Our eyes do not deceive. France and Germany are following together World Cup scripts.
Each came charging out of a gate, France scoring 8 goals and Germany 6 in their initial dual matches.
Each throttled down in a final organisation game, France scuffling to a scoreless draw, Germany scrapping past a U.S., 1-0.
Each went dangerously low into a round-of-16 encounters, France scoring in a 79th notation to down Nigeria, Germany in additional time to evade Algeria.
The dual scripts are about to diverge. The European soccer dignitaries go during it in a quarterfinals, a place that feels like home for Germany, this being a ninth true chosen eight.
However, a Germans competence be homeward-bound shortly if an apparent pathogen that bumped defender Mats Hummels from a prior compare infects a team. Coach Joachim Loew reported Thursday that 7 players had shown symptoms.
Hummels is healing, a acquire growth given that a finish came fast for his understudy, Shkodran Mustafi, out for a generation with a thigh injury.
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Loew can't be feeling too chipper himself if he got word that several former inhabitant group captains have criticized his lineup and assignments within it. There is some-more highlight on him than any manager still during work in Brazil not named Scolari.
France is healthier, physically and emotionally. Its bar of expectations is reduce than Germany’s after a disaster of huge proportions in a 2010 Cup. Les Blues are injury- and illness-free. Dissension-free, too, with a girl brigade led by Paul Pogba, 21, a captivating midfielder.
Among Germany’s substitutes, brazen Andre Schurrle competence no longer be one after his idea in a final diversion expected earns him a graduation to starter. Michael Klose stays a backup, on call in box Loew taps him for what could be a forward’s Cup record 16th goal.
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