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Germany secured a place in the last four following a competitive and professional 1-0 win over France. The win means the proposition of facing hosts Brazil or emerging force Colombia lies in wait in what will be a captivating Semi-Final tie.

Here we assess the performances of both sides.

France:

Hugo Lloris: Not quite as effective as his 'sweeper keeper' counterpart in the opposing goal, the Frenchman was alert to danger on a few occasions and displayed good decision-making. Made a few good stops. 7.

Mathieu Debuchy: Often awkward and clumsy when stepping into make a tackle and in around his own area and was almost culpable for giving away a penalty to the Germans. Supplied little going forward. 5.

Raphael Varane: Beaten in the box by Hummels for the Germans opener and was easily brushed aside in the process. Improved as the game wore on, but was still less reliable than Sakho. Impressive block late on to deny Schurrle. 6.

Mamadou Sakho: Impressive enough during his time on the pitch and demonstrated his aerial prowess with regularity. Also made some excellent interceptions to repel clear cut chances during an active first half. Subbed off with 20 minutes to go. 7.

Patrice Evra: Demonstrating his enduring ability to commit to the attack and was a constant theme on the left as France pressed for a leveler. His passing and decision-making was often questionable however and he was guilty of too many fouls. 6.

Paul Pogba: Still has a long way to go to prove himself as one of the worlds top midfielders with the Frenchman struggling to fully impose himself on the game. Gave his all and looked to drive forward with the ball, but fell short. 6.

Yohan Cabaye: Metronomic and assured in his passing, whilst very supportive to drop between the defenders sweep up any danger that could arise. Very competent performance. 7.

Blaise Matuidi: Showed great enthusiasm to defend and attack as usual, but was often limited in both capacities. Struggled in the first half, but improved in the second half as he looked to drive on from midfield, but his composure was sorely lacking and he was also too wasteful in possession. 5.

Mathieu Valbuena: Somewhat subdued in the first half as Germany enjoyed the bulk of possession, Valbuena came to the fore after the interval and was at the hub of many of the best moves for the French. 7.

Karim Benzema: Showed the same faults that have seen him receive much scrutiny during his career as the Frenchman was unable to convert despite many attempts on goal. A constant threat however. 6.

Antoine Griezmann: Worked the channels to great effect and seemed like an automatic choice to punish Germany's high line. Possibly not picked out as often as he should have been, as he continually made penetrative runs behind and supplied threatening delivery, but also drifted in an out of the game. 7.

Subs:

Laurent Koscielny: Competent as France searched for an equaliser. 5.

Loic Remy: Another body in the final third, but offered little. 5.

Olivier Giroud: N/A.

Germany:

Manuel Neuer: The Germany stopper epitomised another impressive display with a point blank one-handed save from Benzema at the death and despite his 'sweeper keeper' style coming under scrutiny, Neuer averted any danger that came his way. 8.

Phillip Lahm: Reverting back to his customary right back position, Lahm provided the pace and balance that has been sorely lacking for the Germans. Showed great composure at times, but struggled to contain an active France left-flank in the second half, as well as one-one-one situations. 7.

Jerome Boateng: Often caught out with Griezmann's darting runs as the Bayern defender held a high-line and his concentration and positioning was often sorely lacking. Improved as Germany were push back to defend deeper. 6.

Mats Hummels: Imperious performance to consolidate himself as one of the outstanding defenders in the competition. Scored the decisive, winning goal with a well measured header, but impressed further with three excellent defensive blocks to win his side a clean sheet. 8.

Benedikt Howedes: Looked to get tight and overpower Valbeuna in the opening stages and often subdued the diminutive Frenchman, but was also beaten with relative ease often with his pace very telling. Felt more at home as Germany sat off later on. Powerful and solid. 6.

Sami Khedira: Combined to greater effect in the final third than that of his previous displays and did look like he was showing a return to his old-self. Often negligent of his defensive duties however. 6.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Tasked with more defensive responsibility than that which he is accustomed to, but carried out his duties diligently. Neat in possession, always a passing option and supported the defence. 7.

Thomas Muller: A consistent and excellent performance despite the change in position. Once again difficult to pick-up and combined excellently with the forward line even if he didn't threaten as much. A constant willing runner too. 7.

Toni Kroos: Didn't have the same dictating influence as many of his other games, as he was deployed further advanced, but still provided the assist for Hummels' header as well as instigating many moves in the final third. 7.

Mesut Ozil: The Arsenal man hasn't enjoyed the most fruitful of tournaments, despite his winning goal against Algeria and was largely anonymous and failed to capitalise against an uncomfortable France backline and Debuchy in particular. 5. 

Miroslav Klose: Unable to surpass the record goal-scoring tally and provided little threat. Showed glimpses in his sharpness and some neat hold-up play, but subsequently seemed a better option from the bench. 5.

Subs:

Andre Schurrle: Added dynamism to the Germany attack and threatened, but should have scored. 6.

Mario Gotze: N/A.

Christoph Kramer: N/A.

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