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Stoppage-time save against France no big deal: Neuer

Last Updated: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 05:10

Rio De Janeiro: Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said his one-handed save to keep out Karim Benzema`s shot deep into stoppage time was no big deal after his team beat France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

“That was just an automatic reaction," Neuer told reporters.

"The defence did a good job and stood compactly. I just had to keep the near corner closed off. If it would have gone in it would have been a goalkeeper`s mistake."

Neuer made several other key saves during the match to keep Germany ahead after Mats Hummels scored in the 12th minute. 

"It`s a great feeling," Neuer said. "The important thing is we played as a team. We tried to play good football against Algeria and didn`t always succeed. We played good football and we showed today we know how to do that."

Germany had faced heavy criticism back home for struggling to a 2-1 win over Algeria in the last 16.

"We’re another round further and we’re looking forward to the next opponent," Neuer said, referring to the semi-final against Brazil or Colombia.

Reuters
First Published: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 05:10

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