GERMANY 4 - ENGLAND 1
So-called pre-tournament favourites England, with its "golden generation", returned with their tails between their legs, trounced by its bitter traditional rivals Germany. The score may not reflect how close the match might have been had Frank Lampard's "Geoff Hurst 1966" goal been spotted by the officials. At 2-2, who know what would have happened next? A highly anticipated second half fizzled out as England collapsed. Gerrard and Co. sought for the equaliser but were felled by two superb counter-attack goals, both scored by the rising Thomas Muller. Germany were clearly superior in all areas and deserved to win. As for goal-line technology and video replays, its up to "Sap Bladder" and his ilk now. Rating: 4.5/5 (1st half), 3/5 (2nd half).
ARGENTINA 3 - MEXICO 1
A replay of the corresponding fixture from 2006, with almost the same outcome. Argentina did not need extra time this time around, with two goals from Tevez (the first offiside, and the second a scorcher) and Higuain, soon to be the Golden Boot. Irresistible Argentina look unstoppable now. Another penalty contest with Germany in the quarter-finals might just happen again. Lightning does sometimes strike twice. Rating: 3.5/5