Tonight, the Quarter-Finals of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup begin and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be licking your lips in anticipation for what promises to be an epic weekend of football! So scroll down and check out our preview of each Quarter-Final game.
Game 1: France vs Germany
The first Quarter-Final of the weekend sees France take on one of the pre-tournament favourites in Germany. Neither side was particularly impressive in the previous Round of 16 but showed great resolve and steel by finding a way through, regardless. The two nations will know they must play better in this game to progress to the Semi-Final. France will be looking to Karim Benzema to fire to them to glory whereas Thomas Müller is the danger-man for the German side. A close game is expected as there is great quality and experience in both teams, we should be in for a treat!
Game 2: Brazil vs Colombia
Arguably, this is the most anticipated fixture of the Quarter-Finals, which looks to have all the makings of a World Cup classic. Two of the greatest players in the tournament – Neymar and James Rodríguez – collide and should have a big say on the outcome of this all South American affair. Brazil have the home advantage of course and the atmosphere should be electric but Colombia have possibly been the most consistent and impressive team of the tournament. You wouldn’t bet against this one going all the way to the drama of penalties and one thing is for sure; the team that progresses will really fancy their chances of going on and lifting the trophy.
Game 3: Argentina vs Belgium
Another mouth-watering encounter awaits in Argentina vs Belgium where really, anything could happen! Argentina have been very underwhelming so far as a whole but the genius of Lionel Messi has seen them reach this stage almost single-handedly. Belgium appear to be getting stronger the longer that the tournament goes on and as shown against the USA (in what was possibly the best match of the World Cup so far), they have very strong options available on the bench, which could prove to be vital. This one could go either way and may depend on the magic of Messi or the Belgian’s knack of making the right changes at the right time.
Game 4: Holland vs Costa Rica
The final fixture of the Quarter-Finals sees Holland take on the ever-surprising Costa Rica, in what may appear to be a routine win for the Dutch on paper. We all know that football is not played on paper however, and Costa Rica have shown that they are no pushovers. Holland certainly have the players to win this game comfortably but Costa Rica have gotten this far by playing without fear and will be looking to surprise the world once more. Will the Dutch experience and quality see them progress or will the fairy-tale continue for Costa Rica? Thankfully, we only have to wait for one day to find out!