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50 HD Photos Of Brazil 2014's Biggest Moments

Revel in the nostalgia of possibly the greatest ever World Cup...

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Via SplashNewsOnline

Just when the Opening Ceremony couldn't get any more underwhelming, J-Lo and Pitbull join Brazilian star Claudia Leitte onstage for a song. It's strange having to get used to awful ceremonies after London 2012.

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Via Independent

Cameroon coach Volke Finke watches the first of three defeats for his side, in the pouring rain against Mexico. "Current mood: Cameroon coach" become an internet joke for a couple of hours.

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Via GetFootballNewsFrance

Karim Benzema scores the first World Cup goal to be decided by goal-line technology. Four years late for Frank Lampard and England, but France profit nicely, beating Honduras 3-0.

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Via BBC

Holders Spain tumble out the competition with a lacklustre defeat to Chile. This fella becomes a meme with a comforting iPad message of "Adios Spana" to Del Bosque and co.

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Via BBC

Luis Suarez, a major doubt before the World Cup, plays most of the England game, and scores twice to sink the Three Lions and ultimately knock them out. It was England's worst performance at a World Cup since 1958.

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Via Telegraph

Cristiano Ronaldo sports an intriguing new hairstyle before waltzing through the American defence. He can't break the US down though, as his Portugal side hold them to a 1-1 draw.

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Via ITV

David Villa scores a wonderful backheel for Spain before being substituted in his last international appearance. Despite a strong win against the Aussies, a dynasty is over.

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Via BBC

Frank Lampard plays what is likely to be his last game in an England shirt too, captaining a young England side to a goalless draw with Group D winners, Costa Rica.

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Via ESPN

Ivorian hearts are broken as Georgios Samaras scores a late penalty for Greece. The African side fail to qualify from their group for a third consecutive World Cup.

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Via Telegraph

Arjen Robben becomes the centre of a storm after it's claimed that he dived to win the Netherlands a last-minute penalty against Mexico. Mexico had been leading all game, but late goals from Sneijder and Huntelaar sent the Oranje through.

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Via Guardian

Manuel Neuer raises eyebrows with "sweeper keeper" tactics against Algeria; Germany are taken to extra time, where they eventually dispose of the last African side in the competition, 2-0.

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Via BBC

...it's not enough to keep America in the competition though, as Belgium win 2-1. Howard becomes a national hero though, even receiving a phone call from President Obama, who congratulates him for his performance.

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Via BBC

Louis van Gaal brings on Tim Krul for Jasper Cillessen in the last minute of extra time, and the reserve keep is the hero for the Dutch, who knock surprise package Costa Rica out.

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