A goal early in the first half of the quarter-final tie brought an end to the World Cup hopes for France and Hugo Lloris who is uncertain about his future with Tottenham.
Hugo Lloris captained France in a game where they started tentatively, sitting deep and allowing Germany to bring the game to them. It was the French, however, who had the first scoring chance of the game with Benzema shooting wide after 6 minutes. Another chance almost came their way a few minutes later when a ball forward from Evra played France in on the left side of the area but the dangerous cross was cut out.
Germany took the lead after 13 minutes when a header from central defender Mats Hummels at a free-kick looped over Lloris and in off the underside of the bar.
The Germans dominated play and Lloris had to come quickly off his line to gather the ball as Germany broke through. France looked to threaten on the break but rarely troubled the well-organised German defence. France came closest to equalising after 33 minutes when a shot was blocked and from the rebound the ball went over. Two minutes before half-time Benzema created a good shooting chance for himself but fired it straight at the goalkeeper.
France started the second half in a much more positive manner pushing Germany back in the early moments. From a free-kick Evra got behind the Germans but couldn’t make a good contact on the ball. Germany threatened on the break but the ball was cleared for a corner. Hummels again threatened in the air from a corner but Lloris punched it clear under pressure and was fouled.
With France pushing more men forward in attack it was leaving space for Germany to run into on the counter-attack.
It was France who threatened with a quick break which was cleared for a corner and then from a cross Neuer saved a header easily. France built up the pressure as the game went into the last half hour looking to get forward. Germany were content to slow the tempo of the game but with 9 minutes remaining Lloris rescued France with a good save.
For all their endeavour, France were unable to unsettle Germany who saw out the game to claim a place in their fourth consecutive semi-final. It was disappointing for Lloris and France who must have felt that it was a game they could have won.
The French manager, Didier Deschamps, commented on BBC Sport,
Although our adventure in Brazil ends here and we’re sad, disappointed and frustrated, we’ll move on. I hope this group of players can play together for a long time.
Lloris: Uncertain of Future
Hugo Lloris finished the World Cup with three clean sheets in his 5 games while conceding only 3 goals.
He spoke to RTL after the defeat by Germany and his thoughts were tweeted by Get French Football (@GFN_France):
— Get French Football (@GFN_France) July 4, 2014
He also spoke about his future in response to a question by Tutto Mercato. Insidefutbol.com reported Lloris’ comments,
I do not know about my future. I have another three years on my contract with Tottenham and this is the most important thing. Currently.I am only focused on my holidays, having the chance to relax, and then we’ll see in the coming days.