Planet football is set for a Latin America-Western Europe showdown. The World Cup quarter-final line-up promises spectacular duels between four nations from Latin-America (Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia) and four from Europe (France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium). A major first.
Two Monaco players will be involved. James Rodriguez, named the best player of the group stage and current top scorer (5 goals). Following his stunning performance and wonder goal against Uruguay (2-0), the Columbian star will be expected light up the tournament once more against Brazil. He's already lit up the Internet, and is the most searched-for player on Google since the Colombia-Uruguay match!
Sergio Romero and Argentina were given a run for their money by an attractive Swiss team (1-0 a.e.t.), but ultimately booked their place in the quarter finals. Romero, who is having a fine World Cup - his second as first-choice 'keeper - was saved by his post in the dying minutes of the game. An omen, perhaps?
France - Germany (Friday 04/07, 18.00)
Brazil - Columbia (Friday 04/07, 22.00)
Argentina - Belgium (Saturday 05/07, 18.00)
Costa Rica - Netherlands (Saturday 05/07, 22.00)