Rio de Janeiro: One of the finest generations of goalscorers ever assembled is poised for a climactic shoot-out for the greatest prize in football here Friday as the World Cup quarterfinals get under way.
Karim Benzema's France play Thomas Mueller's Germany and Neymar's Brazil take on Colombia, with World Cup revelation James Rodriguez, in the opening clashes of football's remaining titans. (Germany Face Acid Test Against France)
The 56 matches so far have been packed with drama. The 154 goals at an average of 2.75 goals per game, puts Brazil 2014 firmly on course to beat the 171-goal record of France 1998.