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FOLLOW LIVE – Hummels heads Germany into early lead vs. France

Jul 4, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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Germany took an early lead in their World Cup quarterfinal clash against France.

Towering defender Mats Hummels scored the opener to put Joachim Low’s side in front as they aim to become the first team in history to make four-straight World Cup semifinals.

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Germany dominated possession early on but France almost went ahead as Antoine Griezmann was set free over the top but his pull back was cleared by Hummels just as Karim Benzema was waiting to tap home from close range.

In the 13th minute Hummels then went from clearing the danger at one end to scoring a superb header at the other just seconds later. A delightful free kick from Toni Kroos on the left found the Borussia Dortmund center back in the box and he beat Raphael Varane in the air to power home the opener.

The goal was Hummels’ second of the tournament and the first time France had trailed in Brazil.

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