The 2014 World Cup quarterfinal matches are set, as only eight teams remain in the tournament. The final two teams made their way through to the next round on Tuesday.
Belgium became the last team to advance beyond the Round of 16 and complete the field. They will face Argentina in Game No.3 of the quarterfinals, after beating the United States, scoring two goals in extra time.
Argentina defeated Switzerland in a match that looked destined to be decided in a shootout. Angel Di Maria put the favorites ahead with a goal in the 118th minute of play.
The quarterfinals will open with a match between two of the top European nations in the entire tournament. Germany will take on France, after needing extra time to survive in their last match. France beat Nigeria 2-0.
Brazil and Colombia are scheduled to play in the second match of the quarterfinal. The World Cup favorites needed a shootout to advance, while Colombia shut out Uruguay, 2-0.
The last game of the quarterfinals features the Netherlands and Costa Rica. It wasn’t easy for either nation to become one of the final eight teams. The Netherlands came back from a 1-0 deficit against Mexico in the 88th minute, scoring twice in a six-minute span for the win. Costa Rica beat Greece in a shootout, after surviving the second half of the match with just 10 men on the field.
Following the end of the Round of 16, there will be no matches scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday. After the group stage, the break between matches lasted just one day.
All four quarterfinal matches will be played in different locations, and they are set to be broadcast on three different channels. Below is the schedule for the next round of the 2014 World Cup.
Friday, July 4
France vs. Germany (ESPN2, 12 p.m. ET at Estadio Do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
Brazil vs. Colombia (ESPN, 4 p.m. ET at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza, Brazil)
Saturday, July 5
Argentina vs. Belgium (ABC, 12 p.m. ET at Nacional, Brasilia, Brazil)
Netherlands vs. Costa Rica (ESPN, 4 p.m. ET at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil)