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World Cup: The top 10 matches

Published 1024 GMT (1824 HKT) July 15, 2014
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Brazil's stand-in captain David Luiz was left in tears after his side was thrashed 7-1 in the semifinal by Germany. Brazil, hoping to win the tournament for a sixth time, trailed 5-0 at halftime. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said it was the worst day of his life. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
It was the goal which sparked the World Cup into life. Robin van Persie's flying header helped the Netherlands to come from behind and thrash defending champion Spain 5-1. LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Tim Cahill's sensational volley against the Netherlands was one of the goals of the tournament. The Socceroos led 2-1 before the Dutch hit back to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory. Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images
James Rodriguez was the star of the World Cup but not even his superhero efforts could propel Colombia past Brazil and into the semifinals. Rodriguez netted a penalty -- his sixth goal of the tournament -- to reduce the deficit to 2-1 but was unable to muster an equalizer. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Tim Howard established himself as a U.S. hero with his performance in the 2-1 defeat by Belgium. Team USA produced a fine display to come from 2-0 down and almost take the game to penalties. Howard made a record 16 saves as the U.S bowed out at the round of 16. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Julio Cesar was the hero for Brazil in its round of 16 game with Chile as he saved two penalties in the shootout, with the sides finishing level at 1-1 after 120 minutes. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
The U.S won its opening match against Ghana following a titanic tussle against the team which ended its dream in 2010. Clint Dempsey's early strike was canceled out by Andre Ayew's 82nd-minute equalizer. But with four minutes remaining, substitute John Brooks headed home the winning goal. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Costa Rica's 3-1 win over Uruguay was one of the tournament's biggest shocks. The minnow, given no chance of qualifying from its group, trounced a team which had finished fourth in 2010. Led by Bryan Ruiz, "Los Ticos" reached the quarterfinals before losing on penalties against the Netherlands. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Lionel Messi scored twice during Argentina's 3-2 victory over Nigeria. The Barcelona forward was in unstoppable form but Nigeria refused to yield with Ahmed Musa hitting a double of his own. The five-goal thriller ended with both teams progressing into the last 16. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Asamoah Gyan of Ghana scores his team's second goal past Manuel Neuer, but Germany battled back to earn a 2-2 draw. Jamie McDonald/Getty Images