Was Deschamps’ biggest mistake picking this Liverpool defender over his Arsenal rival?

In a flat and rather uninspiring encounter, Germany emerged victorious from their heavyweight quarter-final encounter with France. A first half header from Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels was enough to settle the contest.

Although many have criticised Didier Deschamps for making changes early enough to chase the game, the main debate on Twitter seemed to centre upon the 45 year old’s team selection. Fans of Arsenal and Liverpool debated the decision to start Mamadou Sakho ahead of Laurent Koscielny.

Predictably, Gunners supporters couldn’t believe Deschamps had chosen to leave their man on the bench.

And rather inevitably, Liverpool fans couldn’t have agreed more with the France manager’s selection.

In any case, it was actually Raphael Varane that was beaten in the air for the match-winning goal.