Hummels' header was enough to sen Germany into the semifinals.

At halftime: Germany lead France, but quarterfinal is wide open

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After 45 minutes in sunny Rio de Janeiro the Germans have the lead as Mats Hummels 13th minute header is the difference.

Germany have looked lively going forward and much more like themselves with Miroslav Klose leading the line and the likes of Mesut Ozil Thomas Muller supporting him.

France have looked dangerous in spells with Valbuena and Benzema having chances to equalize as the German defense looks far from watertight.

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An intriguing second half awaits, as Germany aim to become the first team in history to reach four-straight World Cup semifinals.


13′: Hummels heads home from Kroos’ free kick, as Varane is beaten easily in the air.

Other key moments:

7′: Valbuena pops up in the box and chips the ball delightfully towards Benzema but the French forward pulled his volley just wide.

12′: Hummels intercepts just as Benzema is about to slot the ball home from six-yards out.

24′: Klose goes down in the box under a challenge but the referee waves play on.

33′: Valbuena’s shot across goal is saved superbly by Neuer and Benzema’s follow up is deflected over from close range.

43′: A mazy run from Benzema worries the German defense but his shot is straight at Neuer.

Questions for the second half:

Will Germany continue to play a high line?

Griezmann, Benzema and Valbuena have caused Germany plenty of problems with their movement up top and the German back line isn’t helping itself by pushing so high up the pitch. France have yet to take full advantage of the sloppy defending but it won’t be long until German comes unstuck if they keep this tactic up.

When we will see Olivier Giroud? 

The Arsneal striker tore Switzerland apart in the group stages but struggled against Nigeria in the last 16. His clinical finishing could well be a crucial factor if France are to advance. If

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)