The Last Eight

In the quarter finals of the World Cup Brazil played Columbia and didn’t exactly outclass them. The first goal Brazil scored from Tiago Silva was a well worked move where Silva just jabbed the ball into the back of the net using his knee. Brazil doubled there lead with a fine free kick from David Luiz and Brazil looked quite good to win the march but Columbia came good in the end with yet another goal from Rodriguez to set up a barnstorming last ten minutes or so where Columbia could not captialise on their chances and were not able to send the match to extra time.

The most notable thing about this game were the amount of fouls that went unpunished in this game. If most of the tackes that took place had yellow cards given then Brazil would have a lot of players suspended from the next game, and may have even ended this game without their full compliment of players. It really was a dirty game and makes you wonder if people are trying to make sure that Brazil go and win the tournament consdiering what they are getting away with. However it has not all gone their way as Neymar was injured and is now out for the rest of the tournment.

The only purely European tie left in the competition saw Germans score an early goal in the first half, and the French fail to make a dent into the German defence despite numerous chances. In the end it wasn’t to be and the Germans continue to power their way through the tournament as they always seem to do.

Argentina and Belgium played a rather scrappy game that also saw an early goal scored by Higuain (who had done everything but score up to this point) and the other team failing to capitalise on any chances that came their way.  Messi nearly doubled their lead near the end were it not for great work by Courtois. A last chances shot by Axel Witsel flew over the crossbar in what proved to be Belgium’s last chance in the game.

Plucky Costa Rica managed to hold off a rampant Dutch team for 120 minutes before sadly departing after a penalty shoot out.  The only thing that stood between a Dutch victory in normal time was Keylor Navas who stood between the goals like a Titan and was in the way of everything the Dutch threw at him, which included the kitchen sink.

It was sad to see Costa Rica go out in the way that they did and for me they are the team of the tournament for the way that they played throughout the tournament.

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