France v Germany: World Cup 2014: quarter final

GT at 2014-07-04 18:57:48

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GT at 2014-07-04 18:55:53

And that’s it.

Germany are through, 1-0.

You have to fancy them for the Final as they have now gone unbeaten in their kast 16 international matches….and that is more than any other side still involved in this World Cup

GT at 2014-07-04 18:54:18

France almost got the equaliser there in the last minute as the keeper makes a one handed save

GT at 2014-07-04 18:52:56

The assistant completely ‘lost it’ there as he awarded a throw in when a foul took place right under his nose

GT at 2014-07-04 18:51:57

Giroud must have been close to a caution there, as he stopped a promising attack by the Germans by pulling his opponent to the ground

GT at 2014-07-04 18:50:00

That’s the end of the 90 minutes.

4 added minutes to play

GT at 2014-07-04 18:49:32

Good ‘hold’ of the flag again there. Giroud did make a move towards the ball but it ran through to the German ‘keeper

GT at 2014-07-04 18:47:37

Good block by the French full back. Definitely no handball for a penalty

GT at 2014-07-04 18:45:20

Back up your referee there please, assistant.

Support his correct foul recognition with a flag

GT at 2014-07-04 18:44:23

France go for a goal as they introduce Giroud with 8 minutes to go

GT at 2014-07-04 18:43:34

High foot missed there by our officials

GT at 2014-07-04 18:42:29

Come on now, assistant referee.

Keep up with play

GT at 2014-07-04 18:41:53

What a fantastic non-offside call by the assistant.

But the Germans waste his good work and fail to take their chance

GT at 2014-07-04 18:41:13

Hummels almost scored for both sides there as the ball hit him and trickled wide

GT at 2014-07-04 18:40:11

Correct caution on Schweinsteiger

GT at 2014-07-04 18:39:40

If Germany go on to win this it will be fourth time in the last four World Cups that they have reached the semi finals. No other team has done that in four consecutive tournaments

GT at 2014-07-04 18:37:06

No foul.

Good call referee.

The German player was looking for one there. Glad you didn’t buy it.

GT at 2014-07-04 18:36:10

Whilst the Germans continue to defend resolutely and cause France problems when they attack

GT at 2014-07-04 18:35:31

15 minutes to go and France desperately search for a goal

GT at 2014-07-04 18:33:32

The near side assistant looks like he’s beginning to struggle for pace and power as the players run away from him on the break

GT at 2014-07-04 18:32:33

Good no-offside by the far side assistant, but France waste the opportunity

GT at 2014-07-04 18:31:42

Our referee is still on his game though, as he spots a handball by the Germans

GT at 2014-07-04 18:30:45

Keep the concentration levels and hard work rate going boys. You’ve had 70 good minutes but it could all be wasted if you let your standards drop now

GT at 2014-07-04 18:29:48

Poor call from our nearside assistant as he fails to spot a fairly simple corner kick, and instead gives France a goal kick

GT at 2014-07-04 18:28:25

First change of the game as Klose is replaced by Schuerrle

GT at 2014-07-04 18:27:27

Stay with the players on the ground assistant referee….you never know if there might be some ‘afters’

GT at 2014-07-04 18:25:22

Correct call by our referee for a foul on Evra in the penalty area

GT at 2014-07-04 18:24:42

Handball spot from Mr Pitana.

It looked a tight call, but he was convinced Benzema controlled the ball on the way down with his upper arm

GT at 2014-07-04 18:23:13

Sensibly, the referee uses the natural break in play to allow players to take fluids on board

GT at 2014-07-04 18:22:02

Geiger and Kuipers are leading the voting for the refereeing slot in the final.

Who do you think will get the call? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

GT at 2014-07-04 18:20:09

I love this referee’s movement and positioning.

Just like the best players he doesn’t seem to be working that hard but he is always in the right place at the right time

GT at 2014-07-04 18:18:53

Great work from Ian M on the emails too, as he correctly answered the half time teasers;

Award yourself points too if you correctly named Charles Corver as the referee who did not even caution Schumacher during the clash between these two teams in 1982.

Also bonus points if , like Ian M, you correctly said the referee for the Final that year was the Brazilian Arnaldo Cezar Coelho, a game which Italy won 3-1 against West Germany

GT at 2014-07-04 18:14:33

Well done, referee.

Right there on top of the foul. Saw it, recognised it. Punished it with a caution.

Nice work.

GT at 2014-07-04 18:13:49

That has to be a caution

GT at 2014-07-04 18:12:45

Didn’t look like the French forward did much wrong there, but our referee awards a free kick in favour of the German ‘keeper

GT at 2014-07-04 18:10:35

Come on lads, get back on it. The job is only half done.

GT at 2014-07-04 18:09:59

Didn’t look too much of a free kick to me.

I do hope our referee and his assistant haven’t switched off at half time, as an offside goes unpunished

GT at 2014-07-04 18:08:46

Make sure the player doesn’t steal too much of the line when taking a throw-in, Mr Pitana

GT at 2014-07-04 18:07:10

Correct offside call again there as the far side assistant waits until the forward touches the ball.

Good work again.

GT at 2014-07-04 18:05:55

our referee correctly tells the French player to get back to his feet, as he attempts to buy a penalty

GT at 2014-07-04 18:05:12

Second half is up and away…

GT at 2014-07-04 18:03:30

Who do you fancy to win the tournament?

Will the Germans go and win this match?

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GT at 2014-07-04 18:02:32

Interestingly, that is the first goal France have conceded in the first half of their last 13 games.

GT at 2014-07-04 18:00:46

The second half is almost upon us.

What do you think of the referee so far today?

Do you fancy him for the final, if Argentina don’t there?

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GT at 2014-07-04 17:53:52

….answers will follow later

GT at 2014-07-04 17:52:32

It’s half time, so that means…quiz time!

During the build up to this game much has been written about the infamous match in 1982 when the West German goalkeeper, Harald Schumacher knocked out Patrick Battiston.

Who can name the referee for that match…the man who didn’t even caution Schumacher for that horrific challenge?

Award yourself a bonus point if you can also name the referee for the 1982 Final, between Italy and West Germany….and one more point if you can remember the score.

Let us know your answers on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

GT at 2014-07-04 17:51:25

What really impresses most is the fluidity of movement by our referee coupled with his foul recognition.

The job is half complete, but we can expect a different game in the second half as France must score if they want to stay in this World Cup

GT at 2014-07-04 17:50:09

There are three teams out there, and our referees can be pleased with their performance so far.

Their team is as good as either of the other two.

GT at 2014-07-04 17:49:05

End of the first half…

GT at 2014-07-04 17:48:46

The assistant correctly calls the ball out of play for a German goal kick

GT at 2014-07-04 17:47:55

Two balls on the field of play…nobody wants to see that!

GT at 2014-07-04 17:47:20

Yet again France break quickly and the nearside assistant correctly calls not offside

GT at 2014-07-04 17:45:48

More good use of the ‘wait and see’ technique from our assistant as he delays an offside flag

GT at 2014-07-04 17:45:19

Never ever a penalty there.

The French appeal in vain for handball but it clearly hit the German in the stomach

GT at 2014-07-04 17:43:37

wait and see used to good effect by the referee there.He was looking to try and play advantage but nothing came, so he gave the free kick.

Good work

GT at 2014-07-04 17:41:20

Good use of the stretcher bearers there by Mr Pitana.

Khedeira was staying down so he waved on the stretcher. That soon brought the German back to his feet!

GT at 2014-07-04 17:39:15

See how the Germans are willing to accept our referee’s foul call there…much of it due to his positioning.

He’s right on top of the incidents today

GT at 2014-07-04 17:37:03

Excellent non-offside AGAIN from the assistant there….almost leading to a goal for France

GT at 2014-07-04 17:36:11

Definitely no penalty again. Good call referee

GT at 2014-07-04 17:33:28

First real error by our referee there as he incorrectly awards a corner to Germany

GT at 2014-07-04 17:32:17

Would have liked to see the far side assistant support the referee’s foul call there

GT at 2014-07-04 17:31:33

France break quickly again, and our referee team moves easily with them

GT at 2014-07-04 17:30:14

Another good non-offside from our nearside assistant there

GT at 2014-07-04 17:29:03

Excellent non-foul recognition again there by Mr Pitana.

Football is a physical game, and sometimes those type of things happen as players come together

GT at 2014-07-04 17:27:42

Never a penalty.

Poor attempt by Klose to exaggerate and throw himself to the ground.

GT at 2014-07-04 17:25:31

Very good call by the assistant.

Tight decision….but a correct one for offside

GT at 2014-07-04 17:23:16

Position, position, position.

Excellent again by our referee. The players clearly trust him now as we are seeing little or no dissent towards his decisions.

GT at 2014-07-04 17:21:24

Good foul recognition again there

GT at 2014-07-04 17:20:04

15 minutes in, and it’s been an excellent start by our referees.

The man in the middle has kept a low-key approach and combined it with superb positioning. Whilst both of his assistants have looked lively and supported him well.

Keep it going boys…

GT at 2014-07-04 17:18:05

France’s ‘mean’ defence failiing to keep out the opposition for only the third time this competition

GT at 2014-07-04 17:16:35

Game on…rise with it Mr Pitana

GT at 2014-07-04 17:16:10

Number 5 (Hummels) scores a header from a free-kick

GT at 2014-07-04 17:15:12


1-0 Germany

GT at 2014-07-04 17:14:36

Excellent work by the same assistant as Germany fail in their attempt to play the offside trap

GT at 2014-07-04 17:13:15

No need for him to flag an offside offence as the ball ran through to the German keeper. Good lining.

GT at 2014-07-04 17:12:23

Good holding of the flag by the assistant there. He waited to see if the attacker became active

GT at 2014-07-04 17:11:08

Mr Pitana superbly placed again to see that handball offence

GT at 2014-07-04 17:10:08

Looks like the French are going to soak up the pressure and try to hit Germany on the break.

That brings added pressures for the assistant on the nearside as he may well face long periods with little to do, but then find himself having to break very quickly. Concentration will be the key

GT at 2014-07-04 17:08:22

Excellent foul recognition, Mr Pitana

GT at 2014-07-04 17:07:55

Nice lateral movement by the assistant on the far side. He’s ‘bouncing’ well and that helps to build trust with the players as they will notice that he’s looking lively

GT at 2014-07-04 17:06:02

Good early positioning and movement by our referee, Mr Pitana. As play broke quickly he went with it.

Good to see he’s switched on early.

GT at 2014-07-04 17:04:09

30 seconds in and the German ‘keeper, Neuer is already playing as a sweeper!

GT at 2014-07-04 17:02:54

…and we’re up and running with Germany taking the kick-off

GT at 2014-07-04 16:56:44

It’s almost kick-off time here.

You can feel the tension as both sides, and our referees, hope to perform to the very best of their abilities. May the best team win…

GT at 2014-07-04 16:44:04

So on to today’s referee. What do we know about him?

Nestor Pitana of Argentina is the man in the middle, assisted by fellow countrymen Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti on his lines, with the Swede Jonas Eriksson as his 4th official.

Mr Pitana enjoyed his 39th birthday last month. He’s a tall fellow (192cm) who began refereeing in the Argentinian Primera División in 2007, becoming a FIFA referee in 2010.

This will be our referee’s fourth appointment of the tournament so far, having previously handled the group games; Russia v Korea Republic (1-1), USA v Portugal (2-2) and Honduras v Switzerland (0-3).

Nestor clearly loves playing as well as refereeing football, as we all enjoyed watching him perform keepy-uppies in the tunnel in the group phase! In fact he played in the third tier of Argentinian football before taking up his current jobs as a sports teacher and referee.

Good luck to you and your team Mr Pitana – everyone here at hopes the ball runs kindly for you.

GT at 2014-07-04 16:27:26

Hi everyone and welcome to today’s live Refcam analysis on YATR.

It’s a cracker of a game we have in store for you, which needs little introduction; France v Germany.

Our two powerhouses of world football will be playing out the first World Cup 2014 quarter final in the wonderful Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janero.

This game has always been a classic, and their three previous World Cup meetings our teams have not disappointed. Seventeen goals have gone in, with an average of almost 6 per match!

Those of us old enough to remember that great match in 1982 will recall what a superb game it was, but one which also achieved notoriety following a horrific studs-up challenge by the German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher on Patrick Battiston, which left the Frenchman with three cracked ribs, two teeth missing and damage to his vertebrae whilst needing oxygen to help him off the field of play. It got worse for the French as Schumacher was not sent off, had an unbelievably great game and saved two penalties in the shoot-out. Could those rivalries re-surface in today’s game? Let us know what you think by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

All in, this is the 26th meeting between these two sides with France winning 11, Germany 8 and 6 have been drawn. Their most recent meeting was in February 2013, and ended in a 1-2 scoreline in favour of the Germans.