France started Antoine Griezmann against Germany to try and challenge Philipp Lahm, who started at right back, but it didn't work out in his favor. Germany won 1-0 to advance to a record fourth consecutive World Cup semifinal and the frustrated 23-year-old was in tears after the final whistle.
After Germany took the lead in just the 13th minute with a Mats Hummels header, France had the majority of scoring chances but couldn't get one past Manuel Neuer. In the second half, France seemed to lose hope and the attempts to equalize tailed off as the match plodded to an inevitable win for Germany.
This was also very upsetting to five-year-old Elias Sagna, whose father, Bacary, did not feature in the match.
But Antoine, Elias and all their friends should take pride in the fact that France still overcame the very low expectations put on the team as everyone still had the 2010 debacle fresh in their minds. Now Les Bleus look like a team on the rise. And as the host nation for Euro 2016, tears of joy could only be a couple short years away.
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