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Germany Beats France To Enter World Cup Semifinal

Germany defeated France 1-0 Friday to advance to the semifinal of soccer's World Cup in Brazil.

The lone goal at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium came in the first half – a header from Mats Hummels in the 13th minute, off a Toni Kroos free kick.

Germany will face the winner of the Brazil-Colombia quarterfinal, which will be played later Friday at the Estadio Caselao in Fortaleza. That game will be Germany's fourth consecutive semifinal appearance at a World Cup, a run that began in 2002.


Germany has advanced through the tournament with relative ease: It beat Portugal 4-0 at the start of the tournament, drew with Ghana 2-2, defeated the U.S. 1-0 and beat Algeria 2-1.

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