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')

Manuel Neuer: 'Germany worthy of semi-final spot'

Manuel Neuer in a training session on May 24, 2013.
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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists that his side are "worthy of a place in the semi-finals" of the World Cup.

Manuel Neuer has insisted that Germany are "worthy of a place in the semi-finals" of the World Cup due to their performance against France earlier today.

Die Mannschaft booked their place in the last four of the competition with a slender 1-0 victory over France at the Maracana, to secure a fourth straight semis appearance.

Neuer was called into action late on to deny Karim Benzema, whose shot was well kept out by the Bayern Munich keeper.

"It was just instinctive, it comes naturally," the 28-year-old is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News of the save.

"Of course, to be able to play in this stadium, and it being a World Cup quarter-final, and then to put in this performance on top - it's all worthy of a place in the semi-finals.

"We played good football and wanted to get through, and now we're looking forward to our next game."

A meeting with Brazil or Colombia awaits Germany in the semi-finals.

Germany's defender Mats Hummels celebrates his goal during a quarter-final football match between France and Germany at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014
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