Germany Defeats France 1-0 To Reach Fourth Straight World Cup Semifinals (VIDEO/GIF/PHOTOS)

07/04/2014 01:58 pm ET | Updated Jul 04, 2014
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The first spot in the semifinals at the 2014 World Cup was sealed by the team that has become a regular in the final foursome: Germany

Germany defeated France 1-0 at Estadio do Maracana on Friday to become the first team ever to reach four straight World Cup semifinals. Germany's semifinal streak includes a defeat to Brazil in the final in 2002 and a pair of wins in the third-place game in 2006 and 2010.

The lone goal of the all-European quarterfinal matchup in Rio de Janeiro came in the 13th minute when Germany defender Mats Hummels headed a free kick taken by teammate Toni Kroos past France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

After the early goal provided a slim advantage over France, Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer ensured it was enough. The 28-year-old goalkeeper may have made his most impressive save of the match in the final seconds. With France pushing for an equalizer in the fourth and final minute of second-half stoppage time, Neuer was able to block a driving shot from France forward Karim Benzema.

Manuel Neuer turns away Karim Benzema's equalizer chance... on Twitpic(GIF via @FlyByKnite)

Germany will advance to face either Brazil or Colombia in the semifinals on July 8 at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

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