Top 14 unforgettable moments of World Cup 2014

 | Updated: May 31, 2018, 06:55 AM IST
With 14 days remaining for the FIFA World Cup 2018, let's take a look back at some bittersweet and unforgettable, moments of World Cup 2014, Brazil

Feel the rhythm, "We are one"

The 2014 FIFA World Cup officially started with the dazzling performance by Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte on official World Cup song "We Are One."

We all enjoyed dancing to beats of this amazing song.

"Put your flags up in the sky

And wave them side to side

Show the world where you're from

Show the world we are one"

'Super Mario' Goetze's World Cup winner

Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time.

Mario Gotze scored the winner in the extra-time and defeated Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.

Thomas Mueller's Hat-Trick

Thomas Muller scored the first hat-trick of the 2014 World Cup. Germany produced a ruthless attacking display to destroy Portugal and open their World Cup campaign in style.

Miroslav Klose created World Cup history

Germany striker Miroslav Klose becomes World Cup history's record goalscorer with 16 goals in 23 games.

Shaqiri's Hat-Trick

Only two hat-tricks were scored at the World Cup in Brazil, Germany's Thomas Mueller scorer the first and Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri scored the other against Honduras.

Messi's Magic against Iran

The first runner-up Argentina gave a thought to defending champion Germany but Messi-led Argentina survived a scare against Iran in the group matches.

The game was about to end 0-0 but Messi made a 90th-minute dribble to and earned one crucial point for the team.

Robin van Persie pursued success

Robin van Persie made a dramatic comeback when he sent himself launching through the air for the Netherlands against Spain.

His flying leap to divert Daley Blind's cross from deep looped over Iker Casillas and made it 1-1 in the group-stage game before the Netherlands went on to win 5-1.

Everton sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid

Colombia's James Rodriguez confirmed his status as the World Cup's newest star with a stunning 25-yard left-foot volley.

It was treated as one of the best goals of the tournament.

Costa Rica stunned other teams

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is the most successful football export the Central American country has produced and his quiet but determined leadership will be central to his nation's hopes in Russia.

Netherlands' late comeback goals to knock out Mexico

Wesley Sneijder slammed an equaliser, and then Arjen Robben won a penalty, which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted to give Netherland team a stunning victory in FIFA World Cup 2014 against Mexico.

Mexico were on the verge of making history as they looked to protect a 1-0 lead over the Netherlands in the round of 16, moving into the last couple of minutes of the match.

It was the most amazing of late occurrences in any of the knockout matches and a terrible ordeal for Mexico to live with.

Suarez was hungry

Uruguay's Luis Suarez was biting a player.

Suarez took a nibble from Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder.

"Anyone got a toothpick, got Chiellini stuck in my teeth."

We still remember 7-1

Brazil suffered one of the most embarrassing World Cup defeats as Germany thrash the hosts 7-1 to reach the final.

Spain's heartbreaking exit

It was a heartbreaking moment when Spain's grip on the World Cup was irrevocably loosened.

Defending champions Spain were knocked out of the World Cup by the Netherlands and Chile.

Spain's dominance of global football was brought to a crushing end. Chile displayed an impressive game strategy.

The Netherlands produced a sensational performance.

Bad luck Neymar

Brazilian forward, Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup in the quarter-final match against Colombia. He fractured a vertebra in his spine.

His absence in semi-finals was one of the reasons for Brazil's disastrous defeat against Germany in the semi-final.