FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Quarterfinals In Pictures

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  • Injured Brazilian national soccer team player Neymar
    Injured Brazilian national soccer team player Neymar waits to be airlifted home from Brazil's training camp inTeresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, July 5, 2014.
  • Brazil's Neymar (bottom) is fouled by Colombia's Camilo Zuniga
    Brazil's Neymar (bottom) is fouled by Colombia's Camilo Zuniga during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014.
  • Brazil's David Luiz (4) gestures at Colombia's James Rodriguez (10)
    Brazil's David Luiz (4) gestures at Colombia's James Rodriguez (10) as he tells the spectators to applaud him after their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014.
  • Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo of Spain shows Brazil's Thiago Silva the yellow card
    Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo of Spain shows Brazil's Thiago Silva the yellow card during the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza July 4, 2014.
  • France's Karim Benzema (L) and Antoine Griezmann
    France's Karim Benzema (L) and Antoine Griezmann react at the end of the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between France and Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 4, 2014.
  • Germany's Mats Hummels (L) and Thomas Mueller celebrate
    Germany's Mats Hummels (L) and Thomas Mueller celebrate after Hummels scored a goal against France during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 4, 2014.
  • Germany's Sami Khedira comforts France's Antoine Griezmann
    Germany's Sami Khedira comforts France's Antoine Griezmann during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 4, 2014.
  • Argentina's fans
    Argentina's fans gather around the Obelisk next to an inflatable balloon representing Christ the Redeemer as they celebrate their win over Belgium at the end of their 2014 World Cup soccer quarter-final match in Buenos Aires July 5, 2014.
  • Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates his goal against Belgium
    Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates his goal against Belgium infront of teammate Angel Di Maria (R) during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 5, 2014.
  • Argentina's Angel Di Maria lies on the pitch after an injury
    Argentina's Angel Di Maria lies on the pitch after an injury during the team's 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Belgium at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 5, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands
    Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands celebrates saving the last penalty shot against Costa Rica during a penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador July 5, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands saves a shot
    Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands saves a shot by Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz during a penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador July 5, 2014.
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The quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil started with four European teams and four teams from the Americas splitting the spots evenly. The round ended in the same way with Germany and the Netherlands advancing for Europe while bitter rivals Argentina and host nation Brazil form South America also advance to the semi-finals. Going home are European pair France and Belgium as well as Costa Rica and Colombia.

The round opened with a match between two fierce European rivals, Germany and France. The Germans scored an early goal via Mats Hummels which turmed out to be the only goal of the match contrary to the last minute surprises that were the trend in the round of 16. The group stage was a virtual goal fest but as the tournament is progressing, the number of goals being allowed seems to be declining. Joachim Loew's squad will now face a big challenge at Belo Horizonte when they meet the host nation Brazil.  

Germany 1-0 France Match Report

(Hummels 13')

Brazil and Colombia engaged in a very physical match where the host nation came out on top. Physical play is very typical in South America often seen in the Copa Libertadores and domestic leagues. This time, despite winning the match, Brazil will have to face the consequences of rough play as their captain, Thiago Silva will be missing their semi-final against Germany due to a double yellow suspension. More importantly, their star striker Neymar suffered a broken vertebra after being tackled from behind by Colombia's Camilo Zuniga. Neymar was taken out at the 88th minute on a stretcher while still writhing in pain. Reports have since confirmed that he will no longer be able to participate any further in the World Cup. 

At the end of the match, Brazil's David Luiz, one of the game's scorers was seen gesturing to the crowd to applaud the efforts of a clearly heartbroken James Rodriguez who, until this point has been a revelation and the top scorer of the tournament. 

Brazil 2-1 Colombia Match Report

(Silva 7', David Luiz 69') (Rodriguez 80' PEN)

Argentina menawhile, have set up a semi-final clash against 2010 runners-up Netherlands after defeating Belgium. La Albiceleste also scored early through Napoli's Gonzalo HIguain who found the net for the first time this tournament. Belgium were unable to respond to Argentina's attack and they are now heading home. Argentina will also be playing with a slight handicap for the rest of the tournament as Angel Di Maria has been ruled out after suffering a thigh injury. 

Argentina 1-0 Belgium Match Report

(Higuain 8')

The Netherlands and Costa Rica provided the only match in the quarterfinals that went into extra time and eventually into a penalty shoot-out. The Dutch were able to avoid the same fate against Mexico in the round of 16 when they scored a very late equaliser and an even later penalty kick to win the game after trailing for most of the match. This time, the Oranje found themselves in a goalless match nearing the end of extra time and they brought out their secret weapon. In a surprise move, Van Gaal brought in Tim Krul to replace Jasper Cillessen to man the Dutch goal just in time for the penalty shoot-out. The move proved to be a crucial decision as the substitute Krul saved two spot kicks from Ruiz and Orena to help the Dutch advance into the semi-finals.

Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica Match Report

(Netherlands win on penalties 4-3)

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