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Argentina and Netherlands completed the Semi-finals vacant places to accumulate Eleven World Cup titles, Twenty one final appearances, Thirty four Semi-finals appearances between the golden four National teams.

Jamie McDonald

ARGENTINA 1-0 BELGIUM

NETHERLANDS 0-0 (P4-3) COSTA RICA

Argentina followed the steps of Brazil and Germany scoring early in the match and holding to their win. The match only goal was scored by Higuain. Argentina played their best match so far in the world cup as they played a strong defensive match along with minimal entertainment after they lead by one goal. Costa Rica missed on many chances to continue the tradition of having an unusual National team in the semi-finals of the latest copies of the World Cup like Croatia and South Korea. The match stretched to the Argentinians fortune up to the 120th minutes without any goals. Van Gal did the unthinkable and replaced his goalkeeper with Krul who was obviously ready to take on any penalty shootout challenge. In my opinion, all commentators calling penalty shootout "Luck shootouts" had a change of mind after watching how Krul always went for the ball. Both winners will play against each other in a repeat of the 1998 quarterfinals where Viola's Batistuta goal was not enough to beat the comeback of Bergkamp two goals at the time.

GROUP STAGE STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

Mexico

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Croatia

3

1

-

2

6

6

0

3

Cameron

3

-

-

3

1

9

-8

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

3

3

-

-

10

3

+7

9

Chile

3

2

-

1

5

3

+2

6

Spain

3

1

-

2

4

7

-3

3

Australia

3

-

-

3

3

9

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

3

3

-

-

9

2

+7

9

Greece

3

1

1

1

2

4

-2

4

Ivory Coast

3

1

-

2

4

5

-1

3

Japan

3

-

1

2

2

6

-4

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Uruguay

3

2

-

1

4

4

0

6

Italy

3

1

-

1

2

3

-1

3

England

3

-

1

2

2

4

-2

1

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

3

2

1

-

8

2

+6

7

Switzerland

3

2

-

1

7

6

+1

6

Ecuador

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Honduras

3

-

-

3

1

8

-7

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

3

3

-

-

6

3

+3

9

Nigeria

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Bosnia-Herzegovina

3

1

-

2

4

4

0

3

Iran

3

-

1

2

2

3

-1

1

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

USA

3

1

1

1

4

4

0

4

Portugal

3

1

1

1

4

7

-3

4

Ghana

3

-

1

2

4

6

-2

1

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

3

3

-

-

4

1

+3

9

Algeria

3

1

2

-

6

5

+1

4

Russia

3

-

2

1

2

3

-1

2

Korea Republic

3

-

1

2

3

6

-3

1

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

James

Colombia

6

Neymar

Brazil

4

Messi

Argentina

4

Mueller

Germany

4

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

Shaqiri

Switzerland

3

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Ruiz

Costa Rica

2

Gyan

Ghana

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Memphis

Netherlands

2

Perisic

Croatia

2

Jackson

Colombia

2

Hummels

Germany

2

Ayew

Ghana

2

Djabou

Algeria

2

Alves

Brazil

2

Musa

Nigeria

2

Slimani

Algeria

2

Dempsey

USA

2

Sanchez

Chile

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Brooks

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Jedinak

Australia

1

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Quintero

Colombia

1

Rooney

England

1

Dzemaili

Switzerland

1

Xhaka

Switzerland

1

Matuidi

France

1

Giroud

France

1

Valbuena

France

1

Sissoko

France

1

Odemwingie

Nigeria

1

Origi

Belgium

1

H M Son

Korea Republic

1

J C Koo

Korea Republic

1

Hallichi

Algeria

1

Brahimi

Algeria

1

Fer

Netherlands

1

Torres

Spain

1

Villa

Spain

1

Mata

Spain

1

Matip

Cameron

1

Fernandinho

Brazil

1

Fred

Brazil

1

Marquez

Mexico

1

Hernandez

Mexico

1

Guardado

Mexico

1

Godin

Uruguay

1

Okazaki

Japan

1

Cuadrado

Colombia

1

Rojo

Argentina

1

Dzeko

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Pjanic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Vrsajevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Boye

Portugal

1

Ronaldo

Portugal

1

Vertonghen

Belgium

1

Kokorin

Russia

1

Alves

Brazil

1

Dos Santos

Mexico

1

Huntelaar

Netherlands

1

Shneijder

Netherlands

1

Sokratis

Greece

1

Schurrle

Germany

1

Ozil

Germany

1

Pogba

France

1

Di Maria

Argentina

1

De Bruyne

Belgium

1

Lukaku

Belgium

1

Green

USA

1

Higuain

Argentina

1

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO THE ROUND OF 16:

Qualification Section

Number of Teams

Qualified to Knockout Stage

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

4

3

3/4

75%

South America

6

5

5/6

83%

Europe

13

6

6/13

46%

Africa

5

2

2/5

40%

Asia

4

0

0

0%

Oceania

0

0

0

0%

*Indicates that there is still team(s) with undecided results in the last day of group stage

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO QUARTERFINALS:

Qualification Section

Round of 16

Qualified To Quarterfinals

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

3

1

1/3

33%

South America

5

3

3/5

60%

Europe

6

4

4/6

67%

Africa

2

0

0

0%

Knockout Stage is Shaping Up:

ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMI FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION

BRAZIL

1*

BRAZIL

2

BRAZIL

CHILE

1

COLOMBIA

2

COLOMBIA

1

URUGUAY

0

FRANCE

2

FRANCE

0

GERMANY

NIGERIA

0

GERMANY

2

GERMANY

1

ALGERIA

1

BELGIUM

2

BLEGIUM

0

ARGENTINA

THIRD PLACE

USA

1

ARGENTINA

1

ARGENTINA

1

SWITZERLAND

0

COSTA RICA

1**

COSTA RICA

0

NETHERLANDS

GREECE

1

NETHERLANDS

2

NETHERLANDS

0***

MEXICO

1

*Brazil won 3-2 penalty shootouts

**Costa Rica won 5-3 in penalty shootouts

***Netherlands won 4-4 in penalty shootouts

Day 23 Matches:

BRAZIL VS GERMANY