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World Cup 2014 - Quarterfinals Day 1 Preview & GameThread

Join us as the World Cup quarterfinals get underway with first Germany taking on France, and then hosts Brazil playing Colombia

Clive Rose

Quarter Finals - Day 1

France vs Germany

Where - Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

When - 12:00pm EST / 5:00pm BST

TV Info - Live Soccer TV

Three-time winners Germany survived a scare against Algeria, requiring extra time to seal their spot in the quarters for an unprecendented twelfth straight World Cup. France on the other hand have cruised so far in the competition, with Nigeria their only real challenge so far.

This all-European clash has seen some bad-tempered games in the past, notably the last clash in 1986 when Frenchman Patrick Battiston was demolished cynically by German keeper Harald Schumacher. In 25 previous match-ups, the French have won 11 to the German's 8 wins, with six draws.

France (Possible, 4-2-1-3): Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Matuidi, Cabaye; Pogba; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezman.

Germany (Possible, 4-3-3): Neuer; Hummels, Boateng, Mertesacker, Howedes; Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos; Özil, Müller, Götze.

Brazil vs Colombia

Where - Arena Castelão, Fortaleza

When - 4:00pm EST / 9:00pm BST

TV Info - Live Soccer TV

Hosts Brazil will have the crowd roaring them on as they take on Colombia who have been simply spectacular at times this tournament. The Selecao have not necessarily been convincing at times, and have relied heavily on Neymar and goalie Julio Cesar to get this far. Los Cafeteros on the other hand have been the epitome of exciting, open football and while they are suspect in defence, the forward line supported by James Rodriguez has sparkled and is capable of embarrassing the home team.

Brazil (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cesar; Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo; Fernandinho, Gustavo; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.

Colombia (Possible, 4-4-2): Ospina; Zúñiga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero; Cuadrado, Aguilar, Sanchez, Rodríguez; Gutiérrez, Martínez.