Brazil are on a run of 42 undefeated home matches - their last defeat having been against Paraguay in August 2002. If the Germany force Brazil to taste defeat this evening, it will be a bitter pill to swallow.
Brazil have lost none of their last 6 semi-final matches, winning 5 and going through on penalties in the other.
Germany are the first country to reach four consecutive World Cup semi-finals.The only other meeting between these sides at the World Cup was in the 2002 final when Brazil won, with Ronaldo scoring both goals.Germany won the last meeting between the two sides 3-2, with the goals scored by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Neymar and Robinho.Thiago Silva will miss the semi-final through suspension and Neymar (who will
This is the first ever match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica, however despite Costa Rica’s excellent performances so far in this tournament, the Netherlands are strong favourites to progress to the semi-finals.
Netherlands have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches, (the loss was unfortunately the 2010 final against Spain.)Costa Rica are the first CONCACAF team since the USA in 2002 to reach the quarter-finals.The Dutch goals at this World Cup have been scored by seven different players.Wesley Sneijder has now played in 15 World Cup games – a Dutch record.The Netherlands are on a run of 11 World Cup knockout games without keeping a clean sheet.
Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)
Netherlands: Rank: 15 Points: 981
Updated 5th July 2014 at 12:48 PM by 11v11
This match marks the third time in a row that Argentina have reached the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst for Belgium it is only the second time they have progressed to this stage (In 1986 they ended up in fourth place)
Argentina and Belgium have both won all four of their games at the 2014 World Cup, all by a single goal margin.
Head to Head games
13/06/82 Argentina v Belgium 0-1 (World Cup)
05/09/84 Belgium v Argentina 0-2 (International)
25/06/86 Argentina v Belgium 2-0 (World Cup)
Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)
Argentina: Rank: 5 Points: 1175
Belgium: Rank: 11 Points: 1074
World Cup 2014
First in Group F with 9 points (P3 W3 GF6 GA3)
Updated 5th July 2014 at 12:49 PM by 11v11
Although this is the first time Colombia have reached the quarter-finals and Brazil have got this far in each of their last six World Cups, Colombia have arguably been the most impressive team of the tournament so far. Despite home advantage, Colombia may cause an upset.
Brazil v Colombia stats
This will be the first World Cup match between Brazil and Colombia..Colombia have failed to score in 9 of their last 12 games against Brazil.Colombia’s 11 goals so far is their best ever in a World Cup. If James Rodriguez scores in this match he would be the first player since Rivaldo in 2002 to score in the first five games of a World Cup and the first since Teofilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments) to score in his first five career
Updated 4th July 2014 at 06:55 AM by 11v11
The current French side are nothing like as good as the World Cup winners of 1998 and it would be a surprise if they win this game against a German side which is unbeaten in 15 internationals.
France v Germany stats:
There have been 17 goals in the 3 World Cup matches between France and GermanyGermany won the 1982 match on penalties after one of the most controversial incidents in world football history – the “tackle” by Harald Schumacher which Michel Platini thought at the time had killed his team-mate Patrick Battiston.If they win this game, Germany will become the only nation to have reached the semi-finals in four successive tournaments.Germany are unbeaten in 15 internationals (W10 D5 L0) and 15 World Cup matches (including qualifiers).Miroslav
Updated 4th July 2014 at 06:56 AM by 11v11
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Argentina have avoided losing in 16 of their last 17 World Cup matches but Switzerland have won 5 of their last 6 and have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 World Cup matches.
Argentina have won their last three Round of 16 ties; (v England in 1998 and v Mexico in 2006 and 2010.)Switzerland have lost their only two Round of 16 ties (v Spain in 1994 and v Ukraine in 2006).The Swiss have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 10 World Cup finals matches.Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat-trick v Honduras was the 50th hat-trick in World Cup history.
Head to Head games
19/06/66 Argentina v Switzerland 2-0 (World Cup)
16/12/80 Argentina v Switzerland 5-0 (International)
01/09/84 Switzerland v Argentina 0-2
Updated 4th July 2014 at 11:12 PM by Statisticus
After escaping from the Group of Death, USA fans have a new chant, "I believe that we will win." Although pundits might predict a 1-0 victory for the Belgium red devils, the USA beat Belgium 3-0 in the World Cup in 1930 – in a game which was the first game in the World Cup for both nations.
The US have qualified for the knockout stage in three of their previous four World Cups and are aiming to reach the Quarter Final for the first time since 2002.USA have failed to keep a clean sheet in every one of their last 16 World Cup games against European opposition.Belgium have won 10 of their last 11 matches in the World Cup.Belgium won all their group games – and all by a one goal margin.
Head to Head games
13/06/30 USA v Belgium 3-0
Updated 1st July 2014 at 12:25 PM by 11v11
At the time of writing, Algeria have a 100% win record against Germany. For Algeria to retain possession and keep that record intact will be, in the words of coach Vahid Halilhodzic, “very challenging.”
A victory for Algeria would redress the "non-aggression pact of Gijon" -a long-standing historical calumny, perpetrated by West Germany and Austria, who are widely believed to have effectively conspired to engineer a 1-0 win for Germany to allow both sides to progress at Algeria's expense in the 1982 World Cup first group stage.
Some pre-match statlets:
The Algeria 2-1 victory over West Germany in 1982 is their only victory over a European opponent at the World Cup to date (W1 D3 L4).Algeria's 6 goals in this tournament have been scored by
Updated 30th June 2014 at 02:59 PM by 11v11
Your author had the pleasure to attend the equivalent fixture for France in the 1998 World Cup, when France beat a stubborn Paraguay side with the first golden goal of the World Cup. France’s final victory in that tournament was heralded in the Mirror as “Arsenal Wins the World Cup!” due to the number of Gooners in the 1998 French squad.
In this year's French squad we find Sagna (admittedly off to Man City), Giroud and Koscielny. On the other hand they are captained by Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. France also have three-player contingents from PSG and Newcastle. So, clearly Arsene Wenger needs to arrange for the speedy transfer of Debuchy, Loic Remy and Lucas Digne, before France win the World Cup again to ensure we get that headline again.
Updated 1st July 2014 at 12:32 PM by 11v11