World Cup, Preview of Quarterfinal Matches: Tears Guaranteed in Battle of Final Eight

The traditional giants and spirited newbies are both playing fierce football this FIFA World Cup. As the quarterfinals approach, expect emotions to run astronomically high - both on and off the field.

updated: July 04, 2014 09:39 IST
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Brazilian football fans crowd outside the gate as their national team arrives for a training session at the President Vargas stadium.


Rio de Janeiro: France take on Germany in a World Cup classic while Colombia hotshot James Rodriguez will be aiming to make Brazil's stars cry in desperation as the last eight countries start their battle for the title Friday. (Complete coverage)

Didier Deschamps' France play Joachim Loew's Germany in Rio de Janeiro's historic Maracana Stadium at 1600 GMT, renewing one of the most acute World Cup rivalries. Brazil take on Colombia in Fortaleza at 2000 GMT having lost only two of their last 25 encounters, but with doubts in the air. (Preview: Germany face acid test against France)

Seven German players had influenza symptoms going into Friday's test of the two biggest European names still in contention. Most are expected to be fit however.

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