Before this mouthwatering clash between two genuine European football heavyweights, most of the speculation amongst the German fans centred on which players would replace the injured Khedira and Gomez, and the suspended Hummels. Also, after switching to a back three against Italy, would Joachim Löw be tempted to stick with that formation in a bid to stifle a very effective Griezmann – Giroud strike partnership?
Unfortunately for them, the answer was no.
Despite being outplayed, struggling to keep possession, and hanging on for most of the game, France found a way to emerge victorious. There is an old saying in football that still rings true today: when you are on top in a game, you have to score. Germany did not, and now they are out.
From 24, now we are down to two: Portugal v France. I know what I’ll be watching on Sunday night, and it won’t be Benidorm!