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FIFA World Cup Recap: The Quarter-finals

FIFA World Cup Recap: The Quarter-finals

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just a few days away from its conclusion and so much spectacles, controversies, and dramas have been witnessed in the past few weeks. With the semi-finals fast-approaching, the last four remaining teams should bulk their faculties up even more in order to secure a very vital place in the finals. Here is a quick look at how they fared in the quarter-finals and how these performances might affect their semi-final bids.

 

Brazil vs. Colombia. While the host nation eventually won the brawl, the victory was not all too sweet to be joyful about. Neymar was injured following a careless challenge from Colombia’s Juan Zuniga in the second half and his fate in the rest of the tournament remains a huge question. In addition, the match was also subjected to serious criticisms from the Colombian audiences and media after referee Carlos Carballo disallowed a Mario Yepes goal and for giving the Los Cafeteros an unjust number of fouls—even those without clear bases. Top scorer James Rodriguez left the pitch crying.

 

France vs. Germany. It only needed one goal to decide which of these European teams would advance to the semi-finals, and Germany were just too lucky to have Mats Hummels score that goal. The clash was stunningly defensive and both sides showed immense goalkeeping acumen. Although France ultimately lost the battle, at least they were able to put Germany’s goal scoring to a minimum.

 

Argentina vs. Belgium. After more than two decades, Argentina are back to the Last Four following an impressive victory over Belgium in the quarter-finals. Messi has been an excellent playmaker throughout the tournament but his other equally esteemed teammates suffered criticisms for an alleged over reliance on their captain. But with Di Maria scoring the winner in the Round of 16 and Gonzalo Higuian netting the only goal against Belgium, Argentina might finally be getting the attacking prowess that their fans have long been waiting for. The semi-final is looking very positive for them.

 

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica. These sides’ brawl was originally moored in a goalless deadlock and it needed a penalty shootout to decide the winners. It was a very close and entertaining battle and it proved that even relatively inexperienced sides like Costa Rica can become a huge threat to a veterans like the Netherlands. In the end, however, the Europeans still managed to pull off the victory, leaving their Central American opponents in a sad but proudly dignified position.

 

 (Featured Image: Argentina | Source: FIFA)

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