The 2014 World Cup, Part II

Now that the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals have been decided, only two matches remain, with the Final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup - between Germany and Argentina - taking place on Sunday. Host nation Brazil suffered a stinging defeat on July 8, as Germany moved on to the Final with a score of 7-1. Gathered here are images from the last group of games, and some of the fans riding the emotional rollercoaster of cheering for their teams as they battled in Brazil, anticipating this weekend's final two matches.
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1. An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 8, 2014.




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2. Men work on repairs on the Christ the Redeemer statue with the Maracana stadium in the background, in Rio de Janeiro on June 27, 2014.




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3. Uruguay fans hold up and wear Luis Suarez masks ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.




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4. A woman from Brazil and a man from Argentina dance samba at the World Cup Fan Fest 2014, on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, on July 9, 2014. The flood of foreign football fans, the vast majority of them men, has been a boon for the single ladies of Brazil, where a demographic imbalance means women outnumber men by more than 4 million nationally.




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5. Colombia's Victor Ibarbo clears the ball next to Brazil's Maicon's head during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 4, 2014.




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6. A soccer fan with his face painted to represent Brazil's national flag, waits to enter the Arena Castelao, for the World Cup quarterfinal match between Brazil and Colombia in Fortaleza on July 4, 2014.




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7. Mats Hummels of Germany scores his team's first goal past Hugo Lloris of France during the Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.




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8. France team fans wave flags as they gather to watch the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals soccer match between France and Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, on a giant screen outside the city hall in Paris, on July 4, 2014.




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9. Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal on June 24, 2014.




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10. A Brazil supporter wearing a watermelon mask cheers prior to the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on July 4, 2014.




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11. Rio de Janeiro, seen from the site of the Christ the Redeemer statue, on July 3, 2014.




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12. USA goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save as Belgium's Vincent Kompany, right, looks on during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, on July 1, 2014.




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13. Fans gather at Chicago's Soldier Field to watch USA take on Belgium in a World Cup match being played at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014. Organizers said 28,000 people were in attendance at Soldier Field.




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14. A combination of pictures shows a giant insect flying toward, and landing on Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez, after he scored from the penalty spot -- and then later on a photographer's seat, during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on July 4, 2014.




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15. A Chile soccer fan cries after his team was defeated by Brazil in a World Cup round of 16 match, as he watches the game on TV in Santiago, Chile, on June 28, 2014. Chile lost the match to Brazil 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1.




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16. Brazil's Fred celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Brasilia national stadium on June 23, 2014.




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17. Brazil fans cheer during the Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza.




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18. Brazil's David Luiz celebrates after scoring a goal against Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza on July 4, 2014.




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19. Neymar of Brazil is knocked over by Juan Camilo Zuniga of Colombia during the Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. This tackle resulted in a serious back injury to Neymar and ended the player's World Cup.




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20. Colombia's Argentinian coach Jose Pekerman hugs Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez after the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on July 4, 2014.




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21. Brazil's Neymar, inside a medical helicopter at the Granja Comary training center, on July 05, 2014 in Teresopolis, Brazil. Neymar will be treated at home for his back injury. Neymar, the biggest football star in Brazil, was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after fracturing his third vertebra during Friday's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia.




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22. The skyline of Recife at sunset on June 22, 2014.




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23. Argentina's Sergio Romero heads the ball during a team training session at the national stadium in Brasilia on July 4, 2014, one day before their 2014 World Cup quarter-final soccer match against Belgium.




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24. Argentina fans kiss while celebrating their victory over Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Copacabana Beach on July 5, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.




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25. A boy wears a Neymar jersey as he flies a kite from a rooftop in the Cantagalo favela at the start of the Brazil-Colombia match on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.




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26. Argentina's Javier Mascherano celebrates at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match against Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, on July 5, 2014. Argentina won 1-0.




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27. A young Chilean fan looks out onto the pitch before the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on June 23, 2014.




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28. Germany fans cheer as Germany scores the first goal during the 2014 semifinal football match between Germany and Brazil during a public viewing at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on July 8, 2014.




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29. Germany's Andre Schuerrle celebrates after scoring his side's sixth goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, on July 8, 2014.




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30. A Brazil soccer fan cries as Germany scores again, against her team at a semifinal World Cup match as she watches the game on a live telecast in Belo Horizonte, on July 8, 2014.




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31. Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reacts during his team's poor performance in the 2014 World Cup semifinals against Germany at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014.




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32. Brazil's Fernandinho reacts after Germany's Toni Kroos after another goal during the semifinal match between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014.




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33. A fan wearing a Neymar mask sits in an empty stand after a crushing 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 semifinals in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014.




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34. A Brazil fan and young Germany fan kiss a replica of the World Cup trophy after Germany's 7-1 win in the semifinal match at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014.




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35. Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero celebrates after saving the ball for the second time during a penalty shoot-out at their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against the Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.




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36. Argentina fans cheer on Copacabana Beach during their dramatic shootout in their match against the Netherlands in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 9, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.




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37. Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reacts after being scored on by Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez during a penalty shootout after extra time during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie to advance to the finals.




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38. Argentina's Lionel Messi, after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie to advance to the finals at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.




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39. A lone Netherlands fan stands in disappointment after Netherlands lost the World Cup soccer semifinal match against Argentina, in the center of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on July 9, 2014.