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20:15

UNTIL TOMORROW
If today's quarter-finals are any indication of what we can expect from Saturday's two fixtures, we should be in for quite the occasion from Brazil 2014. Today we saw Germany edge France 1-0 on a Mats Hummels header, and hosts Brazil followed suit by beating Colombia 2-1 thanks to two goals from their central defenders.

Today's results sets up the first semi-final, which will take place on Tuesday, 8 July in Belo Horizonte as Brazil and Germany fight for a spot in the Final. The other semi-final will be determined after tomorrow's action, which sees Argentina battle Belgium and the Netherlands clash with Costa Rica.

As usual, we'll have the latest build-up for tomorrow's two games, overnight reaction from Friday's two matches and of course the LIVE minute-by-minute coverage from Brasilia and Salvador in our Global Stadium. We invite you to #joinin the biggest conversation in the world on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.

Boa noite!

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19:53

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Take a look at the all the goals, saves and other great moments from the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza during Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia/

19:50

LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI
"(Neymar) has been sent to a prvivate clinic with the doctor because he was kneed in his lower back. He was crying in pain. It won't be easy for him to recover based on the fact that it's a back injury and with the pain he's in. Let's hope everything goes OK."

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LOOKING AHEAD
Tomorrow's quarter-finals features two fantastic fixtures, and there have been plenty of headlines surrounding the four competing teams. We have the latest news from Argentina, Belgium, Netherlands and Costa Rica here.
RUIZ: WE WANT MORE
MESSI AWAITS HIS BELGIAN NEMESIS
TICOS' CAMPBELL GROWING UP FAST
WILMOTS: BELGIUM SHOULD SEIZE THIS CHANCE

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WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
If you've been as caught up with today's two quarter-finals as we have, there may have been a few headlines that slipped through the cracks. We round-up the top newsmakers here.
BRAVO SET FOR BARÇA MEDICAL
NUNO OPTIMISTIC FOR VALENCIA FUTURE
ABDENNOUR SIGNS PERMANENTLY FOR MONACO
LASOGGA JOINS HAMBURG
LEVERKUSEN SIGN CALHANOGLU
SZALAI HEADED FOR HOFFENHEIM

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JOSE PEKERMAN
"As regards everything that Colombia did during the World Cup, after being absent from the tournament for a long time we showed that we came here to play a wonderful World Cup, not just to participate. This is the most important thing that I can say about this national squad. 
Brazil needed the victory, every play there was a lot of intensity. That interrupted the game. We lost the fluidity of the game because of that intensity. There will always be decisive moves in matches such as this one, where a set piece can open up the result."

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IMAGES FROM THE MARACANA
Relive some of the best moments during Germany's 1-0 win over France in Rio de Janeiro.

19:23

PHOTOS FROM FORTALEZA
Take a look at the best images from Brazil's win at the Estadio Castelao.

19:21

HYUNDAI YOUNG PLAYER
Four young talents vying for the Hyundai Young Player award have seen their last action at Brazil 2014.

19:17

TWITTER TIMELINE
Take a look at the activity on Twitter throughout Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia.

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WELCOME BACK 
We hope you enjoyed our coverage from Fortaleza where Brazil edged Colombia to move on to the semi-finals. Join us as we bring you all the post-match reaction and video highlights from the Estadio Castelao while we look back at today's earlier quarter-final win for Germany and preview tomorrow's two matches. #Joinin the global conversation on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.

16:02

JOACHIM LOW
"I think both teams played well defensively today. There weren’t many goalscoring opportunities, which was part of our plan. We didn’t want to give France chances with the quality of strikers they possess. We closed them down well – and that was the key. They did the same against us, because Yohan Cabaye and Paul Pogba are a great screen for the defence and we knew that we had to go wide in order to create chances. France gave everything to try to force the equaliser, but Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng were excellent and Manuel Neuer did well when called upon."

15:59

MATS HUMMELS
"As for the goal, the ball from Toni Kroos was good and I was in the right place at the right time! We’re playing the type of football that will give us the chance to win. We’re defending well, with passion and that needs to be intensified with every coming match. France are a top team and today was tough – it certainly wasn’t a walk on the park. That said, I think we deserved to win."

15:56

FALCAO FOR COLOMBIA
The Cafeteros forward, who didn't recover in time from injury to make the finals, has tweeted his support.
"Already wearing the national t-shirt to support my team."

15:55

PODOLSKI PLEASED AS PUNCH
The Arsenal forward joins teammates Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller in celebrating the team's progress at Brazil 2014 by posting a message on Twitter.

15:50

BRAZIL-COLOMBIA LINE-UPS
Big news from Fortaleza, Maicon starts the quarter-final in place of Dani Alves

15:40

DIDIER DESCHAMPS
"Although our adventure in Brazil ends here and we’re sad, disappointed and frustrated, we’ll move on. I hope this group of players can play together for a long time. I have a lot of work to do with them, but things are definitely promising. Today, there wasn’t much between the two sides. I thought we were a little bit timid at first and they scored early. After that, we showed promise. We created chances and could have been more clinical, but Manuel Neuer had a good game."

15:37

LINE-UP IS IN...
... for tomorrow's game. The Netherlands team Twitter account has re-worked an old footballing cliché to predict their line-up for tomorrow!

15:34

DIDIER DESCHAMPS
"Germany is accustomed to these big matches. They’re a more experienced team and we were caught early on a dead ball. We were a little timid in the beginning of the game but we made some good movements, had some interesting chances but we were not efficient. Neuer had a good match as well. We were a little exposed at the end and they could have score another goal. The players are a bit frustrated. We are stopping the adventure here and they are moving on."

15:31

DJORKAEFF JOINS FRANCE'S BACKERS
World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff has tweeted of his pride at Les Bleus' effort during Brazil 2014.
"The taste of effort,  the love of the shirt, the thirst for victories, bravo #LesBleus, the future belongs to you."

15:30

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15:27

FRANCE 0-1 GERMANY STAT BREAKDOWN
 - 50 per cent possession
 - 6 / 8 shots on target (75% accuracy)
 - 378 / 517 passes completed (73% compl. rate)
 - 107.70 km covered 

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FRANCE 0-1 GERMANY STAT BREAKDOWN
 - 50 per cent possession
 - 9 / 13 shots on target (69% accuracy)
 - 376 / 511 passes completed (74% compl. rate)
 - 100.54km covered 

15:15

STAT ATTACK: 
France have not been eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup for 76 years. In 1938, they were knocked out in the last eight by eventual winners Italy. In each of the previous four World Cups, France were either eliminated in the group phase or reached the final.

15:14

MANDANDA MAGNANIMOUS
The France goalkeeper, who was injured just before the tournament, has tweeted of his pride.
"Sad, but proud of my guys, very nice tournament! #Bravo"

15:10

CAHILL'S CALL

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OUTSTANDING IMAGES
Take a look at the best pictures from France 0-1 Germany, with our photo gallery.

15:05

MATCH REPORT
Germany 
have booked France's ticket home after Mats Hummels' first half header was enough to see the Nationalmannschaft into the semi-finals. Read our take on the match.

15:00

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14:20

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MOVING KLOSE: 
The Germany No11 will become the player with the third-most appearances at World Cups (22) today. Only Lothar Matthaus (25) and Paolo Maldini (23) have more.

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Forward
  • 132International Caps
  • 182Centimeters
  • Date of Birth09 Jun 1978
  • Current clubSS Lazio (ITA)
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LINE-UPS ARE IN: 
Miroslav Klose 
starts for Germany as he becomes the outright third-highest appearance maker at World Cups. 

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FRANCE AT THIS WORLD CUP
 - 8 goals scored
 - 60 per cent of shots on target
 - 107km per match (team average)
 - 1807 passes completed
 - 80 per cent pass completion rate

GERMANY AT THIS WORLD CUP:
 - 9 goals scored
 - 70 per cent of shots on target
 - 117.2km per match (team average)
 - 2560 passes completed
 - 80 per cent pass completion rate

11:29

FRANCE 0-2 WEST GERMANY
The most recent meeting between the two European heavyweights was the Mexico 1986 semi-final.

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BRAZIL AT THIS WORLD CUP: 
 - 8 goals scored
 - 70 per cent of shots on target
 - 109.3km per match (team average)
 - 1551 passes completed
 - 70 per cent pass completion rate

COLOMBIA AT THIS WORLD CUP: 
 - 11 goals scored
 - 70 per cent of shots on target
 - 104.5km per match (team average)
 - 1224 passes completed
 - 70 per cent pass completion rate

11:16

WEST GERMANY 3-3 FRANCE (AET) 5-4 PSO
The second meeting between these sides at the FIFA World Cup was a remarkable and memorable 1982 semi-final.

World Cup Highlights: Germany FR - France, Spain 1982

11:12

TRANSFER UPDATE
If you're as engrossed in the World Cup as we are, you might have missed these transfer stories:
 - Abdennour signs permanently for Monaco
 - Lasogga joins Hamburg
 - Leverkusen sign Calhanoglu

11:06

DIDIER DESCHAMPS
"There is no apprehension or fear. There is no reason for us to feel any. Germany are a solid, experienced side but this game will be a pleasure for us. We have no pressure on us, just excitement at being able to play a World Cup quarter-final. We will have a new page of our history to write and let's hope it is a beautiful one. Germany are one of the favourites to win the competition. They always reach the latter stages."

11:02

DIDIER DESCHAMPS
"There is no apprehension or fear. There is no reason for us to feel any. Germany are a solid, experienced side but this game will be a pleasure for us. We have no pressure on us, just excitement at being able to play a World Cup quarter-final. We will have a new page of our history to write and let's hope it is a beautiful one. Germany are one of the favourites to win the competition. They always reach the latter stages."

11:02

FRANCE 6-3 WEST GERMANY
The European rivals have clashed three times at the FIFA World Cup, the first was this 1958 goalfest.

10:56

LLORIS ON NEUER
"When the team pushes so high up the pitch, you have to be able to play further forward and perform the role of a 'libero'. Neuer is certainly the most complete goalkeeper in the world and is capable of doing that role. He did it remarkably against Algeria."

10:50

MAMADOU SAKHO
"I had to sit out training for ten days as a precaution, but now everything’s fine. I’ve got strapping on because I took a bit of a knock, but I’m all right. Rest assured. It’ll be an interesting match. They’ve got lots of good young players, but so do we. We just have to stick to what we’re great at, play our usual game and not get carried away. We need to continue what we’ve been doing since the outset, but adding in a bit of extra focus, determination and aggression."

10:45

POGBA REMEMBERS
"The 3-0 Final win against Brazil: I was at home watching the match with all the others. As soon as we won we all went outside and climbed over the cars."

10:45

THE ATMOSPHERE IS BUILDING IN RIO

10:39

FOOTBALL FOR HOPE
"There’s a lot of drugs and violence where I live. Having an opportunity like this is incredible. I’ve made so many friends."
192 kids from 27 different countries came together in Caju, a poor district in Rio de Janeiro, united by football.

10:32

BACK TO NEYMAR'S ROOTS
Our video team take a look at the Seleção No10's beginnings, as "a little rough diamond, that needed to be polished."

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DAILY PREVIEW
Take a read of our preview of the day's action as we look at the continental rivals clashing in today's quarter-final games.

09:57

BOM DIA: 
Hello and welcome to the first quarter-finals day at Brazil 2014! We've got two incredible continental battles in prospect, with European heavyweights France and Germany locking horns at the iconic Maracana before Colombia meet hosts Brazil in a South American showdown in Fortaleza. We'll have all the build-up to the games before the Global Stadium opens, at which point we'll bring you a minute-by-minute report of all the action and gather all the reaction for you to digest after the games. You can #joinin with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which form our World Cup social hub.

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