The World Cup in Qatar resumed after a two-day pause with two dramatic Quarter Finals, that saw just one of the pre-tournament favourites in Brazil and Argentina progress to the  final four.

In the first game, the Seleçao took on the indefatigable Croatians who were the beaten finalists in Russia four years ago.

Brazil eventually drew first blood in extra time with a brilliant Neymar goal, the PSG star collecting a one-two in a crowded box and rounding the keeper before slamming the ball high into the net.

In typical fashion for a team that often do things the hard way at the World Cup, Croatia weren't to be denied and they leveled with a deflected goal late in the second period of extra time.

The Balkans nation were perfect from the spot with four penalties in the shoot-out while Brazil missed their first and, crucially, their fourth as they again lost to European opposition.

Meanwhile, fresh from their win over Australia, the Albicelesti faced a dynamic Netherlands outfit who knocked the United States out of the Round of 16 and eventually triumphed in a penalty shoot-out following a match of high drama.

Argentina looked to be home and dry when Lionel Messi converted from the spot following a foul in the box by Denzel Dumfries. That doubled the lead after Messi himself had played in Nahuel Molina to prod home the opener in the first half.

The Dutch went direct late in the second half, though, after Louis van Gaal had introduced Wout Weghorst off the bench and the Burnley striker steered a terrific header past Emiliano Martinez to halve the Netherlands' deficit.

And then, in the 11th minute of time added on, Luuk de Jong picked Weghorst out with an audacious free-kick routine and the striker swept home the equaliser.

The game was goalless in extra-time and, when Martinez saved the first two Dutch penalties, it left them with too much to do and the South Americans held their nerve to win 4-3 on penalties. 

15:00 Croatia 1 - 1 Brazil  [3 - 1 on penalties] –  BBC1
19:00 Netherlands 2 - 2 Argentina [4 - 3 on penalties] – BBC1