5 Players Whose Stock Rose in 2014 World Cup Semi-Finals

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5 Players Whose Stock Rose in 2014 World Cup Semi-Finals
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The World Cup offers the biggest prize in football and a stage on which players who perform well will be remembered forever.

This summer's event in Brazil has been one of the best in recent memory, a tournament full of attacking intent and eventful matches.

The semi-final stage saw Germany inflict one of the heaviest ever World Cup defeats on Brazil, the host nation, who carried the weight of their country's expectation on their shoulders throughout the competition.

It was a remarkable game that saw Brazil fall five goals behind inside half an hour, with the ruthless Germans going on to score another two before Oscar's late consolation.

The image of David Luiz, red-eyed and shocked to the core stands as the abiding memory of an incredible 7-1 battering that sent shockwaves through the world of football.

"This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying," said Daniel Taylor in The Guardian.

It's difficult to disagree.

The 0-0 draw between Argentina and the Netherlands in the other semi-final was far less entertaining, but the Albiceleste's dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout win sets up a potentially great match on Sunday—a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 finals.

Here we take a look at five players whose reputation was enhanced by their showing in the semi-final. 

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