World Cup Semi-Finals Preview: Predicting the Winners

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The 2014 World Cup has been one of the more exciting tournaments in recent memory. We had a number of players make a statement of their individual talent — think James Rodriguez and Joel Campbell — and a few teams go above and beyond expectations, like Costa Rica and Algeria.

Unfortunately, there are only four teams left, and that means the tournament is almost over. The match-ups in the semifinals are a signal that the upsets and surprises are over. Germany will go up against Brazil in the first game, and Argentina will try to stop the somewhat unexpected run of the Netherlands in the other semifinal. Let’s break down how each team got here and predict which two countries will make it to the final.

Brazil vs. Germany

Neither team has been too impressive in getting to the semifinals, but the world of sport is a results-based business. Brazil has probably been the least impressive in getting to this point. Brazil beat Chile on penalties after extra time and took advantage of two big-time set piece miscues against Colombia in a narrow 2-1 win. None of Brazil’s goals in the knockout phase have come from open play.