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"Don't change a winning team" is a mantra beloved of armchair coaches but when it gets to the business end of a World Cup there is no room for sentiment, as Joachim Loew showed when his reshuffled Germany beat France 1-0 to reach the last four. There is also no reason why a coach should be expected to keep his promises, as Loew also showed by finally switching Philipp Lahm back to his natural position of fullback.With Lahm back in his number one position, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira were reunited as a holding midfield duo, giving Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller freedom to roam behind Klose as a clear point of attack.The only goal came after 13 minutes when Hummels bullied Raphael Varane out of the way to get to a Kroos free kick first and it was a fair reward for Germany's early dominance.
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