Without Neymar, Brazil will face the formidable Germany on July 9. Will Brazil still win the championship after claiming that it’s their birth rite? While on July 10, Netherlands will go against Argentina.
These games could easily be some of the most exciting matches in the tournament. But before discussing the semi-finals, here are the best games before the quarterfinals started:
Netherlands vs. Spain
Spain’s catastrophic defeat against Netherlands would go down in World Cup history as the day the music stopped for a defending champion. `Spain could easily claim this World Cup era, but Netherlands turned the table around defeating them 5-1 in the Arena Fonte Nova. What’s more surprising is how easy Netherlands, along with their coach Louis van Gaal, defeated the reigning champion.
France vs. Switzerland
Before they got defeated by Germany, France had a wonderful run in the tournament, and their best performance was when the team defeated Switzerland 5-2. Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud gave quite a sensational performance during that match. Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka and Blerim Dzemaili contributed to the thrill of the match with their volley and free-kick they scored, but it was not enough to redeem their team.
Uruguay vs. Italy
It was exhilarating watching Uruguay’s Diego Godin score that goal 81 minutes into the game defeating Italy 1-0, but it was Luis Suarez biting on Georgio Chiellini that got most of the world’s attention.
Brazil vs. Chile
This game played in Belo Horizonte was too exciting as it brought the 2014 World Cup’s first penalty shootout with Brazil coming out as the victor. This game is also considered as Julio Cesar’s redemption, after what happened in South Africa four years ago.
Belgium vs. USA
Belgium is clearly the favourite in this match, but as North American fans are slowly understanding “soccer” and are supporting their team with full force, USA could have easily bring a great upset to the World Cup in this match. But USA, however, fell short as they got defeated by Belgium 2-1.