Three days from now the world champions of football will be crowned and we can all start sleeping in again. Today we relive the top five moments of the World Cup knockout stages.
Colombia were undefeated coming in to their quarterfinal with Brazil, while the hosts drew with Mexico in the group stages but were still favourites. Colombia's fate was sealed in the 68th minute when David Luiz's wonder strike was buried in the top corner, reducing James Rodriguez and the Colombian supporters to tears.
Germany keeper Manuel Neuer's elastic effort to keep France out in a tense quarterfinal had French fans on their feet when the ball was goal bound. Called into action nine times during the game, this was the one that very nearly netted. Mathieu Valbuena's shot looked to be tumbling into the bottom corner when Neuer reacted and got just enough on it to stop France equalising inside the first half. The golden goal came in the 13th minute from Mats Hummels on the end of a freekick.
The Netherlands met Costa Rica in their quarterfinal and were clear favourites with dangerous attackers having netted 12 times in their four tournament games to Costa Rica's five. However, the Dutch were having one of those days and had failed to score any of their 15 shots on target. With penalties to decide it, Tim Krul was subbed on and became a World Cup hero, denying Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana to earn the Netherlands a spot in the semifinals against Argentina.
Colombia's Juan Zuniga showed his disapproval for having his World Cup cut short by kneeing Brazilian wonder boy Neymar in the back in the closing minutes of their quarterfinal loss. Neymar was stretchered off with a broken bone in his back ruling him out of the semifinal against Germany. Brazilian captain Thiago Silva, who scored Brazil's first goal, picked up a second yellow card ruling him out of the semifinal as well.
KNOCKED OUT COLD
Brazilians will now forever fear Germany as the hosts were trounced on a day riddled with big numbers. A total of eight goals were scored, the highest semifinal score in a World Cup since the 1930. As the goals poured in the world was in shock with Twitter recording 35 million tweets during the game. Along with the most goals, the record for the fastest five goals was set in just 29 minutes. Miroslav Klose also went into the record books by scoring his 16th World Cup goal to become the leading goal scorer in the history of the tournament.
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