We need to take the next step now: Loew

Rio de Janeiro: Germany coach Joachim Loew refused to look beyond the semi-finals after his team reached the last four at the World Cup by defeating France 1-0 in the quarter-finals Friday.

A first half header from Mats Hummels at the Maracana Stadium here was enough to book a clash against Brazil, who later went on to beat Colombia 2-1 in Belo Horizonte Friday.

"In the last four World Cups we`ve reached the semi-finals. That is a good achievement but we now need to take the next step. Both teams played well defensively. There weren`t many goal scoring opportunities which was part of our plan," Loew said.

"We didn`t want to give France chances with the quality of strikers they possess. We closed them down well and that was the key."

France coach Didier Deschamps rued his team`s missed chances but hoped the experience served as a lesson for future tournaments.

"Although our adventure in Brazil ends here and we`re sad, disappointed and frustrated, we`ll move on. I hope this group of players can play together for a long time. I have a lot of work to do with them but things are definitely promising. We`ll need to maintain this momentum and quality," he said.

Hummels, whose goal came after a precise Toni Kroos free-kick, talked about Germany`s chances of progressing to the final July 13.

"We`re playing the type of football that will give us the chance to win. We`re defending well with passion and that needs to be intensified with every coming match.

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