After 56 games, only eight teams remain at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We are down to the business end of the tournament, and after some tense and tight matches in the round of 16, the quarter-finals get underway on Friday with France v Germany in Rio de Janeiro.
The world-famous Maracana stadium will host the meeting between two of Europe’s biggest sides. Both have won the competition before, and both will fancy their chances of lifting the FIFA World Cup again on July 13.
Didier Deschamps has a few tactical decisions to make for the Friday afternoon’s match. He will be troubled after France’s somewhat lacklustre attacking display against Nigeria and also how to combat the threat of the Germans.
2 - Didier Deschamps has won both of his games against #GER as a player (2-1 in 1990 & 1-0 in 1996). Winner.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 3, 2014
Neither side was brilliant in their narrow round-of-16 victories, but that is now in the past, with each side 90 minutes away from a place in the semi-finals. Both managers have selection headaches ahead of Friday’s game, and there are some very interesting battles that will go a long way to deciding what team makes it to the final four.
Here are the key battles that will shape France’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Germany.