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World Cup Today: Who will join Germany, Brazil?

Jul 5, 2014, 9:23 AM EDT

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WORLD CUP TODAY: SATURDAY, JULY 5

Let’s hope that today’s World Cup quarterfinals don’t cause quite as much heartbreak as Friday’s.

In the first match, Mats Hummels scored early, but France could never quite get themselves back into the game. In the end, it was rather easy for Germany to run out 1-0 winners.

As for the second match, well…the referee lost control of the game early on, refusing to pull out his cards despite numerous fouls. A frustrated Colombia eventually snapped. Juan Zúñiga put his boot in Neymar’s back, breaking the Brazilian’s vertebrae, and ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.

Brazil advanced with a 2-1 win, and with rather heavy hearts.


MATCH 59: ARGENTINA VS. BELGIUM

Location: Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília
Time: 12 noon ET
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Cheater’s guide
Argentina may have won three of their first four matches, but really, they’ve yet to truly impress at this World Cup. Lionel Messi is still able to dazzle, of course, but most of the time, the albiceleste appear unconvincing. It took 118 minutes for them to score against Switzerland, but Ángel di María’s goal was enough to put them through.

Belgium, too, have disappointed. They squeaked out wins in each of their group stage games, but never really looked dominant until coming up against the United States. An impressive performance from Tim Howard tempered the Red Devils, but they eventually advanced from added extra time with a 2-1 win.

What they’re saying
Argentina might be the favorites, but Alejandro Sabella is still wary of Belgium’s threat: They’re a powerful team. We’ll have to be careful when we don’t have the ball and try to make things happen when we do. They’re a team made up of great individuals who work very well as a team.

History
Argentina have won three times, Belgium once in their four meetings. Will the dark horses be able to cause an upset once more?

Premier League players
Argentina: Manchester City love an Argentine, with Sergio Agüero, Martín Demichelis, and Pablo Zabaleta all on their payroll.
Belgium: Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal); Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea); Kevin Mirallas (Everton); Simon Mignolet (Liverpool); Vincent Kompany (Manchester City); Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United); Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembélé, and Nacer Chadli (Tottenham)

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MATCH 60: NETHERLANDS VS. COSTA RICA
Location: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Time: 4 p.m. ET
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Cheater’s Guide
Netherlands remain perfect: they won each of their group stage games to come out on top, setting up a meeting with Mexico. Thanks to a last-minute, rather contentious penalty awarded to Arjen Robben, the oranje even managed to avoid the fate of extra time suffered by so many in the Round of 16. 2-1 win, and they were on to the quarterfinals.

Costa Rica are the last minnow remaining in the tournament. They found their way to the quarterfinals for the first time by beating both Uruguay and Italy, then drawing with England in a rather pointless match. The group winners then faced off against Greece, who cheekily got another last-minute goal to force extra time – and penalties. The ticos won the shootout 5-4.

What they’re saying
Jorge Luis Pinto is wants the referees to closely monitor Robben: I think he is one of the three or four best players in the world. He is a great player but on the other hand we have to say there have been refereeing mistakes. We’re really worried about Robben’s diving. And he admitted it. I hope the referee watches him very closely tomorrow.
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History
Watch closely. They’re about to write it.

Premier League Players
Netherlands:
 Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa); Robin van Persie (Manchester United); Tim Krul (Newcastle); Jonathan de Guzmán, Michel Vorm (Swansea)
Costa Rica: Joel Cambell (Arsenal)

MLS Players
Costa Rica: 
Giancarlo González, Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew); Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls)

 

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