Let the quarterfinals begin! After a day-long break that felt way longer, the World Cup is back on July 4 and the next round is kicking off with an unbelievable match between two European rivals. Watch the live stream below to catch all the action!
Over the past month, France and Germany have asserted themselves as two of the top contenders to win the 2014 World Cup, but on the Fourth of July, only one team will move on. Will Karim Benzema be able to push France onto the semifinals, or will it be Thomas Muller and Mannschaft? Tune in to the live stream below to find out!
World Cup Live Stream: Watch France Vs. Germany
After suffering one of the most embarrassing exits in World Cup history in 2010 that included some team mutiny and brought shame to the entire nation, France has become a clear-cut favorite to win the 2014 World Cup. And where other superpowers haven’t performed on the pitch as well as their pedigrees would predict, the French have been called a favorite and have actually looked like one.
After winning their first three group stage matches by an astonishing goal differential of six, the French raged on to defeat Nigeria 2-0 in their Round of 16 match. However, you could argue that France hasn’t played top-notch competition — Algeria, Switzerland, Ecuador, and Nigeria aren’t exactly stalwarts — so they better be ready when Germany takes the pitch.
Fear The Germans
Because while Germany hasn’t always looked like the second-ranked team in the world in this tournament, they have had stretches where they’ve been downright scary. Not many teams could wipe out Portugal in one fell swoop — that’s what the Germans did when they beat them 4-0 in the opening match. And Mannschaft put on an absolute clinic in their third game against the U.S., suffocating them to the tune of a 1-0 victory.
Then to get to this quarterfinal matchup, Germany had to take Algeria to extra time, where they finally broke through to win 2-1. So the question for this game has to be which German team will show up — the dominant one or the puttering one?
You’ll have to wait and watch to find out. The action starts at 12 p.m., and you can stream the game live above. (Note: to watch the World Cup on ESPN you must have a cable subscription.)
— Andrew Gruttadaro