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World Cup Day 23: Open Thread

It's quarter-final time!

Buda Mendes

After a couple of days rest gave us a little taster of the largely football-less world we'll be getting used to in a little over a weeks time we are back with two games today, and the first of the quarter-final match-ups look set to be excellent games.

And both games feature a more favoured side going up against what are generally considered to be two of the upstart teams of the tournament.

First up is an all-European tie with France facing off against Germany. A reinvigorated French side with the considerable presence of Paul Pogba up against a German outfit who, whilst probable favourites, will enter this game with a justifiable degree of trepidation.

The day is rounded off with the hosts taking on Colombia, James Rodriguez and all. Brazil have rarely clicked so far and needed penalties to edge past Chile, whilst Colombia have been one of the thrills of the competition with wunderkind Rodriguez a joy in the round of sixteen win over Uruguay. For Brazil, a nation expects though and much will depend on the shoulders of Neymar, for whom a nice little head to head with Lionel Messi appears to be developing.

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