Football

Mats set on final TWeets

Match-winner Mats Hummels hopes Germany will return to Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup final, after his header sealed their 1-0 win over France in this morning's (Singapore time) quarter-final.

The 25-year-old put Germany into the semi-finals by smashing his 13th-minute header in off the crossbar at Rio's Maracana Stadium - which hosts the World Cup final on July 13.

The centre back's second goal of Brazil 2014 means Germany now face Brazil in Wednesday morning's semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

"The next dream has come true," beamed the Borussia Dortmund defender, after scoring his fourth goal in 34 appearances for Germany.

"It's unbelievable that it's all going so well for us here at the World Cup. I hope that our journey won't end soon and that we can make it back to compete here in nine days' time.

"We're playing the kind of football that will give us a chance to win. Our defensive attitude has been as expected and the passion will be intensified for the forthcoming matches."

Hummels admitted that he had struggled in Rio's heat, having battled with mild flu at the start of the week that forced him out of Monday's extra-time win over Algeria.

WATER PARADE

"I was flat this morning and had to drink loads of water after the game, but things worked out differently for me at the end," he grinned.

"We knew France were among the top teams and it certainly wasn't a walk in the park. It wasn't the perfect match, but we deserved to go through."

- AFP.

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