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