Football

Expect a cagey final four

BRAZIL:

No. of goals so far: 10

Shots on target during group stage (3 games): 35

Shots on target during last two games: 15

Scorers: Neymar - 4; David Luiz -2; four others on 1.

The negatives:

  • Watching them desperately clear their lines against Colombia, with still more than 20 minutes to play, summed up this Brazil side. They are a far cry from previous Selecao teams, who would never resort to hit-and-hope tactics when winning or losing.
  • No Neymar, no attack. If they win, they'll have to do it ugly.

GERMANY:

No. of goals so far: 10

Shots on target during group stage: 24

Shots on target during last two games: 28

Scorers: Thomas Mueller - 4; Mats Hummels - 2; four others on 1.

The negatives:

  • The ruthlessness displayed in their opening 4-0 drubbing of Portugal has not been replicated since. The Germans have scored just twice in the last three games, within 90 minutes.
  • Their second top scorer is a defender, Hummels - enough said.

HOLLAND:

No. of goals so far: 12

Shots on target during group stage: 33

Shots on target during last two games: 23

Scorers: Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben - both 3; Memphis Depay - 2; four others on 1.

The negatives:

  • Scored 10 of their 12 goals during the group stage, but have since struggled.
  • Played out arguably the worst game of the World Cup against Costa Rica, where Holland lined-up in a conservative 3-4-2-1.

ARGENTINA:

No. of goals so far: 8

Shots on target during group stage: 27

Shots on target during last two games: 29

Scorers: Lionel Messi - 4; three others on 1; own goal - 1

The negatives:

  • Have won all their five games by just a one-goal margin.
  • Without Messi and his goals, the team would not have even progressed past the group stage.
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