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Photo: David Luiz has been solid at the back while scoring two goals for Brazil so far. (Getty Images)

A battered and bruised Brazil team takes on a stretched but solid German team in the first of the two semi-finals at the FIFA World Cup. The dream of lifting the trophy is now within touching distance but still it could be far away for either team. The prize for winning such a huge encounter is a place in the final of the World Cup which will be played in the historic Maracana Stadium on Sunday July 13th.

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Photo: James Rodriguez and Neymar (Getty Images)

In a clash that has been built on two of the young superstars of world football, Colombia will be hoping the inspiration from the 20th anniversary of Andres Escobar's death gets them passed hosts Brazil. For coach Jose Pekerman it will be even sweeter to get the better of Brazil not just to be in the semis but he is an Argentine which means Brazil is the greatest enemy.

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Photo: Karim Benzema and Thomas Muller (Getty Images)

1998 World Champions France are in great form and will be firing on all cylinders when they tackle Germany in their quarter-final encounter of the World Cup. Les Bleus has found the net on ten occasions in their four fixtures so far and conceded just twice. Germany are the slight favourites in this fixture but Didier Deschamps' men have what it takes to leave the Maracana as semi-finalists.

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Photo: James Rodriguez (Getty Images)

Seven of the leading goal scorers in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil will continue their hunt for the coveted Golden Boot when the competition resumes tomorrow with the quarter-final round.

Colombian James Rodriguez whose stocks have risen significantly since the start of the tournament is the only player in contention who scored in the round of 16. Rodriguez scored both goals in Colombia’s 2-0 win over Uruguay to jump to the head of the pile.

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Photo: Romelu Lukaku celebrates after coming off the bench to score for Belgium against the USA. Belgium won the game 2-1. (Getty Images)

Once again in the FIFA World Cup the substitute introduced by Marc Wilmots made a significant impact and led Belgium to victory. A dominant display by the Red Devils which saw US goalkeeper Tim Howard made a record 16 saves in a World Cup match, was rewarded by two goals with Romelu Lukaku at the heart of things.

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Photo: Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring the winner for Argentina over Switzerland. (Getty Images)

Just weeks after helping Real Madrid lift the Champions League trophy, Angel Di Maria came up with a priceless goal in extra time for his country Argentina to seal a 1-0 over Switzerland. The 26 year old was causing problems for most of the match but had no joy until he was set-up by his captain Lionel Messi after a trademark burst through midfield.

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Photo: Germany celebrate the opener against Algeria. (Getty Images)

One of the hot favourites to lift the World Cup, Germany, was given a serious examination by an inspired Algeria team but came away with a 2-1 victory in their round of 16 game . The injury problems that has hit Joachim Low's team finally took a toll on Die Mannschafft. Mats Hummels and Lukas Podolski were ruled out of the clash and with Bastian Schwiensteiger and Sami Khedira not fully fit forcing Germany had to grind out the victory in extra-time.