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Hyped France attack fails to deliver at World Cup
For all its attacking flair, France fails to score against Germany in World Cup quarterfinals
By JEROME PUGMIRE
Associated Press
2014-07-05 03:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Despite the hype about its attacking flair, France failed to deliver the goals in the World Cup quarterfinals.

The 1998 champions lacked conviction going forward after missing two early opportunities and eventually lost to Germany 1-0 Friday.

Karim Benzema, who scored three goals in France's opening two matches, failed to score for the third straight game.

He did have a chance to equalize in injury time, but Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked his shot after Benzema had played an excellent one-two with substitute Olivier Giroud.

A dejected Benzema sat slumped in despair after the final whistle, while forward Antoine Griezmann had to be comforted as he burst into tears.

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