France 0 – 1 Germany
Brazil 2 – 1 Colombia
Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium
Netherlands 0 – 0 Costa Rica (4-3 Pens)
Match of The Week: Brazil 2-1 Colombia
FootballsToYou Match of The Week: Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium
Goal of The Week: David Luiz
Nation Of The Week: Costa Rica
Underperformers: Karim Benzema, Miroslav Klose, Fred, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Eden Hazard, Memphis Depay, Bryan Ruiz.
Star Performers: Hugo Lloris, Mats Hummels, David Luiz, James Rodriguez, Gonzalo Higuain, Vincent Kompany, Wesley Sneijder, Keylor Navas.
Moment of The Week: Louis van Gaal bringing Jasper Cillessen off for Tim Krul in 120th minute.
GERMANY vs France
In the first game of the Quarter finals, Germany took out France in arguably the worst game of the four. Worn down by the heat, the players were unable to create any chances and the only goal came from a set piece when Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels headed the ball in Hugo Lloris’ net in the 15th minute of the game. Germany, who is considered the unluckiest team in recent years, has reached the semis four tournaments in a row, but hasn’t been able to lift the trophy since 1990 when they beat Argentina in the World Cup final held in Italy. Germany will be placed against Brazil in Belo Horizonte on July 8. Could this be their year?
Stand Out Performer(s) – Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
BRAZIL vs Colombia
After being absent in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Brazil has reached the semis and is looking to repeat the 2002 triumph where they beat their next opponent, Germany. Brazil took down Colombia easier than what a 2-1 victory indicates as they were hardly threatened. James Rodriguez scored a penalty in the 79th minute and put some pressure on the Selecao, but it wasn’t enough to cancel Thiago Silva’s goal and David Luiz’s astonishing free-kick. They game was very physical and ugly to watch. A moment to remember is when, as the final whistle was blown, Colombian James Rodriguez couldn’t seize his tears and David Luiz displayed a great act of sportsmanship as seeked the crowd’s applause to console the top scorer of the tournament so far. Brazil will look for that World Cup final spot without the help of Neymar, who was heavily injured and will miss the last two games, or Thiago Silva who was booked out.
Star Performer(s) – Fernandinho, David Luiz, James Rodriguez
ARGENTINA vs Belgium
For the first time since 1990, when Diego Maradona was still present, Argentina has made the semi-finals. A win over Belgium with Gonzalo Higuain’s goal at the 8th minute, took the South American country at the furthest point it’s been since 2008 and the gold medal in the Beijing summer olympics. In a game where Messi was hardly noticed, the Napoli striker stepped up a level and lead his team to glory. With a beautifully curved shot from just outside the 18-yard-line, Higuain beat Belgium’s keeper Courtois. Apart from the goal, Gonzalo seemed like the most energized player on the pitch, pushing his team high, keeping the ball at his feet and winning a number of fouls to give his team a breather. Argentina will now face Holland in the semi finals on July 9 in Sao Paolo but will miss Angel Di Maria who got injured.
Star Performer(s) – Gonzalo Higuain, Vincent Kompany
THE NETHERLANDS vs Costa Rica
The 1974, 1978 and 2010 finalists have yet to win a World Cup. Arriving from the easiest draw compared to the rest of the teams, Arjen Robben and his fellow teammates are hoping to win it unlike Johan Cruyff’s flying dutchmen in the 70′s. Costa Rica was the surprise team up to the quarter finals and threatened the Oranje with dangerous counter attacks but ultimately lost the match in the penalty shootout. It was a cagey encounter and was goalless through the two hours of football and took some clinical finishing on the Netherlands’ strikers’ part and some shrewd goalkeeping tactics by Louis van Gaal that eventually helped the Dutch set up a semifinal date with Argentina.
Star Performer(s) – Tim Krul, Keylor Navas.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Navas; Junior Acosta David Luiz, Mats Hummels, Vincent Kompany; Dirk Kuyt, Wesley Sneijder, Javier Mascherano,Bastian Schweinsteiger, James Rodriguez; Gonzalo Higuain
FLOP OF THE WEEK: David Ospina; Raphael Varane, Junior Diaz, Toby Alderweireld, M. Sakho; Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Yohan Cabaye, Georginio Wijnaldum; Fred, Miroslav Klose