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With just four teams left, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been nothing short of breathtaking, featuring close match after close match and a number of top contenders pushed to the brink. And let's not forget the goals, of which there have been plenty of stunners. We've compiled the 12 best of the tournament so far. Which is your No. 1?

More: Pick 'Em: Who will win in semifinals? | Rank 'Em: Final four teams

Best Goals of World Cup

Tim Cahill

For Australia, vs. Netherlands

Giovani dos Santos

For Mexico, vs. Netherlands

Gonzalo Higuain

For Argentina, vs. Belgium

Jermaine Jones

For United States, vs. Portugal

David Luiz

For Brazil, vs. Chile

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Iran

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Nigeria

James Rodriguez

For Colombia, vs. Uruguay

Xherdan Shaqiri

For Switzerland, vs. Honduras

Wesley Sneijder

For Netherlands, vs. Mexico

Robin van Persie

For Netherlands, vs. Spain

David Villa

For Spain, vs. Australia

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Twenty-eight of the 32 World Cup teams are gone. Remaining: four of the most storied nations in the history of the competition. Is host Brazil the best, even with Neymar out with an injury? If not, who is your No. 1? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

More: Who will win each semifinal?

Rank: 2014 World Cup Round-of-16 Teams

Argentina

Argentina

Pictured: Lionel Messi

Brazil

Brazil

Pictured: David Luiz

Germany

Germany

Pictured: Mats Hummels

Netherlands

Netherlands

Pictured: Wesley Sneijder

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A few pretournament darlings were bounced from the group stage at the 2014 World Cup. But in the round of 16, despite some games to remember, all the favorites advanced. How do you rate the teams that advanced to the quarterfinals?

More: Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals | Rank 'Em: Best goals so far? | Soccer in U.S.?

Rank: 2014 World Cup Round-of-16 Teams

Argentina

Argentina

Pictured: Lionel Messi

Belgium

Belgium

Pictured: Marouane Fellaini

Brazil

Brazil

Pictured: Neymar

Colombia

Colombia

Pictured: James Rodriguez

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Pictured: Joel Campbell

France

France

Pictured: Olivier Giroud and Mamadou Sakho

Germany

Germany

Pictured: Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil

Netherlands

Netherlands

Pictured: Wesley Sneijder

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been nothing short of breathtaking, featuring close match after close match and a number of top contenders pushed to the brink. And let's not forget the goals, of which there have been plenty of stunners. We've compiled the 10 best of the tournament so far. Which is your No. 1?

More: Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals | Rank 'Em: Final 8 teams | Soccer in U.S.?

Best Goals of World Cup

Tim Cahill

For Australia, vs. Netherlands

Giovani dos Santos

For Mexico, vs. Netherlands

Jermaine Jones

For United States, vs. Portugal

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Iran

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Nigeria

James Rodriguez

For Colombia, vs. Uruguay

Xherdan Shaqiri

For Switzerland, vs. Honduras

Wesley Sneijder

For Netherlands, vs. Mexico

Robin van Persie

For Netherlands, vs. Spain

David Villa

For Spain, vs. Australia

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The United States has made it through to the knockout stage in consecutive World Cups for the first time. This is a new bullet point on our soccer world power résumé, but will it also serve as inspiration against a tough Belgium squad? How does the rest of the field stack up? Click the images below to rank each team.

More: Pick each Round-of-16 matchup | Best Group Stage player?

Rank: 2014 World Cup Round-of-16 Teams

Algeria

Algeria

Pictured: Islam Slimani

Argentina

Argentina

Pictured: Lionel Messi

Belgium

Belgium

Pictured: Marouane Fellaini

Brazil

Brazil

Pictured: Neymar

Chile

Chile

Pictured: Arturo Vidal

Colombia

Colombia

Pictured: James Rodriguez

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Pictured: Bryan Ruiz

France

France

Pictured: Lucas Digne

Germany

Germany

Pictured: Thomas Muller

Greece

Greece

Pictured: Georgios Samaras

Mexico

Mexico

Pictured: Guillermo Ochoa

Netherlands

Netherlands

Pictured: Arjen Robben

Nigeria

Nigeria

Pictured: Ahmed Musa

Switzerland

Switzerland

Pictured: Ricardo Rodriguez

United States

United States

Pictured: Clint Dempsey

Uruguay

Uruguay

Pictured: Edinson Cavani

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