FIFA World Cup

On equal footing

Print edition : July 25, 2014

Colombia’s James Rodriguez (right) scores his side’s second goal against Uruguay. Colombia won all its matches on its way to the quarter-finals. Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP

Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar (right) celebrates with forward Neymar after Brazil won its match against Chile in a penalty shootout. Photo: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP

Costa Rica’s Michael Umana (left) scores the decisive penalty past Greece’s goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis during the shootout. Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP

Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands shoots and scores his team’s first goal past Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico. Mexico, which led for much of the match, was unlucky to lose 1-2. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Switzerland's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio fails to save a shot by Argentina's midfielder Angel di Maria (left). This goal at the very end of extra time put Argentina in the quarter-final. Photo: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP

Germany’s Mesut Ozil scores his side’s second goal against Algeria in extra time. Germany won 2-1. Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

France’s Paul Pogba (19) heads to score a goal against Nigeria. France won 2-0. Photo: DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Mexico’s Rafael Marquez brings down Arjen Robben of the Netherlands inside the penalty box late into injury time. The Dutch scored from the resulting penalty to win the dramatic match. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez (right) after an encounter with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D encounter. Suarez bit Chiellini on his shoulder and FIFA subsequently banned him from all footballing activity for four months. Photo: TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

Newspapers at a Madrid kiosk capture Spain’s humiliating 1-5 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands. Photo: DANI POZO/AFP

In the most exciting and unpredictable World Cup so far in recent times, the minnows hold their ground against the giants of football.
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