Quarter Finals Day 1 (04/07/14)(Brazil Date)
World Cup Quarter Finals Day 1 (Results)
FULL TIME: Germany 1-0 France
Mat Hummels 13′
Germany progressed to the FIFA World Cup Semi Finals as Mat Hummels scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory against France. Mat Hummels scored the only goal of the game when he flicked on Toni Kroos’ cross from just beyond the penalty spot, past Hugo Lloris.
Germany had started the game with a much-changed formation. Miroslav Kroos started up front, supported by Thomas Mueller, Smai Khedira anchored the midfield, and Philip Lahm moved to right back position. France went close with a Mathieu Valbuena volley and Karim Benzema shot at the final minute, but Manuel Neuer was flustered by neither. The second half was depressing. Didier Deschamps was so reticent to make a change that he did not make a substitution until the 72th minute and then only to replace Mamadou Sakho with Laurent Koscielny. Moments later, Loic Remy was introduced. It wasn’t enough as France only appeared mildly concerned about looking for a goal. Their lethargic performance ensured an easy victory for Germany.
FULL TIME: Brazil 2-1 Colombia
Thiago Silva 7′
David Luiz 69′
James Rodriguez (P) 80′
Brazil booked their place in the FIFA World Cup Semi Finals, beating Colombia 2-1 courtesy of goals from Thiago Silva and David Luiz. However, their victory came at the cost of Neymar as he was stretchered off after a rather industrial challenge from Juan Zuniga, where he was taken immediately to the hospital. He was later ruled out from the FIFA World Cup with a fractured vertebrae.
It took Brazil just 7 minuted to establish a lead, when Thiago Silva tucked in a Neymar’s corner. Brazil were lucky to go unpunished for repeated fouls on James Rodriguez, but Colombia got away with their own reckless play when Juan Zuniga was not even booked for putting his studs into Hulk’s knee. The 2nd half failed to match the frenetic energy of the first, but that did not stop David Luiz from scoring an incredible 35 yard free kick, aimed into the top right corner for a victory. The fact that Rodriguez, heavily fouled throughout the game, but not protected by the referee, was the man to concede the free kick, with a soft foul on Hulk, will only add to Colombia’s frustration. Colombia were given hope with a late Rodriguez penalty, which could have seen Julio Cesar sent off, but Brazil held onto their lead and earned their semi finals clash with Germany.