Germany will take on France in a 2014 World Cup Quarterfinal match. This match up of European football powers is sure to provide a thrilling and entertaining match. Beyond their historical rivalry on the football field and beyond, these two teams also field some of the most talented young players in the game.
For France it includes 21 year old Paul Pogba , a dynamic young midfielder known for scoring brilliant goals from long range, as well as off volleys. Antoine Greizmann is another young star, who at 23 has already proved successful at Real Madrid and at this World Cup, he changed the game against Nigeria with his introduction as a substitute. His pace allows him to run directly at opponents, create space and score when he gets in behind defenders, and as Germany has run a high line at times in this tournament, and Griezmann may get the chance to start over Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
For Germany, Chelsea’s own Andre Schürrle is a young star in his first World Cup with Germany and his introduction against the feisty Algerians also made all the difference. His pace and direct running terrorized the Algerian black four. Schürrle ended up scoring the opening goal in extra time, before Mesut Özil assured victory with a 2nd goal at the end of extra time.
If Germany wants to introduce Schürrle into the starting lineup, someone else will have to make way, which would mean either Özil, Müller or Götze starting on the bench, and all of them have had a good tournament so far.
The Germans have been one of the most consistent teams at this tournament, possibly only bettered by the French team. France ran roughshod over their group, scoring 8 goals through 3 matches, with only the Ecuador match ending scoreless as players were rested for the knockout round.
Germany emerged victorious in the Group of Death, however only managing a draw against Ghana and needing extra time to dispatch Algeria will surely give the French players the belief that they can be the ones to stop the German machine and move on to the semifinals.
Projected Team Lineups:
—————- Özil———–Müller———– Götze—————-
I believe the trend of matches going into Extra Time will continue, and despite both teams scoring in regulation, I have a feeling we will see an extra time game winner from the French National team.
France 3-2 Germany
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