Photos: World Cup Quarter/Semifinals Review

  • Joan Capdevila of Spain celebrates as teammate Carles Puyol scores the opening goal past Manuel Neuer of Germany during the semifinal match between Germany and Spain.
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    Joan Capdevila of Spain celebrates as teammate Carles Puyol scores the opening goal past Manuel Neuer of Germany during the semifinal match between Germany and Spain.
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  • Members of the team from Spain celebrate the opening goal scored by Carles Puyol. Spain beat Germany 1-0.
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    Members of the team from Spain celebrate the opening goal scored by Carles Puyol. Spain beat Germany 1-0.
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  • Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera is beaten by Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder (not shown) during their semifinal match.
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    Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera is beaten by Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder (not shown) during their semifinal match.
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  • Members of the Uruguay and Netherlands teams, including Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen (center left) and Uruguay's Diego Godin (center right), scuffle at the end of the match.
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    Members of the Uruguay and Netherlands teams, including Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen (center left) and Uruguay's Diego Godin (center right), scuffle at the end of the match.
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  • Netherlands supporters celebrate their team's 3-2 win over Uruguay to advance to the finals.
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    Netherlands supporters celebrate their team's 3-2 win over Uruguay to advance to the finals.
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  • Midfielder Wesley Sneijder (center) scores the Netherlands' second goal during the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Brazil.
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    Midfielder Wesley Sneijder (center) scores the Netherlands' second goal during the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Brazil.
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  • Brazil supporters react as a Netherlands fan celebrates following the quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Brazil. Netherlands defeated Brazil 2-1.
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    Brazil supporters react as a Netherlands fan celebrates following the quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Brazil. Netherlands defeated Brazil 2-1.
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  • Uruguay's striker Luis Suarez (center) stops the ball with his hands, leading to a red card and a penalty kick for Ghana during quarterfinal action between Uruguay and Ghana.
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    Uruguay's striker Luis Suarez (center) stops the ball with his hands, leading to a red card and a penalty kick for Ghana during quarterfinal action between Uruguay and Ghana.
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  • Players for Uruguay (left) and Ghana line up during the penalty shootout. Uruguay reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1970 after beating Ghana 4-2 on penalty shots.
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    Players for Uruguay (left) and Ghana line up during the penalty shootout. Uruguay reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1970 after beating Ghana 4-2 on penalty shots.
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  • Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah fails to score on a shootout against Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
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    Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah fails to score on a shootout against Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
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  • Germany's striker Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the quarterfinal match against Argentina.
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    Germany's striker Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the quarterfinal match against Argentina.
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  • Argentina's defender Nicolas Burdisso (right) reacts with defeat after Germany scored its fourth goal.
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    Argentina's defender Nicolas Burdisso (right) reacts with defeat after Germany scored its fourth goal.
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  • Spain's striker David Villa (fifth from right) scores a goal during the quarterfinal match with Paraguay.
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    Spain's striker David Villa (fifth from right) scores a goal during the quarterfinal match with Paraguay.
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  • Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo is comforted by goalkeeper Justo Villar (right) following their 1-0 loss to Spain.
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    Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo is comforted by goalkeeper Justo Villar (right) following their 1-0 loss to Spain.
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Last week's quarter finals up to the two recent semifinal matches have been an action-packed, drama-filled theater. We’ve witnessed shocking upsets (Netherlands vs. Brazil), immense grief and disappointment (Uruguay vs. Ghana), utter defeat (Argentina vs. Germany), and the thrill of victory (Paraguay vs. Spain). In all these matches, teams ramped up their game like sprinters down the final stretch, providing spectators with some of the best World Cup action to date. This gallery looks back at those key moments of the quarter- and semifinals etched forever into the memories of both winners and losers.

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