Friday's World Cup action brought us Germany dispatching France, Brazil paying a heavy price as they edged past Colombia, movie deals, and giant insects.
Last Night's Action
France 0, Germany 1 A strangely uneventful game. Mats Hummels scored the only goal of the match, heading home a free kick in the 12th minute. Germany was content to play defensively, and France played with surprisingly little urgency, making what could've been a classic rather dull. The result makes Germany the first country to appear in four straight World Cup semi-final rounds.
Brazil 2, Colombia 1 Yes, the hosts won - Thiago Silva pounced on a corner kick to open the scoring early, and David Luiz would score a beautiful free kick from 35 yards - but the real story here is the injury to Neymar. The Brazillian superstar took a jumping knee in the back from Juan Zuniga, breaking a vertebra and ruling him out for the remainder of the tournament. James Rodriguez scored a penalty to get Colombia back into the game ten minutes from the end of regulation, but Los Cafeteros could not find an equalizer.
The Play To Watch
David Luiz's free kick was a swerving beauty:
And his celebration wasn't bad either:
Argentina vs. Belgium (12PM ET, ABC) Everyone is now clear on Belgium being quite good. Conversely, Argentina have Leo Messi, who's occasionally moments of brilliance have carried La Albiceleste through the tournament so far. The question on everyone's lips: can Messi do it again and bring his country to their first semi-finals since 1990? Or will Belgium live up to their dark horse billing and force their way to the final four?
Netherlands vs. Costa Rica (4PM ET, ESPN) Costa Rica, as the last remaining country from CONCACAF alive in the tournament, will have a true test for their fairy tale dreams with the Netherlands. The Dutch are stacked with talent, but as Italy, England, and Uruguay learned, thinking Los Ticos will be a cakewalk is foolish.
What Else Is Going On?
If you missed it yesterday, our own Charles Boehm reflected on the USMNT's performance and Brazil in general.
Liverpool is reportedly interested in US defender DeAndre Yedlin, and have invited him for a pre-season trial.
Ghana's drama-filled disaster of a World Cup campaign will be turned into a movie.
Lastly: James Rodriguez was so happy to score for Colombia, he didn't notice that a giant bug had hitched a ride on his jersey: