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')

Andreas Brehme: 'Manuel Neuer can make difference against France'

Manuel Neuer in a training session on May 24, 2013.
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Former Germany defender Andreas Brehme believes that Manuel Neuer could hold the key against France on Friday.

Former Germany defender Andreas Brehme has suggested that Manuel Neuer could hold the key for the current side ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against France on Friday.

Neuer received praise for his display in the tense 2-1 victory over Algeria in the previous round, and Brehme believes that the Bayern Munich goalkeeper may once again have to play a key role if Germany are to edge past France in the Maracana.

"If our team can improve, which I really hope and expect they will do, it'll be a very evenly-balanced match," the 53-year-old, who scored the winner against Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final, told FIFA.com. "Both teams have got fantastic players with great quality.

"At the end of the day, maybe a world-class player like Manuel Neuer will be the deciding factor. The way he played against Algeria was incredible. In my opinion, he's been one of the players of the tournament so far."

Neuer has conceded three goals in his four appearances in Brazil this summer.

Germany's Jurgen Klinsmann celebrates scoring at the World Cup on June 17, 1994.
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