World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from the Quarter-Finals

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World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from the Quarter-Finals
Martin Meissner/Associated Press

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.

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