Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: How Argentina’s final threat is dependent on six secret weapons

Argentina look to Lionel Messi but there are six other players just as important

Oscar is consoled by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari
Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul saves a penalty during the Netherlands' quarter-final shootout victory over Costa Rica

World Cup 2014 comment: Referees should stop Tim Krul like mind-games during penalties

The Netherlands keeper put his Costa Rican opponents off during the quarter-finals

Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (C) and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (R) celebrate after winning the quarter-final against France

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 preview: It is time for Germany's golden generation to turn promise into prizes

It's time to deliver for the likes of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger

Arjen Robben goes down theatrically after being fouled by Mexico’s Rafael Marquez, leading to the penalty that put Netherlands into the World Cup quarter-finals
Fernandinho challenges Freddy Guarin

Brazil vs Colombia comment World Cup 2014: Fernandinho shows Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tougher side

Brazil scrapped and kicked their way through to the semi-finals

Costa Rica’s captain Bryan Ruiz pounces against Greece

World Cup 2014: How Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz thrived on bigger stage

The greatest underdog story in a World Cup full of them will face its hardest test this evening when Costa Rica challenge the Netherlands in the fourth and last quarter-final. Before the tournament, it might have looked like a mismatch and yet Costa Rica have already taken the scalps of Italy and Uruguay and could certainly disrupt the Dutch.

Cameroon coach Volker Finke questioned the behaviour of his team after their loss to Croatia

World Cup 2014: Cameroon FA to look into claims of fixing by ‘bad apples’

The Cameroon football federation has launched an investigation into allegations that some of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup.

Joachim Löw’s team have played a much more attacking and assertive style in this World Cup

World Cup 2014: France could exploit Joachim Low’s risky strategy

Germany are in the Maracana on Friday afternoon, with a chance to reach their second straight World Cup semi-final, hoping that Didier Deschamps’ France side will not exploit their known weaknesses.

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