Day 24 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup featured a pair of cagey quarter-finals, some standout goalkeeping and the end of an extended goalscoring slump.
In Brasilia, Gonzalo Higuain finally found the back of the net as Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha. In Salvador, the Netherlands required penalties to see off Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova.
There were other key performances on Saturday, and over the next few slides, we’ll have a look at Day 24’s best XI.
This XI is almost entirely subjective, taking into account basic statistics but mostly revolving around our assessment of each player's effect on his team.
In the spirit of the three-man defensive units we’ve been seeing so much at this World Cup, the following team is organised in a 3-4-3 formation.