France will be looking to up their game

This was a match that the like where the World Cup hasn't quite seen .  A culture clash between the underwhelming French along with the resilient Australians had been an unyielding event on the pitch -- thus much, therefore anticipated - but the strongest element was off-pitch technology.  The goals within this narrow French triumph came courtesy of a VAR-assisted punishment along with a GLT-awarded matchwinner.It had been an eventful day for its full-kit movie referees, who helped the Uruguayan official at the center of it all, Andrés Cunha, in exemplary style.  Critics of technologies may have their bookings but in actual time, at the Kazan Arena, the responses were fast, decisive and right.  All of it seemed a world away from Frank Lampard's notorious over-the-line-yet-not given target in South Africa 2010 since Paul Pogba managed to pause with his arms outstretched in obscure uncertainty for only a couple of seconds ahead of the signal came he could observe his deflected shot leaning off the crossbar and over that line.It proved an extremely welcome winning target for France following a mostly stodgy performance.

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Germany has made the semi-final of a major tournament eight times in a row

Every single time because 2005 is unbelievable -- and unprecedented for Germans.  Our amazing team in the 1970s never did anything like this.  Hence that the mind boggles." There ought to be an even larger collective boggling of heads among fans of another 31 World Cup nations when hearing the prior internationals Thomas Hitzlsperger and Lars Ricken replicate Hesse after he handles the"complex and difficult discussions" rippling throughout German soccer.  In the outside this odd doubt is initially difficult to fathom.   Löw has excluded Leroy Sané, following his blistering season for Manchester City, by the World Cup.  In case Germany are tussling without doubt, what hope remains for many other countries?  "We have done a marvellous job during the previous 15 decades but we are now in the crossroads again," states Hitzlsperger, who had been capped 52 occasions for Germany from 2004-10 while also playing years at the Premier League, most especially in Aston Villa.

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