Day 23 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup featured offense from the defense, some standout goalkeeping and a devastating injury.
In Rio de Janeiro, Mats Hummels put in a Man of the Match performance as Germany beat France 1-0, the Borussia Dortmund defender scoring the winner and also making a handful of important interventions on the defensive side of the ball.
In Fortaleza, host nation Brazil continued their march through the knockout rounds by beating Colombia 2-1, although an injury to superstar forward Neymar—which will keep him out for the rest of the tournament, per BBC Sport—will have them nervous ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final against Germany.
There were other key performances on Tuesday, and over the next few slides we’ll have a look at Day 23’s Best XI.
This best XI is almost entirely subjective, taking into account basic statistics but mostly revolving around our assessment of each player's effect on his team.