Soccer-Hummels header gives Germany 1-0 halftime lead over France


RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - A towering header from defender Mats Hummels gave Germany a 1-0 halftime lead against France in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday.

The centre back, who also scored in Germany's opening group game win over Portugal, met a Toni Kroos free kick with a header that rocketed into the roof of the net off the underside of the bar after 12 minutes.

Germany keeper Manuel Neuer made a fine one-handed save to deny Mathieu Valbuena after 34 minutes as France pressed for an equaliser. (Writing by Justin Palmer; editing by Ed Osmond)

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