Previous
Juventus
Malmo FF
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Olympiakos
Atletico Madrid
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Liverpool
Ludogorets Razgrad
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
FC Basel
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Benfica
Zenit St Petersburg
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Galatasaray
Anderlecht
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Leeds United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Blackpool
Watford
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Brentford
Norwich City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cardiff City
Middlesbrough
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Charlton Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Huddersfield Town
Wigan Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Ipswich Town
Brighton & Hove Albion
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bolton Wanderers
Rotherham United
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Reading
Millwall
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colchester United
Sheffield United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Doncaster Rovers
Crawley Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Gillingham
Peterborough United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Milton Keynes Dons
Bradford City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Port Vale
Bristol City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Chesterfield
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Rochdale
Walsall
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Coventry City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Swindon Town
Oldham Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Crewe Alexandra
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Burton Albion
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bury
Stevenage
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Exeter City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Southend United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Mansfield Town
Morecambe
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Northampton Town
Hartlepool United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Oxford United
Accrington Stanley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Wycombe Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Portsmouth
Dagenham & Redbridge
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Shrewsbury Town
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Newport County
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
York City
Luton Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Aldershot Town
Braintree Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
AFC Telford United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bristol Rovers
Nuneaton Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Chester City
Southport
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dartford
Dover
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Eastleigh
Forest Green Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Halifax
Grimsby Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Altrincham
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Macclesfield Town
Gateshead
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Torquay United
Woking
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Welling
Lincoln City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Barnet
Wrexham
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rangers
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Waterhouse
DC United
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cruz Azul
Chorrillo FC
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Portland Timbers
Olimpia
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Gimnasia La Plata
10:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Cerro Porteño
10:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Caracas F.C.
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Deportivo Cali
12:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Guadalajara
Tijuana
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Atlante
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Morelia
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Necaxa
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Zacatepec
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Dorados de Sinaloa
Mineros de Zacatecas
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Monterrey
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Toluca
UNAM
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
América Mineiro
Bragantino
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Avaí
Sampaio Correa-MA
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Goianiense
América RN
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Náutico
Joinville
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Paraná Clube
Ceará
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Boa MG
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
ABC
AA Ponte Preta
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Icasa
Vila Nova-GO
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Luverdense
Santa Cruz FC
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Oeste
CR Vasco da Gama
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Al Hilal
Al-Ain
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Amazulu
Postp
Game Details
Kaizer Chiefs
Maritzburg Utd
Postp
Game Details
Next

Whoscored: Welbeck's chance to prove himself

Arsenal 4 days ago
Read

WhoScored: Five to watch in qualifiers

Tactics And Analysis Sep 4, 2014
Read

WhoScored: Is Di Maria enough for Man Utd?

Tactics And Analysis Aug 28, 2014
Read

WhoScored: Zabaleta-Sterling a key battle

Tactics And Analysis Aug 22, 2014
Read

WhoScored: Arsenal's midfield issue

Tactics And Analysis Aug 8, 2014
Read
 Posted by Michael Cox
Jul 6, 2014

Key matchups of the semifinals

ESPN FC's Robbie Earle explains why the World Cup quarterfinals lacked the wide-open play seen in the group stage.

After a goal fest in the group stages, things have quieted down in the knockout rounds with tighter games and fewer goals in open play. One moment can change everything, and one individual battle can decide a game. Before this week's semifinals, here are four key individual battles that could determine who contests the final on July 13.

Argentina vs. Holland (4 p.m. ET July 9, ESPN/WatchESPN)

Gonzalo Higuain vs. Ron Vlaar
After being extremely quiet throughout this tournament, Gonzalo Higuain definitely needed his winning goal against Belgium in the quarterfinal, and it was a brilliant, instinctive, first-time finish into the far corner. It was perfect timing with Sergio Aguero out injured, Angel Di Maria about to be ruled out of the tournament and Lionel Messi increasingly forced to shoulder a colossal responsibility. Higuain's goal was the mark of a top-class, ruthless finisher.

Gonzalo Higuain found his scoring form just in time for Argentina. Ron Vlaar must mark him closely in the semifinal.
Gonzalo Higuain found his scoring form just in time for Argentina. Ron Vlaar must mark him closely in the semifinal.

He was allowed a yard of space because Belgian defender Vincent Kompany had left him for just half a second, the type of small but crucial error Ron Vlaar cannot afford to make. Vlaar's approach throughout this tournament has been to stick extremely tightly to his opponents, even when they move into deep positions, thereby preventing them from turning and forcing them to play backward passes rather than charging toward goal.

Argentina have been a little underwhelming because they've played much slower than usual, and Higuain's pace behind the opposition defence has barely been obvious -- in stark contrast from his performances at Napoli this season, when his speed to reach through-balls surprised many. Therefore, Louis van Gaal has a decision to make about the positioning of his defensive line; they pushed up very high in the opening game against Spain, with great success, but since narrowly defeating Chile, they've played much deeper.

That would play into Vlaar's hands. He's not the quickest defender and could be surprised by Higuain's pace, but he is likely to man-mark him wherever the Argentine striker goes.

NetherlandsNetherlands
ArgentinaArgentina
(2) 0
(4) 0
FT-Pens
Match 62
Game Details

Martin Demichelis vs. Arjen Robben
Demichelis has been a late addition to the Argentina XI attempting to win the World Cup; he replaced Federico Fernandez for the quarterfinal against Belgium and seems set to retain his place following a good performance. The pace of Arjen Robben, however, is the trickiest test a centre-back can face in this competition.

Arjen Robben's acceleration and canny positioning will test Argentina to the fullest.
Arjen Robben's acceleration and canny positioning will test Argentina to the fullest.

Robben started wide right against Costa Rica but for various reasons will probably return to a more central role for this semifinal. Van Gaal will need extra midfield protection against Lionel Messi, which means a 3-4-1-2 or a 4-3-1-2 system rather than a 3-4-3. From his de facto centre-forward role, Robben has been at his best and drifted into both channels on the counterattack before attempting to roar past the opposition defence.

Demichelis recovered from a difficult start to his Manchester City career to become a Premier League winner, but he seems most vulnerable against quick players -- in particular, those boasting a tremendous turn of speed. That's precisely what Robben offers; it's easy to imagine Demichelis being lured into a cynical, uncompromising tackle to stop the Dutchman.

Demichelis can at least rely upon first-hand knowledge of Robben's traits -- they played together for 18 months at Bayern Munich. It's arguable that Robben has become even more effective in the three years since, however, and he only needs one counterattacking opportunity to put the game beyond Argentina.

Brazil vs. Germany (4 p.m. ET July 8, ESPN/WatchESPN)

Oscar vs. Bastian Schweinsteiger
In the absence of Neymar, who sadly was injured against Colombia and is out the rest of the World Cup -- his World Cup -- Luiz Felipe Scolari has various options, but they essentially follow two very separate routes. He can include another attacker, in attempts to find someone else who can provide Neymar's invention and trickery in the final third; alternatively, he can bring in another midfield scrapper and play an aggressive game.

Hopefully, it's the former; this would mean Oscar would be brought inside from a wide role to play as the No. 10, the position he played throughout Brazil's Confederations Cup victory this past year. Oscar prefers this role, and while Brazil can't compensate for Neymar's lack of individual quality, Oscar arguably makes Brazil more of a true team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger excelled versus France in a deep-lying midfield role. He'll need to do the same against Brazil.
Bastian Schweinsteiger excelled versus France in a deep-lying midfield role. He'll need to do the same against Brazil.

In that No. 10 role, he would likely be up against Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was used as Germany's deep-lying playmaker for the first time in this World Cup in the narrow 1-0 quarterfinal victory over France. He looked more comfortable than Philipp Lahm in that position and played some good forward passes into dangerous positions.

Schweinsteiger doesn't like being pressed in that deep role -- something Oscar can do excellently, particularly at the start of matches. If Brazil can play a high-energy game and get into the faces of the Germans from the outset, they can ensure the game is played at their tempo. More than anyone else, Oscar must step up and lead Brazil, but he might do that with his pressing rather than his creativity.

BrazilBrazil
GermanyGermany
1
7
FT
Match 61
Game Details

Thomas Muller vs. David Luiz
It remains to be seen where Muller will be deployed. He's generally played as the central striker throughout this tournament and consistently made runs into lateral positions. Against France, he started on the right flank but consistently drifted inside to support Miroslav Klose, thus becoming a second striker.

Either way, he'll be up against David Luiz. With centre-back colleague Thiago Silva suspended, Luiz is now Brazil's leader at the back. There have been plenty of concerns about his positioning and impetuousness at club level, but he's more solid, dependable, consistent and mature for his national side.

Thomas Muller and David Luiz are polar opposites and should enjoy quite an entertaining individual battle.
Thomas Muller and David Luiz are polar opposites and should enjoy quite an entertaining individual battle.

Muller and Luiz are opposites; Muller is the no-nonsense, understated but clinically efficient forward, while the Brazilian is flashy, extroverted and sometimes worrying when it comes to the basics of defending. Sometimes it can be difficult to work them out -- how does Muller provide so many decisive contributions, despite seeming invisible for long periods? Why doesn't Luiz get caught out more, despite his high-risk style of defending?

The second-to-last time the duo met, in the 2012 European Cup final, Muller scored by sneaking in behind at the far post to head Bayern into an 83rd-minute lead that surprisingly didn't last. Another strike could be crucial -- one goal could easily decide this game.

Brazil vs. Germany: Tuesday, 4 ET, 9 BST
(ESPN and WatchESPN)

- Marcotti: Titans collide in the semifinals
- Honigstein: Bierhoff's technological focus
- Torre: Scolari lightens the mood

- Brewin: Battered Brazil vs. vulnerable Germany
- Smith: Jogo bonito the exception, not the rule
- 50-50 Challenge: Brazil vs. Germany
- Duarte: Brazil move past star absences
- Cox: Brazil and Germany's role reversal

Michael Cox

Michael Cox is a freelance writer for ESPN.com. He is based in London and writes the Zonal Marking blog about football tactics. He also writes postmatch analysis for the Guardian and contributes regularly for FourFourTwo. You can follow him on Twitter @zonal_marking.