World Cup 2014 Quarterfinals: France/Germany, Brazil/Colombia - game times, tv info, odds, preview

James Rodriguez leads everyone's darlings against the host Brazilians. - Clive Rose

Two whole days without soccer. How did we survive? Today, two titanic matches await. And happy Fourth of July to you, too!

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Friday's Schedule

MATCH TIME (CT) NETWORK ROUND TEAMS / SITE REFEREE ANNOUNCERS ODDS
58 11:00am ESPN2 QF France vs Germany
Estádio do Maracanã
Rio de Janeiro
Néstor Pitana
(ARG)
Jon Champion
Stewart Robson
Germany 3:2
France 2:1
Draw 9:4
57 3:00pm ESPN QF Brazil vs Colombia
Estádio Castelão
Fortaleza
Carlos Carballo
(ESP)
Ian Darke
Steve McManaman
Brazil 3:4
Draw 13:5
Colombia 7:2

Game 58: France-Germany

Surprisingly, this is only the 25th meeting between the two nations. France has won 11 to Germany's 8, with 6 draws. Mamadou Sakho may still be sidelined, which would throw Laurent Koscielny back into the fray, and Antoine Griezmann may replace Olivier Giroud, but otherwise France will probably stick with the same lineup they've been rolling with. Shkrodan Mustafi is out for Germany, but both Mats Hummel and Lukas Podolski should return from their ailments. André Schürrle (who scored as a sub against Algeria) may get the start over Mario Götze (who's been in poor form). On paper, this is the spotlight match of the quarterfinals, and it's really a toss-up. Jack Sargeant has SB Nation's match preview.

Game 57: Brazil-Colombia

Brazil and Colombia have also played 25 times, but the series is far more lopsided. Colombia has only won twice, while Brazil's captured 15 wins and 8 draws. La Seleção replaced Paulinho with Fernandinho against Chile; they'll both likely play today as Luiz Gustavo is suspended. Colombia has no injuries and no suspensions, and will almost certainly run the same eleven today. This match could be a hoot, with Neymar going up against James Rodriguez. It could also provide the quarterfinals' only upset; do not be surprised to see the hosts struggle this afternoon. Again, Jack Sargeant provides the match preview for SB Nation.

Two can't-miss matches swing us back into action this fine holiday afternoon. If you're not busy doing holiday things, be sure to join the rest of us who can't tear ourselves away from the action.

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