World Cup Quarterfinals Day 2 Open Thread

Will Costa Rica's run continue? - Paul Gilham

The remaining semifinalists will be determined today as Argentina-Belgium and Netherlands-Costa Rica take center stage.

The tournament is quickly coming to a close, with the final quarterfinal matches taking place. After today, only four matches remain. However, we should see some good ones. Will the Belgians take control of their destiny? Will Costa Rica continue their amazing run? Follow along with us.

Yesterday in Brazil

The day began with a highly-anticipated, though underwhelming 1-0 win for Germany over France.The French flair dried up in front of Die Mannschaft. Germany had a few chances to seal the deal late, but failed to score. However, the result was all that was needed to get Germany to their fourth straight semifinal.

In the second game, Brazil held on for a 2-1 win over Colombia. Even when Brazil went up 2-0, it was still a nervy finish for the hosts. The game was bogged down by fouls, but curiously few cards. One card that was given was shown to Thiago Silva, and he will miss the semifinal against Germany. The Brazilians will also be without Neymar.

Today in Brazil

Argentina-Belgium

It's a battle of under achievers.

Argentina can't survive with their "give it to Messi" plan.

But their manager says it'd be kind of stupid to not try it.

Looking ahead, an Argentina-Brazil final could be ugly.

It's time for the Belgians to grow up.

Belgium, will of course, be focusing their defense on Messi.

It didn't go well for Belgium the last time they faced Argentina in a World Cup.

Netherlands-Costa Rica

The Dutch are favored, but Costa Rica has pulled off a surprising run.

The Wall Street Journal says put on your best orange suit and support the Dutch.

Louis van Gaal made Robin van Persie smile and everyone is friends forever.

If Netherlands win the World Cup, they are off to space.

Joel Campbell may factor heavily into Costa Rica's plans.

Here are some reasons why Costa Rica would win the whole thing.

Costa Rice is weary of the Dutch diving.

World Cup News and Notes

Yesterday's story about Algeria donating it's winnings to Gaza appears to be false.

A lot of people watched USMNT-Belgium.

What can US Soccer fans take away from this World Cup? A lot.

Mexico faces questions going forward.

Cameroon says there will be answers soon in the match-fixing probe.

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