After France's timid showing against Germany and Brazil's strong-arm (and leg) display against Colombia yesterday, hopes were high that the football would be the star. In truth we got more of the same, but that didn't stop us from trawling the net during the games to find some of the quirkier, more interesting things that people amucsed themselves with.

First up, all eyes were Argentina and Belgium in the third quarter-final of the competition. Both sets of fans were understandably up for it, but few looked as excited as the official player mascots, who looked like they'd just met Santa Claus when they clapped eyes on a certain South American number 10...


The game needed an early goal to sting things into life, and that's exactly what it got, thanks to Gonzalo Higuain's stunning first-time effort - a goal that sent the Argentinean faithful barmy, but left goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looking like the loneliest man in the world as he picked the ball out of the net.


Predictably, all eyes were on Lionel Messi, but one of the players tasked with shutting him down appeared to be somewhat off the pace, as Robbie Savage noted in his radio commentary.

"I have no idea why Fellaini's in the team. He's everywhere the ball has just been." - Robbie Savage on BBC Radio Five Live.

One player who seems to have been transformed during this tournament is Argentinean centre half Martin Demichelis.

The less-than-pacy Manchester City defender is now sporting a more streamlined look, thanks to a visit to the barbers before this tournament.


The game, like yesterday's two quarter-finals, was a tense affair, with chances at a premium. Clearly the strain of the game was taking its toll on Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella, who nearly came a cropper after seeing a chance go begging.

And, such is the brilliance of Twitter, it didn't take long for this picture response to appear later in the evening...


Getting shirty

Elsewhere, the World Cup takes star billing in other sporting events, too. French 800m runner Pierre-Ambroise Bosse opted to ditch his usual athletics attire in favour of competing in the full French World Cup kit. Presumably nobody told him the French meekly limped out of the tournament last night...


Baker and Kelly's half-time entertainment...

Between the two games, the only place to be was right here with BT Sport as the two Dannys - AKA Baker and Kelly - were on hand to bring you their daily dose of World Cup jolliness and japery. Danny Baker had earlier asked the Twittersphere to tweet in with their "least heard phrases at this World Cup". There were some cracking - and rather accurate - responses.


Krul intentions from Van Gaal help send the Dutch through

Our late game saw the Dutch take on the plucky - and rather useful - Costa Ricans in the fourth quarter-final match. Pop star and fair-weather football fan Rihanna - the Twitter gift who keeps on giving during this tournament - tweeted her support mid-way through the first half.


The big story of the game, of course, was Louis Van Gaal's decision to bring on big Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul at the end of extra time for the penalty shoot-out. Such is the Dutch gaffer's Midas touch at the moment, Krul promptly saved two of Costa Rica's five spot-kicks to send the boys in orange through to the semi-finals, where they'll face Argentina. The last time they met in the World Cup, it was a cracker, and decided by one of the World Cup's greatest goals of all-time...


And to 'cap' it off for today...

To finish off, here's one of the pictures of the summer so far. Take a bow, Alan "Rude Boy" Shearer...