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Germany beats France 1-0 for place in World Cup semis

RIO DE JANEIRO – Germany reached the semifinals for a fourth straight World Cup by beating France 1-0 Friday in a cagey match settled by a first-half header from Mats Hummels.

The center back headed Toni Kroos’ free kick in off the underside of the bar in the 13th minute in one of the few chances created in muggy conditions at Maracana stadium.

Germany will play Brazil or Colombia in the semifinals on Tuesday as it seeks a fourth world title.

France struggled to impose its attacking game in the face of a robust, experienced Germany side that seemed more comfortable on the big stage.

Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema had France’s best chances saved in the first half, with the German lineup holding off late pressure with apparent ease.

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