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World Cup live blog: July 4

The quarterfinals begin with France vs. Germany at noon Eastern time, followed by Brazil vs. Colombia at 4 p.m.

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Previewing Friday's matchups

Before we get started with the quarterfinals, click for a quick set of capsules and links on what to expect.

David Larimer
July 4, 11:29 am
  • David Larimer July 4, 11:29 am

Lineups for France vs. Germany

David Larimer
July 4, 11:36 am
  • David Larimer July 4, 11:36 am

Who are you rooting for in the World Cup?

(Themba Hadebe/Associated Press)

(Themba Hadebe/Associated Press)

Yes, the U.S. is out, but there’s still plenty of reason to cheer for the remaining teams.

Whether you’re like columnist Sally Jenkins, who can’t get enough of Colombia’s dancing ways, or are a fan of the French players’ hair, here’s a complete guide of which team to adopt.

“I believe that {insert country here} will win because, hey, even though the U.S. is out, I still have World Cup fever and want to cheer for something!”

Kelyn Soong
July 4, 11:43 am
  • Kelyn Soong July 4, 11:43 am

Les Bleus are back in town

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

The Post’s Rick Maese previewed Friday’s early quarterfinal with a look a the French national team, which has rebounded rapidly under Coach Didier Deschamps in an effort to erase the memory of its recent meltdowns in major tournaments.

David Larimer
July 4, 11:45 am
  • David Larimer July 4, 11:45 am

Steve Goff's 50 random thoughts from the World Cup

(Steve Goff/The Washington Post)

(Steve Goff/The Washington Post)

The World Cup’s two-day break finally gave Soccer Insider’s Steve Goff some time off.

Check out his list of observations from his experience in Brazil so far.

Highlights include:

2. Sao Paulo is diverse: I ate Tex-Mex (several times) in a Jewish neighborhood across the street from a pastry shop called Barcelona, an American burger joint and two sushi bars.

29. Some taxi stands include lock boxes containing small TVs for idle drivers to watch matches.

32. All sunrises are wonderful; a sunrise at 30,000 feet soaring over the Amazon is the final vision before arriving in heaven.

40. Tim Howard could save the rain forest.

48. I miss RFK Stadium.

Kelyn Soong
July 4, 11:52 am
  • Kelyn Soong July 4, 11:52 am

World Cup quarterfinals revive old border wars

(Guido Bergmann/German Federal Press Office)

(Guido Bergmann/German Federal Press Office)

From the Post’s Ishaan Tharoor:

The match-up between France and Germany…drips with much more obvious geopolitical juice. While the Franks are technically Germans, the two nations have a long history of enmity. When it appeared clear that the two countries would be facing each other in the quarterfinals, Twitter exploded with World War I and World War II puns. Battles for Alsace and Lorraine, it seemed, shadow Rio’s Maracana stadium.

For a time, there was no love lost between the two national teams. The most notorious encounter came in the 1982 World Cup, when West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher brutally jump-kicked French defender Patrick Battiston, who left the field on a stretcher with broken ribs, damaged vertebrae and eventually went into a coma. Legendary French playmaker Michel Platini said he thought Battiston was dead (he would recover). The collision went unpunished, but lived on in infamy.

Nowadays, though, France and Germany are united by a lot more than what divides them. The two countries are the main engines driving the European Union; their political leaderships largely see eye to eye on the future of a more integrated continent, a dream that first emerged out of the ashes of brutal Franco-German conflicts.

Game on!

Kelyn Soong
July 4, 11:57 am
  • Kelyn Soong July 4, 11:57 am

Germany or France - who will win?

It’s the battle of the European heavyweights. Who do you think will win?

Kelyn Soong
July 4, 12:01 pm
  • Kelyn Soong July 4, 12:01 pm

They're ready to go in Rio

(Rick Maese/The Washington Post)

(Rick Maese/The Washington Post)

The famed Maracana stadium looks particularly beautiful as France and Germany kick off.

David Larimer
July 4, 12:04 pm
  • David Larimer July 4, 12:04 pm

Live stats for Germany vs. France

Follow along here for live stats during the Germany vs. France match.

And be sure to follow Rick Maese on Twitter, who wishes everyone a happy Fourth of July from Brazil.

 

Kelyn Soong
July 4, 12:06 pm
  • Kelyn Soong July 4, 12:06 pm

Germany controlling possession so far

It’s still early, but the Germans are in full control so far nine minutes into the match.

Team Stats
France Germany
0 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
1 Shots 1
0 Shots on Goal 1
0 Saves 0
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
2 Crosses 1
0 Corner Kicks 0
0 Offside 0
1 Fouls Committed 0
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
34% Ball Possession 66%
Kelyn Soong
July 4, 12:12 pm
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