World Cup 2014: Best XI of Semi-Finals with Thomas Mueller, Kroos, Mascherano

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World Cup 2014: Best XI of Semi-Finals with Thomas Mueller, Kroos, Mascherano
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals brought very contrasting matches, with Brazil vs. Germany hosting a plethora of goals, impressive attacking and awful defending—on one side at least—and Netherlands vs. Argentina very few chances, rigid team shapes and a penalty shootout.

While Germany and Argentina will fight out the final, the two losers will play for third place in Saturday's play-off.

Here are all the finest performers from the two midweek semi-finals, unsurprisingly featuring a number of German talents—and no Brazilians, the only nation of the quartet not to feature.

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