FOOTBALL NEWS

04/07/2014 18:47, Report by Adam Marshall

Evra bows out with France

Patrice Evra and France bowed out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage after Mats Hummels' early goal proved decisive at the Maracana.

Hummels outjumped Raphael Varane to meet Toni Kroos' free-kick after 13 minutes and send a perfectly-placed header past Hugo Lloris and in off the underside of the bar. Evra was diligent in defence and showed his experience with one fine piece of work in shielding the ball back to Lloris while ushering Thomas Muller aside. Although upset to be penalised on a couple of occasions for fouls on Miroslav Klose and Muller, he was largely comfortable at left-back.

Karim Benzema was unable to profit when Manuel Neuer pushed out a Mathieu Valbuena effort and the striker then saw a header strike Hummels before again working Neuer following some great play by Paul Pogba. In the second half, Evra looked well offside when running onto a free-kick but the assistant referee's flag did not go up, perhaps because there was no connection from the defender.

Indeed, Evra pushed forward more often as the half wore on and saw one cross loop up to Neuer. Germany spurned a couple of chances on the break, most notably through substitute Andre Schurrle, who fired a clear shot on goal straight at Lloris. There was one final attempt for Les Bleus when Benzema found space but, from a tight angle, had a shot palmed away by Neuer in stoppage time. France could have few complaints on the final whistle and Evra's exit means United have three players left in Brazil - Robin van Persie, Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj.

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