(BRAZIL) – The quarterfinals stage of the FIFA World Cup kicks off today. Four games will be played between the eight teams who qualified after the second stage, Round of 16.
Today, the first quarterfinal will be played between France and Germany at 13:00 local time.
Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
The game promises to be an exciting one and will surely capture the attention of millions of football lovers across the world. Both teams are equally good in terms of their previous track records.
Head to head, France and Germany have already confronted each other 25 times. France won 11 of the 25 games, and Germany won 8. Six games ended in a draw. Of the 83 goals scored in those games, France scored 41, while Germany scored 42.
So far, in the tournament, France has played four games and won three of them. Its one game ended in a draw. France’s Karim Benzema could possibly create challenges for Germany as he scored the most goals for his side in the tournament. On the other hand, Germany also played four games in the World Cup. Its performance is quite similar to that of France, as it also won three games, while one game ended in a draw. Germany’s Thomas Muller played a dominant role by scoring four goals for his team. France would be trying their best to stop Muller from scoring any goals today, in order to increase their chances of playing in finals.
|WON||World Cup 2014 (30.06.2014)||France – Nigeria||2:0|
|DRAW||World Cup 2014 (25.06.2014)||France – Ecuador||0:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (21.06.2014)||France – Switzerland||2:5|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (15.06.2014)||France – Honduras||3:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (20.06.2014)||Germany – Algeria||2:1|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (25.06.2014)||USA – Germany||0:1|
|DRAW||World Cup 2014 (20.06.2014)||Germany – Ghana||2:2|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (15.06.2014)||Portugal– Germany||0:4|
Today’s second quarterfinal will be played between the host team Brazil and Colombia at 17:00 local time.
Arena Fronte Nova, Salvador (Brazil)
Brazil has so far kept the hopes of their fans alive, as it managed a victory over Chile in the second stage round after a very close match. On the other hand, it will be facing a team which has so far played exceptionally well in the tournament and is still unbeaten.
Head to head, Brazil and Colombia have played 25 games against each other. Brazil has won 15, while Colombia only managed two victories. Of the 65 goals scored in those games, 55 were scored by Brazil, while 11 were scored by Colombia.
Till now, Brazil has played four games, and has won three of them. One game against Mexico ended in a draw. The tournament has so far proved to be an excellent one for Brazil’s Neymar, as he scored four goals and played a significant role in its team’s victories. Though he got injured in his last game, however, he is now all set and looking forward to today’s big match. Colombia, on the other side, has won all of its four games of the tournament. Colombia’s James Rodriguez is the leading goal scorer of the FIFA World Cup, with five goals under his belt. He could possibly create problems for Brazil in the game.
|WON||World Cup 2014 (17.06.2014)||Brazil – Chile||1:1(3-2 PSO)|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (23.06.2014)||Brazil – Cameroon||4:1|
|DRAW||World Cup 2014 (17.06.2014)||Brazil – Mexico||0:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (12.06.2014)||Brazil – Croatia||3:1|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (28.06.2014)||Colombia– Uruguay||2:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (26.06.2014)||Japan – Colombia||1:4|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (22.06.2014)||Colombia– Ivory Coast||2:1|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (17.06.2014)||Colombia – Greece||3:0|
On Thursday, Jose Pekermen, the coach of Colombia, while motivating his team, said that we will not think about our dismal record against Brazil, who has already won the title five times.
Meanwhile, an overhead bridge which was still under construction broke down in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and killed at least 2 people with another 19 injured.