The 2014 FIFA World Cup’s four quarter-finals each featured something a little different.
France and Germany contested the iconic Maracana’s first-ever European derby in Friday’s early match, and a few hours later, Brazil and Colombia played the best game of the round in Fortaleza—a 90-minute war of attrition that put one of the world’s best players out of the tournament.
On Saturday, Argentina once again found a way to win against Belgium’s “Golden Generation” in Brasilia, and in the later kick-off, the Netherlands required penalties to see off Costa Rica, who had become the Cinderella story of the competition.
The quarter-finals also produced a few big-picture winners and losers. Following are four of each.