Jul 4, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
France
0-1
Germany
 
FT(HT: 0-1)
Hummels (13')
Khedira (54'), Schweinsteiger (80')

Didier Deschamps: 'Olivier Giroud omission was tactical'

Didier Deschamps of France reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014
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France boss Didier Deschamps admits that the decision to leave Olivier Giroud out of his side's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Germany in favour of Antoine Griezmann was tactical.

France boss Didier Deschamps has revealed that he decided to play Antoine Griezmann rather than Olivier Giroud in his side's World Cup quarter-final defeat because he wanted pace in his team.

The Arsenal striker made way for the midfielder in his side's loss to Germany after starting in the second-round win over Nigeria, and Deschamps has admitted that the reasoning was simply tactical.

"Why did I play Griezmann rather than Giroud? I made that choice because it was important to put speed [into the team]," Deschamps told L'Equipe.

"I expected to see Philipp Lahm on the right flank of defence, so we needed to defend well on that side too. Antoine did well in the second half."

Giroud scored one goal at the World Cup.

Germany national team pose ahead of the quarter-final football match between France and Germany at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 4, 2014, during the 2014
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