2014 FIFA World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup 22 was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on 28 June with the round of 16 and ended on 13 July with the final match of the tournament, held at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. The top two teams from each group (16 in total) advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination tournament. A third-place match was played between the two losing teams of the semi-finals.[1]

In all matches in the knockout stage, if the score was level at the end of 90 minutes, two 15-minute periods of extra time was played. If the score was still level after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out.[2]

All times listed below are in Brasília official time (UTC−3).

Qualified teams

The top two placed teams from each of the eight groups qualified for the knockout stage.

Group Winners Runners-up
A  Brazil  Mexico
B  Netherlands  Chile
C  Colombia  Greece
D  Costa Rica  Uruguay
E  France   Switzerland
F  Argentina  Nigeria
G  Germany  United States
H  Belgium  Algeria

Bracket

 
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Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
28 June – Belo Horizonte
 
 
 Brazil (pen.) 1 (3)
 
4 July – Fortaleza
 
 Chile1 (2)
 
 Brazil2
 
28 June – Rio de Janeiro
 
 Colombia1
 
 Colombia2
 
8 July – Belo Horizonte
 
 Uruguay0
 
 Brazil1
 
30 June – Brasília
 
 Germany 7
 
 France 2
 
4 July – Rio de Janeiro
 
 Nigeria 0
 
 France0
 
30 June – Porto Alegre
 
 Germany1
 
 Germany (a.e.t.) 2
 
13 JulyRio de Janeiro
 
 Algeria 1
 
 Germany (a.e.t.)1
 
29 June – Fortaleza
 
 Argentina0
 
 Netherlands2
 
5 July – Salvador
 
 Mexico1
 
 Netherlands (pen.)0 (4)
 
29 June – Recife
 
 Costa Rica 0 (3)
 
 Costa Rica (pen.)1 (5)
 
9 July – São Paulo
 
 Greece 1 (3)
 
 Netherlands0 (2)
 
1 July – São Paulo
 
 Argentina (pen.)0 (4) Third place
 
 Argentina (a.e.t.)1
 
5 July – Brasília12 July – Brasília
 
  Switzerland 0
 
 Argentina1 Brazil0
 
1 July – Salvador
 
 Belgium0  Netherlands3
 
 Belgium (a.e.t.)2
 
 
 United States1
 


Round of 16

Brazil vs Chile

The two teams had met in 68 previous matches,[3] including three times in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage, all won by Brazil (1962, semi-finals: 4–2; 1998, round of 16: 4–1; 2010, round of 16: 3–0).

Brazil opened the scoring when from a corner when David Luiz turned Thiago Silva's flick-on into the net with his thigh. While replays suggested that Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara may have had the last touch,[4] FIFA later confirmed that the goal was scored by Luiz, not Jara.[5] Chile equalised when Hulk lost possession after a throw-in in his own half, Eduardo Vargas stole the ball and passed to Alexis Sánchez to score.[6]

In the second half, Hulk's goal was disallowed as Howard Webb adjudged that the player used his arm in bringing down the ball and gave him a yellow card instead.[7] Chances were few after that with Brazil dominating possession with Hulk forcing Claudio Bravo into a decent save, and the match went to extra time. The best chance of extra time came in the last seconds as Mauricio Pinilla's shot hit the crossbar.[8] In the resulting penalty shootout, the score was tied 2–2 after four rounds, with Brazil goalkeeper Júlio César saving from Pinilla and Sánchez, while Willian missed and Hulk's shot was saved by Bravo. In the fifth round, Neymar scored his penalty, meaning Chile had to score, but Jara's shot hit the inside of the post.[9] Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals to face Colombia.

The result meant that in all four World Cups where Chile qualified for the knockout stage, they were eliminated by Brazil.

Brazil 1–1 (a.e.t.) Chile
Report
Penalties
3–2
Brazil
Chile
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves Yellow card 105+1'
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c)
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 5 Fernandinho downward-facing red arrow 72'
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo Yellow card 60'
RW 7 Hulk Yellow card 55'
AM 11 Oscar downward-facing red arrow 106'
LW 10 Neymar
CF 9 Fred downward-facing red arrow 64'
Substitutes:
FW 21 Yellow card 93' upward-facing green arrow 64'
MF 16 Ramires upward-facing green arrow 72'
MF 19 Willian upward-facing green arrow 106'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
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GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
CB 5 Francisco Silva Yellow card 40'
CB 17 Gary Medel downward-facing red arrow 108'
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
RWB 4 Mauricio Isla
LWB 2 Eugenio Mena Yellow card 17'
CM 20 Charles Aránguiz
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
AM 8 Arturo Vidal downward-facing red arrow 87'
CF 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas downward-facing red arrow 57'
Substitutes:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez upward-facing green arrow 57'
FW 9 Mauricio Pinilla Yellow card 102' upward-facing green arrow 87'
DF 13 José Rojas upward-facing green arrow 108'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Júlio César (Brazil)

Assistant referees:
Michael Mullarkey (England)
Darren Cann (England)
Fourth official:
Felix Brych (Germany)
Fifth official:
Mark Borsch (Germany)

Colombia vs Uruguay

The two teams had met in 38 previous matches,[10] including in the 1962 FIFA World Cup group stage, won 2–1 by Uruguay. Their most recent meetings were in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with both teams winning at home, Colombia winning 4–0 and Uruguay winning 2–0. Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez was not in the line-up because of a nine-game ban imposed by FIFA due to a biting incident involving Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during their final group stage match.[11]

Colombia won 2–0 with both goals from James Rodríguez, the first in the 28th minute, where he controlled Abel Aguilar's headed ball on his chest before volleying left-footed from 25 yards out with the ball going in off the underside of the crossbar,[12] which won the 2014 FIFA Puskás Award later in the year.[13] The second goal, in the 50th minute, was a close-range shot from six yards out after receiving the ball from a header by Juan Cuadrado on the right.[14]

Colombia progressed through to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history, where they would face Brazil.[15]

Colombia 2–0 Uruguay
Report
Colombia
Uruguay
GK 1 David Ospina
RB 18 Juan Camilo Zúñiga
CB 2 Cristián Zapata
CB 3 Mario Yepes (c)
LB 7 Pablo Armero Yellow card 78'
RM 11 Juan Cuadrado downward-facing red arrow 81'
CM 8 Abel Aguilar
CM 6 Carlos Sánchez
LM 10 James Rodríguez downward-facing red arrow 85'
CF 9 Teófilo Gutiérrez downward-facing red arrow 68'
CF 21 Jackson Martínez
Substitutes:
MF 15 Alexander Mejía upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 13 Fredy Guarín upward-facing green arrow 81'
FW 19 Adrián Ramos upward-facing green arrow 85'
 
Manager:
Argentina José Pékerman
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GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 22 Martín Cáceres
CB 13 José Giménez Yellow card 55'
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
LB 6 Álvaro Pereira downward-facing red arrow 53'
RM 16 Maxi Pereira
CM 20 Álvaro González downward-facing red arrow 67'
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo
LM 7 Cristian Rodríguez
SS 21 Edinson Cavani
CF 10 Diego Forlán downward-facing red arrow 53'
Substitutes:
FW 11 Cristhian Stuani upward-facing green arrow 53'
MF 18 Gastón Ramírez upward-facing green arrow 53'
FW 8 Abel Hernández upward-facing green arrow 67'
DF 2 Diego Lugano Yellow card 77'[note 1]
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez

Man of the Match:
James Rodríguez (Colombia)

Assistant referees:
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Netherlands vs Mexico

The two teams had met in six previous matches,[16] including in the 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage, a 2–2 draw. Mexico midfielder José Juan Vázquez was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[17]

Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring for Mexico early in the second half with a left-footed volley from outside the box after gathering a Dutch clearance.[18] Mexico led until the 88th minute, when a Dutch corner was headed back by substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for Wesley Sneijder to equalise with a hard shot from 16 yards. Only a few minutes later, with stoppage time coming to a close, Arjen Robben drew a penalty for the Netherlands after being fouled by Rafael Márquez on the right of the penalty area, which Huntelaar converted to win the match for the Netherlands.[19] Netherlands advanced to the quarter-finals to face Costa Rica, while Mexico were eliminated in the round of 16 for the sixth tournament in a row.[20]

The match was the first time in World Cup history where a cooling break was instituted, with temperatures at 32 °C (90 °F) and humidity levels at 68%.[21]

Netherlands 2–1 Mexico
Report
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 58,817
Netherlands
Mexico
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
RB 12 Paul Verhaegh downward-facing red arrow 56'
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
LB 5 Daley Blind
CM 15 Dirk Kuyt
CM 6 Nigel de Jong downward-facing red arrow 9'
CM 20 Georginio Wijnaldum
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 11 Arjen Robben
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) downward-facing red arrow 76'
Substitutions:
DF 4 Bruno Martins Indi upward-facing green arrow 9'
MF 21 Memphis Depay upward-facing green arrow 56'
FW 19 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar upward-facing green arrow 76'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal
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GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
CB 2 Francisco Javier Rodríguez
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c) Yellow card 90+2'
CB 15 Héctor Moreno downward-facing red arrow 46'
RWB 22 Paul Aguilar Yellow card 69'
LWB 7 Miguel Layún
CM 6 Héctor Herrera
CM 3 Carlos Salcido
CM 18 Andrés Guardado Yellow card 90+3'
CF 10 Giovani dos Santos downward-facing red arrow 61'
CF 19 Oribe Peralta downward-facing red arrow 75'
Substitutes:
DF 5 Diego Reyes upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 20 Javier Aquino upward-facing green arrow 61'
FW 14 Javier Hernández upward-facing green arrow 75'
Manager:
Miguel Herrera

Man of the Match:
Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)

Assistant referees:
Bertino Cunha (Portugal)
Tiago Trigo (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
Fifth official:
Byron Romero (Ecuador)

Costa Rica vs Greece

The two teams had never met before.[22] This match was Greece's first ever in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage.

Bryan Ruiz opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when Christian Bolaños passed to him and he shot low left-footed from outside the penalty area to the right corner of the net with Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis not moving on his line. Costa Rica were then reduced to 10 men with Óscar Duarte being sent off after picking up a second yellow card. Sokratis Papastathopoulos equalised in injury time shooting into the net from seven yards out after Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had saved an initial shot from Theofanis Gekas.[23] No goals were scored in extra time, and the match went to a penalty shoot-out. During the intermission before the penalty shoot-out, the Greek coach Fernando Santos was sent off following a dispute with the referee.[24] In the penalty shoot-out, Navas saved Gekas' shot before Michael Umaña scored the winning penalty for Costa Rica hitting it high to the goalkeeper's right.[25]

This marked the first time that Costa Rica progressed to the quarter-finals in a FIFA World Cup, where they faced the Netherlands.

Costa Rica 1–1 (a.e.t.) Greece
Report
Penalties
5–3
Attendance: 41,242
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
Costa Rica
Greece
GK 1 Keylor Navas Yellow card 90'
CB 6 Óscar Duarte Yellow card 42' Yellow-red card 66'
CB 3 Giancarlo González
CB 4 Michael Umaña
RWB 16 Cristian Gamboa downward-facing red arrow 77'
LWB 15 Júnior Díaz
CM 5 Celso Borges
CM 17 Yeltsin Tejeda Yellow card 48' downward-facing red arrow 66'
RW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c) Yellow card 70'
LW 7 Christian Bolaños downward-facing red arrow 83'
CF 9 Joel Campbell
Substitutions:
MF 22 José Miguel Cubero upward-facing green arrow 66'
DF 2 Jhonny Acosta upward-facing green arrow 77'
FW 14 Randall Brenes upward-facing green arrow 83'
Other disciplinary actions:
MF 13 Óscar Granados Yellow card 57'
Manager:
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto
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GK 1 Orestis Karnezis
RB 15 Vasilis Torosidis
CB 4 Kostas Manolas Yellow card 72'
CB 19 Sokratis Papastathopoulos
LB 20 José Holebas
DM 10 Giorgos Karagounis (c)
CM 2 Giannis Maniatis downward-facing red arrow 78'
CM 22 Andreas Samaris Yellow card 36' downward-facing red arrow 58'
RW 14 Dimitris Salpingidis downward-facing red arrow 69'
LW 16 Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
CF 7 Georgios Samaras
Substitutes:
FW 9 Kostas Mitroglou upward-facing green arrow 58'
FW 17 Theofanis Gekas upward-facing green arrow 69'
MF 21 Kostas Katsouranis upward-facing green arrow 78'
Manager:
Portugal Fernando Santos Red card 120+1'

Man of the Match:
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

Assistant referees:
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Hakan Anaz (Australia)
Fourth official:
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Fifth official:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)

France vs Nigeria

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 2009, won by Nigeria 1–0.[26]

Paul Pogba had the best chance in the first half but his right foot volley after a cross from the right was saved by Vincent Enyeama. In the second half Yohan Cabaye saw a shot come back off the bar.[27] The opening goal came with 11 minutes to play when Pogba headed into the net after a mistake by Enyeama where he failed to hold onto a corner kick from the left by Mathieu Valbuena. In injury time, France got a second when Joseph Yobo put into his own net under pressure from Antoine Griezmann after a cross from the right by Valbuena.[28]

France advanced to the quarter-finals to face Germany, while Nigeria were eliminated at the round of 16 in all three World Cups where they reached the knockout stage.

France 2–0 Nigeria
Report
France
Nigeria
GK 1 Hugo Lloris (c)
RB 2 Mathieu Debuchy
CB 4 Raphaël Varane
CB 21 Laurent Koscielny
LB 3 Patrice Evra
DM 6 Yohan Cabaye
CM 19 Paul Pogba
CM 14 Blaise Matuidi Yellow card 54'
RW 8 Mathieu Valbuena downward-facing red arrow 90+4'
LW 10 Karim Benzema
CF 9 Olivier Giroud downward-facing red arrow 62'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Antoine Griezmann upward-facing green arrow 62'
MF 18 Moussa Sissoko upward-facing green arrow 90+4'
Manager:
Didier Deschamps
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GK 1 Vincent Enyeama
RB 5 Efe Ambrose
CB 2 Joseph Yobo (c)
CB 13 Juwon Oshaniwa
LB 22 Kenneth Omeruo
RM 7 Ahmed Musa
CM 17 Ogenyi Onazi downward-facing red arrow 59'
CM 10 John Obi Mikel
LM 11 Victor Moses downward-facing red arrow 89'
SS 8 Peter Odemwingie
CF 9 Emmanuel Emenike
Substitutes:
MF 4 Reuben Gabriel upward-facing green arrow 59'
FW 19 Uche Nwofor upward-facing green arrow 89'
Manager:
Stephen Keshi

Man of the Match:
Paul Pogba (France)

Assistant referees:
Mark Hurd (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

Germany vs Algeria

The two teams had met in two previous matches,[29] including in the 1982 FIFA World Cup group stage, where Algeria defeated West Germany 2–1. This match was Algeria's first ever in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage.

After a goalless 90 minutes, Germany opened the scoring two minutes into extra time, when half-time substitute André Schürrle scored with a left foot back-heel from Thomas Müller's cross from the left.[30] Germany extended the lead in the 120th minute when Mesut Özil converted with his left foot high into the net after Schürrle's shot was blocked on the line, but Algeria pulled one back in injury time when substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou scored with his left foot from six yards after a cross from the right by Sofiane Feghouli.[31]

Germany advanced to the quarter-finals to face France, continuing their streak of reaching the last eight in every World Cup since 1954.[32] Djabou's goal, timed at 120 minutes and 51 seconds, was the latest goal in World Cup history, surpassing Alessandro Del Piero's goal against Germany in 2006, timed at 120 minutes and 32 seconds.[33]

Germany 2–1 (a.e.t.) Algeria
Report
Attendance: 43,063
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Germany
Algeria
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 21 Shkodran Mustafi downward-facing red arrow 70'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 20 Jérôme Boateng
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c) Yellow card 107'
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger downward-facing red arrow 109'
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 8 Mesut Özil
LW 19 Mario Götze downward-facing red arrow 46'
CF 13 Thomas Müller
Substitutes:
MF 9 André Schürrle upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 6 Sami Khedira upward-facing green arrow 70'
MF 23 Christoph Kramer upward-facing green arrow 109'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 22 Mehdi Mostefa
CB 4 Essaïd Belkalem
CB 5 Rafik Halliche (c) Yellow card 42' downward-facing red arrow 97'
RWB 20 Aïssa Mandi
LWB 3 Faouzi Ghoulam
DM 8 Mehdi Lacen
RM 19 Saphir Taïder downward-facing red arrow 78'
CM 10 Sofiane Feghouli
LM 13 Islam Slimani
CF 15 Hillal Soudani downward-facing red arrow 100'
Substitutes:
MF 11 Yacine Brahimi upward-facing green arrow 78'
DF 2 Madjid Bougherra upward-facing green arrow 97'
MF 18 Abdelmoumene Djabou upward-facing green arrow 100'
Manager:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić

Man of the Match:
Raïs M'Bolhi (Algeria)

Assistant referees:
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Walter López (Guatemala)
Fifth official:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)

Argentina vs Switzerland

The two teams had met in six previous matches,[34] including in the 1966 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by Argentina 2–0.

The match went to extra time with Ángel Di María scoring the only goal with two minutes remaining with a side-foot finish from the right of the penalty area after a run and pass from Lionel Messi.[35] Switzerland had a chance to equalise in injury time but Blerim Džemaili headed against the post then prodded the rebound wide.[36] Argentina advanced to the quarter-finals to face Belgium.

Argentina 1–0 (a.e.t.)  Switzerland
Report
Attendance: 63,255
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Argentina
Switzerland
GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
CB 17 Federico Fernández
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay Yellow card 120+4'
LB 16 Marcos Rojo Yellow card 90' downward-facing red arrow 105+1'
CM 5 Fernando Gago downward-facing red arrow 106'
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
CM 7 Ángel Di María Yellow card 120'
AM 10 Lionel Messi (c)
SS 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi downward-facing red arrow 74'
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitutes:
FW 18 Rodrigo Palacio upward-facing green arrow 74'
DF 23 José María Basanta upward-facing green arrow 105+1'
MF 6 Lucas Biglia upward-facing green arrow 106'
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella
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GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 20 Johan Djourou
CB 22 Fabian Schär
LB 13 Ricardo Rodríguez
CM 11 Valon Behrami
CM 8 Gökhan Inler (c)
RW 23 Xherdan Shaqiri
AM 10 Granit Xhaka Yellow card 36' downward-facing red arrow 66'
LW 18 Admir Mehmedi downward-facing red arrow 113'
CF 19 Josip Drmić downward-facing red arrow 82'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Gelson Fernandes Yellow card 73' upward-facing green arrow 66'
MF 9 Haris Seferovic upward-facing green arrow 82'
MF 15 Blerim Džemaili upward-facing green arrow 113'
Manager:
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Belgium vs United States

The two teams had met in five previous matches,[37] including one in the 1930 FIFA World Cup group stage won by United States 3–0 and which was one of the two first FIFA World Cup matches to be played. An unofficial friendly between the two teams was scheduled on 12 June 2014 in São Paulo,[38] but was cancelled because of traffic due to the opening ceremony and match.[39] Belgium midfielder Steven Defour was suspended for the match,[40] after being sent off in the last group stage match against South Korea.

In a game dominated by the Belgians, but still goalless through the first 90 minutes thanks to U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, U.S. striker Chris Wondolowski missed a great chance in stoppage time from less than five yards out. Thus, the game went to extra time and Belgium took the lead within two minutes. Romelu Lukaku, who came off the bench at the start of extra time, crossed from the right into the penalty area, Matt Besler failed to clear the ball, and Kevin De Bruyne shot low into the far corner from the right of the penalty area. Near the end of extra time first half, De Bruyne's through ball from the right set up Lukaku to extend the lead with a left footed shot to the net.[41] The United States pulled one back early in extra time second half, when substitute Julian Green volleyed in Michael Bradley's lobbed pass with his right foot from near the penalty spot. Minutes later, the U.S. nearly equalised on a set piece routine that saw Clint Dempsey through on goal, but his first touch was too hard and the ball was corralled by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Belgium held on for the win, and advanced to the quarter-finals to face Argentina.[42]

With Belgium's victory, the 2014 World Cup became the first tournament where all the top teams of the group stage advanced to the quarter-finals.[43] U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard recorded 15 saves[44][note 2] in the match, which was the most saves recorded in a match since FIFA started to keep track of the number of saves in 1966.[45] Julian Green also became the youngest player to score a goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Belgium 2–1 (a.e.t.) United States
Report
Belgium
United States
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
RB 2 Toby Alderweireld
CB 15 Daniel Van Buyten
CB 4 Vincent Kompany (c) Yellow card 42'
LB 5 Jan Vertonghen
CM 6 Axel Witsel
CM 8 Marouane Fellaini
AM 7 Kevin De Bruyne
RW 14 Dries Mertens downward-facing red arrow 60'
LW 10 Eden Hazard downward-facing red arrow 111'
CF 17 Divock Origi downward-facing red arrow 91'
Substitutes:
MF 11 Kevin Mirallas upward-facing green arrow 60'
FW 9 Romelu Lukaku upward-facing green arrow 91'
MF 22 Nacer Chadli upward-facing green arrow 111'
Manager:
Marc Wilmots
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GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 20 Geoff Cameron Yellow card 18'
CB 3 Omar Gonzalez
CB 5 Matt Besler
LB 7 DaMarcus Beasley
DM 13 Jermaine Jones
CM 19 Graham Zusi downward-facing red arrow 72'
CM 4 Michael Bradley
RW 23 Fabian Johnson downward-facing red arrow 32'
LW 11 Alejandro Bedoya downward-facing red arrow 105+2'
CF 8 Clint Dempsey (c)
Substitutes:
DF 2 DeAndre Yedlin upward-facing green arrow 32'
FW 18 Chris Wondolowski upward-facing green arrow 72'
MF 16 Julian Green upward-facing green arrow 105+2'
Manager:
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Man of the Match:
Tim Howard (United States)

Assistant referees:
Rédouane Achik (Morocco)
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Range (Kenya)

Quarter-finals

France vs Germany

The two teams had met in 25 previous matches, including three times in the FIFA World Cup (1958, third place match: France 6–3 West Germany; 1982 semi-finals: France 3–3 (aet) West Germany, West Germany won 5–4 on penalties; 1986, semi-finals: France 0–2 West Germany).[46]

The only goal came in the 13th minute when Mats Hummels got ahead of his marker Raphaël Varane to head Germany into the lead from ten yards out after a free-kick from Toni Kroos on the left.[47] Karim Benzema had a shot in second half injury time from the left which he hit straight at Manuel Neuer.[48]

Germany advanced to the semi-finals where they would face Brazil. They became the first team to reach four straight World Cup semi-finals, breaking the record of three shared by their predecessor West Germany (1966–1974 and 1982–1990) and Brazil (1970–1978 and 1994–2002). Germany was also guaranteed their 13th top four finish, the most by any nation.[49]

France 0–1 Germany
Report
France
Germany
GK 1 Hugo Lloris (c)
RB 2 Mathieu Debuchy
CB 4 Raphaël Varane
CB 5 Mamadou Sakho downward-facing red arrow 72'
LB 3 Patrice Evra
CM 19 Paul Pogba
CM 6 Yohan Cabaye downward-facing red arrow 74'
CM 14 Blaise Matuidi
RW 8 Mathieu Valbuena downward-facing red arrow 84'
LW 11 Antoine Griezmann
CF 10 Karim Benzema
Substitutions:
DF 21 Laurent Koscielny upward-facing green arrow 72'
FW 20 Loïc Rémy upward-facing green arrow 74'
FW 9 Olivier Giroud upward-facing green arrow 84'
Manager:
Didier Deschamps
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GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 5 Mats Hummels
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Yellow card 80'
CM 6 Sami Khedira Yellow card 54'
RW 13 Thomas Müller
AM 18 Toni Kroos downward-facing red arrow 90+3'
LW 8 Mesut Özil downward-facing red arrow 83'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose downward-facing red arrow 68'
Substitutes:
FW 9 André Schürrle upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 19 Mario Götze upward-facing green arrow 83'
MF 23 Christoph Kramer upward-facing green arrow 90+3'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Mats Hummels (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Fifth official:
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)

Brazil vs Colombia

The two teams had met in 25 previous matches, but never in the FIFA World Cup.[50] This was the first time Colombia had reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[51]

Brazil took the lead in the 7th minute, when Neymar's corner from the left was turned in from close range by Thiago Silva.[52] They doubled the lead in the 69th minute when David Luiz scored directly from a long-range free kick, side-footing the ball over the wall and into the top-right corner. Colombia reduced the deficit with 10 minutes to go, when James Rodríguez converted a penalty kick low into the left corner and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. The penalty was awarded after substitute Carlos Bacca was fouled by Brazil goalkeeper Júlio César.[53] Neymar was kneed in the back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zúñiga in the 88th minute, which resulted in the striker's withdrawal from the match. Subsequent medical evaluation discovered a fractured vertebra, forcing the Brazilian to miss the remainder of the tournament.[54] Brazil advanced to the semi-final, where they faced Germany.

James's sixth goal of the tournament was enough for him to win the Golden Boot award.[55] He also became the first player to score in his first five career World Cup matches since Peru's Teófilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments).[56]

Brazil 2–1 Colombia
Report
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 60,342
Brazil
Colombia
GK 12 Júlio César Yellow card 78'
RB 23 Maicon
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c) Yellow card 64'
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
CM 5 Fernandinho
CM 8 Paulinho downward-facing red arrow 86'
RW 7 Hulk downward-facing red arrow 82'
AM 11 Oscar
LW 10 Neymar downward-facing red arrow 88'
CF 9 Fred
Substitutes:
MF 16 Ramires upward-facing green arrow 82'
MF 18 Hernanes upward-facing green arrow 86'
DF 15 Henrique upward-facing green arrow 88'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-COL 2014-07-04.svg
GK 1 David Ospina
RB 18 Juan Camilo Zúñiga
CB 2 Cristián Zapata
CB 3 Mario Yepes (c) Yellow card 71'
LB 7 Pablo Armero
RM 11 Juan Cuadrado downward-facing red arrow 80'
CM 13 Fredy Guarín
CM 6 Carlos Sánchez
LM 14 Víctor Ibarbo downward-facing red arrow 46'
CF 9 Teófilo Gutiérrez downward-facing red arrow 70'
CF 10 James Rodríguez Yellow card 67'
Substitutes:
FW 19 Adrián Ramos upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 17 Carlos Bacca upward-facing green arrow 70'
MF 20 Juan Quintero upward-facing green arrow 80'
Manager:
Argentina José Pékerman

Man of the Match:
David Luiz (Brazil)

Assistant referees:
Roberto Alonso (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste (Spain)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Argentina vs Belgium

The two teams had met in three previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup (1982, group stage: Argentina 0–1 Belgium; 1986, semi-finals: Argentina 2–0 Belgium).[57] Argentina defender Marcos Rojo was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[58]

The only goal of the match was scored by Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuaín in the eighth minute, a powerful shot with his right foot from just inside the penalty area after a pass from Di María was deflected to him by Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen.[59] Higuaín had a chance to extend the lead in the second half, but his shot hit the crossbar.[60] Argentina won 1–0 to advance to the semi-finals, where they would face the Netherlands.

Argentina 1–0 Belgium
Report
Argentina
Belgium
GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
CB 15 Martín Demichelis
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay
LB 23 José María Basanta
CM 6 Lucas Biglia Yellow card 75'
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
RW 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi downward-facing red arrow 71'
LW 7 Ángel Di María downward-facing red arrow 33'
CF 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín downward-facing red arrow 81'
Substitutes:
MF 8 Enzo Pérez upward-facing green arrow 33'
FW 18 Rodrigo Palacio upward-facing green arrow 71'
MF 5 Fernando Gago upward-facing green arrow 81'
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella
ARG-BEL 2014-07-05.svg
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
RB 2 Toby Alderweireld Yellow card 69'
CB 15 Daniel Van Buyten
CB 4 Vincent Kompany (c)
LB 5 Jan Vertonghen
CM 6 Axel Witsel
CM 8 Marouane Fellaini
RW 11 Kevin Mirallas downward-facing red arrow 60'
AM 7 Kevin De Bruyne
LW 10 Eden Hazard Yellow card 53' downward-facing red arrow 75'
CF 17 Divock Origi downward-facing red arrow 59'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Romelu Lukaku upward-facing green arrow 59'
FW 14 Dries Mertens upward-facing green arrow 60'
MF 22 Nacer Chadli upward-facing green arrow 75'
Manager:
Marc Wilmots

Man of the Match:
Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth official:
Ben Williams (Australia)
Fifth official:
Matthew Cream (Australia)

Netherlands vs Costa Rica

The two teams had never met before.[61] This was the first time Costa Rica had reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Costa Rica defender Óscar Duarte was suspended for the match, after being sent off in the round of 16 match against Greece.[62]

After a goalless 90 minutes, which saw Wesley Sneijder's free kick hit the post and Robin van Persie's shot deflected onto the crossbar by Costa Rica defender Yeltsin Tejeda, the match headed to extra time. In the second period, substitute Marco Ureña had a shot saved by Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, while Sneijder had another shot hit the crossbar. In added time at the end of 120 minutes, Dutch manager Louis van Gaal brought on Tim Krul to replace Cillessen.[63] In the subsequent penalty shoot-out, Krul saved from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umaña, while the Netherlands scored all four of their kicks to advance to the semi-finals, where they would face Argentina.[64]

Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov took charge of his ninth World Cup match, breaking the record of most World Cup games officiated, which he previously held jointly with Joël Quiniou of France, Benito Archundia of Mexico, and Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay.[65]

Netherlands 0–0 (a.e.t.) Costa Rica
Report
Penalties
4–3
Netherlands
Costa Rica
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen downward-facing red arrow 120+1'
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi Yellow card 64' downward-facing red arrow 106'
RWB 15 Dirk Kuyt
LWB 5 Daley Blind
CM 20 Georginio Wijnaldum
CM 10 Wesley Sneijder
RW 11 Arjen Robben
LW 21 Memphis Depay downward-facing red arrow 76'
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c)
Substitutions:
MF 17 Jeremain Lens upward-facing green arrow 76'
FW 19 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Yellow card 111' upward-facing green arrow 106'
GK 23 Tim Krul upward-facing green arrow 120+1'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal
NED-CRC 2014-07-05.svg
GK 1 Keylor Navas
CB 2 Jhonny Acosta Yellow card 107'
CB 3 Giancarlo González Yellow card 81'
CB 4 Michael Umaña Yellow card 52'
RWB 16 Cristian Gamboa downward-facing red arrow 79'
LWB 15 Júnior Díaz Yellow card 37'
CM 17 Yeltsin Tejeda downward-facing red arrow 97'
CM 5 Celso Borges
RW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c)
LW 7 Christian Bolaños
CF 9 Joel Campbell downward-facing red arrow 66'
Substitutes:
FW 21 Marco Ureña upward-facing green arrow 66'
DF 8 David Myrie upward-facing green arrow 79'
MF 22 José Miguel Cubero upward-facing green arrow 97'
Manager:
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto

Man of the Match:
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Noumandiez Doué (Ivory Coast)
Fifth official:
Songuifolo Yeo (Ivory Coast)

Semi-finals

Brazil vs Germany

The two teams had met in 21 previous matches, including in the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup (their only previous encounter in the tournament's history), won by Brazil 2–0.[66]

Miroslav Klose (center) celebrating with teammates after scoring the second goal for Germany.

While Germany kept the same starting line-up as their quarter-final against France, Brazil made two changes: defender and captain Thiago Silva was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards,[67] and was replaced by Dante, while forward Neymar was sidelined after suffering a fractured vertebra in the quarter-final against Colombia,[54] and was replaced by Bernard.[68] Germany took the lead in the 11th minute, Thomas Müller volleying in Toni Kroos's corner. Miroslav Klose scored Germany's second goal, after a passing move saw him set up by Kroos, his first shot was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Júlio César, but he slotted in the rebound. Kroos then scored two quick goals in succession, the first one after Philipp Lahm's cross was missed by Müller, the second one after stealing the ball from Fernandinho and playing a quick one-two with Sami Khedira. Khedira then scored Germany's fourth goal in six minutes, after exchanging passes with Mesut Özil, to give Germany the 5–0 half-time lead. Substitute André Schürrle added two more goals in the second half, first slotting in from Lahm's cross, then scoring via the crossbar after a cut-back from Müller. Brazil scored a consolation goal in the 90th minute, as Oscar received a pass from Marcelo, dribbled inside and scored.[69] Germany reached their eighth World Cup final, a record by any nation, where they would face Argentina, while Brazil had to settle for the third-place play-off against the Netherlands.

The game equalled Brazil's biggest margin of defeat, a 6–0 loss to Uruguay in 1920, and it broke a 62-match home unbeaten streak in competitive matches going back to the 1975 Copa América, where they lost 3–1 to Peru in the same exact stadium of this match.[70] The match also broke many World Cup records: It was Brazil's biggest World Cup defeat (eclipsing their 1998 final loss to France), the biggest defeat by a World Cup host nation (previous record was by three goals), and the biggest margin of victory in a World Cup semi-final (three previous semi-finals ended in 6–1 scorelines).[71]

Klose's goal was his 16th at World Cup finals tournaments, allowing him to overtake Brazil's Ronaldo as the tournament's all-time top scorer.[72] Germany's seven goals took their total tally in World Cup history to 223, surpassing Brazil's 221 goals to first place overall.[73]

Brazil 1–7 Germany
  • Oscar 90'
Report
Brazil
Germany
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 23 Maicon
CB 4 David Luiz (c)
CB 13 Dante Yellow card 68'
LB 6 Marcelo
CM 17 Luiz Gustavo
CM 5 Fernandinho downward-facing red arrow 46'
RW 7 Hulk downward-facing red arrow 46'
AM 11 Oscar
LW 20 Bernard
CF 9 Fred downward-facing red arrow 70'
Substitutes:
MF 16 Ramires upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 8 Paulinho upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 19 Willian upward-facing green arrow 70'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-GER 2014-07-08.svg
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 5 Mats Hummels downward-facing red arrow 46'
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
CM 6 Sami Khedira downward-facing red arrow 76'
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller
AM 18 Toni Kroos
LW 8 Mesut Özil
CF 11 Miroslav Klose downward-facing red arrow 58'
Substitutes:
DF 17 Per Mertesacker upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 9 André Schürrle upward-facing green arrow 58'
MF 14 Julian Draxler upward-facing green arrow 76'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Toni Kroos (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Mark Geiger (United States)
Fifth official:
Mark Hurd (United States)

Netherlands vs Argentina

Line-up of the teams before the match

The two teams had met in eight previous matches, including four times in the FIFA World Cup: Netherlands won 4–0 in the second group stage of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and 2–1 in the quarter-finals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Argentina won 3–1 (after extra time) in the final of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, whereas a group stage encounter of the 2006 FIFA World Cup ended in a 0–0 draw.[74]

The Netherlands made one change to their starting line-up from their quarter-final, with Nigel de Jong returning from injury to replace Memphis Depay, while Argentina made two changes, with Marcos Rojo returning from suspension to replace José María Basanta and Enzo Pérez replacing the injured Di María.[75] The match finished 0–0 after extra-time with very little chances as both sides cancelled each other out.[76] In the penalty shoot-out, Sergio Romero saved the first penalty from Ron Vlaar diving to his left and the fifth penalty of the shoot-out from Wesley Sneijder when he dived high to his right. Argentina scored all of their four penalties to win 4–2.[77] Maxi Rodríguez scored the decisive fourth penalty, shooting to Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen's right to send Argentina into the final, where they would face Germany, while the Netherlands had to settle for the third-place play-off against Brazil.

This was the first World Cup semi-final to end in a goalless draw.[citation needed] Argentina won their fourth World Cup penalty shoot-out, tied with Germany for most wins, and were involved in their fifth World Cup shoot-out, a record for any nation.

Netherlands 0–0 (a.e.t.) Argentina
Report
Penalties
2–4
Attendance: 63,267
Netherlands
Argentina
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi Yellow card 45' downward-facing red arrow 46'
RWB 15 Dirk Kuyt
LWB 5 Daley Blind
CM 6 Nigel de Jong downward-facing red arrow 62'
CM 20 Georginio Wijnaldum
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 11 Arjen Robben
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) downward-facing red arrow 96'
Substitutions:
DF 7 Daryl Janmaat upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 16 Jordy Clasie upward-facing green arrow 62'
FW 19 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Yellow card 105' upward-facing green arrow 96'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal
NED-ARG 2014-07-09.svg
GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
CB 15 Martín Demichelis Yellow card 49'
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay
LB 16 Marcos Rojo
CM 6 Lucas Biglia
CM 14 Javier Mascherano
CM 8 Enzo Pérez downward-facing red arrow 81'
SS 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín downward-facing red arrow 82'
CF 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi downward-facing red arrow 101'
Substitutes:
FW 18 Rodrigo Palacio upward-facing green arrow 81'
FW 20 Sergio Agüero upward-facing green arrow 82'
MF 11 Maxi Rodríguez upward-facing green arrow 101'
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella

Man of the Match:
Sergio Romero (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Fifth official:
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)

Third place play-off

Brazil vs Netherlands

The two teams had met in 11 previous meetings, including four times in the FIFA World Cup: Netherlands won 2–0 in the second group stage of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and 2–1 in the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and Brazil won 3–2 in the quarter-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and 4–2 on penalties after a 1–1 draw (after extra time) in the semi-finals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[78]

Brazil made six changes in their starting line-up from their semi-final, while the Netherlands made only two, with Wesley Sneijder, who was originally part of the Dutch starting line-up, replaced by Jonathan de Guzmán after an injury during the pre-match warm-up prevented him from playing.[79] The Netherlands opened the scoring within three minutes, after Robin van Persie converted a penalty kick awarded for a foul on Arjen Robben by Thiago Silva. Daley Blind extended the lead in the 17th minute, scoring after a David Luiz headed clearance fell to him inside the penalty area. Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in second half injury time as he shot home from substitute Daryl Janmaat's cross from the right.[80]

The Netherlands finished third for the first time in their World Cup history.[81] With Michel Vorm's participation (who was substituted into the match in second half injury time), the Netherlands became the first team to use all of their 23 players in a World Cup since the finals squads were expanded from 22 to 23 players in 2002.[82] Brazil, who finished fourth for the second time in World Cup history, conceded a total of 14 goals in the tournament, the most they had ever allowed in a World Cup and also the most conceded by any World Cup hosts.[83] Brazil also became the second team to concede 100 World Cup goals, after Germany. Van Persie's goal was the 100th goal that Brazil have conceded in the FIFA World Cup and made him the 2nd highest Dutch goalscorer with 6 World Cup goals along with Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dennis Bergkamp, and Rob Rensenbrink, all before Johnny Rep with 7 World Cup goals. Lastly, since the beginning of the 21st century of the World Cups (first one being in 2002), all four World Cups in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 involved the third-place victors all winning the third-place match after scoring three goals.[84][85]

Brazil 0–3 Netherlands
Report
Brazil
Netherlands
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 23 Maicon
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c) Yellow card 2'
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 14 Maxwell
CM 8 Paulinho downward-facing red arrow 57'
CM 17 Luiz Gustavo downward-facing red arrow 46'
RW 16 Ramires downward-facing red arrow 73'
AM 11 Oscar Yellow card 68'
LW 19 Willian
CF 21
Substitutes:
MF 5 Fernandinho Yellow card 54' upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 18 Hernanes upward-facing green arrow 57'
FW 7 Hulk upward-facing green arrow 73'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-NED 2014-07-12.svg
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen downward-facing red arrow 90+3'
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi
RWB 15 Dirk Kuyt
LWB 5 Daley Blind downward-facing red arrow 70'
CM 20 Georginio Wijnaldum
CM 16 Jordy Clasie downward-facing red arrow 90'
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán Yellow card 36'
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c)
CF 11 Arjen Robben Yellow card 9'
Substitutes:
DF 7 Daryl Janmaat upward-facing green arrow 70'
DF 13 Joël Veltman upward-facing green arrow 90'
GK 22 Michel Vorm upward-facing green arrow 90+3'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Rédouane Achik (Morocco)
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)

Final

Germany vs Argentina

Germany–Argentina line-up before kick-off

The two teams had met in 20 previous matches, including six times in the FIFA World Cup: 1958, group stage: West Germany 3–1 Argentina; 1966, group stage: West Germany 0–0 Argentina; 1986, final: West Germany 2–3 Argentina; 1990, final: West Germany 1–0 Argentina; 2006, quarter-finals: Germany 1–1 Argentina (after extra time, Germany won 4–2 on penalties); 2010 FIFA World Cup, quarter-finals: Germany 4–0 Argentina.[86] Their third final meeting is the most ever in World Cup history, and also tied the record for the most frequent fixture in tournament history, as Brazil vs Sweden and Germany vs Serbia (including Yugoslavia) had also been played seven times in the World Cup.[87]

Both teams initially named unchanged starting line-ups from their semi-finals,[88] but Germany had to make a late change as Sami Khedira injured his calf and was replaced by Christoph Kramer, who was himself substituted in the first half by André Schürrle after a blow to his head.[89] In the first half, Gonzalo Higuaín shot wide after a Toni Kroos's misplaced header fell to him, and also had a goal disallowed for offside. Later, Jérôme Boateng cleared off the line after a Lionel Messi run, and Benedikt Höwedes's header hit the post. In the second half, Argentina's best chance fell to Messi, whose shot went just wide, while Toni Kroos also had a chance for Germany but could not convert. For the third World Cup final in a row, the match went to extra time. In the first half, Schürrle had a shot saved by Sergio Romero, while Rodrigo Palacio's lobbed shot was also unsuccessful. Germany scored the only goal in the second half, as Schürrle ran down the left wing and crossed for substitute Mario Götze, who controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed past Romero.[90]

Germany won their fourth World Cup title, and their first title since German reunification (they won as West Germany in 1954, 1974, and 1990). It was the first time a European team won the tournament in the Americas. For the third tournament in a row, the World Cup was won by a European team, first time for any confederation. Argentina finished as the runners-up for the third time in their history.

A total of 171 goals were scored in the tournament, a joint record along with the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Götze's goal was the 32nd by a substitute, a World Cup record. Including the final, a total of eight matches went to extra time, a joint record along with the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[91]

Germany 1–0 (a.e.t.) Argentina
Götze 113' Report
A mostly white football shirt, shorts and socks, with a red V shape near the top of the shirt and red stripes at the top of the socks
Germany
A football shirt featuring dark blue in the top portion and lighter blue stripes at the bottom, with blue shorts and blue socks with black and yellow stripes at the top
Argentina
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 5 Mats Hummels
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes Yellow card 34'
RM 23 Christoph Kramer downward-facing red arrow 32'
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Yellow card 29'
LM 18 Toni Kroos
RF 13 Thomas Müller
CF 11 Miroslav Klose downward-facing red arrow 88'
LF 8 Mesut Özil downward-facing red arrow 120'
Substitutions:
FW 9 André Schürrle upward-facing green arrow 32'
MF 19 Mario Götze upward-facing green arrow 88'
DF 17 Per Mertesacker upward-facing green arrow 120'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
Diagram of a football field showing German players in a 4–3–3 formation in the lower half and Argentine players in a 4–2–3–1 formation in the upper half
GK 1 Sergio Romero
RB 4 Pablo Zabaleta
CB 15 Martín Demichelis
CB 2 Ezequiel Garay
LB 16 Marcos Rojo
CM 14 Javier Mascherano Yellow card 64'
CM 6 Lucas Biglia
RW 8 Enzo Pérez downward-facing red arrow 86'
AM 10 Lionel Messi (c)
LW 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi downward-facing red arrow 45'
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín downward-facing red arrow 78'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Sergio Agüero Yellow card 65' upward-facing green arrow 45'
FW 18 Rodrigo Palacio upward-facing green arrow 78'
MF 5 Fernando Gago upward-facing green arrow 86'
Manager:
Alejandro Sabella

Man of the Match:
Mario Götze (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth official:
Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
Fifth official:
Christian Lescano (Ecuador)

Notes

  1. ^ Despite not playing, Lugano received a yellow card on the bench.
  2. ^ FIFA's initial match statistics showed 16 saves, and many news sources continue to use this number. The official FIFA statistics were updated on 5 July 2014 to show 15 saves.

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