James Rodriguez is at 6 goals and 2 assists, and is therefore favored to win the Golden Boot despite being already eliminated from the tournament. His closest followers have 4 goals, less assists and more minutes played, which means Rodriguez might just keep his advantage and win the Golden Boot.
The tie-breaker rules in case two or more players have the same number of goals are as follows - the number of assists is the next criterion, and if there's still a tie than the player who spent less minutes on the pitch wins the Golden Boot.
If he wins, James Rodriguez will be one of the youngest Golden Boot winners as he's only 22, and will also be one of the very few non-European Golden Boot winners. He managed to score six goals with only eight shots on target.
Thomas Muller scored 4 goals and made 2 assists so far, which means he either has to score three more goals or two goals and one assist to win the Golden Boot. If he wins, he'll be the first player to win two consecutive Golden Boot awards. Muller will play two more matches in this tournament and could stand a good chance if Germany end up in the bronze medal match, as those matches are very open.
Lionel Messi wasn't credited with an assist to Angel Di Maria against Belgium so he has 0 assists, and he scored 4 goals. He needs three more goals in two matches to win the Golden Boot.
Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, both at three goals and no assists, have an outside chance to win the Golden Boot if one of them does something amazing in the remaining two matches. Four goals are needed.
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Netherlands had to work hard for the victory in the quarter-finals against Costa Rica and eventually getting it, deservedly, in the penalty shootout which they've won 4-3. Costa Rica have played deep defence throughout the match and only had 36% possession and three shots on goal. The Costa Rican goalkeeper Kaylor Navas made 14 saves but this time around he failed to make a single save in the penalty shootout, which decided this match. Louis van Gaal replaced Cilessen with Tim Krul for the shootout and the Newcastle goalkeeper saved two spot kicks, winning the match for Netherlands.
Costa Rica haven't played an inspired game like in their previous four matches and opted for deep defence instead, rarely leaving their own area. The Dutch were attacking but couldn't break through, and even when they did the amazing goalkeeper Kaylor Navas would deny them. The Dutch had several promising opportunities throughout the match and some of them looked like goals but still Costa Rica and Navas managed to keep a clean sheet. Netherlands had the possession advantage but most of their 64% time on the ball was spent on the defenders passing the ball among themselves as there was no opening up front.
The Costa Rican chances were few and far in between as they rarely even managed to reach the penalty box. They were dangerous when they did, but Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz and the others didn't look so inspired this time around and it's possible Los Ticos were already exhausted by the demands of this tournament.
Same goes for Kaylor Navas, at least when it comes to saving penalty kicks, as he failed to make a save and allowed the Dutch to score four times. Since his counterpart Tim Krul saved two, Costa Rica are going home. The Dutch didn't even have to make their 5th shot as Krul saved Urena's attempt in the final series.
Argentina advance to the semifinals where they'll face Netherlands after they won 1-0 against Belgium in the quarter-finals. The only goal was scored by Gonzalo Higuain in the 8th minute. Until the end of the match there has only been a handful of shots on goal by both sides and Belgium have failed to score for the first time in this tournament and are going home. This is the first time Argentina advance to the semifinals for 24 years.
Argentina may not be spectacular on the pitch but they grinded out this victory the way it's supposed to be done, with a clever defensive display and a good midfield performance. Lionel Messi was the best player on the pitch but the others did their part as well, and it was enough to keep Belgium at bay. Apart from the goal scored in the 8th minute, Argentina had only one more good chance in this match when Messi was denied by Courtois in injury time. Argentina lost Angel Di Maria to a thigh injury and it's likely he won't play in this World Cup again. But even without him, Argentina were the better opponent and didn't allow Belgium to have much hopes of equalizing.
Belgium played their usual defensive game for almost the entire match, only opening up near the end, but the Belgians have failed to create a dangerous situation and this is the first time they haven't scored a goal in this tournament. Nothing worked for the Belgians, and their four shots on target have been too little to have any hopes of knocking out Argentina. The Gauchos seem to have beaten Belgium with their own weapon, a defensive display which doesn't allow the opponent to play football, and they had the advantage of scoring early so they only had to routinely win this match and they did.