FIFA World Cup 2014 Quarter Finals Starts Today
The quarter final stage of the World’s biggest tournament, FIFA World Cup 2014 starts today. Its France vs Germany (9.30PM IST) and Brazil vs Colombia (1.30AM IST) and the stage is all set for an exciting contest.
France take on Germany in a World Cup classic while Colombia hotshot James Rodriguez will be aiming to make Brazil’s stars cry in desperation as the last eight countries start their battle for the title today. Didier Deschamps’ France play Joachim Loew’s Germany in Rio de Janeiro’s historic Maracana Stadium, renewing one of the most acute World Cup rivalries. Brazil take on Colombia in Fortaleza, having lost only two of their last 25 encounters, but with doubts in the air. Germany would normally be considered favourites, but after beating Portugal 4-0, including a Thomas Mueller hat-trick, the German machine has slowed. A gruelling extra-time win over Algeria got them a ticket to the last eight. France, on the other hand, have been one of the most powerful qualifiers, scoring 10 goals in four games, three from Karim Benzema. Their last three matches at the World Cup have produced 17 goals and Germany have won the last two.
Brazil go into their game against Colombia, appearing in the quarter finals for the first time with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari still insisting that his team will win the World Cup. Colombia have let the goals of 22-year-old James Rodriguez do the talking at this World Cup — five in four matches that the South Americans have convincingly won. His volley against Uruguay was one of the goals of the tournament, while Argentine coach Jose Pekerman has built up a quiet confidence around his squad, barely speaking at press conferences. Neymar has also scored four goals however and Colombia know they face a football mountain in Fortaleza. They have never won in Brazil and their last victory against the continental giants was in 1991 in the group stages of the Copa America. Netherlands play Costa Rica and Belgium take on Argentina in the last quarter finals on Saturday.