Something has to give on Saturday when Argentina meets Belgium with a spot in the World Cup semifinals on the line. Each team brings a flawless record into the matchup, with both needing extra time in the round of 16 to advance. Argentina took a 1-0 decision over Switzerland, while Belgium defeated the United States, 2-1. The Belgiums have not reached the final eight since 1986. Argentina, meanwhile, has made it to this stage of the competition in four of its last five World Cup appearances. In the other quarterfinal, the Netherlands will square off against underdog Costa Rica. The Dutch attempt to reach back-to-back World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1974 and 1978. Costa Rica will look to continue its Cinderella run with another upset win. The Ticos made it past the likes of England and Italy in Group D before defeating Greece on penalty kicks to reach Saturday's pivotal matchup.
Brazil may have advanced to the semifinals of the World Cup on Friday, but the team's hopes still took a hit as star forward Neymar was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a broken vertebra. The 22-year-old sustained the injury in the 88th minute of Brazil's 2-1 quarterfinal win when Colombia's Juan Zuniga jumped to challenge for a header and struck Neymar in the back with his knee. Neymar had to be stretchered off the field and was replaced by Henrique for the final few minutes as Brazil hung on to its lead to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2002. Brazil will face Germany on Tuesday in the last four, but the Selecao will be without their leading scorer, Neymar, who has netted four goals in five games and assisted on the team's opening goal on Friday, while captain Thiago Silva will also miss out on Tuesday's match through suspension.