Tuesday was a day of mixed emotions at the World Cup, to put it lightly.
First, we watched a snooze-fest of a quarterfinal between European foes Germany and France. Hours later, we took in an absolute thriller between Brazil and Colombia. On the one hand, we got the dream semifinal match we hoped for; on the other, we lost arguably the two best players of the World Cup to get there.
Fourth of July provided plenty of fireworks, albeit in Brazil. To recap what you may have missed, check out our “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” from Day 20:
Brazil vs. Germany for the right to play in the World Cup final. Do we need to say more?
— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX)July 4, 2014
Brazil v Germany: Bravo FIFA Screenwriters, Bravo— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)July 4, 2014
— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus)July 4, 2014
— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari)July 4, 2014
How did we get to this tasty treat of a semifinal?
First, Germany toppled rival France on Mats Hummels’ textbook header in the first half. And when we say textbook, we mean Germany literally wrote the book on headers. “Fact of the Day:”
— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping)July 4, 2014
So Germany, again, “head” to the semifinals. In fact, it is the first country to reach four straight World Cup semis:
The thing about the Germans is that they’re Germans.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)July 4, 2014
#GER's World Cup record is ridiculous: 3rd, 10th, banned, 1st, 4th, 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 6th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 5th, 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, ?— Dale Johnson (@dalejohnsonESPN)July 4, 2014
Must be nice to be German. Strong economy with durable manufacturing base, excellent public services, great cars, World Cup semis a given— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy)July 4, 2014
Oh yeah, and this is still happening:
Congrats #GERMANY— Rihanna (@rihanna)July 4, 2014
Later, Brazil and Colombia collided (literally) in what was one of the most wide-open, free-flowing games of football we’ve seen thus far. It was chaos, it was physical, and it was A LOT of fun:
Martial Arts movie more than a football game. Love it— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)July 4, 2014
This is soccer interpreted by a bunch of angry six-year-olds in bumper cars.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)July 4, 2014
This is insane. Like a Rocky Movie, all uppercuts with no blocking whatsoever. #WorldCup2014— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino)July 4, 2014
— Soccer Gods (@soccergods) July 4, 2014