Germany and Brazil will be facing each other in the next game, after beating France and Colombia respectively.
*France 0 Germany 1*
Germany was having a fine time of this World Cup up until their last game, in which they struggled to beat Algeria – who should have been an easy win but ended up causing Germany more trouble than they’d expected.
There were injury worries for the team when defender Shkodran Mustafi had to miss this game and there were also injury doubts for midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
This Cup means a lot for Germany, as they’ve had their World Cup dashed three times by European opponents (Italy, Serbia, and Spain) in the years since Brazil defeated them in the 2002 final.
The early lead gave Germany the opportunity to play a defensive game – which may have been a good option for Germany, but wasn’t nearly as much fun to watch! The New York Times writer Duncan Irving called Germany’s win “insipid,” the only goal of the game being played by defender Mats Hummels in the 12th minute. It was, however, all they needed. It may not have been an exciting win, but it was a win and has got them through to the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Germany clearly dominated possession in the game. France kept trying to break through the German defence but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was on form – taking care of two potential games with some very fancy one-handed saves, one in the first half by Mathieu Valbuena and the other in the second by Karim Benzema.
*Brazil 2 Colombia 1*
This was a high energy match, with emotions running strong on both sides. Brazil’s Captain Thiago Silva scored an early goal seven minutes in (assisted by Neymar), followed by David Luis’s second half free kick, nearly 68 minutes in. There were a lot of fouls in this game, with players from both teams becoming reluctant recipients of yellow cards.
Colombia’s hopes were raised after they followed Brazil’s second goal with James Rodríguez ‘s penalty, but it wasn’t enough to save them the match.
When the final whistle went, the stadium erupted as Brazilians went crazy for their team. It’s not all blue skies and sun for Brazil though, as Thiago Silva was suspended after getting booked and Neymar – one of Brazil’s star players – was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after getting kneed in the back by Juan Zuniga.
BBC Sport’s Chief football writer in Fortaleza, Phil McNulty praised the atmosphere of this game: “In a magnificent atmosphere built on a cascade of colour and a wall of sound, new World Cup star James Rodriguez set up a gripping finale when he pulled a goal back from the penalty spot with 10 minutes left.” he said.
Germany and Brazil are now set to play each other in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday and France and Colombia are going home.
*Tomorrow, Argentina and Belgium are playing at 11 a.m. (Peruvian time) and Holland and Belgium at 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday will give the remaining teams a chance for a break, before Brazil and Germany face off on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Stay tuned for Gareth Hunter’s weekend match report on Sunday up to speed with the World Cup 2014 with Peru this Week’s Sports blog