World Cup 2014: Day 22
The quarter-finals kick off on Friday with a mouth-watering clash between France and Germany in Rio de Janeiro. The World famous Maracanã will host the clash between the two European sides who have both shown good form so far in this years tournament. France come into the game having lost only once in their last 15 games, a 2-0 defeat against Ukraine in their World Cup qualification play-off in November. They turned the game around, winning 3-0 to ensure qualification, and have shown great form so far in Brazil, including a 2-0 win against Nigeria in the last 16. They began with a 3-0 win against Honduras, with Benzema grabbing two and setting up the third, before a rampant 5-2 victory over Switzerland, Giroud, Matuidi, Valbuena, Benzema and Sissoko giving France the lead before 2 late goals. The final game saw a drab 0-0 draw against 10 man Ecuador, before Pogba and a Joseph Yobo own goal gave them a 2-0 win in Brasilia. France also have the upper hand against their European counterparts, winning 11 times, while Germany have only won 8 in their 25 meetings so far.
Germany have also shown some great form this tournament, although they needed extra time to overcome Algeria in the last round. They began with a 4-0 win against Portugal, aided by Pepe seeing red, as Thomas Müller helped himself to a hat-trick. A 2-2 draw against Ghana followed, with Mario Götze and Miroslav Klose doing the damage that day. Müller was on target again in the final game in Group G, grabbing the only goal in a hard fought 1-0 win over USA. Last time out they failed to overcome Algeria in normal time, eventually winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Schürrle and Özil in extra-time, Algeria pulling 1 back right at the death. That being said, they have lost just once in the last 25 matches, and were also victorious last time out against France, with a 2-1 win in Paris back in February 2013. I can see this being another tight game, as was the case in the last 16 clashes, but I fancy Germany just to edge through this time.Share this: