Netherlands. Argentina. Brazil. Germany.
These four juggernauts, who’ve reached 21 World Cup finals between them and won 10 of the 19 previous titles, make up the semifinal field in Brazil. Even without the injured Neymar in the fold, this has all the makings to be one of the greatest “final fours” in World Cup history.
Oh, and we’ve got an absolute cracker of a final promised for next Sunday.
Looking ahead, whatever happens, Maracana Final will be historic. Bra/Arg 1st time; Bra/Neth 1st time; Ger/Arg 86/90 (West); Ger/Neth 74— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster)July 5, 2014
Getting excited? Us too.
So, how did we get here? Skim through Saturday’s top storylines in our latest World Cup social media roundup:
First up on Saturday was Lionel Messi and the Albiceleste taking on Belgium, a rematch of the 1986 semifinals. All tournament long it’s been Messi who carried his side from win to win (his back must be killing him!), but on this day he got a little help from his friend Gonzalo Higuain:
Wonderfully Instinctive finish from Higuain. Glad he’s finally decided to take part in this World Cup.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)July 5, 2014
— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson)July 5, 2014
Belgium defenders were making the sign of the cross on their chests when #Messi picked up the ball….GENIUS again from La Pulga MAGIC PIPITA!— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson)July 5, 2014
That’s how you do it Wondo— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)July 5, 2014
Too soon, Men in Blazers, too soon…
After Argentina’s narrow win, it was time for a goalkeeper duel (sorry, truel) between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. Actually, it was mostly just 120 minutes of Keylor Navas making save after save, rescuing the Ticos to their second straight penalty shootout …
I’ve been told by my Costa Rican friends that Keylor Navas is pronounced Tim Howard in Costa Rica.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch)July 5, 2014