Germany Has Historical Edge Over France

Published on June 30th, 2014 7:40 pm EST

France and Germany both won their respective games on Monday, but neither team had an easy time of things.

France managed to get past Nigeria 2-0 while the Germans needed extra time to beat Algeria 2-1. The Germany/Algeria game was 0-0 after full time, but the German team was finally able to pull ahead of the scrappy team from Algeria to advance.

France/Nigeria was tied 0-0 into the 79th minute when Paul Pogba finally gave the French side the lead. A late goal from Joseph Yobo in stoppage time put France up for good.

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France and Germany both enter this game coming off of underwhelming performances.

The two countries have played each other three times in previous World Cups, with Germany holding the slight edge thanks to the result in the 1982 World Cup.

The two teams first met in the 1958 World Cup in the third place game. France easily topped West Germany 6-3 in that contest to take their first ever meeting in a World Cup.

France and Germany would not meet again until 1982 when they squared off in the semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup. The game ended up in a draw but West Germany was able to move ahead thanks to penalty kicks.

In 1986, the two teams would meet yet again in the semi-finals. This time the result was clearer, as West Germany ended up topping France 2-0.

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The odds for Germany/France haven't been released as of yet, but you can safely assume that Germany will have the slight edge.

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