France's 2014 World Cup campaign came to an end on Friday evening after Les Blues lost to Germany 1-0.
A Mats Hummels header in the first half gave Germany the lead and, despite pressure during the second half, France couldn't find an equaliser.
It was always going to be a close match between the two European heavyweights but both sides failed to show their true qualities in a hard fought encounter.
Coming into the match
Germany went into the fixture as slight favourites but hadn't lit the tournament alight after thrashing Portugal 4-0 in their opening group match. They came into the quarter final having drawn to Ghana, beating U.S.A 1-0 and needing extra-time to overcome Algeria.
France had also started the tournament in blistering form beating Honduras 3-0 and Switzerland 5-2. Their final group match saw a drab 0-0 draw with Ecuador before they beat Nigeria 2-0 in the last 16.
Didier Deschamps men must have fancied their chances coming into the quarter final clash but, although they created a few chances, Germany didn't need to be at their best to beat them.
Lack of urgency
France wouldn't have been too disappointed with their first half display and were able to take encouragement from the chances they created despite being a goal down. But after going into the half-time break 1-0 down, they were expected to come out in the second half on the front foot. This was the case in the first ten minutes of the half but after that, the time seemed to fly by without them looking like scoring.
Their tempo was too slow and they didn't really look like breaking down a relatively weak German defence which had conceded twice against Ghana, could easily let in more vs the U.S.A and had Algeria creating a hat full of chances against them.
France looked dangerous at times during the first 45 but it wasn't until the 85th minute onwards did they have their real chances of the second half.
It was disappointing as this French side had shown so much promise in the World Cup up until now. A resolute defence with a dynamic midfield including the wonderkid Paul Pogba and one of the stars of the tournament Mathieu Valbuena looked set for big things, but it wasn't to be.
The German side, whilst still full of quality, were there for the taking but France just lacked the knock out punch. The French will look back and take pride from this summer's World Cup, a significant improvement from the dismal campaign four years ago. But they will also know that with a bit more urgency during the second half, they could have beaten this German side and progressed to the last four.
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