Ranking the Best-Ever World Cup Semi-Final Matches

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Ranking the Best-Ever World Cup Semi-Final Matches
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The World Cup semi-finals have produced some of the most memorable matches in football history.

It's almost as though the desperation to reach the final produces a better spectacle than the final itself, which is often bogged down by nerves and anxiety.

It was a semi-final that made Maradona a villain in Naples; it was a semi-final that revealed Sir Bobby Charlton at his absolute finest; it was a semi-final that turned a 17-year-old Pele into an international superstar.

Following are eight of the best semi-finals to have been contested at world football's most prestigious competition. And if you have additional semi-final memories, feel free to describe them in the forum below.

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