The World Cup's biggest moments in 8-bit art
- When France played Honduras in the group stages, a shot from France's Karim Benzema led to the first-ever use of FIFA's new goal-line technology. The verdict? Goal. Just barely.
- Spain, among the favorites to win the Cup, were one of the first teams eliminated in the group stages. Spain was sad.
- Colombia's James Rodriguez was one of the stars of the tournament, scoring six goals — including this beautiful chip shot against Japan — en route to winning the Golden Boot as the Cup's leading scorer.
- In a game that ended in a 2-2 tie, Clint Dempsey scored for the US by thrusting his belly at the ball. It worked.
- Uruguay's Luis Suarez bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, and was subsequently banned from the rest of the World Cup. It was a weird moment.
- Diving became a topic of much conversation at the World Cup, but when Jermaine Jones ran into a referee he didn't fake it. He fell. Hard.
- In the quarterfinal against Costa Rica, Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul subbed in just before penalty kicks — and then saved two shots to win the game for the Dutch.
- In a heated quarterfinal matchup, Colombia's Juan Camilo Zuniga kneed Brazil star Neymar in the back. Neymar never came back onto the field, and Brazil never recovered.
- Germany and Argentina faced off in a tense, 1-0 World Cup final that ended in extra time on a remarkable German goal.
- In the 113th minute of the final, Mario Gotze scored an incredible, off-balance goal to give Germany the 2014 World Cup.