World Cup 2014's 5 Best Knockout Matches

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World Cup 2014's 5 Best Knockout Matches
Associated Press

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has come and gone, with Germany being crowned champions for the fourth time. This was the highest-scoring tournament since France 1998, per the BBC's Phil McNulty. As a result, we've had some terrific matches on display.

There were three all-South American matches in the round of 16 and quarter-finals combined, which produced some excellent football. European teams made a decent showing, with Germany winning the tournament and the Netherlands claiming third place.

As always, there was tons of controversy, but there were fewer bookings and red cards in total in 2014 compared to 2010. That allowed a lot of freedom in the games, but as seen in this slideshow, sometimes there were too many fouls.

This World Cup will be remembered for many other reasons as well. Here are the top five matches from the knockout stage that should be etched in the minds of every fan.

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