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South African budget raises taxes and cuts spending

South African budget raises taxes and cuts spending

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South Africans were told on Wednesday to prepare for higher taxes, cutbacks in spending and three more years of power cuts.

The government's annual budget outlined a 1% increase in personal income tax and spending cuts of 25bn rand (£1.4bn; $2.2bn) over the next two years

Projected economic growth for 2015 is 2%, down from 2.5% forecast last year.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene warned the economy would suffer from another three years of power disruptions.

Economic growth could even halve again down to just 1% this year if power constraints worsened.

He said state-owned power group Eskom faced a 200bn rand funding gap up to 2017.

Eskom will receive a capital injection of 23bn rand this year, to be raised through the sale of non-strategic government shareholdings in some state-owned companies.

Electricity prices will rise to finance Eskom's rebuilding of the country's power infrastructure.

Mr Nene said he would also introduce a temporary increase in the electricity levy, to 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) from 3.5 cents/kWh.

"The most important challenges facing the economy are unemployment and the security and reliability of the energy supply," he said.

"Today's budget is constrained by the need to consolidate our public finances, in the context of slower growth and rising debt."

Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31623050

Posted on Sunday 1st February 2015

Liverpool agree £75m Suarez sale

Liverpool have agreed to sell striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a fee thought to be about £75m.

The Uruguayan, 27, who is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, will sign a five-year deal.

Suarez, who scored 31 league goals last season, will travel to the Spanish club next week for a medical.

"Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played," said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Suarez - last season's Premier League top scorer and winner of the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards - signed for Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 for £22.7m, and had four years left on his contract.

Suarez says he and his family will "always be Liverpool supporters"

The move to Barcelona takes him closer to his wife Sofia's family.

"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision," said the striker, who is banned from "all football-related activity" until the end of October as he serves his third suspension for biting an opponent.

"This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right."

Luis Suarez controversies

June 2014

Banned for four months from any football-related activity, plus nine international matches, for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini

April 2013

Apologises for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and receives a 10-game ban

Dec 2011

Given eight-match suspension and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra

Nov 2010

Given seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax

July 2010

Handles on the line to deny Ghana a winner in the last minute of extra-time in the World Cup quarter-finals. Asamoah Gyan misses the resulting penalty and Uruguay win the shootout to reach the semi-finals

When he is eventually eligible to play again, Suarez is expected to wear the number nine shirt in a formidable Barcelona front line including Argentine Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar.

The club is looking to rebuild under new coach Luis Enrique after its first season without a major trophy in six years.

If the transfer fee is confirmed at £75m, it will be the third biggest in football history after Gareth Bale (£86m Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009)

"It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain," said Suarez.

"Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club (Liverpool) and with the city, but most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans.

"You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it. We will always be Liverpool supporters."

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World Cup 2014: Uruguay's Luis Suarez bites Italian Chiellini

In his statement, released on Liverpool's official website, Suarez concluded: "Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You'll Never Walk Alone."

The transfer means Liverpool do not have to deal with the fall-out from a Suarez suspension for the second season running.

They supported the player after another biting attack - on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield in April 2013 - which led to a 10-game ban, and he signed a new contract in December.

"The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool," added Rodgers.

"It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges. We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends."

Suarez in stats (Opta)

43: Involved in 43 goals in 2013-14 season (31 goals, 12 assists), more than any other player in the top five leagues.

92: Only Robin van Persie (103) has scored or assisted more Premier League goals than Suarez (92) since his debut

Suarez leaves Liverpool having scored 82 goals in 133 appearances, but also serving two bans - he was given an eight-game suspension in for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

He had tried to force a move away last summer, prompting an ill-fated £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal to trigger a release clause.

Meanwhile, Barcelona face a logistical conundrum regarding his presentation as their player - usually done at the Nou Camp which is opened up to fans - as his worldwide suspension extends to entering any football ground.

They are permitted to buy and sell players this summer after football's governing body Fifa suspended its 14-month transfer ban on the clubpending an appeal.

Barcelona were given the 14-month suspension after being found to have breached rules on signing international players under the age of 18.

Posted on Friday 11th July 2014

Netherlands 0 - 0 Argentina

      • ARGENTINA INTO WORLD CUP FINAL

        Netherlands 2-4 Argentina (Penalties)

        SCORES!

        Netherlands 2-4 Argentina - Dirk Kuyt

         

        SCORES!

        Netherlands 1-3 Argentina - Sergio Aguero

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      • SAVED!

        Netherlands 1-2 Argentina - Wesley Sneijder

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        What a save!

        Romero flings himself full-length to his right and beats the ball away. Big trouble for the Dutch now.

         

      SAVED!

      Netherlands 1-2 Argentina - Wesley Sneijder

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 1-2 Argentina - Ezequiel Garay

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      You don't save those. That is absolutely belted down the middle. Great pen.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 1-1 Argentina - Arjen Robben

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      The Dutch are up and running, Robben sending it into the bottom right.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 0-1 Argentina - Lionel Messi

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      Never in doubt! Jasper Cillessen does a Tim Krul and has a word with the Argentina skipper but Messi strokes it into the bottom corner.

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      Netherlands 0-0 Argentina - Ron Vlaar

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      He's had a brilliant game but that's not great from Vlaar. Romero dives down to his left and beats it away. Advantage Argentina. Messi up next...

    • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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      Here we go then. Penalties...

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      Midsibmike: And the match finally comes to life as we move to penalties.

      Doug: Here we go then semi-final lotto...

    • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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      Javier Mascherano is deep in conversation with goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

      "Save some!"

    • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

      Posted at23:35

      The Dutch scored all four from the spot against Costa Rica last Saturday night. Argentina won their last semi-final on penalties, in Italy 24 years ago.

      I'm not sure either side deserve to be in the final...

    23:33

    PENALTIES it is. One of these sides will be in the final via the medium of penalty kicks.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at120 mins

    Dirk! Kuyt has a half chance in the final minute but his shot is blocked. It looks like spot-kicks.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at118 mins

    The least these two can do now is give us a shootout.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at116 mins

    Another half chance as Lionel Messi beats his man out on the right and stands it up. It's a difficult chance but a chance for Maxi Rodriguez, but he fluffs his lines and mis-hits it into the turf.

    Remember his brilliant goal against Mexico in 2006? So does he.

  • SHOOTOUT SPECIAL

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23:28

    Before we get to penalties, why not brush up on your shootout trivia.

    Did you know that on average 71% of kicks are scored? Who has saved the most? How many have been taken with the left foot?

    Read up on our guide here.

  • Phil McNulty

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    "And still no sign of a breakthrough. There could not be a more stark contrast with last night's World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany than this dour, attritional, dull affair. Not much time left for the main creators Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben to spare the Argentine and Dutch fans the tension of penalties for a place in the World Cup final."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Why didn't he just lob the keeper with his head? He headed it straight at him. all he had to do was put a little bit of height on it."

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at115 mins

    Chance!

    In a game of such precious few, this is a real opening. Substitute Rodrigo Palacio is in, he hesitates and can't get any power in his header...

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    Christopher Harvey: Louis van Gaal a tactical genius? Has the Premier League changed the rules to allow extra-time? I can't see Manchester United getting three points otherwise.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at111 mins

    If both teams could go through with a 0-0 draw you may be tempted to accuse the sides of playing for a draw. But they can't. So I won't.

    This is exhaustingly poor.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at109 mins

    Into the last 10 minutes or so. Stefan de Vrij shoots from 35 yards, with his wrong foot.

    You're going nowhere Netherlands! You're on the ring road. Third time round. You've just been into B&Q for a bag of tungsten-tipped screws. Never gonna use 'em. Never gonna use 'em.

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    "Sergio Aguero has been very poor since he came on - he has been completely out of sorts."

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    Richard, Putney: Good to see Ron Vlaar get some plaudits. The guy isn't a world beater by any means but on his day is a good player. Problem is in our Aston Villa side he looks worse because the rest of our team is terrible. The current squad would even make Lionel Messi look poor in it. But not as much as in this game.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "He is a tough boy Zabaleta so it will take a lot to get him off this pitch."

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at108 mins

    "You don't get soft South Americans," says Lawro, who is proven right as Pablo Zabaleta comes back on. Bit of cotton wool in his mouth, and get on with it.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at106 mins

    Pablo Zabaleta is down in a heap after another head-to-head challenge. And ouch! A shoulder to the jaw, he may have lost a tooth!

    Steven Galloway, there's a certain type of football fan who love games like this. You are in company with our colleague Andy Cryer, who is loving this.

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    Al Mamun Russell: It now has been 227 minutes since the last goal scored by Netherlands. Don't deserve to be a finalist!

    Steven F Galloway: I'd still much rather watch this semi-final. Last night's was over as a contest after 25 minutes. THAT'S boring.

  • KICK-OFF

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at105 mins

    Back under way.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23:16

    Another lengthy team talk from the coaches, with Javier Mascherano taking a leading role in the Argentina huddle.

    We are 15 minutes away from the shootout...

  • HALF-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23:14

    It's quarter past 11 on a work night. I applaud you for staying up.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at103 mins

    "Ole, Ole, Ole Ole! Messi! Messi!" is the chant around the Arena de Sao Paulo as the crowd hope for the number 10 to do something to raise himself from the midfield mire.

    Penalties are on the horizon. It's probably the only hope.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at101 mins

    I rather unkindly suggested earlier in the tournament that a Dutch side containing Ron Vlaar could not be good enough to win the World Cup.

    Mr. Vlaar, I apologise. You're the best player on the pitch. By a country mile.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at99 mins

    The final change of the game and Liverpool fans from 2009-10 can enjoy the sight of Dirk Kuyt running at Maxi Rodriguez, who is on to replace Ezequiel Lavezzi.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at98 mins

    SHOT ON TARGET! The Dutch have their first attempt on target in the 98th minute as Arjen Robben warms the palms of Sergio Romero from 30 yards.

    Comfortable enough but at least it was an attempt.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at97 mins

    Argentina have one change left, the Dutch are done.

    I'm not going to lie to you, this is turgid stuff.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at95 mins

    So no Tim Krul then as Louis van Gaal replaces Robin van Persie with Klaas Jan Huntelaar. That did the job against Mexico, can it work again?

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    Emma Cann: If this match was Test cricket, they'd be calling it 'one for the purists'.

    James Gallagher: Brazil v Germany was like a 20-20 cricket classic, this has been a Mike Brearley - Geoff Boycott opening stand.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at94 mins

    No. That's not the one, as Dirk Kuyt overcooks a cross from the left and out of play.

    Lionel Messi's quest to join Pele and Diego Maradona at football's top table is taking a backward step this evening. Anonymous in the shadow of Ron Vlaar.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:59

  • KICK-OFF

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    We are under way in extra time. Get the Horlicks on.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

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    "Ninety minutes no-one will ever get back there. At least the prospect of the re-emergence of Netherlands substitute keeper Tim Krul for a possible penalty shootout adds extra intrigue to extra-time. And as far as Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is concerned his plan to subdue Lionel Messi - first with Nigel de Jong then Jordy Clasie - has worked so far. And what a performance in the Dutch defence from Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar."

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    Some Body: Arjen Robben! That penultimate touch took it away from him. Lost ticket to the final.

    Will Scott: Pretty much every Dutch pass has been backwards. So negative from Netherlands.

    Richard Lee: You can see the tension on the pitch. Come on Lionel Messi, show us your magic!

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:55

    The Argentina players look fresher, if that means anything. Coach Alex Sabella has them in a huddle and is pointing to Lionel Messi a lot.

    "Give the ball to him!"

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:54

    Will they make it two in a row? They looked the most likely in the final stages. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was warming up too.

  • Alan Green, commentating on BBC Radio 5 live

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    "An apology of a football match. Abysmal."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

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    "Ron Vlaar has been immense. Best centre-back performance of the tournament so far for me."

  • FULL-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:52

    All over.

    We go to extra time. And hope for so much more...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    Arjen Robben has missed some big chances in big games down the years. That was right up there with them. Score and the Netherlands are in their second successive final...

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    Into the last minute. And what a chance!

    Arjen Robben suddenly is in right through on goal, but he takes a bad touch and Javier Mascherano is able to make a brilliant block.

    Huge chance!

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at88 mins

    Lionel Messi beats a man but Ron Vlaar shuts the door on him, before cutting out another pass.

    Vlaar for the Golden Ball.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at86 mins

    Four minutes to go. Germany could score four in that time.

    Will we get one?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at84 mins

    That. Is a shot.

    A genuine shot on target from Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo. An easy save for Jasper Cillessen but at least he had a dig.

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    Shoaib: What are the odds a certain someone provides us with an 'Agueroooooooooo' moment..?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at83 mins

    Seven minutes of normal time left. Extra time has been good at this World Cup. Remember that.

  • Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

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    "Both managers currently tossing a coin to see who has to bring on David Luiz and who Marcelo. That'll make it interesting."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at81 mins

    Two strikers on for Argentina. Enzo Perez and Gonzalo Higuain come off, Rodrigo Palacio and Sergio Aguero on.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at80 mins

    Sergio Aguero is coming on. Spark it up son...

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    Aamir Mir: So to nullify a counter-attacking team, you need to play like Argentina. Then you end up with a boring spectacle like this.

    Barry Fong: Maybe I missed them but I don't think the crowd can even muster a Mexican wave.

    Dan Hedley: Says a lot when Ron Vlaar is the best player on a pitch with Arjen Robben and Lionel Messi.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at78 mins

    Twelve minutes left. But in reality it's at least 42. This is nailed on for extra time.

  • Alan Green, commentating on BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I'm tempted to say please save us from extra time because it has been torture watching."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    You've got to feel for these fans in Sao Paulo - they're having to watch this match twice.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "People at the far end thought it was in. They saw the net billow."

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at75 mins

    There it is! The one big chance of the game, but Gonzalo Higuain can't take it.

    Enzo Perez gets away on the right and bends in a lovely early cross, Higuain beats the offside trap and is across his marker but stabs the ball into the side-netting. So near, and yet so far...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at73 mins

    Robin van Persie hooks an effort over, his first chance of the night, but he was offside.

    We have had just one shot on target all evening, that early free-kick from Lionel Messi.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "This game has never come to life. No one gets hold of the ball, there's no movement."

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Lots of fans have taken shelter under the temporary, uncovered stands here at Arena de Sao Paulo. It means they cannot actually see any of this World Cup semi-final - and at this stage they are not missing much."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at71 mins

    Seventy minutes into a damp squib. In need of inspiration - this is where Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo or Tony Daley would find that spark and change the game.

    I'm looking at you Lionel Messi. Or you Arjen Robben.

    Can you change it?

  • Chris Bevan

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    "Just one sub left for the Dutch. Tim Krul hoping no injuries in the next hour if this game is going to go the distance, as it appears..."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at68 mins

    Another injury! Daryl Janmaat, who has been heavily involved since coming on, takes a whack to the face and requires treatment.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at65 mins

    Argentina boss Alex Sabella is out bellowing instructions to his side before Daley Blind sprays a pass out of play, 25 yards behind his team-mates.

    Somewhere, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona sit in a darkened room. Johan's just opened the second bottle of Scotch.

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    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Could dress this one up as a chess match or intriguing tactical battle - but for the most part it continues to be a dull stalemate lacking a spark of inspiration. Argentina and the Netherlands have players more than capable but this World Cup semi-final has so far failed to offer them that opportunity."

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    Brian Capaloff: German squad must be laughing into their beers as they watch this. Neither team great and extra-time beckons!

    Abdul Karim: Can we just move on to penalties, nothing to see here.

    Neal Collins: Next thing you know, you'll wake up and Tim Krul will be warming up.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at63 mins

    Nobody likes a follow through. But Lucas Biglia is going to re-appear, as the rain lashes down in Sao Paulo now.

    Shoot on sight?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "He followed through, did Daryl Janmaat. A clash of knees and Biglia took the brunt of it."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at60 mins

    A really heavy tackle in midfield has left Lucas Biglia in a heap on the floor. He went knee to knee with Daryl Janmaat and we have an extended break for treatment.

    Get a striker on in his place!

  • Final third

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at60 mins

    Into the final third. Which is where this game falls apart.

    Does anyone want to win this? The Dutch make a change as Nigel de Jong is replaced by Jordy Clasie.

  • Mark Pougatch

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    "Is this the same Ron Vlaar who played at Aston Villa last season or has he been taken over by an alien being?"

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at58 mins

    That's better! Ezequiel Lavezzi spins out wide to the right, stands up Ron Vlaar and then puts over a decent cross for Gonzalo Higuain to attack but he can't get a free header on it under pressure from Daryl Janmaat.

    That was more like it though.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "This game has reached the point of no return. Someone has got to say, 'come on, let's have a go'. There's a place in the final at stake."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "It's just so poor for quality. Anybody who puts pressure on the ball seems to win it. The passing is so slack."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at54 mins

    Lionel Messi has resorted to taking the ball from his centre-halves now. He then picks it up 30 yards out for the first time, he runs at Ron Vlaar - who stops him in his tracks with a great tackle!

    Who is the Ron Vlaar lookalike who plays for Aston Villa?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at53 mins

    Apparently Tim Krul was out practising penalties at half-time. Will the Newcastle man be the key protagonist again this evening?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at50 mins

    A picture paints a thousand words...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at50 mins

    Javier Mascherano slides in Lionel Messi down the sides - but he's offside. Almost a glimpse of danger for Argentina.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at48 mins

    Have it! Smashed away into the stands by Ezequiel Garay, under no pressure, but he's not having a David Luiz meltdown, he's actually smart as his boot had come off. Get rid.

    The Dutch finally get the ball to Arjen Robben and he goes down, with Martin Demichelis in the book to boot.

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    "That substitution means Daley Blind will play as the third centre-back, with Daryl Janmaat at right-back and Dirk Kuyt switching over the the left. Everyone else will stay the same."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at46 mins

    Referees are not having bookings in the World Cup are they? Another clattering challenge from Stefan de Vrij goes unchecked. Play on!

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    Chris Gilbert: You would expect both teams to take more risks in the second half. Neither team will want it to come to a shootout.

    Who fights monkeys: Who would want to get to a final against Germany the way they're playing at the moment?

    Arthur Veldhoen: I'm beginning to think a gentle beating by Argentina would be highly preferable to what the Germans would do to us in the final.

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    Golf legend Gary Player tweets: Half time at the World Cup. #ARGvNED. No one has scored yet. Not even Germany.

  • KICK-OFF

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at45 mins

    The Dutch kick off, and Dirk Kuyt is now on the left wing.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:02

    Daryl Janmaat is on in place of Bruno Martins Indi. I think that will be a flat back four and Dirk Kuyt's second position of the evening. It won't be his last!

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:01

    Here they come, and it looks like the Dutch are making a change. Maybe of system...

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    HALF-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "If Sao Paulo had a Lord Mayor's Show, this would be on after it. Belo Horizonte staged a World Cup semi-final that would be remembered forever as Germany thrashed hosts Brazil 7-1 last night. Here, Argentina have been on top but this has been deadly dull. Lionel Messi has shown touches of class but the Dutch match-winner Arjen Robben has been invisible."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:59

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    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

    Richie 10 (Spain): Argentina are getting tired and Netherlands are saving everything for the second half.

    Ugur Karagozlu (Turkey): Looks like Argentina will score using Bruno Martin Indi's wing. He lacks talent and is so slow.

    Cesar (Spain): I don't mind who wins. I like Argentine football (but not what this Argentina team is playing) and football owes a great debt to Netherlands.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:55

    Let's keep the faith though. Every game at this World Cup has eventually been compelling, if only for a short space of time. We will have extra time at around 22:50 BST and it should be cracking...

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:52

    Did you know that in Groningen the Grote Markt, the Vismarkt, the Poelestraat and Peperstraat are crowded every night of the week, and most bars do not close until 5 in the morning?

    Me neither. Let's all go to Groningen...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:49

    Netherlands fans watch the action in the market square in Groningen. Not quite sure what they are so gripped by in this first half.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Very disappointing. Argentina slightly the better side without making any chances. There has been nothing to talk about. I wonder how Van Gaal will feel about this. He normally changes things but they have to get Robben into the game."

  • HALF-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:48

    Arjen Robben has a smile to someone as they come off. He gets nearer to the ball in the tunnel then he did for most of that half.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at45 mins

    That is an opening! Lionel Messi picks the Dutch apart with a wonderful pass out to the left, Dirk Kuyt is out of position but Marcos Rojo stuffs up his cross, planting it way too far. Poor half lads...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Martins Indi likes collecting those cards."

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    Luke Gwalchmai: Is this as boring as I think it is or were we just spoiled yesterday?

    Anthony Shaw: You watching Brazil? This is how to defend. This is what a World Cup semi-final looks like.

    Ken Gorry: Game needs an Argentina goal, if the Dutch score they'll never go past the halfway line.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at44 mins

    That is a booking this time. Bruno Martins Indi is booked for checking the run of Lionel Messi. Can this lead to a chance?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I expected Argentina to play like they have with a bit of possession and try to get Messi and Lavezzi on the ball. Holland, I expected more from. Van Persie has not been in the game, neither has Robben or Sneijder really."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at42 mins

    Dutch free-kick, easily defended. This is going to extra time for sure. Where it will change face and become gripping, end-to-end entertainment...

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "Martins Indi has blocked Messi off - it should be a yellow. We want referees to keep players on the pitch but a booking is a booking. Whether it is the second minute or the 92nd minute it is a booking."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at40 mins

    ITV got the raw end of the deal when it came to broadcasting the semi-finals. On BBC One now is some sort of drama starring Neil from The Office...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at37 mins

    That should be a booking! The referees have gone very lenient at the World Cup and Martin Demichelis is lucky not to see yellow for a hack at Wesley Sneijder.

    I'd give this game a yellow so far. Must do better.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "If Argentina are going to get any joy then it is down their right flank. The game is at the stage where no-one is really in charge of the game. While it is intriguing, nothing has happened. We're waiting for this game to take off. Not seen much of Robben, Van Persie or Messi to a certain degree."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Where is Robben? He's not had the ball or driven at anyone he is playing against, he has just not touched the ball."

  • Ou est Arjen?

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at35 mins

    Arjen Robben. He's been kept quieter than a monk so far, having just four touches of the ball. Fred-esque.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

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    "Nigel De Jong is always within touching distance of Lionel Messi's shirt. But looking at the size of the Dutchman, Messi may well be inside his shirt."

  • Posted at21:33

    I don't think Javier Mascherano would make it in the NFL if we're being honest. He's about eight stone underweight and two feet too small.

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    Hugh in France: First time I've seen Enzo Perez. Looks VERY good. Not Angel Di Maria, but offers lots of movement and neat passes.

    Phil Hakim: In the NFL, Javier Mascherano would have a concussion test before being allowed back on the field. Football a joke in comparison.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at32 mins

    A good spell for the Dutch as they force Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero into two big punches, both good punches too, before Robin van Persie is offside.

    It's a slow burner.

  • This time last night...

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at29 mins

    Twenty-four hours ago Germany had just made it 5-0...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at29 mins

    After a few minutes on the sidelines Javier Mascherano is back with us. It looked like he was momentarily unconscious after that clash of heads. Let's keep an eye on him.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Argentina the team in control in these early stages as the Netherlands struggle to get their main attacking weapons Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben into the game. Louis van Gaal has a plan to stifle Lionel Messi of space and time - how that works will be crucial to the outcome."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "That's what the Dutch front three of Robben, Sneijder and Van Persie can do. Everything looks comfortable, then bang. They're in."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at26 mins

    Oooof! Javier Mascherano heads the back of Georginio Wijnaldum's head and is out on the deck. The ref quickly stops play and ushers on the medics, that is a nasty blow.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at24 mins

    Bergkamp 98 revisited? Right idea as Nigel de Jong floats a long diagonal pass toward Robin van Persie, whose movement is superb, but Ezequiel Garay just about gets his forehead to the ball to nod it clear.

    The Dutch can go long when they need to.

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23 mins

    Better, that's better! Twice Argentina move it out wide with first Ezequiel Lavezzi on the right, and then Enzo Perez finding space on the left. The final ball just isn't up to scratch though. Corner.

    And that is a chance! Ezequiel Garay heads the corner over and gets a mouthful of Ron Vlaar's size 12s into the bargain. Taste some leather.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Cagey. I would say Argentina are the slightly better side and have more life and pace about them at the moment. They are running the game with quick breaks down the right but they can't get bodies in the box.

    "The Dutch look like they are feeling the effects of their last game against Costa Rica."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20 mins

    We were monumentally spoiled by last night's semi-final. This is more like it, cagey, cautious, who'll blink first stuff...

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    David: Argentina have worked out not to allow Netherlands to counter, getting back in numbers. Makes for a dull game though.

    Bob: Both sides playing football chess, it's brilliant. Neither side committing their queen!

    Nathan Bright: Obviously we're expecting this one to be closer than last night. I'd accept 6-1 Netherlands. Spoilt and hopeful?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at19 mins

    Possession deadlocked at 50/50 so far as Gonzalo Higuain wins a corner for the min in blue and white. Argentina looking marginally more dangerous in the opening exchanges.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Early evidence suggests Nigel de Jong will be spending at least the next 90 minutes in close proximity to Lionel Messi."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Jasper Cillessen's positioning of the wall was excellent because he put the centre-backs in the wall and it meant Lionel Messi knew he couldn't go over men of 6ft 3in, 6ft 4in. So he had to go over the other side."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Messi went around the wall and not through it. Normally he goes over it but he tried catching the keeper out with the eyes. Give the keeper credit, he was in a superb position."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at14 mins

    Lionel Messi takes it, and drills it too, but Jasper Cillessen dives to his right and holds on! Good hands.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at13 mins

    Lovely! Gonzalo Higuain floats a lovely pass over the top, Enzo Perez runs it in from the right and is eventually tripped by Ron Vlaar.

    Free-kick for a certain Mr. Messi...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at12 mins

    A pretty steady opening 10 minutes or so in Sao Paulo. A different sport to the end-to-end, thrill-a-minute opening last night. Give it time.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Every time Argentina get the ball you can hear a lot of jeers, a lot of whistling, especially when Messi gets it."

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    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

    El Chaja (Argentina): It's not a team, it's a country. It's not 11, it's 40 million playing in Brazil.

    Leandro Palezzo (Argentina): In the streets of Buenos Aires there is a party mood. A lot of music, a lot of white and light-blue.

    Aysen (Turkey): My heart would normally go with Argentina but my love for Dirk Kuyt is something else!

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at10 mins

    Well in Dirk! The former Liverpool centre-forward finds himself as last man at right-back and shuts the door well on Lionel Messi.

    What a bizarre and brilliant career Kuyt has had. Who is the next striker to end up as a full-back? Fernando Torres?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at9 mins

    The Dutch now having a spell of keep-ball. Unfortunately for goal lovers, neither side look like having a Brazil-style meltdown in these early stages....

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    "Zabaleta didn't dare tackle Robben until he went out of the box - then he went for him. With his form over the last couple of seasons, Zabaleta is up there with the best right-backs in the world."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at6 mins

    Arjen Robben finds space on the corner of the area, danger here, and Pablo Zabaleta keeps an arm on him until the Dutchman leaves the box - then crunches him with a slide tackle! Great challenge.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Both teams very cautious, which you expect in the first five to 10 minutes. Both teams dropping off very quickly when the other gets possession."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at4 mins

    Fifa chief Sepp Blatter is enjoying himself anyway. Argentina settling into the rhythm early on, with Javier Mascherano dropping in as a third centre-half to start them off each time.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at3 mins

    Excellent run from Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez. beating two men on a forceful drive through the middle but he can't quite pick out Lionel Messi on his shoulder. Decent opening in Sao Paulo.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at1 min

    Nigel de Jong is straight into the action as the Dutch line up with a back three, versatile Dirk Kuyt starting at right wing-back. Where will he end up? Who knows...

  • KICK-OFF

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at0 mins

    Argentina get us under way...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:59

    Here we go then... Here's a moment's applause in memory of Alfredo Di Stefano.

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    Steve Huish, Surbiton: This game will be decided by Lionel Messi and the leg-breaker Nigel De Jong. The question is how long will De Jong last before getting sent off? The ref needs to take a hard line on the fouling if we are to have a classic.

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    "Sensational atmosphere. Sensational!"

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:55

    Argentina smash the place apart when it comes to the anthems. It sounds like they have at least 65% of the fans in the building...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    Ah Dirk Kuyt. Wing-back/forward/midfielder extraordinaire...

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    Joe Wedgwood: Limelight is on Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben but game will be won in midfield battle - expect Georginio Wijnaldum to shine.

    Vinay Vijayan: Won't be surprised if Louis van Gaal gives Dirk Kuyt the responsibility to cover Messi. Kuyt is a workhorse who never gets tired.

    Adi Kampli: Argentina are single-minded with everything going to Lionel Messi. Netherlands perform better as a team. Robin van Persie to score!

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:52

    Here we go. Louis van Gaal shakes hands with Lionel Messi, everyone wants a piece of Messi in fact. There's the volume from the Argentina fans...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:49

    TEN minutes to go then. The teams are just about to line up in the tunnel, that music will play for the 62nd time and we will have the anthems.

    Will it be Messi in the Maracana? Or Robben in Rio?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I didn't think the Dutch would get out of the group. What Van Gaal has done in two years from the Euros is sensational. They were a disaster. He has used the young players well and he seems to know the buttons to press with the egos. He has got them playing for the shirt again."

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:43

    Has to be in the top five World Cup goals ever, surely?

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    Germany and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski on Twitter: "Remember 1998. Dennis Bergkamp's legendary goal. So many years after still a highlight!"

  • BBC commentating legend Barry Davies in Marseille, 1998

    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:40

    "Beautifully pulled down by Bergkaaaammmmppppp!!!!

    "Ohhhh what a goaallllll!!!! Dennis Bergkamp has won it for Holland! That was absolutely brilliant!

    "From adversity to triumph for the Dutch. They who were silent, are now in song."

    View the Bergkamp and Davies masterclass one more time here.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:39

    When these sides met in the 1998 World Cup in France we were treated to one of the great World Cup goals.

    I'd love it, love it, if we saw anything half as good tonight.

    Over to you Barry...

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Argentina qualified playing very open football with the 'Fantastic Four' of Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi.

    "Ideally the manager Alejandro Sabella wanted a team with a better balance between attack and defence and injuries have allowed him to do that.

    "Enzo Perez has a better capacity to defend than Di Maria and his inclusion moves the side away from the template of the 1978 World Cup-winning side to a template of the 1986 World Cup-winning side, which was very compact and gave a platform to Diego Maradona.

    "Can Lionel Messi do it against the Dutch, who seem to have changed their formation to tackle Messi with the selection of Nigel De Jong?"

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:37

    So in a nutshell, none of you can decide what Argentina will do this evening!

    Angel Di Maria looks a bit fed up as the rest of his mates go through their final pre-match drills. What a time to get injured...

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    Nikolas Virtanen: Last night Brazil played with passion and got humiliated. Tonight will be a much more defensive, cautious showing. 1-0 Netherlands.

    Stepan Benyovszky: Argentina to go out with a whimper. Haven't faced a decent team until now and are going to be found out.

    Paul Moore: 4-0 Argentina. Lionel Messi to destroy the Dutch.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:35

    The Football League season starts a month today, with the Premier League kicking off seven days later. It will soon come back around...

  • BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Sao Paulo

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

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    "Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is standing at the side of the pitch here in Sao Paulo watching his players go through their final warm-up - will his arrival at Manchester United be further delayed by an appearance on the biggest date on football's calendar, the World Cup final?

    "When Van Gaal arrives, he will do so with anticipation heightened by the Dutch performances here in Brazil, and also his own ability to make the big calls, such as when he introduced substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul for the penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica in the quarter-final."

  • BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

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    "This is a World Cup on Argentina's home continent and with the last of the generation who won the World Youth Cups. They also have Messi in his prime so if they don't do it this time, the degree of difficulty next time will be much harder, so there is a degree of pressure."

  • LINE-UPS

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    Netherlands: Cillessen, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Kuyt, De Jong, Sneijder, Wijnaldum, Blind, Robben, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Janmaat, de Guzman, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Clasie, Lens, Huntelaar, Depay, Krul.

    Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo, Biglia, Mascherano, Lavezzi, Messi, Perez, Higuain. Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Gago, Maxi Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Federico Fernandez, Palacio, Alvarez, Aguero, Basanta, Andujar.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "I think the Dutch will try and get around them. You don't have to tackle, you can front Messi up and make him go back or square to pass to someone who has less ability. When people say you have to show him on the right or left, you can't do it, he has the tricks and if he does them well enough he will get in."

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:23

    Now here come the Argentines, with Lionel Messi leading them out on to the field. He's not the most vocal of captains but when he leads by example he tends to do OK.

    Big noise for their arrival. Mostly jeering at this early stage...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:20

    The Dutch are coming out to warm up, in some natty white and blue training tops.

    Do we need squad numbers on training tops? Apparently so...

  • John Murray

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    "The thing I'd like to see tonight and I'm not sure we will, is Robben expressing himself and Messi expressing himself. If that happens, we should have quite a spectacle here."

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    Aryaman S: Nigel De Jong miraculously recovers for Netherlands. Starting him is either a masterstroke or just plain stupid.

    John McEnerney: Netherlands to run at a dodgy and untested Argentina back four. Angel di Maria is a huge loss but they have enough to see them through! Netherlands will score.

    Bobby: Make no mistake. Lionel Messi is better than Diego Maradona. It's remarkable that that is even possible. Best ever.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:17

    No Tim, come on! We will have loads of goals again, you just watch...

  • BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "We will need a strong performance from the Turkish referee. We could really do with an early goal to open it up because I fear it could be cautious."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:16

    "I look at Argentina and I see similarities to Brazil. Brazil rely heavily on Neymar, Argentina on Lionel Messi, and they are without Angel Di Maria.

    "Argentina are well organised, the whole team is set up to stop the opposition and get the ball to Messi and hope he will make something happen, but I think Netherlands will be the first team to ask serious questions of this Argentina side."

  • Close him down!

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:10

    Memo to the Dutch defence: Do not let this man shoot...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "To play in a World Cup semi-final, you've just got to take it as another game. It's hard for people to understand that but this is something you do every day of your life, play football and train. You train as normal, get your tactics and what you need to do and then don't leave anything on the park.

    "Yes there will be a little bit of nerves but not as much as you think."

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:07

    Sao Paulo is like Sheffield then - we're not missing out after all!

    Just under an hour to go and the more colourful fans are being picked out on camera. How Oranje is too Oranje?

    You can watch build-up from the stadium by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the screen.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:05

    Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul, speaking to BBC Sport: "It doesn't get much bigger than a World Cup semi-final against Argentina. They have fantastic players and so do we. It will be a hard game but we can be very confident having showed what we have already showed.

    "Louis van Gaal is the brain behind everything. Before every game we know exactly what to expect, exactly what they will do and what we have to do to win the game. That is the most important - the winning mentality. There is only one thing and that is to win.

    "To have players who have played in a World Cup final before and who know exactly what we have to be ready for is incredible for the young boys coming through - that is the strength of our team."

  • BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Sao Paulo

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    "This World Cup semi-final will be played on what seems to be a typical Sao Paulo day - cloudy and with a chill in the air.

    "Spoke to former England and Sheffield Wednesday winger Chris Waddle, out here as a BBC Radio 5live analyst, and he said the climate is ideal for European teams such as the Netherlands: 'Sao Paulo is no different from Sheffield - I came to Brazil for the World Cup and had to buy myself a jumper'."

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    The Argentina Football Team post a shot of the Arena de Sao Paulo dressing room on Twitter.

  • From Bramall Lane to Brazil

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:01

    Sabella won eight caps for Argentina during his playing days

    While he is not under the same burden of expectation as Brazil counterpart Luiz Felipe Scolari, Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella is still a man under pressure to succeed.

    But outside of his homeland, he is still relatively unknown. Except for in Yorkshire. That's because 'Alex' Sabella, as he was known in England, spent three seasons playing for Sheffield United then Leeds United.

    Sabella spent a season at Elland Road with Leeds after signing from Sheffield United

    At Bramall Lane, he became a cult hero - and even had a rock band named in his honour! Read more about his time in Yorkshire here.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:59

    The Dutch are not all about Arjen Robben, with seven different goalscorers in the tournament so far. They will ask plenty of questions of the Argentine defence.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    BBC Radio 5 live has full match commentary, with build-up to begin at 20:00 BST.

    You can also listen to BBC Radio 5 live's coverage by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

    And later you can watch the highlights on Match of the Day from 23:50 on BBC One.

    How to follow the World Cup across BBC TV, radio and online.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:57

    And we thought the Underground got busy in London. Argentina fans scramble into a train heading for the stadium.

  • Team News

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:57

    Argentina make two changes. The injured Angel Di Maria is replaced by Enzo Perez, while left-back Marcos Rojo is back from suspension.

    Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Biglia, Perez, Higuaín, Messi, Mascherano, Demichelis, Rojo, Lavezzi

  • Team News

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:55

    A major boost for the Dutch as not only is captain Robin van Perise fit to start, but midfielder Nigel de Jong has recovered from a thigh strain, only eight days after he was ruled out for four weeks.

    Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Wijnaldum

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

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    BBC World's Alex South in São Paulo: "Orange tops. Check. Strange hats. Check. Alcoholic beverage. Check. These Dutch fans meet the criteria to be in the Oranje army. They desperately want to meet their noisy neighbours Germany in the final and avenge that defeat in the World Cup of 1974, Cruyff and co.

    "Couldn't quite manage it then. Can the class of 2014 finally win football's biggest prize for the Netherlands?"

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    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is putting its support behind the Netherlands in tonight's World Cup semi-final.

  • BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery

    Brazil 1-7 Germany (Seven)

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    "There is now no hiding place. Even the most blinkered Brazil fan can no longer point to the triumphs of the past and pretend there are no problems with the country's football.

    "The Brazilian club game is currently a shambles, both in terms of organisation off the field and ideas on it."

    Read more from Tim on the state of Brazilian football here.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Belo Horizonte

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    "At the back of Brazil's consciousness, there was always the fear Luiz Felipe Scolari's team might not deliver the World Cup this country had paid so handsomely, and so contentiously, to stage.

    "But no-one imagined it could be like this - so brutal, so humiliating. It was defeat on such a scale, inflicted on Brazil on the world stage and in their own country, that it will be a landmark moment in the game's history."

    Read more from Phil on Brazil's infamous defeat here.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:43

    An Argentina fan shows "seven", in reference to the number of goals Brazil let in against Germany in their semi-final match, as he makes his way to the Arena de Sao Paulo.

    And with that, time for a bit more reflection on last night's incredible match...

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "I suppose if Argentina lose tonight's match 6-1 they might still have a reason to boast over Brazil but their focus is on their own game and on the death of Alfredo Di Stefano.

    "They want to win the World Cup and if they don't they will be in problemsville. They won the World Youth Cup so many times between 1995 and 2007, but their recent youth sides have been poor. The fear is that if they don't do it this time, on South American soil, with Lionel Messi in his prime, when will they do it?"

  • Silence for Di Stefano

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:38

    One of the true footballing greats will be remembered ahead of kick-off in the Arena de Sao Paulo. Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano sadly died on Monday, aged 88.

    Di Stefano spent eight years playing for River Plate in Argentina and Millonarios in Colombia before moving to Madrid in 1953

    Fifa says a "moment of silence" wil

Posted on Wednesday 9th July 2014

Brazil 1-7 Germany

  • FULL-TIME

    Brazil 1-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at22:48

    It's all over! Germany are into the final, Brazil are humiliated.

    An extraordinary scoreline.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at

    "Germany will be a little bit disappointed. But the cheers from the home fans were ironic cheers. It isn't even a consolation goal."

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 1-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at

    "For once Neuer, the sweeper keeper, is not there. You expect him to be there, he starts to come and then goes back and Oscar does the rest."

  •  

    GOAL

    Brazil 1-7 Germany (Seven) - Oscar

    Posted at90 mins

    They have got one! And Germany are furious, which sums up their professionalism.

    It's a soft one too as Oscar gets in through the middle, sidesteps the last defender and buries the shot.

  • Brazil 0-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at

  • CLOSE!

    Brazil 0-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at89 mins

    Bernard shoots over and he is loudly jeered. At 21, he is the future of Brazil and how will the likes of he and Neymar respond?

    But at the other end Mesut Ozil is played clean through and shoots wide. Big chance...

  • Brazil 0-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at88 mins

    Andre Schurrle chases a throughball and I reckon he could get there but he eases up before, at the other end, Oscar drives it wide.

  • Brazil 0-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at87 mins

    Marcelo caps a nightmarish performance by chasing 45 yards downfield to meet a crossfield pass -and then missing the ball altogether.

    Someone make it stop...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at

    "Luiz Felipe Scolari, arms folded, must be thinking 'how will I explain this?'. Not just to the Brazilian press, but to the world's press.

    "Germany have won this without trying that hard. They haven't had to close the Brazilians down."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at84 mins

    Ramires has a shot and it's well held by Manuel Neuer, who I'm quite disappointed hasn't been given a run out in midfield or maybe up front.

    Into the last five minutes, of probably the worst five minutes in Brazil's footballing history...

  • Brazil 0-7 Germany (Seven)

    Posted at84 mins

    I'm going to start putting the (Seven) in brackets, in true videprinter style. Do not adjust your sets.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 0-7 Germany

    Posted at

    "David Luiz began this day being feted on Brazilian national television as the man who would lead Brazil to glory in the absence of Neymar and captain Thiago Silva. Instead he has played his full part in an embarrassment to this proud country."

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    Posted at

    Gabe Arii: Germany just wrecked the career of 23 Brazilians. How will they ever think of football again without having nightmares?

    TomGloverComedy: Turns out training and ability are more important than shouting a national anthem whilst crying.

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  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-7 Germany

    Posted at

    "We have concentrated on how poor Brazil have been, a complete shambles, but Germany have been in control. It isn't men against boys, it's men against infants."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-7 Germany

    Posted at81 mins

    This is absurd. Absurd stuff.

    Germany are playing it around , making Brazil chase it as the home fans ironically 'Ole!' every pass.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-7 Germany

    Posted at

    "What a fantastic strike from Schurrle. He gave Julio Cesar no chance. But the celebrations were almost apologetic. The German fans were shaking their heads, asking 'is this real?'"

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-7 Germany

    Posted at

    "Stunning finish. Every one of these goals is just sublime football. I think the Brazilians have had enough. The Germans can't believe it, they are shaking their heads in disbelief.

    "The Brazilian fans are applauding Germany. they know good football when they see it."

  •  

    GOAL

    Brazil 0-7 Germany - Andre Schurrle

    Posted at79 mins

    Sensational.

    What a goal! And applause rings out around the Estadio Mineirao as they just have to accept a wonderful goal from Andre Schurrle.

    It comes from a quick throw-in, Thomas Muller flicks the ball in form the left to find Schurrle, and he cracks a rising shot in at the near post, the ball kissing the underside of the crossbar and in.

    Wow...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at

    "A lot of Germany's players are about 24 or 25 and hitting their peak. These players are in their prime and would be worthy winners of the World Cup, but they still have to go and win the final."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at77 mins

    David Luiz has lost his head, big style. He is not happy with Thomas Muller's challenge but then wildly swings at him, he tries to smash Muller into the stands but, as is befitting his performance tonight, he can't connect. An air-kick and more humiliation.

    No cards from the ref though.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at75 mins

    Sami Khedira - who was sensational in that first half - is replaced and Julian Draxler gets 15 minutes of the World Cup semi-final to go and enjoy.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at

    "The frightening thing is I think there is more in the locker for Germany in the final."

  • Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at73 mins

    Chelsea must be glad they've already sold David Luiz to PSG. PSG must be making a note to never, ever play him if Thiago Silva is suspended.

  • Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at72 mins

    Brazil have been so bad they've made Danny Mills sad. A new low.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil have given up. Fred was taken off to save himself from any more embarrassment. Every time he touched the ball he was booed and it was not nice. This whole game is actually just sad now."

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at

    "Shocking defending as the boos ring round the stadium. Again another tap in. The marking is totally non existent. Look at David Luiz standing on his heels. Ridiculous."

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    Posted at

    Alex Homatas: I though this would be Klose but Brazil are getting Mullered.

    Sam Thompson: Germany have scored more goals in 3 minutes than England did in entire World Cup.

    Tweet us your reaction to this World Cup mauling at #bbcworldcup.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at70 mins

    Fred is replaced by Willian and Fred gets dog's abuse from the crowd, which continues when the camera picks him out on the bench.

    That's poor. It's not his fault.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-6 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil's defending is even worse than England's. A knife through hot butter does not even do it justice. Every single fan is now booing."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  •  

    GOAL

    Brazil 0-6 Germany - Andre Schurrle

    Posted at69 mins

    The boos ring out as Germany try to score for the first time in half an hour - and promptly do. The move down the right comes to Philipp Lahm, he gets his head up and picks out Andre Schurrle in space, eight yards out, and he slots home.

    This would be the biggest win in a World Cup semi-final.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Muller is playing centre forward for Germany and that creates a different problem because he is playing on the last defender's shoulder."

    You can watch the match by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at66 mins

    Where's the defence?!

    Germany attack down their left and when the cross comes over Thomas Muller is all alone, in oceans of space. He would surely bag a sixth but Julio Cesar comes way out of his goal to sweep away.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "This has become a nothing game. The post-mortem for this defeat will go on for days, months, possibly years. This is so unprecedented for Brazil."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at65 mins

    "Losing in front of your home crowd. You wish the ground would open and take you down.

    "And will time ever pass? Will time never pass for us?"

    Not my words, the words of Morrissey. But these Brazil players will feel like time really is standing still as this half crawls along.

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    Posted at

    Anthony Shaw: I generally think I could do better than the Brazilian defence. And I'm an asthmatic nerd with no sporting ability.

    Tony O'Brien: Brazil resorting to outrageous dives. Embarrassing and pathetic.

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  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Comparing Fred to those great World Cup strikers, and his movement is non existent. You have to blame Scolari for continuing to pick him."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at64 mins

    Fred is getting hammered from the terraces which seems a bit harsh to me. Not that he's had a good game but he's hardly to blame for the chronic defending.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Germany have been incredible. They epitomise everything German football is about. Muller is a fabulous player.

    "Any time Brazil's players get into the box they are going to the ground cheaply. They are doing anything to try to get a consolation goal."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    A storm and misery in Brazil, sun and beers in New York. It may not be Berlin, but pretty much anywhere will feel like home to Germans at the moment. Their side are 30 minutes away from the final and a chance to secure a fourth World Cup.

  • PENALTY APPEAL

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at62 mins

    Maicon glides in at the back post and goes to ground - that's a dive. Nothing given.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil's fans are seeking a scapegoat - and it sounded like Fred might be the man judging by the toxic reaction to a tame finish from the struggling striker."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at60 mins

    Almost six! Germany's first real attack of the second half and Thomas Muller is in, he tries to go round Julio Cesar but the goalkeeper tackles him well.

    And then wow what a save! Muller bends in a beauty from range and Cesar turns it away. Muller may well end the night eclipsing that Miroslav Klose record...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Klose gives a much better balance to the team. Incredible achievement and a nice final to look forward to for him. A good night's work. People say the number nine is disappearing from the game but Klose is proving you have to have one."

    Click on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page to watch the match.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at58 mins

    Miroslav Klose is off, he won't add to his record of 16 goals. Andre Schurrle on in his place, and Germany have one substitute left to rest another first team player.

    Can Joachim Low bring himself on?

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at57 mins

    What do you reckon David Luiz has got in his head? I reckon he just permanently has Jamiroquai on a loop.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "David Luiz has not been disciplined enough. You have to have fire in your body and ice in your head, but he hasn't got that."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at56 mins

    Brazil have had 71% of the ball in the second half. It's much improved but nobody will remember that when they discuss the Battering of Belo Horizonte in years to come.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    Former England goalkeeper David James tweets: "Silva's needless booking in the last match has had more influence on today's match than Neymar's injury. Dante & Luiz are like strangers."

  •  

    Posted at

    Accrington Stanley on Twitter: We've ruled out a summer bid for Maicon. We'll stick with Nicky Hunt thanks very much...

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at53 mins

    Now that is a really good save! Manuel Neuer turns away a powerful drive form Paulinho but Brazil are seriously threatening to cut this lead to four goals...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Manuel Neuer is surely the best goalkeeper in world football."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at52 mins

    Chance! Germany are now playing with no discipline at the back and Brazil waltz through to find Oscar, his low shot is firmly struck but again Manuel Neuer makes the stop.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "There are a lot of empty seats here. Holland and Argentina must be looking at this and will be thinking 'wow'.

    "It has been easy for Germany and they can afford to take the second half lightly, so they will be well rested for the final."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at50 mins

    Brazil's best opening! Ramires gets into the box and almost cuts it back for Chelsea team-mate Oscar but Manuel Neuer gets a strong wrist on it and turns it away.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at49 mins

    Germany haven't scored for 20 minutes. What an absolute shower. A disgrace...

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    Posted at

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    Dayboh Banjo: This is not the real game, this is Fifa pro for Playstation 5 being tested on live television. The guy playing with Brazil in this has fallen asleep on the controls.

    Adam A. Blackman: WOW Brazil complete embarrassment to their nation. Easier to be an England fan tonight. At least we didn't embarrass ourselves like that!

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  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at47 mins

    Brazil will be playing for pride, as the saying goes, but let's be honest, their pride has been taken out back and shot.

    Getting hammered 5-0 after 30 minutes of the semi-final in your own country is something that will take more than a decent 45 minutes to recover from.

    Without wishing to overdo it, the ramifications of this may well rumble on for years...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "It was totally inept. Having followed Brazil's journey I didn't expect it to end in this manner. It is about restoring pride and they could have taken any player off."

    You can watch the match by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Juninho

    Former Brazil and Middlesbrough midfielder

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "I am in shock. It is unbelievable. Their play all over the field, it looks like a training session when they let their mates play. Unbelievable, especially back four, we are not closing off. They are moving, passing so easy. It is difficult to understand the attitude.

    "Everyone was talking about Neymar but Thiago in this game we have missed. Scolari needs to protect the team, don't think to win the game but don't concede more goals."

  • South American football expert Tim Vickery

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "In order to change things, Brazilian football needs something like this, to avoid that arrogance where they say 'we have won it five times, we will win it again'.

    "I would give Fernandinho a mark of one out of 10 for putting his shirt on the right way around."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at45 mins

    Just the three changes at the break. Germany replace Mats Hummels with Per Mertesacker, and Brazil give Hulk and Fernandinho the hook.

    On come Ramires and Paulinho. A real thankless task.

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at45 mins

    Brazil tentatively get us back under way...

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "We said before the match because Thiago Silva was missing, someone had to step up to the plate and David Luiz disappeared."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at21:58

    It is an unwritten rule of football that when a team takes a massive lead in the first half of a game, the second half is always a complete non event.

    Will Germany observe that rule? Or go for six, seven - eight?

  •  

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    Posted at

    Dave from Plymouth on text: And I thought that penalties was the cruelest way to lose a semi final. Brazil have 45 minutes of torture left!

    Callum from Manchester: Brazil are that bad I'm half expecting them to come out having somehow conceded another two during the break...

  •  

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    Comedian Kevin Bridges: "Brazil could be heading home...."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at21:56

    Unsurprisingly, tonight was the earliest any team has been 5-0 up in a World Cup match.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, MOTD analyst

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "I wouldn't want to be one of these players walking out of the stadium. It's an embarrassment for the Brazilians. I remember us playing Liverpool a few years ago and it was four or five nil and Scholesy turned round and said 'listen, no more goals.'"

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Posted at

    "You saw what it meant to the crowd. Little boys were crying. They were absolutely devastated. You've got to put in more of a fight than that."

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said the other day that his critics "can go to hell". He may find he has roughly 200 million of them in about an hour's time. Germany have been outstanding but Brazil have been nothing short of horrendous.

    "All the pre-match posturing with baseball caps for injured Neymar and holding up his number 10 shirt during the national anthem now looks utterly hollow."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at21:53

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at21:52

    Some of that defending was horrific on second viewing, but Sami Khedira's pass for the fourth goal was superb.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Posted at

    "Klose got a little bit of luck for the second goal. Marcelo had an absolute nightmare. Germany worked it well, it was good play and incisive. He maybe should have put it away the first time, but you don't give a man like that a second chance. It's an unbelievable World Cup scoring record. His goals per games record is outstanding."

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    Posted at

    England cricketer Joe Root ‏on Twitter: The only person wearing yellow tomorrow will be the leader of the Tour de France.

  • Former Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Sport

    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    "Funny thing is Brazil would still hammer England."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, MOTD analyst

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "I did call it. I think Brazil have come up against a well oiled clinical machine. The way Germany set up in the first 10 to 15 minutes, there were no gaps and no space for Brazil to play. I think Khedira has been the best player on the pitch. Broken up attacks brought people in, got his goal, everything you want from a midfielder."

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "There has never been a game like this. It is utter humiliation for Brazil, When you talk about every facet of defending, it is about four levels below rock bottom. It is so bad it is embarrassing. David Luiz is meant to be the leader and he has abandoned ship."

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    Posted at

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge: Fair play to Klose... Broke my idol Ronaldo's record. Unbelievable achievement!!

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at21:47

    Have you ever seen anything quite like this?

    What on earth can Luiz Felipe Scolari say now?

    "Let's win the second half lads? It's still 0-0."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil have to play with some pride, but they have blown their chance. They could have become legends. Instead this Brazil team have become villains. And they will be villains for the rest of their lives.

    "Thiago Silva and Neymar will be disappointed to not be playing, but part of them will be thinking 'I am so glad I'm not out there'."

  • HALF-TIME

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at45 mins

    I'm not normally one for advocating booing sides off at half-time. But I think that was justified.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil are just playing for pride now. Germany are so ruthless, they have got their foot on the opposition and they won't take it off them."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at45 mins

    One minute added on. Though we are really set to play 45 minutes more of added time. Called the second half.

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    Posted at

    Kaspar Larsen: Will Low dare to make early substitutions to save his core players, or keep them on the pitch for the confidence boost?

    Chris Kendall: I bet the Germany fans currently feel like we did when we beat them 5-1!

    London-Dude: #Brazil's ugly football is now being torn apart by #german efficiency.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "To put this into perspective, England beat Moldova 5-0. This is Germany beating Brazil, in Brazil, 5-0, in 30 minutes of the game. Everyone is numb. Is this real? Is this a dream? No. It's an absolute nightmare for Brazil.

    "Once that first goal went in, you could see the Germans growing in confidence and they have ripped this Brazil team apart.

    "If Brazil don't concede again it will be as much of a surprise as them being down 5-0."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at45 mins

    Has a manager ever resigned at half-time of a World Cup semi-final?

  • Five alive?

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at44 mins

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at42 mins

    The biggest ever WC semi final loss is 6-1. It has happened three times.

    Are we on for a fourth? Brazil will have to score and they don't look like doing so now. I'm not far off speechless. Germany look in ruthless mood.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "It is hard to explain how good the Germans have been. Schweinsteiger has sat there in front of the back four and not given the ball away.

    "The Germans have that control and self belief - give us the ball and we will control the game - that's what they have done."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at40 mins

    There were just 179 seconds between Germany's second and fourth goals. If this was a computer game Brazil would have turned off and thrown the control pad across the room.

    Unfortunately for 201 million Brazilians it's very, very real...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "The game is over. Brazilian fans do not know what to make of it. I've never seen a game like it. To be so over-whelmed by the opposition is amazing.

    "Brazil have gone. It is almost too late to even restore some pride. This is not being beaten. This is being humiliated."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at38 mins

    Many teams would have taken their foot off the pedal by now - not Germany. They are all over Brazil.

    It's like watching the Australian cricket team of the late 1990s tearing into John Crawley, Graeme Hick and Dean Headley...

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    Posted at

    Craig O'Donnell: Tweets how poor Brazil are, but for me its more how good Germany are. So professional in every aspect. Role models to any side.

    Robin Greenwell: To call #BRA defending schoolboy would be an insult to school football! Even #ENG would batter them!

    Richard Allen: This is like watching a kids game when the bigger boys are just too strong! The trouble is #BRA don't know how stop them.

  • Least it's not Messi...

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at36 mins

    The one saving grace I can think of for Brazil fans is that at least it's not Lionel Messi and Argentina handing out the humiliation tonight.

    Manuel Neuer in midfield after the break?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Every time Germany come forward they look like scoring. Klose will think 'how many more goals can I get', the same for Muller.

    "We know the Brazilians are hot-headed at times and it would not surprise me if a Brazilian loses his cool and gets a red card.

    "You would never have even predicted 5-0 after 90 minutes, but it could be anything."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at34 mins

    This may well be the most ridiculous half of football I've ever seen.

    For weeks - maybe months - we have been asking how much pressure is on the hosts in this World Cup.

    We have just found out. Too much.

    Way, way too much...

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    Posted at

    Dan from London on text: Easy to say it now BUT since the Croatia game Brazil have been waiting to be found out. This is excruciating.

    Stuart from Watford: Thought this match would be Klose but Brazil being Mullered and completely on Kroos control.

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Klose is the highest scorer in World Cup history

    Posted at

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "One of the most remarkable halves of football any World Cup has seen. Germany do not look like they will score every time they attack, they invariably are."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at32 mins

    As you would imagine the crowd inside the Estadio Mineirao have gone very, very quiet. To their credit they are still in their seats as Toni Kroos hits a deflected shot wide.

    Germany have had 42% possession. But they've not done bad when they have had it...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "The defence has capitulated. The whole stadium is almost in silence in shock. It was so easy. The romantics in this wanted Brazil to be in the final in the Maracana, but fair play to the Germans they have been exceptional.

    "They were under pressure in the first 10 minutes, but remained calm and have made this Brazilian side look, defensively, worse than schoolboys."

  • Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at30 mins

    Who had money on Germany being 5-0 up after half an hour then?

    Anyone?

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    Posted at

    Ricky Beresford: Just watch David Luiz's defensive contribution for the 2nd goal - it's worst than the first and that's saying something!#brutal.

    Tim Arstall: This is insane, football history surely being made.

    Tim Ward: When did England start playing in yellow?

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 0-5 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil may be missing Neymar but they have missed Thiago Silva more. Germany have completely ripped them to shreds, Luiz Felipe Scolari is standing dumbstruck on the touchline. There is an eerie quiet around Estadio Mineirao, almost as if Brazil's fans are still working out how to react."

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    GOAL

    Brazil 0-5 Germany - Sami Khedira

    Posted at29 mins

    FIVE!

    Good grief. Again it's so easy as Sami Khedira walks through a weak tackle and the defence falls apart, he finds Mesut Ozil on his left, again he just cuts it back and Khedira sweeps home from 12 yards.

    FIVE NIL...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-4 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil without their two best players is like pulling the plug out of the bath. It is embarrassing for Brazil. It is about restoring pride now. Brazil just haven't turned up, you need that strong backbone and it is missing from this team."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-4 Germany

    Posted at

    "At times Brazil defensively have been a shambles. Brazil are clearly missing Thiago Silva.

    "We have just seen the picture of a fan and he is in tears. The Brazil fans are in shock.

    "We never expected this. Brazil have been hit on the counter attack again and again. This could end up seven or eight. Germany have been exceptional, clinical, efficient. David Luiz should be playing centre-half, but is halfway up the field. Brazil are all over the place. Game over."

  •  

    GOAL

    Brazil 0-4 Germany - Toni Kroos

    Posted at26 mins

    Extraordinary. Absolutely extraordinary!

    I can't quite believe this. Straight from kick off - Straight away - Fernandinho loses the ball and Germany are in on goal.

    Toni Kroos plays in Sami Khedira, who unselfishly squares it back to Kroos for a tap-in and it's 4-0.

    Four nil. After 26 minutes. It's safe to say that Thiago Silva was holding this defence together...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-3 Germany

    Posted at

    "Germany are so good down the right side. It is one of the best finishes you will see. What a finish, it goes like an arrow. Yes it is lucky but look at the finish at the end of it."

  •  

    GOAL

    Brazil 0-3 Germany - Toni Kroos

    Posted at24 mins

    You remember me saying that Bastian Schweinsteiger was laughing at kick-off? Now we know why.

    His side are handing out a battering to Brazil. A cross from the right is swung at and missed by Thomas Muller, and Toni Kroos hammers in with his left foot from 20 yards!

    This could get embarrassing...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-2 Germany

    Posted at

    "They lost look the Brazilians. Stunning from Germany. Klose isn't going to miss that one. Puts him in the record books."

  •  

    GOAL

    Brazil 0-2 Germany - Miroslav Klose

    Posted at22 mins

    THAT'S THE RECORD!

    Miroslav Klose has his 16th goal in World Cups and again they make it look so, so easy. A passing move from the right ends with Toni Kroos laying the ball off into Klose's path. His first shot is tame and easily saved by Julio Cesar but can only cough it up to Klose, who sweeps in from eight yards.

    He is the all-time record goalscorer in World Cups and he may well be going to the final...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil will be very disappointed with the goal. Luiz Felipe Scolari will be furious with David Luiz. When a player loses his marker from a corner or a set-piece then that goal could have easily been stopped.

    "Since the goal Brazil have been very gung-ho and are running at people, but leaving themselves exposed. If Germany can stay composed then they can hit Brazil on the break.

    "Germany are playing very cool and using the tactical nous they have, while Brazil have been very frantic."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at21 mins

    Miroslav Klose is finding space on the edge of the penalty area and twice he should do better. First he hesitates and is closed down before he can't link up with Mesut Ozil.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "It is breaking down far too quickly on the Brazil left hand side. Marcelo and Hulk have to keep the ball better. Credit the Germans though, it is like a knife through butter at times, their midfield is incredible."

  • Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18 mins

    The first half of Brazil v Colombia was played as if it was the final 10 minutes - and so is this one. Brazil are chasing the ball like an Under-11 side at times. Germany had a three-on-three break but Thomas Muller's pass is just cut out to prevent Miroslav Klose a one-on-one.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "A beautiful challenge by Lahm. Great timing. Good play by Brazil but a textbook challenge. It is boiling over a little bit."

    You can watch the match by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  •  

    Text us on 81111

    Posted at

    Sean in Lincoln via 81111: "Brazil won't score tonight, in this tournament, they only score against countries starting with the letter C."

    Brazil's goals inside 90 minutes in the tournament have come against Croatia, Cameroon, Chile and Colombia.

  • Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at16 mins

    Afters!

    Brilliant tackle from Philipp Lahm to stop Marcelo in his tracks as the left-back bombed into the area, Marcelo goes down and makes a meal of it and it all spills over. Pushing, shoving, as Jerome Boateng squares up to Marcelo. Well marshalled by referee Marco Rodriguez.

  • Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at15 mins

    This Brazil side will test their nation's faith this evening as Germany look so composed and slick. They are keeping the ball so much better than Brazil.

  •  

    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    A few comments from Brazilian fans on social media, gathered by @viabbc.

    RogerioMoller (#BRA ): I believe in the drive, the heart, the union and Scolari's competence. Go, Braziiiiil!

    ahnitaner (#BRA ): I'm expecting Brazil to win, of course! Focus, strength (to resist fatigue as long as necessary) and faith.

    Rai Rezende: #GER is so strong..But #BRA is #PENTA. And we have one reason more to believe: The players will do the possible to win for Neymar.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil's fans were stunned into silence for a few seconds by Thomas Muller's goal - before a deafening "Brasil" chant echoed around Estadio Mineirao."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Disaster for Brazil and they had been on top. The ball came in and nobody was marking Thomas Muller. David Luiz lost his man, he had got wrapped up with the atmosphere in the first 10 minutes, and Muller just pulled off his shoulder for a very simple finish.

    "We said Luiz had to remain his discipline, but he has just lost his concentration."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  •  

    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Ritchie H: And who was marking exactly??? Have all of the Brazil players gone to sleep?

    Abdul Karim: Oh dear Brazil. Schoolboy defending at the WorldCup.

    Tweet us on #bbcworldcup, text 81111 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page to interact with tonight's live text.

  • Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at12 mins

    Thomas Muller now has as many World Cup goals as Gary Lineker. He's only five off the record and he's just 24.

    That goal hasn't quelled the Brazilian fans' enthusiasm though. Plenty of noise still in Belo Horizonte.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "He is totally unmarked. Unbelievable to get that space at this level. Muller makes it look easy but it is just about concentration."

  •  

    GOAL

    Brazil 0-1 Germany - Thomas Muller

    Posted at11 mins

    So, so easy!

    Thomas Muller has his fifth goal of the World Cup, his 10th goal in World Cups, and it's the most simple of the lot.

    Toni Kroos hits an outswinging corner, Dante and David Luiz both miss it and Muller can't believe his luck, smashing in a side-foot volley from six yards out.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "Germany are getting in far too easily. Marcelo left a big space to run into and Brazil get lucky. The shot hits Kroos on the back.

    "This game is very open. Both sides are saying we are going to attack better than you are."

    You can watch the match by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at9 mins

    End-to-end stuff! This is a very open game. Brazil attack swiftly and find Fred with his back to goal, but it's almost like netball as he makes the half-turn and just waits for runners beyond him.

    You are allowed to 'travel' with it Fred! The big nine loses the ball and Germany are away again - so much space in midfield and that is dangerous for the hosts.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "Brazil are snapping into the tackles when Germany get the ball and Brazil are playing a high tempo, closing the ball down quickly.

    "With this anthem and this atmosphere, it gives the Brazilian players such a lift in the first 10 minutes. You could see the intensity on their faces, they have to control that, but it gives them an edge in terms of energy early on."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  •  

    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Stu: David Luiz and Dante have potentially the best hair combo of any defensive pair at a World Cup ever.

    Alan Wylie: Looking forward to seeing Bernard tonight for #BRA think he might have a trick up his sleeve tonight.

    Tweet us on #bbcworldcup, text 81111 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page to interact with tonight's live text.

  • Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at8 mins

    Lovely attack from Germany! Thomas Muller finds space - that's his trademark - out on the right this time, his cross comes over to Mesut Ozil on the left of the area. He looks up and as the cry is for him to shoot, he instead cuts back a brilliant pass to find Sami Khedira arriving at real pace.

    Khedira connects beautifully but cannons the shot into the back of Toni Kroos.

  • Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport in Brazil

    Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "Not seen rain like this since I was last in Salford."

    A storm is engulfing the Copacabana in Rio where an estimated 70,000 fans have gathered to watch tonight's match in a Fifa fanzone.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "It's exactly how Brazil started against Colombia - on the front foot. Hulk is on the left side and he played well in the first half against Colombia, he got the ball, ran at people and caused problems for defenders.

    "The Germans are rattled and have given the ball away a couple of times already. Every time the Germans get the ball, the crowd are jeering. This is going to be some game and some atmosphere."

    You can listen to the game using the live coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at5 mins

    David Luiz will always have a few question marks over his head as a centre-back but he shows the other side of his game, spraying a glorious 60-yard pass out to Hulk on the wing. His cross comes to nothing and Germany again spring a quick break, but Luiz recovers well to stop Miroslav Klose in his tracks.

    We've started at an excellent pace. Premier League pace.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD

    Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "It will be interesting to see Oscar in that central role that Neymar has vacated today. Luiz Gustavo being back is very important for Brazil, especially in the absence of Silva and Neymar."

  • Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at3 mins

    Not a great minute for Mesut Ozil, a slip robbing Germany of the chance of a quick counter, before he pulls out of a tackle in midfield. Got to be stronger there.

    Marcelo then has the first shot of the night but skims it wide.

  • Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at1 min

    Bastian Schweinsteiger was visibly beaming with delight as they kicked off. They don't do nerves in Munich...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "That was one of the best renditions of a national anthem I have ever seen. It was unbelievable, from start to finish. Every single Brazilian in the stadium was singing."

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 0-0 Germany

    Posted at0 mins

    Germany, in their snazzy red and black away kit, get us going...

  •  

    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    David Cushing: Class, style, skill and pace against the workman-like hosts.

    Chris Gilbert: Germany is the stronger team, but Brazil have the home advantage, which is big with those fans. I think Germany will shade it.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Brazil have home advantage. They will obviously play for Neymar and they'll be playing to get to the final for captain Thiago Silva. They also have a wily old man in charge who has done it before. It'll be a long night, but Brazil will win it."

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    But Brazil's anthem is something else altogether. With the addition of that a capella second verse after the music has stopped they have really made it their own.

    Tremendous. Passion? You bet.

    David Luiz and Julio Cesar clutch a Neymar 10 shirt as they belt it out. Brilliant. Even all 11 mascots are at full throttle....

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    Germany score high in the anthem-off, with Thomas Muller raising the stakes with a cheeky wink to the camera.

    Nervous Tommy?

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:53

    Big Phil hands Joachim Low a present in a Brazil bag - that's awkward. Low hasn't got Phil anything and has to do that little shrug and slope off...

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "If I was to say who is going to win the game I would say it will be who defends better."

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:51

    The players are in the tunnel. Here we go...

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:48

    Germany may be in their fourth World Cup semi-final in a way but it is 24 years since they won it - and 18 years since they won anything, with Euro 96 their most recent success.

    That's too long for Germany to wait. Is this their year?

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Cristiano Ronaldo said from his time in Portugal that Luiz Felipe Scolari creates a family environment and becomes the father figure. That puts a player at ease and you know if that's the case you feel relaxed as a player. He takes the expectations off the players and on to himself."

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "I like Luiz Felipe Scolari. I think he is pragmatic, single minded, immune to criticism and stands or falls by his results.

    "David Luiz's concentration levels have to be 100 per cent. In this tournament he has done alright, made some good interceptions, but at this stage one mistake could be fatal and you always feel there is a mistake there."

  • Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "It's perfect conditions for playing football and the first 10 or 15 minutes will be key.

    "Germany will try to isolate Dante or David Luiz as neither of them are the most disciplined of defenders, and maybe Germany can exploit their weaknesses."

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:43

    Just over 15 minutes to go until kick-off then - which means 10 minutes until the anthems.

    If there was a World Cup of anthems Brazil would win it hands down - beating Italy in the final...

  • Juninho

    Former Brazil and Middlesbrough midfielder

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "In 2002 there were more experienced guys in the Brazil team, more quality players who could decide the match. This group though are stronger as a unit maybe.

    "I have been in the changing rooms and felt there was a light atmosphere, they are very strong and that makes me believe that Brazil go to the final."

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Huge roar for Belo Horizonte local boy Bernard when his name appeared on the big screens. What a task for him tonight, filling the gap left by the injured Neymar. Luiz Felipe Scolari said Brazil had put his injury behind them - but that may yet prove easier said than done."

  • Fly on the wall

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:38

    It does not look particularly lavish but there is no doubting the colour. Will the mood be as bright in Brazil's dressing room in a couple of hours?

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "I think Germany are a decent team and have great goalscorer in Miroslav Klose and good guy behind him in Thomas Muller, who can play left or right. They have mental toughness about them."

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:37

    Imagine following Germany at a major tournament.

    "Have we got flights and hotels booked for at least the semi-finals lads?"

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Brazil are missing their two best players. Now it's a question of who is going to stand up and take responsibility. Will David Luiz step up and organise the back four like Thiago Silva does and who is going to add the flair? They are the questions that will be asked today."

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "I don't think we have seen a great team yet and that is usually to the detriment of the tournament. But you have got any one of the four sides in the semi-finals who could win it, it is wide open. Germany v Brazil are two of the giants of world football vying for a place in the World Cup final in Brazil. That is a mouth-watering prospect."

    You can watch by clicking the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:33

    This man captains his side tonight.

    Scorer of one of the great World Cup free-kicks last time out, can David Luiz inspire those around him again?

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:32

    Quick straw poll: Who would pick Maicon over Dani Alves?

  • LINE-UPS

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Dante, Luiz, Marcelo, Gustavo, Fernandinho, Hulk, Oscar, Bernard, Fred. Subs: Jefferson, Dani Alves, Paulinho, Maxwell, Henrique, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian, Jo, Victor.

  • LIVE NOW

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:30

    Stick BBC One on, or watch at the top of the screen - our coverage is under way...

  • LINE-UPS

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Muller, Kroos, Ozil, Klose. Subs: Zieler, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Schurrle, Podolski, Draxler, Durm, Mertesacker, Gotze, Kramer, Weidenfeller.

  • Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "The back four will have to be superb for Brazil tonight and will have to maintain their concentration throughout the 93 or 123 minutes.

    "The role for David Luiz is vital. He has to have one of the games of his life, but also one of his most disciplined performances.

    "He has to play as a true centre-half today and if he does not play well, then Brazil will have real concerns."

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:26

    Fernandinho was a man possessed against Colombia, charging around and putting tackles in like David Batty in his prime.

    Who will the Manchester City man target this evening - Mesut Ozil? Thomas Muller?

  • Stat attack

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:25

    Germany have trailed for just eight minutes at the 2014 World Cup so far.

    Brazil midfielder Fernandinho has committed 10 fouls in his last two World Cup matches without being booked.

    Germany have used the fewest players in this World Cup among the four semi-finalists - 17.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Germany's players have just emerged to warm up and received what can best be described as a loud Brazilian raspberry. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be key tonight and he looked the calmest man in the Estadio Mineirao going through his routines.

    "Brazil are also out now after completing the usual lengthy bout of hugging and very visible team bonding."

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:20

    Joachim Low steps out into the Belo Horizonte evening carrying a glass of his favourite tipple. It looks like Scotch on the rocks but I'm sure it isn't. Apple juice?

    Either way he looks as relaxed as he could possibly be.

  • How will Brazil line up?

    Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:19

    Scolari's standard 4-2-3-1 system

    BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery analysed how Brazil can flourish in the tournament without Neymar here. The above graphic was one of his potential line-ups and it has been proved correct, with Bernard favoured over Willian.

    "This has been Scolari's base system for over a year now, since the pieces started to come together at the start of last June with the entry of Gustavo." he said.

    "Maintaining the formation would be a gesture of faith in his players and in the depth of his squad. Willian has been seen as the first reserve for either Neymar or Oscar. Indeed, before the tournament there was a media push for him to be in the side in place of his Chelsea team-mate.

    "The impression is that he has lost ground over the course of the last few weeks."

  • Brazil v Germany (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:16

    Both sets of players look remarkably calm given the pressure of tonight's game. Brazil are captained by David Luiz tonight in a back four featuring some very big

Posted on Tuesday 8th July 2014

Argentina 1 - Belgium 0

Argentina reached their first World Cup semi-final since finishing as runners-up in 1990 with victory over Belgium in Brasilia.

Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal at Estadio Nacional, a thunderous early volley that ended his run of six international games without a goal.

But Belgium's so-called golden generation were undone by another quicksilver Lionel Messi performance, as Argentina set up a last-four encounter with either the Netherlands or Costa Rica in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Match statistics

Argentina

 

Belgium

1

Goals

0

2

Shots on target

1

3

Shots off target

6

5

Blocked Shots

3

3

Corners

4

11

Fouls

14

46

Possession %

54

The two-time champions again failed to reach their fluid best, and it is significant that all five of their wins at this World Cup have been by a single goal.

Belgium went out with something of a whimper, lacking cohesion, creativity and precision and only threatening late on when they played one long ball after another towards Marouane Fellaini.

But on the day he equalled Diego Maradona's haul of 91 caps for Argentina, Messi stood apart, with a performance of majesty that propelled his side into the last four.

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At times, he was balletic, at others he was bold. He played 40-yard passes with the precision of a master craftsman and pirouetted away from danger time and again.

Sharper to the ball, more urgent in possession, Argentina started the quicker of the sides.

With Brazil striker Neymar confined to a wheelchair, there was a sense the tournament needed one of its superstars to produce a performance to remember. Messi did not disappoint.

Belgium did not help themselves, however. Captain Vincent Kompany gave possession away carelessly inside his own half after eight minutes, the ball running to Messi.

The Barcelona forward spun away from two defenders and clipped a pass to Angel Di Maria. His pass was deflected into the path of Higuain, who swivelled and volleyed unerringly beyond Thibaut Courtois to send the tens of thousands of Argentina fans in the stadium into raptures.

Match facts 

Argentina and Belgium mustered three shots on target, the lowest tally in a World Cup knockout game since the 1990 final.

Gonzalo Higuain has matched Lionel Messi's total of five World Cup goals for Argentina, having played nine games compared to Messi's 13.

This is the first time in World Cup history that Brazil and Argentina have both appeared in the semi-finals.

Belgium only conceded three goals in their five games at the 2014 World Cup finals.

There was more Messi magic to come. Argentina's talisman danced his way through a crowd of Belgium players before being clipped on the edge of the area. His resulting free-kick curled narrowly wide but Belgium were on the back foot.

For much of the opening 45 minutes, the Red Devils were insipid, not inventive.

Kevin de Bruyne stung Sergio Romero's palms from distance and Kevin Mirallas headed a Jan Vertonghen cross narrowly wide, but there was little pace or purpose.

With Messi in the spotlight, Eden Hazard struggled to escape the shadow. Belgium were caught between wanting to throw caution to the wind and a fear of what Argentina might do on the counter attack.

An example came 10 minutes into the second half, when Mirallas lost the ball after a swift Belgium break. Higuain raced away, nutmegged Kompany and skimmed a curling shot onto the crossbar.

The introduction of substitutes Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens was an attempt to change that dynamic.

With time running out, Vertonghen found Fellaini, who headed over. Moments later, Ezequiel Garay almost deflected De Bruyne's cross into his own net. Hazard was replaced by Tottenham's Nacer Chadli as Marc Wilmots played his last card.

Belgium poured forward in search of a goal that might take them to extra time, but failed to produce a moment that called Romero into serious action. Messi had a chance to cap his display with a late goal, only for Courtois to smother his shot when the pair faced each other one on one.

With time running out, Belgium came again, Lukaku prodding a ball across goal before Axel Witsel fired the rebound over. But Argentina and Messi stood firm.

Gonzalo Higuain ended an international scoring drought of 528 minutes when he struck the winner.

Angel Di Maria was a constant thorn in the Belgium defence before he was injured in the first half.

Argentina supporters outnumbered their Belgian rivals inside the Estadio Nacional, but there were still plenty of Red Devils fans providing a splash of red colour in the stands.

This is the first time since 1986 (2-1 v England) that Argentina have won a quarter-final outright in 90 minutes

Lionel Messi earned his 91st cap for Argentina, moving him level with Diego Maradona.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (3) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Argentina

  • 01 Romero
  • 04 Zabaleta
  • 23 Basanta
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 15 Demichelis
  • 02 Garay
  • 07 Di María (Pérez - 33' )
  • 06 Biglia Booked
  • 09 Higuaín (Gago - 81' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 22 Lavezzi (Palacio - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Campagnaro
  • 05 Gago
  • 08 Pérez
  • 11 Rodríguez
  • 12 Orión
  • 13 Fernández
  • 17 Fernández
  • 18 Palacio
  • 19 Álvarez
  • 20 Agüero
  • 21 Andujar

Belgium

  • 01 Courtois
  • 02 Alderweireld Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 06 Witsel
  • 15 van Buyten
  • 04 Kompany
  • 11 Mirallas (Mertens - 60' )
  • 08 Fellaini
  • 17 Origi (Lukaku - 59' )
  • 07 De Bruyne
  • 10 Hazard Booked (Chadli - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Vermaelen
  • 09 Lukaku
  • 12 Mignolet
  • 13 Bossut
  • 14 Mertens
  • 16 Defour
  • 18 Lombaerts
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 20 Januzaj
  • 21 Vanden Borre
  • 22 Chadli
  • 23 Ciman
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MATCH STATS

Possession54%46%90minsArgentinaBelgium

Shots

1010

On target

21

Corners

34

Fouls

1114

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full TimeMatch ends, Argentina 1, Belgium 0.

90:00+5:00Full time

Full TimeSecond Half ends, Argentina 1, Belgium 0.

90:00+4:49

Attempt missed. Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lucas Biglia with a headed pass.

90:00+4:07

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

90:00+3:24

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Gago.

90:00+0:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:45

Delay in match Enzo Pérez (Argentina) because of an injury.

88:36

Hand ball by Daniel van Buyten (Belgium).

87:49

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by José Basanta.

86:33

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).

86:33

José Basanta (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:05

Offside, Belgium. Dries Mertens tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

84:19

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

84:17

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

83:56

Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:56

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina).

83:14

Offside, Belgium. Daniel van Buyten tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

82:48

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:48

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

81:52

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

81:52

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:43Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Argentina. Fernando Gago replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

78:41

Foul by Axel Witsel (Belgium).

78:41

Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:02

Offside, Belgium. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Nacer Chadli is caught offside.

76:01

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

75:17

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

74:52Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Belgium. Nacer Chadli replaces Eden Hazard.

74:21Booking

BookingLucas Biglia (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:13

Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:13

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

73:38

Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:40

Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:40

Dangerous play by José Basanta (Argentina).

71:41

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

71:41

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:26

Offside, Argentina. Javier Mascherano tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

70:13Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Argentina. Rodrigo Palacio replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.

67:50Booking

BookingToby Alderweireld (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:47

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Belgium).

67:47

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:06

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:06

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

63:08

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Belgium).

63:08

Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:32

Offside, Belgium. Dries Mertens tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

61:15

Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:15

Foul by Lucas Biglia (Argentina).

60:48

Foul by Dries Mertens (Belgium).

60:48

Enzo Pérez (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:16

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen with a cross following a set piece situation.

59:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:23

Delay in match Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) because of an injury.

59:05Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Belgium. Dries Mertens replaces Kevin Mirallas.

58:53Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Belgium. Romelu Lukaku replaces Divock Origi.

54:20

Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Enzo Pérez.

53:33

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

52:50Booking

BookingEden Hazard (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:32

Lucas Biglia (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:32

Foul by Eden Hazard (Belgium).

50:48

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Daniel van Buyten.

50:46

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

46:35

Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:35

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Belgium).

45:00

Second Half begins Argentina 1, Belgium 0.

45:00+2:00Half time

Half TimeFirst Half ends, Argentina 1, Belgium 0.

45:00+1:13

Hand ball by Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina).

41:57

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

41:15

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen with a cross.

39:50

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

38:06

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

38:06

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:17

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

33:17

Martín Demichelis (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:41Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Argentina. Enzo Pérez replaces Ángel Di María because of an injury.

32:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:39

Delay in match Ángel Di María (Argentina) because of an injury.

31:16

Divock Origi (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:16

Foul by Ezequiel Garay (Argentina).

29:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:28

Delay in match Ángel Di María (Argentina) because of an injury.

27:39

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

25:44

Vincent Kompany (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:44

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

25:31

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

22:49

Offside, Belgium. Vincent Kompany tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside.

22:02

Offside, Belgium. Toby Alderweireld tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

18:42

Foul by Lionel Messi (Argentina).

18:42

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:07

Attempt missed. Vincent Kompany (Belgium) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

16:25

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

15:37

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:37

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

14:09

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by José Basanta.

12:55

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard following a fast break.

12:25

Attempt blocked. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

7:29Goal scored

Goal!Goal! Argentina 1, Belgium 0. Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

5:44

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

5:33

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:33

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

3:37

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Biglia.

1:18

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:18

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Argentina).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Posted on Saturday 5th July 2014

Netherlands 4-3 Costa Rica - Dirk Kuyt

      • "Van Gaal will take all the plaudits, and the Netherlands probably deserved it. But Costa Rica, their endeavour, absolutely wonderful."

      • Netherlands into semi-finals

        Posted at23:48

        Tim Krul shares a warm embrace from Jasper Cillessen, the goalkeeper who lost his place just for the shootout - where goalkeepers can become heroes.

      • Netherlands into semi-finals

        Posted at23:48

        Harsh on Costa Rica, who put in a magnificent shift. I didn't like to see some of the antics from Tim Krul but you can't argue with the impact he made. What a World Cup debut...

      • Netherlands into semi-finals

        Posted at23:47

        They've done it! Tim Krul came off the bench to save two penalties! Another masterstroke from Louis van Gaal...

      SCORES!

      Netherlands 4-3 Costa Rica - Dirk Kuyt

      Posted at

      The best so far, right into the bottom left corner. No chance for Navas, four out of four for the Dutch.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 3-3 Costa Rica - Christian Bolanos

      Posted at

      More mind games from Krul, delaying tactics, but they don't affect Bolanos.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 3-2 Costa Rica - Wesley Sneijder

      Posted at

      Navas goes early and Sneijder picks his spot.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 2-2 Costa Rica - Giancarlo Gonzalez

      Posted at

      Mind games here with Tim Krul looking to disrupt proceedings. But Gonzalez is having none of it. Excellent penalty.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 2-1 Costa Rica - Arjen Robben

      Posted at

      Calm and collected as you might expect. Navas goes the wrong way and it's advantage Netherlands.

    • SAVED!

      Netherlands 1-1 Costa Rica - Bryan Ruiz

      Posted at

      This time Krul gets a hand to it and parries it away.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 1-1 Costa Rica - Robin van Persie

      Posted at

      Keeper goes the right way but that one is right in the corner. Relief on Robin van Persie's face.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 0-1 Costa Rica - Celso Borges

      Posted at

      Low and into the corner, firmly struck. Krul goes the right way but through it goes.

    • Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica

      Posted at

      Costa Rica to go first.

    • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

      MOTD analyst

      Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica

      Posted at

      "I took one penalty for Liverpool in a pre-season and the goalkeeper made a terrific save. European Cup final in Rome I just didn't want to take one."

    • Former England captain Alan Shearer

      MOTD analyst

      Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica

      Posted at

      "Whatever happens for Costa Rica, it has been a great success story for them."

      You can watch the penalties by clicking on the Live Coverage at the top of the page.

    • Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica

      Posted at23:38

      Here we go. Penalties coming up...

    • Former England international Chris Waddle

      BBC Radio 5 live

      Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica

      Posted at

      "Netherlands have great players, there are five penalty takers you can name straight away but what is interesting is that they have changed the goalkeeper.

      "At the 1990 World Cup I remember wondering whether we could have brought on Dave Beasant for England, who was more of a specialist penalty specialist than Peter Shilton."

    • Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica

      Posted at23:37

      Costa Rica scored all five kicks against Greece last Sunday. Who wants this then?

    Netherlands midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong will miss the remainder of the tournament with a groin injury.

    Wesley Sneijder has been nursing a slight back strain picked up in the win over Mexico and will be assessed.

    Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas should be fit despite missing training earlier in the week with a shoulder injury.

    The Central Americans have defensive problems, with Oscar Duarte banned and Roy Miller out with a foot problem.

Posted on Saturday 5th July 2014

France 0-1 Germany

  • "France fell short. They looked entertaining in the group stage but have beaten today by a better team, with more experience at this level, who knew how to see out the game.

    "Germany dominated the midfield and dictated the pace of the game, while France were well off their own pace today."

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    Gary Durham: "France seem to have departed with a Gallic shrug."

    Thomas Broadley: "The French can have no complaints. World Cup quarter final and they didn't even give it a go. No urgency, tempo or desire."

    John Pierce: "Poor game, a real lack of clarity on the game plans settled by a set piece, dull as dishwater. Massive disappointment."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at19:03

    "We wanted to see better football in the second half but France weren't able to produce it. I was surprised at their lack of urgency and their lack of spring. Other than one or two opportunities that Benzema created for himself there was very little from France. What a very good decision it was from the German manager to leave Per Mertesacker out."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at19:02

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at19:00

    Missed any of the action from the Maracana? Handily, you are already able to catch up in the three-minute highlights package at the top of this page.

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    Still Obannon: "France have been alarmingly poor today, No cutting edge No pace in attack and they are rightly out."

    Marwan Alshiekh: "It won't be a competitive semi-final without Germany. The Frenchmen had performed well in this tournament as an overall."

    Loz Smith: "1-0 down and they take off Valbuena, their most creative player, for Giroud... Wow."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:58

    "We said right at the start of the afternoon that Germany seem to know how to get through without playing brilliantly. The Germans are exhausted, we know that, but they just took the snap out of the French in the last 15 minutes. They seem to know game management better than anyone else."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:57

    Young French midfielder Antoine Griezmann breaks down in floods of tears on the Maracana pitch. Awww, someone give him a big hug, please. Team-mate Paul Pogba obliges.

    The German players look pleased with themselves as they go over to clap their fans behind the goal. No over-exuberant celebrations though - they know they have failed at the last-four stage in each of the last two finals.

  • FULL-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:54

    Now it is officially all over. Referee Nestor Pitana blows his whistle for the final time. Germany move into the World Cup semi-finals for the a record fourth successive tournament!

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at90+4 mins

    Big chance! Karim Benzema plays a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud in the German box, but Germany keeper Manuel Neuer paws clear with a strong right hand. Benzema knows it is all over for the French.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at90+2 mins

    Germany are content to run down the clock as France substitute Olivier Giroud is kippered by Andre Schurrle. Schurrle draws Giroud into a clumsy foul which serves to tick down the clock. Germany almost there....

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at90 mins

    Their team might be losing but the pained expression on the French fans in the Maracana stands turn to smiles when they spot their mugs on the big screen. Someone have a word....

    Back on the pitch, their team continue to chip away at the German defence. But in truth they don't look like hurting them as Mats Hummels block another probing pass. Four minutes of stoppage time between Germany and the semi-finals.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at88 mins

    Low key would be one way to describe this second half - but the Germans will not be complaining.

    Andre Schurrle has another chance to kill off the French, but blasts a low shot into the stomach of Les Bleus defender Raphael Varane. They hurt. A lot.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "A subdued atmosphere in the stands, little activity on the touchline and a scrappy encounter on the pitch. This match is badly in need of an equaliser if we are to see anything like the drama witnessed so far in this tournament."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at85 mins

    Another throw of the tactical dice from both managers. Mesut Ozil is replaced by Mario Gotze in a like-for-like change for Germany, while France - as they must - make a more attacking switch. Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud replaces midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

    Five minutes for Les Bleus to stay in this World Cup.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "The offside decision for the German counter attack was very tight but that should have been game finished there and then for Andre Schurrle and Germany.

    "You have to applaud the French. They have made the change and now Antoine Griezmann, Loic Remy, Karim Benzenma and Mathieu Valbuena are all up there.

    "The two yellow cards Germany have had in this game have both been great yellow cards. It sounds cynical but both stopped great chances for France on the break."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at82 mins

    End to end stuff now! A France free-kick pinballs around the German penalty area before it cannons off Mats Hummels head and out for a corner. Germany keeper Manuel Neuer gathers the set-piece and launches a quick counter attack. Surely Andre Schurrle must score? Nope, the German substitute rushes his shot and fires straight at Hugo Lloris.

    How costly could that be?

  • YELLOW CARD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at80 mins

    The French break quickly on the counter as a German move breaks down through Mesut Ozil on the edge of the opposition box. Antoine Griezmann could be in as he flies forward at pace, but is hauled down by Bastian Schweinsteiger. That is the very definition of a professional foul.

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    Bob: "France need to find the Go switch, at this rate they are going home!"

    AADZ: "The Germans have the French shackled! Where's the world-class midfield now? Seen nothing of Pogba & co."

    Josh Jackman: "We were so spoiled by that ridiculously dramatic second round."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport at the Maracana

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "An odd scene in the stands as the pockets of Brazil fans begin singing their own songs in an attempt to improve a low-key atmosphere, drawing resounding boos from the German masses around them. Stewards are currently moving in to deal with an incident."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "I just think that if Karim Benzema let the ball run through to Mathieu Valbuena, it might have had a different outcome. Benzema did well, and his shot was blocked but if he let it run through Valbuena was waiting."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at77 mins

    Here's the French onslaught. Karim Benzema swivels in the box before seeing his volley blocked by a brilliant sliding challenge from Mats Hummels. Then, Blaise Matuidi tries his luck from a narrow angle, forcing Manuel Neuer to punch clear at his near post. Didier Deschamps fist-pumps his team forward from the touchline.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at75 mins

    Not yet. In fact, it is the French defence which is being stretched. Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil combine to create half a chance, shortly after Andre Schurrle picked another hole in Les Bleus' backline.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at73 mins

    Now Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps makes his statement of intent. Off comes holding midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who is replaced by ex-Newcastle team-mate Loic Remy. Can his pace stretch the tiring Germans?

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "I will have to think about that French change long and hard - when you have to score a goal why would you replace a centre-back with a centre-back? Especially when Mamadou Sakho looked perfectly fine.

    "Andre Schurrle was unlucky not to start, I think he is having a great tournament. With his pace he could be the German player to have the most impact on this second half because his team-mates are beginning to run out of legs, there is no doubt about it."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at71 mins

    Here's the substitution that the French have been crying out for. Wait - it's not Olivier Giroud. It's not Loic Remy. It's Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who trots on in place for Mamadou Sakho. Hmmm...

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at70 mins

    Andre Schurrle almost becomes an instant hero within seconds of his introduction. The German forward is agonisingly close to sticking his toe on to Thomas Muller's wicked low cross from the right.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at69 mins

    These Brazilians are a hard crowd to please. The neutrals in the Maracana are whistling and jeering as the match becomes a little flat.

    And here's the German change we expected. Chelsea player Schurrle, who has scored in each of his last five internationals, replaces Klose who will not become the World Cup's outright leading scorer today.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at67 mins

    Rather surprisingly it is Germany who blink first. Joachim Low is preparing to bring on Andre Schurrle - which could signal the end of Miroslav Klose's afternoon.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at65 mins

    France striker Karim Benzema chests down a deep ball towards the far post but is halted by the referee's whistle as he prepares to thump a shot goalwards. Handball apparently. Benzema looks as bemused as everyone else.

    The game is all very bitty now. Neither side is taking it by the scruff of the neck - but it is the French who need to.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "A great save from Manuel Neuer. Other goalkeepers would have punched that but Neuer gets there with ease, catches it and puts his team back in possession.

    "One of the debates I don't want to have is who has been the best goalkeeper at this World Cup - that is a tough one."

    Only one way to settle this - by going to the punters. Who would you choose between the sticks in your team of the tournament? Tweet #bbcworldcup, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

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    Barry Nolan: "This is a game where Remy could make a difference."

    Shaun Grey: "France going out with a bit of a wimper at this rate."

    Max: "Hope France don't end up kicking themselves for tossing away the first 45 minutes without pressurising."

    Tweet #bbcworldcup, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page,Google+ page or text (UK only) 81111.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at60 mins

    France midfielder Blaise Matuidi's surging runs are familiar to those of you who follow Ligue 1 and the Paris St-Germain man produces another here on the international stage. But his cut-back from the left wing is intercepted by Bastian Schweinsteiger's sliding challenge.

    Moments later, Germany keeper Manuel Neuer breaks sweat for the first time since the break when he plucks Raphael Varane's free header out of the still Rio air.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "This is definitely no longer a Germany-dominated game. For the first time Antoine Griezmann is allowed to go and break into space and that is a clear yellow card for Sami Khedira, who brings Griezmann down when France had an extra man on the break.

    "The French have opened up and Griezmann and Mathieu Valbuena are trying to stay up as close to Karim Benzema as they can. But the Germans love to play on the break too."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at57 mins

    Didier Deschamps looks rather pensive from his vantage down in the shade of the French dugout. Time for a change soon perhaps? Almost all of his subs are warming up behind the Germany goal.

  • YELLOW CARD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at54 mins

    Referee Nestor Pitana, like a strict headmaster, scrawls the first name into his notebook after calling over Sami Khedira for a ticking off. The Germany midfielder grapples with Antoine Griezmann in a move more akin to WWE and rightly sees yellow.

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    Maria Doherty on the BBC Sport Google+ page: "Mathieu Valbuena is the one who will break through for France... either he will assist or score. Germany's back line will be eventually be caught out."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at52 mins

    I've hardly mentioned Mesut Ozil, who looks a shadow of the man who lit up the Premier League in the early days of his time at Arsenal last year. But the German finally shows signs of life, pounding down the left channel of the French box to force a corner. France keeper Hugo Lloris comes to collect the set-piece, is under pressure from Mats Hummels, and is rather fortunate to get a free-kick for his efforts.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "I have to say that Mamadou Sakho looked miles offside, the linesman left his flag down but might have raised it if Sakho had got a touch.

    "France lifted it a little bit towards the end of the first half but Germany had also taken their foot off the gas a little just to control the game. That is what France have to do again now. They have to realise that they are in the quarter-finals of the World Cup and have to give everything they have got to give.

    "There may be questions about the Germans being tired after the Algeria game, well France have to go and ask that question and find out."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at49 mins

    France midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is again causing a nuisance of himself. He wins a cheap free-kick off Bastian Schweinsteiger and the little man's set-piece almost catches the German defence napping. But France defender Mamadou Sakho, who looks suspiciously offside, cannot call Manuel Neuer into action.

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    Jeff Logan: "Bad move by France by playing the 4-3-3 formation against strong teams. I would bring Giroud up and play Benzema on the left."

    Harshit Khare: "Germans going about it in their usual well oiled manner. The French need to invoke the Rousseau within. Where is the romance!?"

    Peter McMillan: "Is this the stage where the World Cup loses momentum? More pedestrian pace in France v Germany. Hope it picks up."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at47 mins

    Mathieu Valbuena skips into space down the German left, twice in quick succession, only to see both of his flat crosses thumped clear by a white shirt. Promising start from the Deschamps-inspired French.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:04

    France striker Karim Benzema nudges the ball forward as referee Nestor Pitana gives his whistle a short, sharp shrill. Game on.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:04

    No sign of Loic Remy yet - or any other changes - as the players remerge from the Maracana tunnel.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:03

    "You expect Raphael Varane to be stronger in his challenge with Mats Hummels for the goal but Germany thoroughly deserve their lead. They have dominated midfield and have had a good shape.

    "I want to see more energy and movement from France. We have not yet seen the best from Antoine Griezmann or Mathieu Valbuena. Maybe they will come into the game as Germany tire, but I would think about bringing on the pace of Loic Remy.

    "The France manager Didier Deschamps will say: 'Germany have had illness and travelled a lot - let's up the tempo and see what happens.'"

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    Former France midfielder Patrick Vieira: "Frustrating first half, showing too much respect. We have to be more brave & play at our full potential which we haven't done yet."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at18:02

    This current crop will, I'm sure, be getting a rousing team-talk from French coach Didier Deschamps as they aim to continue this proud record.

    Deschamps is a man accustomed to rallying the troops - as anyone who has seen that footage of the World Cup-winning skipper cajoling his team-mates in the 1998 final will testify. The then-Les Bleus skipper goes around the dressing room, whispering encouragement and pointers to his pals - including Zinedine Zidane, who is on the floor having a massage. Remarkable scenes.

  • Match of the Day vote

    Who will win the World Cup?

    Posted at

    They are beating France in this match and many of you think they will go all the way. Yes, Germany topped our Match of the Day vote on who you believe will win the World Cup.

    Tens of thousands of you voted and it was close. Germany edged out Netherlands and Colombia. Perhaps a little surprisingly, many of you had less faith in hosts Brazil and Lionel Messi's Argentina, who secured 15% and 14% of the vote respectively.

    Full results are in the voting section of this page.

    Thank you for taking part.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:58

    "It's been a good battle out there but Germany have just edged it. France look dangerous on the break, particularly with that German high line, and they've been caught out once or twice. It's a good game."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport at the Maracana

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:57

    "There was applause from the France bench as the half-time whistle went - they would have been desperate to avoid conceding a second goal and actually ended the first 45 minutes on the front foot.

    "Germany also looked content with their work - they're closing in on an unprecedented fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final."

  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:55

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:53

    Former Netherlands forward Ruud Gullit on Match of the Day: "It is difficult for the Germans to find space, it is difficult for both sides but Germany have the initiative and try to make the play. The danger is always waiting for the counter attack."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:52

    "Didier Deschamps will be saying get Paul Pogba and Mathieu Valbuena on the ball as often as possible in the second half because they can make things happen."

  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:50

    So far so good for Die Mannschaft. They are 45 minutes from another place in the history books.

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    Posted at

    Juicy Luc: "That sweeper just turned into a decent goalkeeper!"

    Donald Oluoch: "What's up with the new diving trend in this World Cup? Player simulation has been professionalised. Klose taking after Robben."

    Sharon Manak: "The Germans are solid and fearless they've really done their homework, the French look tired."

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  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at17:48

    And there's little time for France to mount another attack. Germany head into the bowels of the Maracana holding a vital lead. Mats Hummels' header separating the European giants.

  • INJURY TIME

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at45 mins

    One minute of stoppage time before the half-time oranges are dished out.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Karim Benzema is such a typical centre-forward - he walks around with hunched shoulders and doesn't want to close players down but give him the ball in his favourite area and he comes alive. Manuel Neuer was in the right place again."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at44 mins

    Karim Benzema is finding pockets of space in the German defence now. The Real Madrid man peels off to the left, picks up Paul Pogba's raking pass, cuts inside two German defenders and.... fires tamely into Manuel Neuer's arms.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at43 mins

    Almost a decent chance for the French. Karim Benzema peels off his marker into space, but Mats Hummels wakes up to stick his gut into the path of the France striker's header.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "That chance for Mathieu Valbuena has finally given the France supporters something to cheer about. They were looking fairly dejected until then, preferring to jeer opposition possession rather than will their own team forward.

    "But Les Blues are starting to expose Germany's high defensive line and will be confident of working their way back into this match."

    You can watch Valbuena's chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at41 mins

    Germany win a free-kick in an identical spot to the one which set up the opening goal - but this time the French get their act together and head clear. Under five minutes for Les Bleus to grab an equaliser before half-time.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at39 mins

    Play restarts after confused-looking referee Nestor Pitana asks Germany's Thomas Muller where he should start play from. "Just outside the France area" was presumably his reply..

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Manuel Neuer's save from Mathieu Valbuena was absolutely first class, somehow he sticks out a left hand - for me that is one of the saves of the tournament.

    "What France need in midfield is a Michel Platini - somebody who can play that ball over the top of the Germany defence so it just sits up. Karim Benzema is not working hard enough - he is leaving it to the wide players to make that run in behind when it should be him."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at37 mins

    Lawro also reckons that Manuel Neuer is "without a doubt" the best goalkeeper in the world. Think a few others might have something to say about that...

    Short break as Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is whacked in the head by a loose ball. Both sets of players take advantage by putting plenty of fluids in the tank.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "A brilliant save, a good run and then a good ball in also. There was great pressure on Karim Benzema after the first save from Mathieu Valbuena, who did well to get his shot away from the angle he was in. France carry a threat."

    Watch Valbuena's chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at34 mins

    Now it's France turn to pile on the pressure. Germany keeper Manuel Neuer gets his gloves mucky for the first time, springing into action to palm away Mathieu Valbuena's effort as Karim Benzema prods wide the rebound with the aid of a deflection. Then, Mahadou Sakha heads over the cross bar from the resulting corner. Warning signs for the Germans.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at33 mins

    Another Germany penalty shout is met by another blank expression from referee Nestor Pitana. Thomas Muller, socks rolled down like his 1970s namesake Gerd, goes down under a clumsy challenge from Mathieu Debuchy. Not enough contact for me.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at31 mins

    A flurry of German corners as they look to entice France keeper Hugo Lloris off his goal-line. He bites on the bait like a hungry koi carp, but gets away with a failed attempt to punch clear as one of his defenders head away the danger.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at28 mins

    Great to see Germany skipper Philipp Lahm in a more familiar position at right-back. The 'Magic Dwarf' as he is nicknamed - honestly - rises highest to nod back a French cross safely to keeper Manuel Neuer. All under control.

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    Posted at

    Lewis Borlase: "I wonder how many chances the wasteful Benzema will waste today."

    Nathan Bright: "In typical German fashion they've just put a towel down to reserve their spot in the semi-finals."

    Jacques O'Neill: "Pogba is not the future, he is not a Zidane, Deco, Rui Costa or Riquelme. He has strength energy etc he could be a Vieira."

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  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at25 mins

    Moments later, Germany threaten again. Thomas Muller aims to race on to a through ball which cuts apart the French defence. But Patrice Evra and Hugo Lloris do just about enough between them to snuff out the danger.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "It was tight whether Miroslav Klose was offside or not but there is a definite pull there. Mathieu Debuchy did it quietly on the blind side of the referee, who could not see it."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Maybe he should have controlled it and had a shot instead. What was that all about?"

  • PENALTY APPEAL

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at24 mins

    Miroslav klose tumbles to the turf inside the French box. Penalty? Not according to referee Nestor Pitana. And his opinion is the only one which counts. He's having none of it. Too theatrical from Klose.

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at23 mins

    Karim Benzema is flagged offside for the second time in quick succession - that's like Darren Huckerby is his 1990s heyday. The French are settling into their stride as they try to keep the ball before looking for the quick ball forward which worked so well for Algeria against Germany on Monday.

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    Massimo, in Italy, via text: "Germany are showing their strengths....play like this, World Cup is theirs!"

    Andrew via text: "Yes! That's exactly what this game needed, and early German goal. France looked happy to sit back, soak up the pressure and let the Germans play all of the football, no France have to go toe-to-toe now."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Germany are a long way ahead in terms of possession and they are not just holding the ball across the back line but trying to break through France - it's possession for a purpose.

    "At the moment this is a game of really high technical quality but things will really take off if France can score one back."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • It's all in the head

    France 0-1 Germany

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  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at20 mins

    Are the French already showing signs of frustration? Yohan Cabaye slams late into Miroslav Klose, crudely cutting down the veteran Germany striker. That's no way to treat a World Cup record goalscorer...

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at19 mins

    Joachim Low, looking resplendent in his usual all-in-black shirt and trousers combo, is already chewing on his fingernails in the German dug-out. Steady on Jogi, there's a long way to go yet. His players are firmly in control at the moment, midfield trio Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger dictating the tempo.

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    Tom McGrath: "Quality delivery. Quality header. Quality goal."

    Samuel Rhydderch: "Very clever set play from Germany, getting caught out with the long through balls from the French though ... Creative play."

    Adam Momoniat: "Varane is a great young player but has just been schooled there by Hummels, was nowhere near stopping the German scoring there."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Germany's celebrations were notable for their restraint. That opening goal is a reward for their early pressure, but there's a long way to go yet. Mats Hummels wheeled away to the corner flag but there was no over-exuberance.

    "On the touchline, coach Joachim Low threw his arms into the air but quickly pulled them down and regained his focus. The Germany fans, by contrast, are loving it."

  • France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at15 mins

    Have France got the stomach for the fight? Yup. They go on the attack as Mats Hummels returns to his day job, cutting out a teasing right-wing cross. Plenty of noise from the Germans inside the Maracana now.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "Toni Kroos put the ball into such a dangerous area and Mats Hummels just wanted it more than Rapahel Varane. Varane just didn't have enough power there and France have lost a goal through it.

    "Germany will now look to stretch the French as much as possible. But remember, France made chances before conceding that goal and they can make more. An early goal means it will be brilliantly open from now on."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-1 Germany

    Posted at

    "That was like the header Marouane Fellaini scored for Belgium [against Algeria]. He just helped push the ball on with his head. He was battling with Raphael Varane as well at the time, that was how difficult the finish was. Great for the game."

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    GOAL

    France 0-1 Germany - Mats Hummels

    Posted at12 mins

    Zut alors! Seconds after twice escaping themselves, the Germans grab the opener. They win a free-kick close to the left touchline and Toni Kroos dinks it into the packed French box. Mats Hummels outmuscles marker Raphael Varane to nod in his second of the tournament. Advantage Germany.

    You can watch the goal again via the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at11 mins

    Mathieu Valbuena is a tricky customer. The diminutive France midfielder tears another hole in the German defence, but pulls back to an empty patch of grass in the danger zone. Moments later, Antoine Griezmann does the same after latching on to a long ball. Double escape for the Germans.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst on MOTD

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "It was a great ball from Mathieu Valbuena. Quick look, dink to feet, but the finish from Karim Benzema should have been better. Not sure why he went with his sidefoot."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "France have joined the game at last, and that is relief as much as anything we can hear from the French fans. Karim Benzema tried to pass it into the net but playing against Manuel Neuer you have to give it some pace as well. Benzema will be thinking he should have put his foot through it."

  • CLOSE!

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at7 mins

    After riding out the early pressure, France break forward to create a decent chance. Karim Benzema is in confident mood, having scored three times in Brazil already, but fires a volley wide from Mathieu Valbuena's pull-back.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at6 mins

    Not sure who the locals will be supporting inside the Maracana. But the Germans appear to have some vocal support from an unlikely source - this trio of fed-up England fans...

    They will be happy because Germany are still dominating. Mamadou Sakho is needed to come to the rescue again, before Sami Khedira's throughball runs out for a France goal-kick.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at

    "Let's hope we don't see two European nations who are scared of each other and overly tactical. Let's hope they have learned something from the likes of Costa Rica and Mexico who have gone and attacked games - we're in the Maracana for goodness sake."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at3 mins

    Patrice Evra isn't shy of bombing down that Frrench left flank, but he is almost picked off by the Germans when he loses possession. But team-mate Mamadou Sakho hacks clear from inside his own penalty box. All Germany so far.

  • France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at2 mins

    Plenty of early possession for the Germans as they stroke the ball around between their back four and midfield pair of Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger. That draws plenty of boos from the French fans inside a sun-drenched Maracana.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-0 Germany

    Posted at17:02

    Ever-cool German boss Joachim Low looks relaxed as he surveys the scene from his position on the Maracana touchline. His players have the honour of kicking things off.

    It's show-time!

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    Posted at

    Eyeobel Gomini: "Today is the day Pogba will introduce himself as a top-class player!"

    A Karim: "You just know Klose will break the record today. It's bound to happen."

    JC Yes: "Hoping I'm totally wrong but got a feeling this might be a cagey, niggly match. Fingers crossed it's the opposite!"

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  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at17:00

    "A fairly low-key atmosphere is transformed into a din as the teams emerge from the tunnel into blazing sunshine at arguably the most famous and iconic football stadium in the world."

  • LINE-UPS

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:59

    We've just got time for one last check of the line-ups....

    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Valbuena, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Griezmann, Benzema. Subs: Ruffier, Landreau, Cabella, Giroud, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne, Sissoko, Remy, Koscielny, Schneiderlin.

    Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Howedes, Ozil, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Muller, Klose. Subs: Zieler, Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Schurrle, Podolski, Draxler, Durm, Mertesacker, Gotze, Kramer.

    Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:57

    Anthem time. The French belt out the familiar notes of La Marseillaise, before the Germans hit back with a rousing rendition of Das Lied der Deutschen. I'm calling that one a score-draw.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:55

    "France have gone with pace, they will press high and look to catch Germany on the counter attack. Germany will play slow football, there is not a lot of pace in the side so they will have to try to keep the ball and boss the midfield, which is of course a lot easier said than done."

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

    Got your Tricolore flag at the ready?

    Or are you wearing your Angela Merkel mask?

    These French and German fans inside the Maracana are - they are ready. Are you? Under 10 minutes until kick-off. So dash to the loo, stock up on the biscuits and sit down. You don't want to go anywhere for the next couple of hours.

    That familiar Fifa anthem is blaring out. Here are the teams....

  • Where are we?

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:51

    Estadio Do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

    Capacity: 76,804.

    Opened: 1950 (reopened after renovation in June 2013).

    Games played: 15 June, Argentina 2-1 Bosnia-Hercegovina; 18 June, Spain 0-2 Chile; 22 June, Belgium 1-0 Russia; 25 June, Ecuador 0-0 France; 28 June, Second-round, Colombia 2-0 Uruguay;

    Fixtures coming up: 4 July, Quarter-final, France v Germany; 13 July, World Cup final, 20:00.

    Background: Renovation of this iconic venue was completed just in time for the Confederations Cup last summer. Work only began in earnest in September 2010 - three years after Brazil was officially handed the World Cup. The stadium formally reopened on 2 June when Brazil drew 2-2 in a friendly with England, and hosted three Confederations Cup matches.

    Since then venue has resumed its role as the venue for derby matches between Rio's biggest teams - Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafago and Vasco da Gama.

    The pitch was re-laid in October 2013. It is one of four football venues for the 2016 Olympics and will also host the opening and closing ceremonies.

  • United colours of the World Cup

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:50

    An aerial view of some fans wearing a variety of different shirts, from Brazil to Nigeria, inside the Maracana. Any Leeds United shirts? Nope, thought not.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:49

    On Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer sweeping behind the defence:

    "It is high risk football by Manuel Neuer, if it doesn't come off it is a red card or a goal waiting to happen. It is not the way I like to play football but it is working for them at the moment."

    You can click on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page to view.

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Bilal Hashmi: "Starting Sakho over Koscielny is a really poor decision by Didier Deschamps. He's been their best defender in the last two games."

    Sadozaie: "I suspect Ozil might have a good game hence a 2-1 German win."

    Paul McCarthy: "Four years ago I saw Paul Pogba play for Man Utd in the final of the FA Youth Cup. Looked classy then, but just look at him now."

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:48

    Here's the view of our man in the Maracana - Dave Ornstein - as the players go through their final warm-ups. We are not jealous. Repeat after me everyone - we are not jealous. Yeah right.

  • Lawro's prediction

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:47

    Not Mark Lawrenson. Lawro - BBC Sport's very own Mystic Meg - isn't bad at predicting the future, correctly guessing all eight of the sides which would reach the quarter-finals. So who is he tipping to win at the Maracana?

    "This is the tie of the round. I expect this encounter to be very competitive as well, because they are both well matched," says the ex-Republic of Ireland defender.

    "Although some of Germany's games at this tournament have been close, they have been the better team in every game they have played."

    Lawro's prediction: France 0-2 Germany

  • Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "No surprise Per Mertesacker has been left out. He's been shocking, positional play terrible, as has all the back four! Karim Benzema is much better in a centre-forward position for France. And with Antoine Griezmann on the left, movement could be too much for the Germans. France to win 2-1."

    Anyone agree with Robbie?

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:45

    1 July: Germany 2-1 Algeria (aet)

    Germany survived a huge test of their World Cup credentials to see off underdogs Algeria in extra time and set up a quarter-final meeting with France.

    The three-time champions frequently looked rattled as an enterprising Algeria wasted a succession of chances in an open, exciting encounter, before Andre Schurrle finished from close range early in the first additional period.

    Mesut Ozil drilled in to double their lead and, although Abdelmoumene Djabou volleyed home to ensure a frantic end, a relieved Germany held on.

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:45

    26 June: USA 0-1 Germany

    Thomas Muller once again made the difference as Germany qualified as winners of Group G with victory over the United States.

    The Bayern Munich forward scored his ninth World Cup goal in as many games to give Germany a routine win at a rain-soaked Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:44

    21 June: Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Miroslav Klose became the joint-record scorer in World Cup history as he rescued Germany a point from a dramatic game against Ghana.

    The 36-year-old Lazio striker scored with his first touch after coming on as a second-half substitute as the Germans were fortunate to escape with a point.

    They took a fortuitous lead through Mario Gotze's unorthodox header, but Ghana came roaring back through Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan before Klose's intervention.

  • Germany's path to the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:43

    16 June: Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Thomas Muller scored the first hat-trick of the 2014 World Cup as Germany produced a ruthless attacking display to destroy 10-man Portugal.

    The Bayern Munich forward dispatched an early penalty, drilled home Germany's third and tapped in a fourth, with centre-back Mats Hummels heading in the second.

    Germany's task was helped by Portugal defender Pepe receiving a needless red card at 2-0 after he appeared to headbutt Muller.

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:42

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:41

    Former Netherlands forward Ruud Gullit on Match of the Day: "It has been a great World Cup. The South Americans have surprised us and I have really enjoyed it.

    "The Germans are old friends of the Dutch, but in the last years they have improved a lot. They have a foreign influence, with Turkish players, and they play good technical football. France have been a surprise in this tournament and it is going to be a clash of two titans."

    I think Ruud was speaking with his tongue firmly planted into his cheek about the Dutch and Germans being 'old friends'....

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:40

    "Germany started the tournament scoring goals, blazing through the field but they've petered off. France did not have a huge expectation on them. But they're feeling their way into the tournament and looking good."

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:39

    Germany keeper Manuel Neuer, who is having plenty of shots pinged at him on the Maracana pitch, drew plenty of plaudits for his impression of Die Mannschaft sweeping legend Franz Beckenbauer against Algeria. The Bayern Munich player wasn't shy of careering out of his penalty area, and neither is the man stood in the opposite goal today - Hugo Lloris. If David Beckham was on the pitch he'd fancy his chances from distance against those two...

  • Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry

    BBC Radio 5 live

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:37

    "I was too young to understand that it should have been a red card, but if it had happened in our time Harald Schumacher would have been sent off for his challenge on Patrick Battiston. And France would have got to the World Cup final.

    "It was a different time, with different rules and different referees, but every time I see the semi-final on TV I still always think we are going to win."

  • How France reached the last 16

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:36

    Andrew, from Richhill: "Germany and France are two massive nations when it comes to world football. But I can't remember them ever meeting each other in a major international tournament other than THAT World Cup semi-final in 1982 when the French were absolutely robbed by German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher and the referee. That game will be on the minds of the French player today, I'm sure, so this game will be very interesting."

    30 June: France 2-0 Nigeria

    Les Bleus scored twice in the final 11 minutes to beat Nigeria and set up today's quarter-final tie against Germany

    Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike had a strike ruled out for offside before Vincent Enyeama saved Paul Pogba's volley.

    Victor Moses cleared Karim Benzema's shot off the line after the break and Yohan Cabaye volleyed against the bar as France pressed.

    But Pogba eventually headed in after an Enyeama error and Joseph Yobo diverted Mathieu Valbuena's cross into the net.

    The two countries have actually met once since that infamous game, four years later in Mexico with West Germany winning 2-0 in the semi-finals.

  • How France reached the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:35

    26 June: Ecuador 0-0 France

    France could not maintain their prolific start but still finished top of Group E following a goalless draw with Ecuador.

    Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Loic Remy went close as the much-changed French were frustrated by an Ecuador side who had captain Antonio Valencia sent off.

    But after impressive victories over Honduras and Switzerland, a point was enough to send Les Bleus through to the last 16.

  • How France reached the last eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:34

    20 June: Switzerland 2-5 France

    France all but secured a place in the last 16 as three first-half goals helped them to an easy win over Switzerland.

    Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock with a stunning header before Blaise Matuidi blasted in the second 66 seconds later. Karim Benzema had a penalty saved but Mathieu Valbuena added a third for the 1998 World Cup winners.

    Goals by Benzema and Moussa Sissoko made it 5-0 after the break, before Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka reduced the arrears in a dramatic game.

  • How France reached the last-eight

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:33

    15 June: France 3-0 Honduras

    Karim Benzema scored twice as France became the first team to benefit from goalline technology at a World Cup in their victory over 10-man Honduras.

    The GoalControl tool was called into action in the 48th minute, ruling keeper Noel Valladares nudged Benzema's shot over the line.

    The Real Madrid forward gave France the lead from the spot before adding a late third with a vicious strike from a tight angle.

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:32

    Seems a long time since we saw Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull gyrating around on stage at a colourful opening ceremony, doesn't it?

    If, like me, you can't even remember what you had for breakfast yesterday, here's a quick reminder of how France and Germany reached this stage...

  • Watch Match of the Day now

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:30

    Match of the Day is starting now on BBC One and via the live coverage tab at the top of this page. Rio Ferdinand, Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer are ready.

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  • Wolves of Champs-Elysees

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:27

    It appears that the French squad have been watching some black comedy in the run-up to today's match. No, they haven't watched footage of their predecessors' anarchy at the 2010 World Cup. Instead they seem to have been enjoying Hollywood blockbuster 'The Wolf of Wall Street' in their team hotel.

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey psyche themselves up with some chest thumping and humming in the Martin Scorsese film, and French players seem to have taken inspiration in training this week. Come on, hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm.

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    Peter Bellamy: "Nice of Djokovic to win his match before the football was due to start."

    Bilal Ahmed: "German experience and Brazilian home factor will take them over their opponents."

    Bledi Jahjaga: "We'll have a new record World Cup goal scorer in two hours or less."

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  • David Ornstein

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    France team news

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:22

    "Like Germany, France have also dropped an Arsenal centre-back - Laurent Koscielny being replaced by Mamadou Sakho - and a Gunners striker striker in Olivier Giroud.

    "The impressive Antoine Griezmann is preferred to Giroud and will join Mathieu Valbuena in support of Karim Benzema. Otherwise, France are as expected, with a midfield three of Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba."

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    Ali Mahmood on the Match Of The Day Facebook page: "Neymar carries Brazil. Rodriguez carries Colombia. British Airways carry England."

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  • Vote

    Posted at16:19

    So, here we are at the quarter-final stage. Eight teams are three games from World Cup glory, but who do you think will triumph?

    The BBC Match of the Day team want your verdict. Provide your choice through the voting section on this page. The vote will close at 17:30 BST and the result will be announced on this page and the BBC TV broadcast. Terms and conditions can be found here.

  • France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:18

    The Maracana is filling up with plenty of face-paint and sunglasses already on show. The decibel meter is already rising too - and not just because R'n'B king Usher's 'Yeah' is blasting out of the PA system. Thousands of German fans cheer their players on to a sun-soaked Maracana pitch.

  • Good neighbours?

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:14

    France and Germany, who share a 451km border, are friendly neighbours. The bigger equivalent of the type who might pop next door for a cup of milk when they're making a cup of tea and realise they've run out.

    BBC News reporter Chris Morris has been to the French border town of Schoeneck to find out more about the rivalry and the mood ahead of the match.

  • Klose to history

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:11

    What a career Miroslav Klose has had. Pretty average at club level - but dynamite on the world stage. Not only is he within a predatory tap-in of becoming the World Cup's outright leading goalscorer, today he makes his 22nd finals appearance - putting him behind only compatriot Lothar Matthaus (25) and Italy's Paolo Maldini (23). Impressive stuff.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    France v Germany (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:09

    "News of the Germany starting line-up has been greeted with widespread surprise among journalists here at the Maracana. I asked the German football expert Raphael Honigstein if he was confident of victory and he replied: 'Not so much after seeing that team selection'.

    "We knew Mats Hummels would return to the defence after a bout of illness, but we did not expect him to come in at the expense of Per Mertesacker.

    "Unless the Arsenal centre-back is unwell, it would appear he has been dropped to ensure Germany are better equipped to deal with the pace of France.

    "Captain Philip Lahm's move from central midfield to right-back had been rumoured, but most Germany journalists did not expect it to actually happen.

    "Mario Gotze was expected to miss out after being hauled off at half-time in the last-16 win, but it was thought Andre Schurrle would come in. Instead, 36-year-old Miroslav Klose is given his first start of the tournament as the lone striker as Thomas Muller drops back in a 4-2-3-1 formation."

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    Shane Long: Football doesn't get bigger than this. World Cup quarter-finals between #FRAvsGER and #BRAvsCOL. Cannot wait.

    Mayedul: You expect Germany to win knowing them in major tournaments. But I'm liking France'

Posted on Friday 4th July 2014

Brazil 2-1 Colombia

  • FULL-TIME

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at22:55

    Brazil have done it! They are into the semi-finals!

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at90 mins

    Free-kick - the keeper's up! But Adrian Ramos heads up and over...

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at90 mins

    Into the 94th minute. Fergie Time. Is it Colombia's time?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at

    "The Brazilian players on the bench are biting their nails, biting their bibs. This will be a really nervous final few minutes."

  • CLOSE!

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at90 mins

    Corner's good, and won by Adrian Ramos - but he's wide!

    Still three minutes left...

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at90 mins

    Hernanes breaks away for Brazil, the pragmatist in me thinks 'go to the corner!' but he's Brazilian and tries an outlandish pass over the top.

    It goes out of play and Colombia have it back. They win a corner...

  • INJURY TIME

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at90 mins

    FIVE MINUTES added on. Can you Colombia, can you?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at

    "Neymar did not move after taking that knee in the back from Juan Zuniga. We don't want to see that. That could take a couple of days to recover from at least, but he will need to see a chiropractor because a back injury can affect your hamstrings and other areas."

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at89 mins

    Into the last minute of normal time - but there will be plenty added on.

    Do you believe, Colombia?

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    Freddie Ashworth: "James shown he has got everything. Even can head. So silky, lovely to watch."

    Caz Coronel: "Colombia you can do it!!!!!!!!!! Brazil are looking nervous."

    Koyc: "What an enthralling World Cup. James Rodriguez scores a penalty and makes 2-1. Also takes his world cup tally to six goals."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at87 mins

    Tears for Neymar again, but it's not at the anthems, the atmosphere or a match-winning goal. It's through injury. He was kneed in the small of the back and leaves on a stretcher. Defender Henrique is on to try and see this one out.

    If that's the end of Neymar's World Cup all manner of scripts will have to ripped up...

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at86 mins

    Brazil send on Hernanes into midfield and Ramires is on too. Energy, energy.

    Neymar is down after taking a whack in the back - no rush here...

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    AP, via text: "Its suddenly gone very quiet and nervy now for Brazil. A few minutes ago they were dancing in the streets of Rio. grandstand finish."

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at84 mins

    Get onside man! Colombia put together a lovely flowing move, they have men in the middle but Pablo Armero has strayed offside and the momentum comes to a sudden halt.

    Brazil are six minutes away from a place in the last four. Six minutes and a whole world of pain away...

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    Theo Bowyer: "Game on... come on Colombia! Cesar lucky to be on the pitch, this kid Rodriguez is some player!"

    Anina M: "Things. Just. Got. Interesting! Love watching Rodriguez play! Brazil need to keep their cool now."

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at82 mins

    Fred doing the donkey work now, clearing a Colombia corner at the near post. Everyone's a centre-half now...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at

    "I think that is Colombia's first shot on target. James Rodriguez was very cool under pressure, he had to wait a little to take the penalty but as he ran in he stopped, waited for Julio Cesar to dive to his left, and put it in the other corner.

    "Now we have a game on our hands. Brazil have to just weather the storm. Colombia have suddenly got their tails up. This next five minutes will be absolutely crucial."

  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Posted at80 mins

    Those nerves that were growing and growing before David Luiz's wonder strike are back. With a vengeance.

    Carlos Bacca floats a header wide for Colombia but he was offside.

    LAST TEN!

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    GOAL

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia - James Rodriguez

    Posted at80 mins

    Cool as you like. Golden boot? Golden touch.

    Goal number six of this World Cup as James Rodriguez waits and waits for Julio Cesar to move before sliding his spot-kick into the opposite corner. We have a game on our hands now...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "It's James Rodriguez with a great pass. He's got eyes in the back of his head. It's a clear penalty. The only thing that saved Cesar from red is David Luiz is getting back."

  • PENALTY to COLOMBIA

    Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at78 mins

    Hello! We may have a game on after all.

    What a pass from James Rodriguez, he frees substitute Carlos Bacca, he dinks it over Julio Cesar who brings him down with his knees. Cesar is booked - should that have been red?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "Brazil's will to win this game has carried them through. This means so much to them. They have lost their heads a little bit at times, there hasn't been an awful lot of composure and they have been fortunate not to pick up more bookings, but the desire and passion they have shown has been absolutely incredible."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at75 mins

    Anywhere will do now for Brazil, they are just launching it downfield and letting Fred chase it. Which he isn't doing.

    Not the best performance again from Brazil but that stupendous goal is taking them through.

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    Chris Correa (Brazil): The Brazilian players are playing as a team. For the first time in this World Cup, Brazil are very convincing.

    Diego-Cai (Argentina): Colombia they are robbing you!

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    Naveed Afzal: "What a goal. A £50m goal. David Luiz you absolute beauty."

    Richard Harrison: "Great free kick from Luiz. Real Jekyll and Hyde performance from him. Can't see Colombia coming back into it now."

    Tarquin Fauntleroy: "This World Cup has been awesome, but if Brazil keep getting favours from terrible referees like this, it becomes a farce."

  • Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at74 mins

    Is that goal of the tournament? It has to be up there.

    Given the time, given the situation, given the pressure of 200m Brazilians watching on, given the distance, given the fact that he's (on paper at least) a centre-half - it has all the ingredients of a remarkable, remarkable goal...

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Fortaleza

    Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "Bedlam inside Estadio Castelao after that David Luiz free-kick. Brazil's fans had been getting increasingly frantic but the explosion of noise was a release of tension as well as glorious celebration."

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "An unbelievable goal. It's lifted the lid off this stadium. And it's lifted the lid off the pressure that's been building on this Brazil team. Cometh the hour cometh the man. Sidefoot? David Luiz has got no right to score from there. I've seen him miss loads of those and he doesn't care. He knows there's one in there somewhere."

  • Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at72 mins

    He had no right to be scoring from there. Sensational...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "What a free-kick by David Luiz - that is absolutely outstanding. He has that technique where he hits the ball with the inside of the foot and and the ball just dips into the top corner.

    "Absolutely fabulous. A fantastic moment in the World Cup. A truly spectacular free-kick."

  • Brazil 2-0 Colombia

    Posted at70 mins

    Brilliant, brilliant goal. One of the great World Cup strikes and Brazil are heading through with goals from each centre-half.

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    GOAL

    Brazil 2-0 Colombia - David Luiz

    Posted at69 mins

    Wow! Talk about getting hold of it!

    David Luiz takes a free-kick 35 yards out. He's not going to try one from here is he? He is you know...

    OOOOHHHH I SAAAYYY! Brilliant! David Luiz, into the top corner. Wooosh!

    You don't save those. Brazil on their way to the last four and the tension has evaporated.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "The flag went up pretty much immediately and it is a good call. There were two players offside and they were definitely interfering with play.

    "But just moments ago Luiz Felipe Scolari did have his head in his hands. Being without Thiago Silva for the semi-final will be a massive blow for Brazil."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at68 mins

    James Rodriguez is now in the book for a lunge on Hulk. Just over 20 minutes to go and it feels tense in Fortaleza. Someone needs to get hold of this game...

  • DISALLOWED GOAL

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at66 mins

    Chaos. An absolute omnishambles in the Brazil goalmouth as Colombia whip in a free-kick, David Luiz misses the header, it hits him on the back and there are three Colombians waiting for it! Mario Yepes eventually lashes in but the goal is ruled out for an initial offside.

    That looks tight...

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    Not many smiles on the faces of Colombia supporters at a live screening of the quarter-final in Bolivar square in Bogota. Still it only takes a minute.....

  • YELLOW CARD - SILVA SUSPENDED

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at64 mins

    And there is a yellow card! And it's significant too. Thiago Silva is booked for charging down goalkeeper David Ospina as he tried to clear his lines. He's booked - and he will now miss the semi-final if Brazil get there...

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Fortaleza

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "This World Cup quarter-final is very disjointed now and you suspect that suits Brazil nicely. It is Colombia who need to find some rhythm and cohesion to build a threat and the game is simply not allowing that at the moment. Brazil fans do not mind how their team get the job done - a hoofed clearance into the stand by Thiago Silva brought rapturous applause."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at62 mins

    I'm not one for calling for yellow cards, but this is quite remarkable from referee Carlos Carballo. He hasn't booked anyone yet and Juan Cuadrado is the latest to get away with one, nailing Neymar in full stride.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "You'd think it was the last five minutes the way Brazil are finding touch. I don't see too many leaders out there. They've stopped playing. This is about the pressure, the tension and the emotion of the game."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    Still half an hour to go. And there's only one side on top now - Colombia...

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    Nick, via text: "This game is made for a Kevin Philips-like Jackson Martinez nicking a late equaliser. Heard it here first."

    Salford Dave, via text: "There's more whistles blowing in this match than a scooter song. Ref needs to chill."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at59 mins

    There are plenty of teams in the tournament who are lacking a good number nine, and both of these can go on the list. Colombia do manage to put a slick move together, despite a bad pass from their nine Teo Gutierrez.

    James Rodriguez takes a lovely touch on the chest again but when he lays it on one more Fredy Guarin hooks a shot over.

    David Luiz and then Thiago Silva just hammer the ball away into touch. Away! Where's the composure?

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "We haven't seen much of Cuadrado in this second half. If he can turn and run at Marcelo, he's in trouble. But the nerves are building a little on Brazil. They will want to keep possession and dominate the ball. But Colombia have got that fighting spirit and will keep going."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "When you're 1-0 up there is always a fear, especially when you have missed chances to score a second. We've seen James Rodriguez score some phenomenal goals in this tournament and Brazil will have to be wary."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at55 mins

    Foul, foul, foul, foul. Very stop-start since half-time, that will suit Brazil just fine. They are 35 minutes away from a place in the last four.

    The tempo, the verve, the intensity has gone from the game. Can Brazil manage this one and see out the win? That's the question now.

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    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    Jeremy Yeomans: "James getting kicked out of the game. Brazil should be as ashamed as trying to kick Cryuff out of '74, disgrace."

    Matthew Bennett: "Fernandinho has to be booked. We want a flowing game but clever fouls and "taking one for the team" stunts the beautiful game."

    Tom Dunn: "Slowly going off Rodriguez in this game. Awesome skill but diving like a salmon."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at52 mins

    Do not adjust your sets...

    Colombia bossing the early moments of the second half but with no real joy so far.

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Rio

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "All eyes on Copacabana beach glued to big screens showing the match live."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at48 mins

    James Rodriguez is fouled again by Maicon. Every time he gets on the ball he's being hit. Brazil know they have to stop him and they have so far.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "I'd like to see Colombia bring on Juan Quintero, who is a lovely passer of the ball. I'm not sure about the fitness of striker Carlos Bacca, who was excellent in the warm-up games.

    "While it is 1-0 there is a still a chance for Colombia. But I have seen Brazil in the past control a game through tactical fouling. The referee has seemingly given them carte blanche to do that."

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "It's interesting to see how Colombia can accommodate to this new system. Pablo Armero, you can leave the left flank to him basically. James Rodriguez has gone out to the left but he'll look to play centrally when he can."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at46 mins

    Bad travel planning - great travel facilities; Brazil fans watching the big match while waiting for a bus at a bus station in Brasilia.

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at45 mins

    We are back under way. Over to you Colombia.

  • Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "Colombia have to look after the ball better, they have got to break quicker and in greater numbers. But the referee has basically given Brazil licence to go out to foul and obstruct Colombia. Until we see a yellow card this will be a very stop- start game."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at22:04

    Colombia make a switch - it's Adrian Ramos on for Victor Ibarbo. Ibarbo was playing in a front three but he was ineffective and they will now go 4-4-2.

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at22:01

    Luiz Felipe Scolari is deep in conversation with David Luiz as the players emerge from the tunnel. The words 'stay', 'back' and 'defence' may have been spoken.

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at21:59

    Hulk has had 13 shots in the tournament now, the most of any player who has not scored so far. He looks dangerous but lacks that composure.

    As our man said earlier, he's the Happy Gilmore of the penalty area. All power, no finesse.

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    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    Bernard Akinyamoju: "That was a decent half of football, lenient referee encouraging tough tackles!"

    Dave McPhee: "Fernandinho would have three yellow cards by now if Graham Poll was refereeing."

    Richard Langton: "It seems Fifa have decided that Brazil are going to win the World Cup."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "Brazil will be disappointed not to have scored a second. They have been on the front foot from the beginning, they've been sharp and got stuck in all over the pitch. But when you're on top the last thing you need is half-time.

    "Now Jose Pekerman the Colombia manager has an opportunity to change things. In that first half Colombia did not really threaten, apart from the half-chance on the break. They've shown Brazil far too much respect."

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "That first half was Colombia's worst nightmare, their defensive line was very deep which means there has been plenty of space for Brazil's players to turn and run.

    "Brazil have looked better balanced with Maicon at right-back, he has kept wide, which has allowed Oscar to tuck in a little more.

    "But they have not finished off the job yet - Brazil looked in control against Chile but once they conceded the equaliser they deflated like a popped balloon."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at21:56

    Referee Carlos Carballo was certainly very lenient in that first half. There could have been three or four bookings dished out, but not one was handed out. Let it flow, let it flow...

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    Posted at

    Raj from Wolverhampton, via text: "Wow, Neymar didn't waste any time swapping his shirt at the half time whistle. Surely he should be more focused on the game?!"

    Rob from Newbury, via text: "So the masterplan is to give Brazil every possible dodgy decision, let Brazil ignore the rules about being back at free kicks, and allow them to hack at Rodriguez. The only way to get a fair winner of the cup is for Brazil to go out."

    Gareth from Manchester, via text: "I don't like this Brazil team but I hope they win Brazil v Germany will be one hell of a game."

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Fortaleza

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "Those watching the game need the half-time break as much as Brazil and Colombia's players. Breathless stuff and often with all plans and formations set to one side in a frenetic World Cup quarter-final. Hulk outstanding for Brazil while Colombia need to get James Rodriguez, who is getting the physical treatment from Brazil's defenders, into the game more."

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    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    Richard Harrison: "Good half. Colombia need to change something in the break to make a go of it in second half."

    Rishi Verma: "Why do I get the feeling the referee is 'playing' the occasion and not the game? Too lenient on many a Brazilian challenge."

    Paddy Emmerson: "Why have people been saying Brazil aren't that good. Doing well considering they play with 10 men whenever Fred plays."

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  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at21:51

    They have played with a hint of desperation at times, and the occasion may have gone to their heads. But Colombia are not out of this.

    A bit of composure, a bit of calm and they'll be right back in it.

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at21:49

    One of the Colombians takes Neymar's shirt at half-time, and Pablo Armero then bags Hulk's too.

    Have a word Mario Yepes! That's not cricket. It's not Gary Pallister's testimonial. This is a World Cup quarter-final!

  • HALF-TIME

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at21:48

    Is that the best we've seen from Brazil so far? You bet.

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at43 mins

    Happy Gilmore - I like it! He needs to learn to tap it in though. Tap, tap taparoo Hulk. Go home ball!

    Neymar bullies him off a free-kick and puts it over. Almost half-time of a classic quarter-final so far.

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    Jamie Baker: "Hulk is the footballing equivalent of Happy Gilmore- grip it and rip it!"

    Adam Palmer: "I liked the magic foam at first but there's been a few times players have gone past it and the ref's done nothing."

    John Finn: "This Brazil match is insane. They're going to run out of legs by half time at this rate!"

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "Colombia are struggling with the running power of Paulinho, Hulk and Neymar. When they run at the defence they cannot cope. They have to get tighter to players and stop them from turning.

    "Colombia have got to get into half-time still 1-0 down, so Jose Pekerman can maybe make a few changes and calm his players down. They are still in this game. Brazil are on top but it is only 1-0."

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    Posted at

    Andrew, via text: "I don't know who's better out of the European teams vs the Americas but I know who I'd rather watch. Fantastic stuff."

    Richard in Felixstowe, via text: "Great game. Much better than the first game."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    He is also the first captain to score for Brazil in a World Cup game in 20 years, since Rai in the 1994 tournament.

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at39 mins

    Hulk! Lovely touch but the decision making of a man in the Trafford Centre at 7pm on Christmas Eve.

    Anything will do - and he batters a shot high and hard over the top with two men waiting for the cut-back.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at

    "David Luiz - what is he? A centre-back-forward? What are we going to call him?

    "Colombia need a spark of inspiration. All the belief they had coming into this game has been drained by the goal. It is difficult for them, playing in this sea of Brazilian shirts, they will have to change something at half-time.

    "Brazil meanwhile do not want half-time to come. The game is being played at a frantic pace, it is incredible, especially in this heat."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at37 mins

    Never 10 yards! The ball is rolled to James Rodriguez and Neymar charges it down, he was never 10 yards away! Another free-kick, this time on the left wing. Good spell from Colombia.

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at34 mins

    So much space! Who was marking Juan Cuadrado? In oceans, but he hesitates and is fouled on the edge of the D.

    Chance here. Central, 20 yards out. Get it over the wall and you score...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "Brazil's ball retention is much better than in the Chile game. Nothing works harder than the ball. Colombia are desperate, they just can't get the ball back."

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    Diego Montes (Spain): "Is the Colombia defence still in the changing rooms?"

    Juanillo (Spain): "Unrecognizable Colombia. Unrecognizable Brazil."

    Rosendo Garcia (Peru): "Carlos Sanchez let the man go, good run from Thiago Silva. Colombia are nervous, Brazil commanding and gaining territory."

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    Ricky Lee Everett: "Colombia should just go home now or slap themselves to wake up quick - they are all over shop. Totally different side tonight."

    Tom Mizkowski: "Brazil doing a job on Rodriguez at the moment. Hope he gets an opportunity to show what he can do."

    Andrew: "Colombia may as well be playing Shakira at the minute."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at32 mins

    Colombia just take their time over a throw, just to give a breather more than anything, wise given the tempo of this game. Juan Cuadrado then has a shot charged down and the madness re-appears.

    David Luiz wins it on the the edge of the box and runs it, he beats two men, another, he's right down by the corner flag when he is dispossessed.

    Both teams' heads have gone here. It's a brilliant watch but a tactical disaster. Play like this against Germany and they'll be picked off like fish in a barrel.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Fortaleza

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "Colombia's coach Jose Pekerman moves to the edge of his technical area to gesture to his players to calm down - a move that falls very much into 'easier said than done' territory in this environment. Seeing the first flashes of James Rodriguez now, though, so that will encourage Pekerman."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at27 mins

    Hulk is everywhere now, thrashing in a low shot from a fine pass from Marcelo and David Ospina makes the save, strong wrists to repel Hulk's venomous strike.

    How's this only 1-0?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "A warning for Brazil. The breakaway was started by James Rodriguez, who ran past two Brazil players before playing a great pass. This is a huge game for Rodriguez now - Colombia are so reliant on him and he has started to drop a little deeper.

    "But up until that break the Colombian players have looked overawed, they have been nervous and slow to react to everything.

    "Meanwhile Hulk looks a completely different player today, twice already he has threatened from in behind the defence."

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  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "David Luiz has got to be very careful. He comes in very deep, James Rodriguez lays it off quickly and then gets around him. It's going to be a test for these two Brazilian central defenders."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at24 mins

    Chaos!

    Fernandinho hacks down James Rodriguez in midfield, the Colombians all pile in around the referee but the men in red take the free-kick quickly. Nobody realises, Brazil win it back and the Colombian defence are all over the place!

    Oscar has a three-on-two break but messes up his pass. You'd think this was the last two minutes the way this game is being played!

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    John McEnerney: "Maicon has done more in 20 minutes than Dani Alves did in four games!"

    Said Madrid: "Colombia defending very deep and disorganised. Brazil with very little causing havoc."

    Alexander: "Thiago Silva is the best defender in world for me, in second is Hummels, they both score today, great positioning, and composed."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at22 mins

    The first piece of James magic!

    Good game this now, James Rodriguez spinning away from two men in the middle, committing and beating Fernandinho with ease before sending in Juan Cuadrado on his right. Cuadrado has to hit it first time but takes a touch and the chance has gone.

    It's breathless, magical stuff. Everything the last few games haven't been. Open, naive, brilliant...

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

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    "Hulk has got better as the tournament has gone on and is starting to look the part now."

  • CLOSE!

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at20 mins

    Hulk is alive now! The burly forward plays a great one-two, swapping passes with Neymar before driving into space and testing David Ospina at his near post.

    Brazil buzzing. First into the tackle, winning every second ball. They want it...

  • CLOSE!

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at17 mins

    Brazil looking so dangerous from corners, Neymar's delivery is half cleared and Juan Cuadrado faffs about with it on the edge of the box, Not there!

    Hulk takes it off him, beats a man and puts in a low cross which David Luiz attacks and almost gets to. Tremendous last-ditch clearance from Mario Yepes, who is cajoling his troops now.

    Stay together...

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    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "Now comes the test for Colombia - a goal behind early on and fighting against the sort of noise, fevered atmosphere and support that makes Brazil such a special sporting country. This World Cup has seen enough from Jose Pekerman's side to know they have strength but they will need it now like never before."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "I'm surprised Fernandinho didn't get a yellow card for that challenge on James Rodriguez, it was very cynical. But Brazil are at the moment winning that midfield battle.

    "What a difference a goal makes. I cant emphasise enough the lift Brazil will have been given. They have been under so much pressure and haven't played particularly well but after just a couple of minutes they are in control of this game."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at14 mins

    Have some of that! Just after I say that, James Rodriguez does pick the ball up in midfield and Fernandinho just bodychecks him, takes him clean out with his hip.

    Rodders is a marked man.

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    John Dykes: "While I still want a Colombia win, an early Brazil goal is exactly what this needed. Game of the tournament on the cards!"

    Chris Gilbert: "Sloppy, sloppy defending from Colombia. Back post left completely open, keeper didn't come out. Comedy of errors."

    Alan Bell: "Colombia look absolutely starstruck! Was expecting Brazilian nerves and Colombian flair though it appears to be the opposite."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at13 mins

    Colombia's danger man James Rodriguez has not seen much of it in the opening stages, he's had just two touches so far. Brazil making all the running, real high tempo stuff.

  • CLOSE!

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at9 mins

    It was Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez who switched off for the goal, he just didn't move at all as Thiago Silva came in behind him to score.

    But there's a great response, Juan Cuadrado firing in a low shot into the side-netting! Not far away at all.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "What a fantastic start for Brazil. Everything they could have wanted to happen has happened. The corner came in and not one single Colombia player really attacked the ball. Thiago Silva was allowed to drift in at the back post and he bundles it in. Colombia are in trouble now. They haven't been in the game so far and need to settle down.

    "But if Brazil go on to win this game 2-1 or 3-1 that will give them massive confidence and then they will be a real threat."

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia

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    "Perfect start to the game. A teasing ball from Neymar that should have been dealt with. Thiago Silva - a captain's performance. He improvises brilliantly but what a ball in. It's just what the crowd wanted but there will be a reaction from Colombia."

  • Brazil 1-0 Colombia

    Posted at8 mins

    Colombia behind before they've barely touched the ball, and the stadium is rocking now. This is some ask to turn this around for the men in red.

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    GOAL

    Brazil 1-0 Colombia - Thiago Silva

    Posted at7 mins

    It's another scrappy goal, but Fortaleza does not care! Neymar's corner is missed by David Luiz in the middle, but fellow centre-back and skipper Thiago Silvaarrives behind him to smash in with knee.

    Like some Dutch courage before a night out, maybe that will settle the nerves and we will see some classic samba action now...

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    Objective Kritic: "Neymar vs Rodriguez! The spotlight is beaming on both of them tonight, they have huge burdens on their frail shoulders."

    Dr Beaker: "If Brazil play as they did against Chile and the referee is fair, Brazil will lose. I can see a 3-1 Colombia."

    Gordon Phillips: "There is no way that Neymar will get a yellow card today.... or indeed for the rest of the competition."

  • Brazil 0-0 Colombia

    Posted at6 mins

    Always good to see one of football's more unusual touches, and here's one as defender Cristian Zapata takes a goal-kick. Is David Ospina injured? We may find out over the next 90 minutes or so...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    Brazil 0-0 Colombia

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    "Neymar is playing out wide on the right-hand side, he is still close to Fred and being a second striker but he usually starts out on the left. He and Hulk seem to have swapped sides.

    "Neymar will possibly have been asked to run at Mario Yepes. At 38 years old, Yepes is very experienced but he also lacks pace."

  • Brazil 0-0 Colombia

    Posted at4 mins

    Brazil win an early free-kick which Neymar lines up, he gets the ball up and down in classic style but there's no pace on the ball and it drifts wide.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    Brazil 0-0 Colombia

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    "It's a brave call to bring in Maicon. Scolari has been so supportive of his players, it's a real surprise to leave out Dani Alves."

  • Brazil 0-0 Colombia

    Posted at2 mins

    Maicon, the surprise addition, sees plenty of the early ball out on the Brazil right before Mario Yepes makes a great sliding tackle to strip Paulinho of the ball.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

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    "This is unknown territory for Colombia. It's a huge occasion for them but somehow they have got to put that behind them and play the match. They have to just focus on their game - on what has got them this far in this tournament. They have to show Brazil respect, but not be overawed by them.

    "Brazil have not been great so far and they have to perform today if they are to win this World Cup."

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  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Fortaleza

    Brazil 0-0 Colombia

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    "Spine-tingling rendition of the Brazilian national anthem here in Fortaleza. This entire arena is now a cauldron of noise. Brazil expects - can this team who have yet to convince many deliver what the nation demands?"

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 0-0 Colombia

    Posted at0 mins

    And we are away...

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at21:00

    Colombia are all in red, a very smart away kit, with skipper Mario Yepes looking as cool as you like. He even cheekily puts an arm around a linesman for the pre-match photo, pulling him in closer. Can Yepes get the better of Fred and co?

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:58

    Thiago Silva really means every word of this Brazil anthem. He lives, breathes and sleeps it. It's a great spectacle, it really is...

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    John McCarthy: "Colombia as a Team will break Brazilian hearts. This will be epic."

    Sam Robson: "Immense pressure on Brazil. Absolutely none on Colombia. I see the hosts bowing out tonight."

    Mark Marriott: "From European tactical nous to South American flair, this is what makes the World Cup fantastic."

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:55

    'O Unfading Glory!'

    That's the opening line of Colombia's anthem and there has been nothing fading about their football so far in this tournament. Can they keep that swagger going when they are up against 200 million Brazilians?

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:52

    The Castelao is a cauldron as the players emerge. Brazil in their now familiar arm-in-arm link up as they come out. The anthem is always spellbinding, it shall be again in a stadium which is 94% yellow this evening...

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    Pele: "Whenever the Selecao play I feel the same joy and excitement when I used to play for my country. This team has all my love and support. Vai Brasil!"

    Ronaldinho: "Good luck, Brazil! Let's attack! Let's play our joyful football. This has always been our motto!"

    Faustino Asprilla: "Today is a glorious day for all Colombians, let's enjoy football the way it should be."

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    Mo from Manchester, via text: "All these people that are claiming Brazil will win because they have so many good players and Colombia only have a few. Have you not been watching the World Cup? A few good players and a confident and well managed team can beat anyone. 3-1 Colombia."

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:49

    Givanildo Vieira de Souza - or Hulk - has not had the best of tournaments thus far. But he remains a popular player i the stands. Is tonight the night Hulk becomes incredible?

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:47

    Here they come then. All lined up in the tunnel, with both of Brazil's reserve keepers fully kitted up with fingers taped and all sorts. It will be some game if they go through all three...

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    Jeremy Brett: "Will James Rodriguez continue his brilliant form? If so, a real upset may be on the cards."

    Adam Haxell: "Lots of Colombia shirts around London today. I see them having to stay up late but being disappointed."

    Henry Mboloma Mulola: "Scolari making a good decision dropping Alves, Maicon more disciplined."

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    BBC Radio 5live producer Phil Wye: "A Brazilian shopping centre before Brazil kick-off in a home World Cup Q/F. Tumbleweed."

  • Kevin Kilbane

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    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

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    "I saw Colombia's group games against Greece and Ivory Coast and they were so good.

    "I think their central midfielder Carlos Sanchez, just sitting in front of Mario Yepes, has been excellent in not allowing Yepes to be isolated. And Sanchez's role has also freed up space for James Rodriguez to be that creative spark. They also have the pace of Juan Cuadrado, and in Teofilo Gutierrez and Jackson Martinez have options up front.

    "If Colombia play as well as they have been they will cause problems but I think Brazil will just find a way to win this game. On home soil, up in Fortaleza, there will be an incredible atmosphere."

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:34

    Left-back Marcelo has just been round the entire starting XI to give them each a hug and a quiet word in the ear. Too much emotion? Or is that the stoic Briton in me talking?

    You don't get this in League Two...

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    You can also listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

    And later, you can watch highlights of Brazil v Colombia and the earlier game between France and Germany on Match of the Day from 23:40 on BBC One.

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  • LINE-UPS

    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:31

    Colombia: Ospina, Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero, Guarin, Sanchez Moreno, Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Ibarbo, Gutierrez. Subs: Vargas, Arias, Carbonero, Aguilar, Mejia, Balanta, Bacca, Ramos, Quintero, Martinez, Valdes, Mondragon.

  • LINE-UPS

    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:30

    Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Oscar, Neymar, Hulk, Fred. Subs: Jefferson, Dani Alves, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian, Bernard, Jo, Victor.

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    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Colombia played with two up front against Uruguay but Victor Ibarbo will be be the third forward today. His versatility and physical capacity will help in tracking back to defend Brazil's tactic of exposing Mario Yepes, who is 38.

    "Carlos Sanchez is the man-marker in Colombia's midfield - I saw him mark Lionel Messi wonderfully well against Argentina in the Copa America. I will be very interested to see what Sanchez does with Neymar. Sanchez usually sits in front of Yepes. But if Neymar goes out left does he follow?

    "Camilo Aguilar is more of a mixed midfielder, and I am surprised Freddy Guarin will replace him today. Maybe Aguilar is not 100% fit because has had a wonderful tournament."

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    Shaun via text: "Colombia to beat Brazil tonight, James Rodriguez to add to his goal talent. Such a delight to watch this good Colombian team."

    Louis in Eastbourne, via text: "Think a tight game again, but go for 1-0 Colombia. Play more like a team than Brazil."

  • Take the day off guys...

    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:27

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has given government workers Friday afternoon off to watch the national team play Brazil in the quarter-finals of the football World Cup.

    The president will fly to Brazil to watch the match played in Fortaleza.

    The progress of Colombia to the quarter-finals has sent the country into a state of national euphoria.

    But after a spike in domestic violence after Colombia's first win, the sale of alcohol will be banned on match day.

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:26

    Big embraces in the tunnel, David Luiz emerging like he had won the World Cup. Arms wide stretched, palms to the sky. It's only the warm-up...

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    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

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    "Lots of talk here in Brazil about how emotional Brazil's players have been before and after matches and there was several minutes of hugging and embracing in the tunnel even before they came out to warm up. It is certainly eye-catching but is it also a sign of the pressure they are under?"

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    Former Netherlands international Edgar Davids: "Brazil are under a lot of pressure and I have seen that a lot of their players can't handle that. I am not convinced by them.

    "When you see Colombia play, they enjoy their football and play open with a lot of energy. With Brazil I see 11 individuals, which does not make a team.

    "We are used to Brazil playing with that samba rhythm, but the football I have seen from Colombia has been more entertaining."

  • Who would you choose?

    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:23

    Both class acts at number 10, both have had great World Cups.

    But if you had to choose, would you pick Neymar or James Rodriguez?

    You can vote on the right-hand side of the page.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

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    "It's incredible really that Brazil have had two unbelievably good right-backs at the same time. Dani Alves is good going forward but has been giving the ball away on too many occasions. It's a big call from Luiz Felipe Scolari to call in Maicon as a replacement.

    "When Maricon was at Manchester City he looked a bit heavy at times, his form was patchy, but he's improved at Roma and maybe Scolari has chosen him for a slightly more defensive option."

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    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

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    Chris Baldwin: "I'd have dropped Fred, played Neymar through the middle and started Bernard from the left. He looks a real talent."

    Ian Taylor: "Surprised at the Brazilian team news - Maicon in, Alves out."

    Dr Holmes: "As much as I like Brazil, I wish Colombia win today. Neymar is great but James Rodriguez is special!"

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "This is the one game for which Brazil would not have wanted to lose Luiz Gustavo. Fernandinho replaces him but holding midfield is not his natural position and that may well leave space for Colombia's James Rodriguez.

    "Juan Cuadrado scored from a Rodriguez pass the last time the two teams met, in a 1-1 draw in 2012, and what a match-up it will be to see him against Marcelo on the Brazil left.

    "Down the other end Brazil will look to expose centre-back Mario Yepes by playing diagonal balls up to Hulk, who can cut in and run at him from the right."

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:17

    Some world-class jeering greets the Colombian side as they emerge for their warm-up. Veteran Mario Yepes, the skipper, loves the needle. Loves it.

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:13

    Is that a fair swap...?

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:13

    BBC Brasil reports from outside Castelao stadium, in Fortaleza: "A group of Brazilian fans carry a life-size image of Colombian singer Shakira dressed in the Brazilian shirt and shout: 'A-ha, u-hu, Shakira is Brazilian!'

    "Some Colombian fans were heard answering back: 'You can take Shakira. We will have the Cup!'"

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    Kevin in Hornchurch, via text: "Firework night. Xmas. New Years night. All in one. Bring it on Brazil and Colombia. 5-2 Brazil. Neymar hat trick."

    Luke Almeida via text: "Colombia's only good players are Rodriguez and Cuadrado. Look at the Brazil team. 3-1 Brazil."

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:10

    What an ovation!

    Goalkeepers coming out to warm up are usually greeted with, at best, a polite ripple of applause akin to, say, a cover drive for four at a county cricket match.

    Not tonight. Brazil number one Julio Cesar gets 50-odd thousand people in a frenzy as the Estadio Castelao comes to life. He looks a bit sheepish as he takes his place between the sticks. He did put them here I guess, with some key saves in the shootout win over Chile...

  • Tim Vickery

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    What's wrong with Brazil?

    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:09

    "The 2014 model Brazil may battle their way through the rounds and go on to win the World Cup but they will surely not be remembered all around the world with the same affection of their predecessors from 1982, who did not even reach the semi-finals. Why not?

    "The dependence on Neymar is clear. The rest seem to have been relegated to supporting cast."

    Read more from Tim here.

  • Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:09

    More people (16%) voted for Colombia to win the World Cup than Brazil (15%) this afternoon, as we asked for your votes online and on BBC One.

    This Brazil side scraped past Chile on penalties in the last round. They clearly have some talented players, but there are issues too...

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    Daniel Lipman: "The lack of a true holding midfielder ie. Luiz Gustavo will cost Brazil. James will find space between the lines and run the game."

    Isaac Manda: "If Brazil were to win this World Cup they'd be the worst team ever to do so. I hope they don't."

    Zach Kingsbury: "Is it wrong that I can see Brazil losing relatively comfortably tonight?"

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  • No midfield?

    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:00

    Brazilian number 10 Neymar has been excellent again - as he was during last summer's Confederations Cup - but centre-forward options Fred and Jo are not up to much, while Brazil have looked shaky at the back at times.

    However, it is perhaps in central midfield where they have struggled the most.

    "There is no midfield," wrote 1970 great Tostao after the Chile game, "because, as well as lacking an exceptional playmaker, Luiz Gustavo [suspended against Colombia] stays close to the centre-backs, Neymar stays close to Fred and Oscar and Hulk are thrown wide.

    "Fernandinho, or whoever plays there, is left isolated, like Robinson Crusoe, looking upwards, watching the ball as it sails over him."

  • Vote: Neymar or Rodriguez?

    Posted at2000

    They're the perfect 10s and two of the stars of this World Cup. Tonight Neymar and James Rodriguez come head to head, but who would you rather have in your team?

    Let us us know your thoughts via the voting section on this page. Terms and conditions can be read here. Voting will close before kick-off and the results will be announced in this page.

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    Brazil v Colombia (21:00 BST)

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    Andy via text: "I'm looking forward to witnessing the sights and sounds of the crowd inside the stadium tonight as much as I'm looking forward to the actual football match. Two passionate, colourful and vocal South American nations going head-to-head. The sea of yellow in the crowd will be a sight to behold."

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Posted on Friday 4th July 2014

Luis Suarez: Barcelona to open talks over Liverpool striker

Barcelona will begin negotiations with Liverpool on Wednesday over a deal for Reds striker Luis Suarez.

Officials from both clubs will meet in London to discuss a deal for the 27-year-old Uruguay international.

Suarez, who has four years remaining on his Liverpool contract, is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy's Georgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

Liverpool are likely to accept an offer of £80m for Suarez, who joined for £22.7m from Ajax in 2011.

However, Barcelona are understood to want to pay closer to £60m.

Any deal may depend on whether Barcelona can include Chile and Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez in part-exchange for Suarez.

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Liverpool are pragmatic about Suarez's ambitions and are aware that he would welcome a move to Spain and particularly to Barcelona.

It is not yet clear whether Sanchez would be willing to move in part-exchange, although the Spanish club would be willing to include him in a deal.

Suarez apologised on Monday for biting Chiellini, after which Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said: "Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important.

"Everyone knows Luis is an excellent player, everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows he is a Liverpool player."

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who completed his move to Barcelona from Sevilla on Tuesday, also praised Suarez.

He said: "The fact he has had the character and the strength to go in front of everyone and say sorry says a lot about him as a person.

"Not every person has that strength to admit they have done something stupid.

"Regardless of whether the club signs him or not, his quality is unquestionable."

Posted on Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Argentina 1-0 Switzerland

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    "That was that one big chance you always expect to come in extra time. Angel Di Maria has been the best player on the pitch, but Lionel Messi, he is the man Argentina look to and he came up with it.

    "Fabian Shar dived in on him but Messi rode the challenge with fantastic balance and rolled it out to Di Maria, who wasn't going to miss. A cool finish."

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    That Gym Guy: Di Maria has been the worst player on the pitch all game. He and Argentina don't deserve that.

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    "What a great finish from Angel Di Maria. For a boy who has had such a bad day, that is a sensational finish."

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    Never right this Argentina team off!"

    Messi, who has looked shattered for the last 20 minutes, goes on a surging run before teeing-up Angel Di Maria with a delicious pass.

    The Real Madrid man fires a low finish beyond the despairing hands of Diego Benaglio.

    Heartbreak for Switzerland.

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    Alexander Plumb: Belgium and USA are rubbing their hands at playing either the Swiss or Argentina in the quarter-finals.

    Ryan Konkolewski: The worst match I've ever seen and I used to referee Sunday League.

    Charlotte Horne: This match is painful.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at115 mins

    It's gone very quiet inside the ground, which is full of mostly Argentina fans.

    Messi is struggling. He looks exhausted. Both teams look as though they are resigned to penalties.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Angel Di Maria has been the liveliest player for Argentina. There has been the odd moment from Lionel Messi but not enough. The last 10 minutes will be fascinating. You do not want to make a mistake. Both teams will be desperate not to lose this game."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at112 mins

    The South Americans are patiently building from the back.

    Another attempt by Angel Di Maria deflects off a red shirt and leads to a corner.

    It comes to nothing. Switzerland bring on midfielder Blerim Dzemaili for Admir Mehmedi.

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    Mortan Enni: I get the feeling a scrappy goal will end this match. The Swiss are waiting for penalties and Argentina are hoping for some Messi brilliance.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at110 mins

    Ten minutes away from penalties.

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    Alice: Messi has worked twice as hard as any of the Argentines. If he had been on the end of some of his own passes they might have a goal.

    Marc, London: If France had finished second in their group, they would probably have beaten Argentina and would have avoided Germany in the quarters. An easier route to the final.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "What a fantastic save that was by Diego Benaglio. He flew to his left-hand side and with his right hand diverts Angel Di Maria's shot over the bar."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at109 mins

    Out of nowhere Angel Di Maria lashes a goal-bound shot from the edge of the area that has Diego Benaglio scrambling across his line to turn over.

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  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    He's not a happy man. Lionel Messi is being shut out. Penalties are looming and Switzerland's small pocket of fans are getting louder and louder.

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    "This has got penalties written all over it."

  • KICK-OFF

    Posted at106 mins

    We're back under way.

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    Joe Wedgwood: As someone who's always lived and breathed football, I can't quite believe how disillusioned diving has made me with football.

    Alexander: If this goes to penalties I don't fancy Romero, he's the lesser goalkeeper.

    Colin Reardon: I can't see either the Swiss or Argentina winning the World Cup on this performance.

  • HALF-TIME

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at105 mins

    Half-time in extra time arrives with the game still deadlocked.

    Anxious times for Argentina's army of fans. Time for someone to step forward but Messi looks exhausted.

    Penalties are on the horizon.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Play is really starting to get stretched now. After a long and tiring game, chasing the ball is not easy. Switzerland have got to remain focused. If they can take this to penalties it will be a fantastic result for them."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at104 mins

    A huge roar inside Arena de Sao Paulo as Gelson Fernandes slips past Javier Mascherano's attempted hack.

    Argentina are running out of ideas. Half-time of extra time is fast approaching.

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    Steve Thomasson: This game is almost as bad as watching England.

    Bekele Best: Switzerland will win 5-4 on penalties.

    Ian Perkins: Go straight to penalties and give me some excitement.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at101 mins

    Not as nervous as Alejandro Sabella will be feeling right now, Roger.

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    Swiss tennis star Roger Federer on Twitter: Slightly nervous #switzerland

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "We're starting to see fatigue and a lack of concentration kick in for both teams now. Both Argentina and Switzerland are making needless mistakes.

    "It's going to be either a wonder-goal from Argentina or a scruffy goal from Switzerland to break the deadlock. It's a toss of the coin which way it will go. Or of course there are penalties."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at99 mins

    A sea of red shirts has formed in front of the Swiss box.

    Argentina cannot find a way through. More frustration as Rodrigo Palacio hacks down Valon Behrami.

    This is dreadfully untidy.

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    Harry, Leicester: Stop calling for Tevez, people. He's not in the squad because he couldn't be implemented in the team alongside Messi. He forced Messi into a less influential role, and Argentina haven't missed him.

    Andrew: Argentina are making hard work of this. One mistake or one moment of brilliance will settle it.

    Ravi, London: If England had been dealt Argentina's draw we'd be through to the quarter-finals. Argentina have been so poor.

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  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at95 mins

    Argentina want this done and dusted before penalties.

    Substitute Rodrigo Palacio forces another save with a glancing header.

    Switzerland are having to dig deep. Can they hold out for penalties?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "I thought that was in - from the angle we had it was a slow motion loop into the net.

    "Gelson Fernandes will be important for Switzerland in extra time, he is a fit lad, happy to get up and down the pitch. But he will have to be careful - he is on a booking already."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at92 mins

    Chaos in the Swiss area. Ezequiel Garay gets on the end of Angel Di Maria's corner but Diego Benaglio deals with the danger.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

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    "I still have the feeling that if Argentina can get it down and play it a bit quicker they will have some success. Switzerland will only play one way in extra-time - defend deep."

  • KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at91 mins

    Wake up! Extra time has started.

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    Brandon Deakin: Possibly one of the worst World Cup games so far. A dreadful game of football.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "On the balance of play 0-0 is probably about right. Argentina had one or two chances in the second half but Switzerland should have been up at half-time. I've been impressed by them. They had a game plan, and sometimes you have to be a bit negative."

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  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

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    "If I was Messi I would be saying to the rest of them 'any chance you could pull your finger out'. Argentina have been shocking."

  • FULL-TIME

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    So if Argentina are to make the quarter-finals for the fourth time in five attempts then they're going to have to do it the hard way.

    They have yet to turn up in Sao Paulo.

    Switzerland will be cursing the chances they have spurned. League One finishing on the World Cup stage.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "A glorious opportunity for Fabian Schar, he just got underneath his header as he rose under pressure."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at90 mins

    Chance for Switzerland.

    A free-kick is whipped into Argentina's penalty area but Fabian Schar cannot keep his header down.

    Poor. Poor. Poor.

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    Gareth, London: Messi has proved time and time-again that he has the stomach for the big occasion. It's only a matter of time until he proves that again in this game.

    James: This is easily the worst match in the round of 16.

    Kevin, Edinburgh: This game is exactly the reason why Carlos Tevez should have been taken to the World Cup. A striker who will put the extra effort in at all times.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at90 mins

    Switzerland are so close to taking this to extra time.

    But they'll remember what Argentina did to Iran in stoppage time earlier in the tournament.

    Three minutes of added time.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Switzerland got demolished by France, obviously they have learned from that. Today they have been a lot more solid, if a lot less ambitious, but it is working for them. They have worked so hard. But we have seen some late goals. Including Lionel Messi's against Iran."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at88 mins

    Temperatures rise on the pitch as the red mist - and a whole lot of frustration - descends.

    Messi challenges Valon Behrami and the Swiss midfielder goes down in a theatrical manner after the slightest of shoves.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at85 mins

    The winners of this match meet Belgium and the USA for a place in the semi-finals.

    Neither will worry about facing Argentina or Switzerland.

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    Yousuf Ali: Argentina struggled against every team in the group stages; Messi was their saving grace so I'm not surprised.

    Thompson Beeby: The passing and crossing is truly awful from both sides.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at83 mins

    A scrappy match gets even scrappier.

    Messi appears to be dragged down just outside the Swiss area but the referee is not interested.

    Switzerland then break but Josip Drmic is fouled by Ezequiel Garay.

    It's fair to say this has not been a classic.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Finally that bit of magic from Lionel Messi. When it came to him on the edge of the box, he passed one, passed two, such balance - we've heard people say just show him on his right, but you cannot do that, he is too good. Messi drove the shot in, Diego Benaglio spilled it the first time, but he saw it late, and makes an excellent second save."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "The cross was just behind Rodrigo Palacio, it was not an easy chance and it might have been a better one for the player behind him - Gonzalo Higuain. Palacio was just a little bit too eager."

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    "The goalkeeper does well. The shot goes through legs and he only sees it late. Good save."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at78 mins

    Lionel Messi forces a clever save with a low shot from just inside the area.

    It comes moments after substitute Rodrigo Palacio goes close to putting Argentina ahead.

    Switzerland are on the back-foot.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

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    "In the first 70 minutes, Angel di Maria has lost possession 28 times. That has to be some sort of record."

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    Phoenixville: The Swiss plan is simple. Hold on for 90 minutes and beyond and go for the shoot-out. We all know the outcome then.

    Naz: Not sure why Argentina are deploying their attacks down the left. It's coming to nothing. Need to drive through the centre.

    Alexander: If Angel di Maria was a delivery service, nothing would get delivered. Terrible today. Great ability but where is the final ball?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "The only way I can see Argentina scoring is through a lapse of concentration from the Switzerland defence, which has not happened so far, or through a moment of sheer magic from Lionel Messi. Argentina have been very ineffective."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at75 mins

    It is only two weeks since Switzerland were taken apart by France but they are holding out well in Sao Paulo.

    A crunching challenge by substitute Gelson Fernandes results in a rise in the decibel levels and a booking for the Swiss sub.

    Argentina finally make a change, Lavezzi makes way for Rodrigo Palacio.

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    Mo, Manchester: How on earth can people criticise Messi? He's been clinical in every game even though every team has a tactic to crowd him out. And he's not exactly got the best in-form attacking players with him. Higuain's been poor.

    Luke, Herts: Ricardo Rodriguez looks like a quality left-back. A good fit for Man Utd?

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at70 mins

    Twenty minutes remaining. Is another last-16 tie heading for extra time?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Gelson Fernandes, formerly of Manchester City, now of SC Freiburg, has lots of energy and will get forward."

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    Angel Di Maria's showboating attempt to cross the ball, which then went straight out of play, has not gone down well on Twitter.

    Mike White: Pathetic attempt at showboating from the Argentina player on that 'cross'....both the intention and execution.

    Mahbub Albahry: Di Maria and his crosses have not impressed me at all. All seems to be dull.

    John Dunthorne: Showboating in a World Cup tie that you need to win, they should send Di Maria home.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at68 mins

    First change of the match as Switzerland's Granit Xhaka makes way for Gelson Fernandes.

    It comes as Argentina enjoy their best spell. Higuain goes close before Messi volleys narrowly over from distance.

    The Swiss are creaking. Argentina have finally come alive!

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    David: Argentina looking less and less likely to be serious contenders for this World Cup as the tournament goes on. Who knows, a bit of Messi magic may again carry them through this game. But world champions need more than that.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    "Switzerland are starting to get overrun on their left side."

  • CLOSE!

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at63 mins

    Argentina's best chance by far.

    Marcos Rojo whips in a delightful ball which Gonzalo Higuain powers towards goal but Diego Benaglio comes to Switzerland's rescue with a fingertip save.

    The Swiss are beginning to tire.

    Watch the chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "I'm starting to believe that Switzerland can cause a massive upset. They just need one chance to fall to Xherdan Shaqiri. If they can keep their concentration they could easily nick it 1-0.

    "Argentina have been disappointing. Sooner or later they will have to make a substitution. Ezequiel Lavezzi has been ineffective, he likes to turn in behind people, but hasn't had the opportunity to do that and therefore hasn't done anything of any real note."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at60 mins

    Argentina are stirring!

    Full-back Marcos Rojo goes close with a cross-shot but the patience of their fans is tested when Angel Di Maria's attempted cross goes sailing out for a goal kick.

    Surely the Real Madid winger is living on borrowed time as far as this match is concerned.

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    Dave Payn: Do wonder sometimes whether teams actually want to win this? Hardly any goals in first halves of the knockout stage games so far.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at57 mins

    Swiss tennis star Roger Federer is cheering on his boys after his Wimbledon win earlier.

    I hope his last-16 tie was more entertaining than this.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "I think Ottmar Hitzfeld will have said to his Switzerland players at half-time: 'Stay organised, stay compact, and have a bit more belief going forward'.

    "Argentina are becoming frustrated and Switzerland have grown in confidence. If they can nullify Lionel Messi, which of course is no easy task, then there is a great opportunity for them on the counter attack."

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    The Typewriter: Higuain has had another dreadful game; I struggle to remember a big match where he's had any major impact.

    Josh Pickwick: Can see the Swiss pinching this.

    Mahbub Albahry: Argentina need to show what they are good - attacking - before the Swiss take advantage of their poor defence.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at53 mins

    Still Argentina's fans sing in an attempt to pump their players full of adrenaline.

    But they're not responding.

    The South Americans look weary. Surely the first substitution cannot be far away?

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    Rob: Is Messi playing? A wonderful player now and again when he gets the opportunity, but he doesn't influence games like Maradona used to.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at50 mins

    Switzerland are growing in belief minute by minute.

    They win a free-kick just outside the Argentina area and Xherdan Shaqiri's curling attempt is saved unconvincingly by Sergio Romero.

    The Argentine keeper is not having his greatest game.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Argentina didn't get in behind the Swiss at all in the first half, they need to do that more. Up until now Switzerland have done everything right, but I wonder if failing to take those chances will come back to haunt them."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at48 mins

    We've just witnessed more attacking intent from Argentina in the opening minute of the second half than we saw in the first 45.

    Messi finds Ezequiel Lavezzi with a delightful ball but Gonzalo Higuain is unable to make clean contact with his low cross.

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    rchnyuce (Turkey): The way Argentina are playing, a Switzerland surprise is more likely.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

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    "Take Messi out of this Argentina team and I think they are average, just like if you take Neymar out of the Brazil team."

  • KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at46 mins

    Remember it took Argentina 90 minutes to break Iran down.

    What wise words has Alejandro Sabella given to his players during the interval?

    We're about to find out. We're back under way.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

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    "Lionel Messi will get one chance but the disappointing thing from Argentina is when they have got the ball we have seen absolutely nothing from them.

    "This team has big-name players that have done well in the Champions League and the Premier League.

    "You look at their first-half performance and see how bad Argentina were collectively. If they don't step up then they could be heading home."

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    Switzerland have wasted two great chances to get their noses in front against strongly fancied Argentina.

    See them again by clicking the 'Highlights' tab above.

  • The story so far

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    "Valon Behrami has been pushed in to crowd Messi out. That is where Argentina miss a creative midfielder. They need someone to give the ball to Messi high up the park. There is nowhere for him to go."

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    Saqueeb Rajan: The Swiss should be 2-0 up. At this stage underdogs need to take their chances. Lessons from Algeria not learned. Argentina to win.

    Tommy P: Been impressed with Rodriguez, the Swiss left-back, every time I've seen him this tournament. He'll get himself a good move.

    Alexander: Argentina have been the flattest team at this World Cup, I'm ready for bed after that first half.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "There is what we could call a lack of ambition from Argentina, they are keeping the ball but are not playing with a high tempo. They are waiting for Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi or Gonzalo Higuain to come up with something special around the penalty box, rather than creating chances through a real team method."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    At least Argentina have not conceded.

    All three of their wins at this tournament have been by a single goal margin.

    And there was little evidence in the first 45 minutes to suggest that they will clock up a handsome win against the Swiss.

  • Messi on the prowl

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    Lionel Messi had plenty of touches in that first half but he hasn't been able to cause any real damage to the Switzerland defence. Yet.

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

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    "When Messi gets the ball, they crowd him out and Switzerland have got their tactics spot on."

  • Dan Walker

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    "Argentina are like Donald Trump's hair... flash up front, plenty going on in the middle but rather ropey at the back.

    "Shambolic finish from Drmic. What a chance. Argentina very average so far."

  • HALF-TIME

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    Half-time approaching. Corner for Switzerland. Jeers all around the ground.

    It comes to nothing.

    There's no stoppage time. The referee has had enough. I don't blame him.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at43 mins

    For the fourth successive game at this tournament, Argentina's defence looks suspect.

    A Neymar, a Muller or a Rodriguez would surely have made them pay. Drmic will be haunted by that miss.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "The second great opportunity for Switzerland. It was like Geoff Hurst running through at Wembley. Josip Drmic tried to the chip the goalkeeper but in the end he just dinks it in at chest height, he got nowhere near enough on it."

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  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

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    "Is this Di Maria the same one as the fella at Real Madrid? He's been hopeless at this World Cup."

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    Steven McNamara: Can't believe Carlos Tevez was left out of the Argentina squad. Far better than Higuain for me.

    Nicholas Jones: The Swiss are going to start losing men if they don't stop cutting down the Argentine players.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    "Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is very, very fortunate. In the end it is such a poor finish. It should be 1-0 to Switzerland."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at40 mins

    Will Switzerland get a better chance than that?

    Josip Drmic is sent clean through by a defence-splitting pass by Xherdan Shaqiri but he makes a complete hash of his attempted chip over the advancing keeper Sergio Romero, who is slow off his line.

    How costly will that prove?

    Watch the chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Switzerland are now growing a little bit more in confidence, their defensive midfield players are getting a little bit of space to work with. Yes, Argentina are great going forward but they don't work particularly hard defensively at times."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at37 mins

    The referee's patience finally snaps.

    First booking in what is a niggly affair goes to Switzerland's Granit Xhaka for a clumsy challenge on Lavezzi.

    A huge roar goes up from Argentina's fans.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at35 mins

    This is tame stuff. Maybe we've been spoiled too much.

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    Omerr Evran (Turkey): Best fans in the World Cup are Argentina's. They support their team even better than Brazil's do.

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    Andy: The best news I've heard all day is that current Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is stepping down after this World Cup campaign. That's great news for England ahead of their European Championship qualifying campaign. Great coach and tactician.

    England are in the same Euro 2016 qualifying group as Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. If Switzerland lose today, their next competitive match will be at home against England on 8 September in their first Euro 2016 qualifying game.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at33 mins

    Switzerland's defenders had little to do in the opening exchanges but they're working flat out now as Argentina attempt to exert more pressure.

    Ezequiel Garay narrowly fails to connect with a corner by Angel Di Maria. Any sort of touch and that was 1-0.

    The yellow-shirted neutrals are willing Switzerland forward.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "What a fantastic opportunity. I don't think Granit Xhaka hit that with a great deal of conviction, he should have put his foot through it. That could easily have been Switzerland 1-0 up. A bright short corner, but the finish has got to have more power."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at29 mins

    You wait 25 minutes for a chance and then three arrive at once!

    So close for Switzerland as Granit Xhaka forces Sergio Romero into a fine save with a crisply-struck shot before Stephan Lichtsteiner's effort is kept out.

    Argentina break and Higuain fires his side's first serious chance tamely at the keeper.

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    Rob, Newbury: I am baffled. Apart from his goals, Messi has been awful in every game.

    Jed, Oxford: Never seen Messi tackled so often as in this tournament. Good goals, but can't dribble, can't pass, can't tackle, can't be bothered. Awful.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "When you are not as good as your opponents sometimes you need to break the game up with little fouls to frustrate your opposition. It's a very good tactic. We always used to do that playing Arsenal. Ottmar Hitzfeld will have told the Switzerland players to slow the game down."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at25 mins

    This is one of the biggest games in Switzerland's history but has been pretty uneventful so far.

    Angel Di Maria wins a free-kick after being fouled by Admir Mehmedi.

    Tense times for Switzerland. Lionel Messi stands over the ball but his ball into the area is headed well over by Gozalo Higuain.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    Posted at

    "We have had 20 minutes and quite honestly nothing has really happened."

    You can watch the match by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at22 mins

    Messi loses out to Gokhan Inler in the centre circle who is then brought down by Javier Mascherano.

    It's brusing but it's goalless with little sign of a goal at either end right now.

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    Posted at

    Benjamin Pinn: We are Red. We are White. We have banks but we don't fight! C'mon Switzerland.

    Kevin Reeve: I think Switzerland could take Argentina all the way to pens, by neutralising them.

    2Chainz: What I love about this World Cup is that we're close to the quarter-finals and I still can't tell who can win it.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    MOTD

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "Angel Di Maria has been the most likely to do something in this match so far for Argentina."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at19 mins

    Angel Di Maria is Argentina's liveliest player but groans ring around the stadium as the ball runs out for a goal kick.

    Argentina are beginning to ask questions of the Swiss defence. Still neither keeper has had a shot to save.

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    Posted at

    Chris Gilbert: Switzerland are going to be tough to break down. Argentina may need a moment of brilliance from Lionel Messi again.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at15 mins

    First flash of danger from Messi!

    The Barcelona forward takes advantage as Valon Behrami switches off but his shot is comfortably gathered by the keeper.

    The legendary Pele is watching from the stand. He looks as though he is still awake. It's been a slow start.

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    Chelsea agree Costa deal

    Posted at

    Some breaking news to bring you about a player no longer at the World Cup. Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Spain striker Diego Costa after meeting the buyout clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "So far the game is as we expected. Argentina are controlling possession, they're passing the ball around but at no great pace. Switzerland are sitting back and are going to play on the counter attack.

    "Argentina don't really seem to have a style of play, they seem to rely on the brilliance of their individuals and play off the cuff. It's just whether they can break down Switzerland's resolute defence.

    "Sergio Aguero is not on the official Fifa injured list as such but down on the Argentina bench he has got trainers on. He will not be playing any part in this game."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at9 mins

    Confident start by the Swiss.

    An extremely encouraging passage of play sees Gokhan Inler and Xherdan Shaqiri tease and torment the Argentine defence before Admir Mehmedi gets in behind but his low cross is poor.

    Mehmedi is the player who said he will not be swapping shirts with Messi. Watch this space. . .

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "Argentina have gone for three up front, with Ezequiel Lavezzi on the right, Gonzalo Higuain on the left and Lionel Messi through the middle. Messi will be playing that number 10 role, but as a centre-forward.

    "In midfield Fernando Gago and Javier Mascherano will play that holding role in front of the defence but Angel Di Maria will be the link man. He and Messi can cause devastating problems."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at5 mins

    Argentina have started slowly and are sloppy in possession.

    Lionel Messi has yet to show what he can do.

    So far so good for Switzerland.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at3 mins

    Officially there are 20,000 Argentina fans inside Arena de Sao Paulo. I'm not having that. More like 40,000. There's small pockets of red Swiss shirts while the yellow shirts of Brazil are cheering the European team.

    Cautious start by both sides. First free-kick to Argentina after Ezequiel Lavezzi is brought down by Xherdan Shaqiri.

  • Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "20,000 Argentina fans in the stadium, another 50,000 in Sao Paulo. Switzerland confident they won't roll over."

  • KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at1 min

    It's a glorious sunny afternoon in Sao Paulo. Are we about to witness another beautiful game? Argentina get us up and running.

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Xherdan Shaqiri is predominantly left footed. Playing in the No 10 role, he finds the pockets of space. He is short, stocky, quick, gets into good positions. He should cause Argentina problems and will try to get at their defence."

    You can watch by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the page.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "If Switzerland play like they did against France, when they were so open, then Lionel Messi could have a field day."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "This is the first game I have seen at this World Cup where blue and white outnumbers yellow. Every game has been so well attended by the Brazilian public, but at this one there is a clear Argentine majority.

    "There are three tiny pockets of red where the Switzerland fans are."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:57

    Himno Nacional Argentino booms around Arena de Sao Paulo. Argentina's fans are in great voice. Three minutes to kick-off.

  • LINE-UPS

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:55

    Argentina: Romero, Federico Fernandez, Zabaleta, Garay, Rojo, Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Lavezzi. Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Biglia, Perez, Maxi Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Demichelis, Palacio, Alvarez, Aguero, Andujar, Basanta.

    Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez, Inler, Behrami, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Mehmedi, Drmic. Subs: Sommer, Ziegler, Senderos, von Bergen, Lang, Barnetta, Seferovic, Stocker, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Burki.

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Daily Mirror football journalist Ed Malyon: "Everyone knows Lionel Messi is not as popular in Argentina as Carlos Tevez or Diego Maradona. There is not that same 'Argentineness' if you will. Messi is no longer known as the Catalan but if he were to get sent off, say, that could come back.

    "At the Copa America in 2011 in Santa Fe, the Argentina number 10 Lionel Messi was announced as 'the best player in the world'. The Argentina number 11 Carlos Tevez was announced as 'the people's player'.

    "There is only one way for Messi to get close to that popularity and we all know what that is."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Lionel Messi is a fabulous player, he is like nobody else. It's almost like he plays in slow motion compared to other players.

    "The best role for him is that free role. Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain will work down the channels and we want to see Messi pick the ball up in those little holes and run at people. That is what he does best."

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

    Nervous sideways glances from the red-shirted Swiss players as they line up in the tunnel alongside Argentina. Lionel Messi scratches his head. He wants to get going. And here they come. . .

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Javier Mascherano is always looking to find the best player in the team, Messi. He knows his role. When there are better technical players, your job is to find them. Argentina have the best discipline in the World Cup, which is the most surprising thing."

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:52

    Eight minutes to kick-off. Argentina fans have taken over Arena de Sao Paulo and they have brought some friends with them.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Brazil

    From Bramall Lane to Brazil

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:50

    "Alejandro Sabella might not be a cigar-smoking, earring-wearing national icon who unleashes expletive-laden tirades and attracts more publicity than most of his players combined.

    "But the current Argentina coach carries no less expectation than the last man who led them at the last World Cup in the eyes of a country desperate to see their 28-year wait for a third title brought to a glorious end, especially on enemy territory.

    "It not the first time he has stepped into Diego Maradona's shoes. The previous occasion was in 1978, when then Sheffield United manager Harry Haslam travelled to Argentina on a scouting mission. He wanted to sign Maradona but returned with Sabella."

    Read more of David's piece on Sabella on the BBC Sport website.

  • Swiss misery

    Posted at

  • Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    BBC Sport

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Every time Lionel Messi gets the ball we are talking about how to stop him. The problem is that you know what he is going to do but you can't stop him. He comes in from that right side and onto his left, that is where he is at his best.

    "You have to be right in his face and all around him, as tight as you possibly can. But if you look at him he is travelling on top of the ball, which is very difficult to do. He is probably the best dribbler we have ever seen."

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "We have never seen such poor defending in a World Cup. I expect goals because Argentina and Switzerland are not great defensively."

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    Posted at

    Alexander: Much better balance to Argentina team, Lavezzi starter, no three centre-forwards like all the previous games, Sabella has got it right.

  • Razor-sharp Messi

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:46

    It's been a close shave for Argentina after narrow wins against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria.

    Fortunately Lionel Messi has been in razor-sharp form with four goals in three games. And in celebration of Messi's heroics, one fan has had the likeness of the Argentina No 10 shaved into his head.

    But will Messi be head and shoulders above the Swiss?

  • How Switzerland got here

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:44

    The Swiss conceded six times in their three group games. Even England and Iran, who have long since departed Brazil, did not let in that many.

    Fortunately they are better at scoring than defending. Seven goals in three games is a decent return for a team seeking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years.

    Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admits: "We are the clear outsiders but we have nothing to lose and much to gain."

  • How Argentina got here

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:42

    There's a feeling that Argentina have yet to get going at this World Cup - even though they have won all three games.

    Strongly fancied from the start, they conceded in two of their three Group F games - including two against Nigeria.

    But at least their main man is firing and the two-time world champions will fancy their chances of advancing if Lionel Messi can add to his four goals in three games.

  • Three goals, three flags

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:40

    BBC News reporter Imogen Foulkes in Berne: As a rising star on the Swiss football scene, Xherdan Shaqiri was asked about his origins.

    'I'm a Kosovar Albanian,' was his answer, firmly identifying himself with a group which he knows very well has been demonised by some sections of Swiss society.

    More recently, last December, he was asked how he celebrated Christmas. 'I'm a Muslim," he said with a smile. 'So we don't celebrate it so much, but my little sister loves to have a Christmas tree, so we always get one of those.'

    If Shaqiri does put one past Argentina, he will do it with three tiny flags sewn into his boots: Swiss, Kosovar and Albanian. The goal, though, will be Switzerland's.

    Read more from Imogen about Switzerland's unlikely World Cup heroes on the BBC News website.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker, MOTD

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:37

    "What a terrific start Lionel Messi has had to this tournament. He came into it under enormous pressure to show that he can be, and has been, one of the world's greatest players ever.

    "I always thought that the was saving a little bit for this World Cup. He understands how significant and important it is to him.

    "He has scored four goals in three games - three of those from outside the box - and he has been voted man of the match in all three games he has played.

    "I have tipped Argentina to win the World Cup but the way they are defending it's going to be difficult for them. They are going to have to tighten up in that area and just let Messi do his stuff."

  • Messi v Shaqiri

    Posted at

    Lionel Messi and Xherdan Shaqiri have scored seven goals between them at this tournament. Who will win the shootout in Sao Paulo?

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:31

    Former England defender Danny Mills is co-commentating inside Arena de Sao Paulo with Alan Green on BBC Radio 5 live. Build-up is starting now, with full commentary from 17:00 BST. Just click on the 'Live Coverage' tab above to listen.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

    MOTD

    Posted at

    "We've got both of Tuesday's games on BBC One, which is splendid. Argentina v Switzerland followed by Belgium v USA."

  • BBC One coverage starting now

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:30

    Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is co-commentating alongside Jonathan Pearce on Match Of The Day on BBC One. Coverage is starting now with Gary Lineker presenting from Brazil, alongside guests Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage. Click on the 'Live Coverage' tab above to watch from start to finish.

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    Posted at

    Chas Gillis: All of the six teams through to the quarter-finals so far won their groups. So it has to be Argentina and Belgium to win today.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Switzerland had a topsy-turvy time of it in their group before making it through to the last 16, but this is where their World Cup will end.

    "I know Argentina striker Sergio Aguero is out but Lionel Messi keeps coming up with the goods when they need him to, and it is frightening to think that he probably has not even got going properly yet.

    "The attacking football and number of goals so far at this World Cup have been great. But what is making it even more special is to see people like Messi playing the kind of football we know he can. Hopefully there is more to come."

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:25

    Say cheese! These Switzerland fans are hungry for a win over Argentina.

    Will Xherdan Shaqiri deliver as he did with a hat-trick on his last outing against Honduras?

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    Darren Jamal: Switzerland will be in the jaws of the most dangerous predators in football. Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and others. I can't wait to see the massacre.

    Kieran James Wyer: Lionel Messi's got the chance to climb back on top for the Golden Boot award. Neymar didn't score any and neither did Thomas Muller, only James Rodriguez stands in his way.

    Adam Zbyszewski: There is no way Argentina can win the tournament. Lionel Messi is no Diego Maradona.

  • Team news

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:20

    One change for Argentina from the starting line-up that faced Nigeria - and it is the one which was expected. Paris St-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzireplaces Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, who has been ruled out with a thigh injury. Lionel Messi captains the team.

    Switzerland are unchanged from the team which began their 3-0 win against Honduras. That means their attacking hopes are pinned on the creativity of Bayern Munich playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, while ex-Premier League duoJohan Djourou and Valon Behrami also start.

  • Rain or shine?

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:18

    Sao Paulo should be dry and a little cooler for this game, conditions that may well help Switzerland.

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    Posted at

    You have been utterly spoiled with 150 goals from 54 - it's been an absolute belter of a World Cup.

    But what has been your favourite moment? Who has excelled? What's been your favourite game and why?

    Tweet #bbcworldcup, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page,Google+ page or text (UK only) 81111.

  • Hitzfeld to retire

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:15

    Talking of Hitzfeld, the Swiss coach plans to retire after the World Cup.

    "After 30 years in the strength-sapping world of football, my time has come to stop... it was the most difficult decision of my career," says the 65-year-old German.

    Can the two-time Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich mastermind one last shock before he goes?

  • Game, set and match?

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:13

    So do the Swiss have any chance at all against Messi and Co?

    Seven-time champion Roger Federer has already ensured Switzerland will have a representative in the last eight at Wimbledon with a commanding straight-sets win over Tommy Robredo earlier.

    Basel-born Federer completed his win in time to watch the action in Sao Paulo.

    "It is nice to see the national football team doing very well, especially for Ottmar Hitzfeld, our coach, who has been with us for a long time," says Federer.

    "It might be his last match but I hope not. I hope we can beat Argentina. I'm definitely going to watch the match and I hope we do well."

  • Former Wales striker John Hartson

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "I should be walking off the 18th bang on time for Argentina v Switzerland. Time for a cold beer and a bit of Messi magic."

  • Planes, trains and the Messi bus

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:08

    Sao Paulo is busy at the best of times but when Argentina are in town it is standing room only.

    With a population of 22 million it is the biggest city in South America yet that number has been swelled by 100,000 football-crazy fans from across the border who have used all sorts of transport to arrive.

    While many have taken to planes and trains, the fans pictured above have arrived on a bus decked out in their team's colours and decorated with a painting of Lionel Messi.

    Next stop the quarter-finals?

  • Race to the quarter-finals

    Posted at16:05

    Brazil v Colombia. France v Germany. Netherlands v Costa Rica. But who will complete the quarter-final line-up in Brazil?

    The final piece of the jigsaw will be completed later when Belgium face USA in Salvador, scene of 21 goals in four games this tournament.

    First up it's Argentina against Switzerland in the party city of Sao Paulo, which has been overrun by tens of thousands of worshipping Lionel Messi fans.

  • Getting shirty

    Posted at16:00

    "Swap jerseys with Messi? I'm not here as a tourist. Switzerland is in the second round of a World Cup. With all due respect for his qualities and class, I think too much is talked about just Messi."

    So says Switzerland striker Admir Mehmedi. But can the Swiss really silence Argentina and their brilliant No 10, and deliver a World Cup shock to rival their feat of 2010 when they beat eventual champions Spain?

    It's the final day of the last-16 round of games. And the first day of a new month that will see new world champions crowned. Will July be Argentina's lucky month?

  • LINE-UPS

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Mas

Posted on Tuesday 1st July 2014

France 2-0 Nigeria

  • France 2-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "Do France deserve a 2-0 win? Probably not. But Nigeria didn't take their chances and lacked conviction."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 2-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "The Nigeria defence did not get themselves organised and it was a great run by Antoine Griezmann and Joseph Yobo had not seen him until too late. Nigeria were just not well organised at all."

  •  

    GOAL

    France 2-0 Nigeria - Yobo own goal

    Posted at90 mins

    All over.

    Mathieu Valbuena sends a low ball into the area from the right towards Antoine Griezmann, who is lurking dangerously at the near post. He misses the ball, though, and it slices in off Joseph Yobo's boot as he attempts to hack clear.

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at90 mns

    Another burst of La Marseillaise from the French fans. Five minutes of added time.

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    Text us on 81111

    Posted at

    Mark, Berkshire: Now Nigeria need to wake up or go home.

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at89 mins

    The Brazil fans in Estadio Nacional are willing Nigeria forward. But even after winning the support of the neutrals, it looks all over for the Africans unless there is a dramatic twist.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "France have looked tired and devoid of ideas. But Pogba has been instrumental."

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    Posted at

    Chris Gilbert: It's a pity it was Vincent Enyeama's mistake that ultimately caused the goal. He's been otherwise fantastic.

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at86 mins

    Nigeria are heading for more last-16 heartache. They were beaten at this stage in 1994 and 1998. Can a green shirt conjure up an equaliser? Four minutes remaining.

  • France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at84 mins

    France are six minutes from the quarter-finals.

    Nigeria's defence is creaking. Antoine Griezmann lashes towards the net but Vincent Enyeama sticks out a huge hand.

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    Posted at

    Ben Moore: France ahead. It had been coming for the last 10-15 minutes.

    Olasmom: Just when I thought it was going be another night of penalties. Come on Super Eagles, you can do this!

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "Victor Enyeama came out and flapped at it. I think he recognised his defence is struggling to deal with set plays but he should have got a solid fist on it. A simple header in the end."

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 1-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "That's a massive error from the goalkeeper. He's flapped at the cross, it's a poor, weak attempt of a punch. So disappointing."

  •  

    GOAL

    France 1-0 Nigeria - Paul Pogba

    Posted at79 mins

    France move up a gear and Nigeria cannot cope.

    After two near misses, Les Bleus find the net after Vincent Enyeama flaps at a cross and Paul Pogba is well placed to head home.

    It's cruel on Nigeria, who have played so well. But there's still time for them to haul themselves back.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at79 mins

    Yohan Cabaye thumps the ball against Nigeria's bar after Efe Ambrose hacks Karim Benzema's shot clear.

    Then Vincent Enyeama tips Benzema's header over the bar.

    Watch the chance again by clicking on the highlights tab.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at77 mins

    Antoine Griezmann has lifted France since replacing Giroud.

    If this match is to be decided in extra time then his presence could be valuable.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at75 mins

    Fifteen minutes of normal time left.

    A weary shot from Karim Benzema falls well wide of the net.

    This game is crying out for a hero. Who will step forward?

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "That was the best moment of the game. A lovely one-two between Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann and a great save. Victor Moses gets back and provides good cover for his defence. Vincent Eneyeama was a little unlucky because it was a good save but it bounced backwards.

    "There has been so much talk about fallout over bonuses but Nigeria do seem really together here. Great play by Moses."

  • Vital Victor

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    Victor Moses has only had one touch in his own box so far. Not a bad one, though, was it?

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Rob Porter: Horrible leg-breaker from Blaise Matuidi. Should have seen red. Ogenyi Onazi is lucky if his ankle isn't broken.

    Peter Malath: This is the kind of game where I wish I could make Jay-Jay Okocha young again and bring him back.

    Stuart Dillon: For a team with ambitions to the win the World Cup, France certainly have to up their game.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at71 mins

    Sacre Bleu! How on earth did that stay out?

    Victor Moses saves Nigeria with a goal line clearance to deny Karim Benzema's shot after the French striker's one-two with Antoine Griezmann had sliced open the African defence.

    So close.

    Watch the chance again via the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at69 mins

    For possession there's only been one team in this match in the last 10 minutes.

    Ahmed Musa is running at the French defence again. He manages to get in a cross but Laurent Koscielny clears at full stretch.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at66 mins

    France rocking. France creaking.

    Peter Odemwingie lets fly from outside the area that forces Hugo Lloris into a decent save.

    Nigeria are enjoying their best spell of the game. Can they hurt France?

  • Suarez says sorry

    Posted at

    Luis Suarez statement: "After several days of being home with my family I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014.

    "Independent from the fallout and the contradicting declarations that have surfaced during these past days, all of which have been without the intention of interfering with the good performance of my national team, the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me.

    "For this I deeply regret what occurred. I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this."

    Read more on the story here.

  •  

    Suarez says sorry

    Posted at

    A development on the Luis Suarez story to bring you - the Uruguayan striker has apologised for biting Giorgio Chiellini and has vowed "there will never again be an incident like this".

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    Posted at

    Steve Huish, Surbiton: That was a definite red card for France. That was an ankle breaker.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at62 mins

    Onazi does not re-appear this time.

    Instead former Kilmarnock player Reuben Gabriel is sent on as a substitute before Emmanuel Emenike fires narrowly over the bar.

    France are making a change too. Olivier Giroud is put out of his misery, Antoine Griezmann coming on.

    It just hasn't happened for Giroud.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "That should have been a red card. It is a leg breaker. Matuidi's gone in with his studs showing, missed the ball and gone over the ankle. That's a terrible tackle."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at59 mins

    Two of the opening four last-16 ties have gone to extra-time. This is heading in that way too.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    Karim Benzema might be in an unfamiliar wide role, but you can't argue with his attacking statistics so far in this World Cup...

  • YELLOW CARD

    Posted at56 mins.

    Another heavy French tackle. This time Blaise Matuidi is booked for an ugly late tackle on Ogenyi Onazi who has pain etched all over his face.

    Onazi has been in the wars this game and is carried off on a stretcher for a second time. Will we see him back?

    This second half has yet to get going. It's all stop-start. But it will suit Nigeria. France need to step up.

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    Posted at

    Bola Akinola: If Nigeria can beat France then they can beat Germany or Algeria.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "I keep saying it, but when is Didier Deschamps going to make a change? Time after time Nigeria are breaking down the right. It's just the final ball that needs to be better."

    You can listen to more of Robbie Savage's analysis from Brasilia by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at53 mins

    Oshaniwa is back on. His return sparks a decent period of play for Nigeria.

    Victor Moses teases a couple of French defenders on the edge of the area before the ball spins away from him. More frustration for the Super Eagles.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at50 mins

    France are getting stuck in. A heavy challenge by Mathieu Debuchy results in another delay as Juwon Oshaniwa receives treatment before hobbling off.

    Nigeria are temporarily down to 10 men.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Nigeria have been able to go at the French full-backs and get at them. It has been very open but I'd say Nigeria have been causing France problems."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at47 mins

    Very fortunate escape for Peter Odemwingie as he loses possession to Olivier Giroud on the edge of Nigeria's penalty area. It's a poor cross by the France striker though.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at46 mins

    Here we go again. . .

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Nigeria thought they had scored but the offside flag went up. I thought maybe the forward would have been given the benefit of doubt. It was a great ball in. We talked up Raphael Varane before the game but he didn't know where the ball was."

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    Andrew Mitchell: Is Karim Benzema impersonating Fred?

    Patrick: Really disappointed with John Mikel Obi, worst number 10 ever!

    Aftab: I think this match will be decided on sharpness in the final third. Olivier Giroud and Benzema v Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses and Ahmed Musa.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "I can only think the France manager Didier Deschamps has put Karim Benzema out wide for the benefit of the team but he does not look happy out there. The ball is not coming to him as often as he would like.

    "If you are a centre-half and you see the opposition's most dangerous striker out there you are thinking 'brilliant'. I've played against Benzema and he is so much more dangerous through the middle."

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    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    BBC World Service sports reporter John Bennett: Nigeria have never been to the quarter-finals of a World Cup. Can they make history? The vast majority of Super Eagles fans are confident."

  • The social World Cup

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    Getting involved? You're not alone.

    The World Cup is proving to be a major hit on social media. There have now been one billion interactions (posts, comments and likes) from 220 million people on Facebook about the World Cup so far - the highest peak ever. Twitter also saw a record for the most tweets per minute in their history on Saturday, around the decisive penalty in the Brazil-Chile match, beating the previous record which was the Super Bowl earlier this year.

    But we want more. From you.

    We want you to send in your entries to the #copauppy challenge and see how many keepy-ups you can do with a tennis ball. You can watch the likes of Tim Henman and Rafael Nadal complete the challenge here.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "It's another knockout game where both teams are not sitting back. They are both going for it. Paul Pogba had the best chance of the half but hit the ball straight at the Nigeria goalkeeper. Pogba has been on the ball a lot, he wants to play, wants to be the person to make the difference.

    "There have been times where it hasn't come off for him, but this is a young kid taking the game by the scruff of the neck, and on the world stage."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    The first half stats have landed on my desk. As I suspected, there is very little to choose between these two. France need to find another gear. What do Nigeria have left in the tank? It really is all to play for.

  • Martin Keown

    Former England defender on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Karim Benzema is stuck out on the left side looks really frustrated. Olivier Giroud is not really doing it in the middle. I wonder if the manager will be tempted to make a change."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "Karim Benzema on the left....does he look happy there? Each time France have looked dangerous Mathieu Valbuena has been involved."

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Didier Deschamps has got to tell Benzema or Matuidi that Evra needs some help. But I don't think Benzema will offer anything going back. That means the French need to make a tactical change. Nigeria are very dangerous down that right-hand side, but need better quality with their deliveries. But they will be the happier side."

  • HALF-TIME

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    So far so good for Nigeria. France need some extra oh la la! I hope these sides have been practicing penalties.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at45 mins

    Into the final few moments and Emmanuel Emenike forces Hugo Lloris to beat his fierce drive away. The ball falls for Victor Moses but the Chelsea man handles and another chances goes begging.

    Watch the chance again by clicking on the highlights tab.

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    Eyobel Gomini: Nigeria are threatening going forward, but there is too much space behind the back four. If Karim Benzema or Olivier Giroud get a good pass France could be ahead.

    Martino Oscar: I think my countryman John Mikel Obi is the worst number 10 player in this World Cup.

    HNIC: Mikel will not learn until his sloppiness in midfield allows Nigeria to concede.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "When the French get the ball wide they try to look for the cutback, but Olivier Giroud has got to get across that front post like we've seen him do time and time again for Arsenal."

    You can listen to more of Robbie Savage's analysis from Brasilia by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at41 mins

    Mathieu Debuchy shows why defenders are rarely good at finishing as he slices a great chance wide after the goal opens up for him.

    France look a shadow of the side that carved open Honduras and Switzerland in the group stage.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at38 mins

    Inside the final 10 minutes.

    Nigeria will be more than pleased with how this is going. France, Paul Pogba's volley aside, are struggling to seriously test keeper Vincent Enyeama.

    Another corner to Nigeria. It comes to nothing but Patrice Evra has his hands wrapped around Peter Odemwingie. He is lucky the referee did not see that.

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    Tim, London: Why is Loic Remy on the bench? I think he's a lot more technically gifted than Olivier Giroud.

    James, Newcastle: Feel France will win this, but Nigeria are looking dangerous on the the counter-attack.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    Thousands of French fans are gathered to watch the game in Paris's City Hall.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at34 mins

    "Allez les bleus," sing 10,000 French fans, attempting to pump their players full of adrenaline.

    But their voices are drowned out by a stadium full of Nigeria-supporting neutrals.

    France are seeing plenty of possession but they're lacking a cutting edge.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "It has been a fantastic round of 16 so far and this game is certainly up there with the other matches. It has been end-to-end, attacking, fantastic atmosphere, great colour in the stadium."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at31 mins

    Temperatures rising on the pitch as the red mist descends over Olivier Girould as he makes contact with John Mikel Obi. Another referee might have taken firm action there.

    It's a sign of the growing frustration in the French camp.

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    Paddy Emmerson: Decent save by Vincent Enyeama but he shouldn't have been given a chance. A poor finish from the much-praised Paul Pogba.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at27 mins

    A frenzied passage of play ends in another corner to Nigeria.

    They have come flying out of the blocks in Brasilia.

    Those who feared the row over bonus payments would cloud their play can forget it.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "What a break by Paul Pogba. Struck it well and brilliant save by Vincent Enyeama. He is possibly the best African goalkeeper we have ever seen."

    Watch live coverage of the game via Match of the Day Live by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

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    BBC World Service football reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: "Incredible atmosphere here. Before realising it was offside, the Brazilian fans cheered that Nigeria goal like it was a goal for Brazil.

    "Amazing how much support the Brazilian fans are giving Nigeria. France must feel like they're playing away from home. A lot of love for African teams here in Brasilia. They were chanting for Ghana last week."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at23 mins

    Sensational stop by Vincent Enyeama to keep out Paul Pogba's volley close to the penalty spot.

    We've seen some brilliant saves at this tournament. That was right up there.

    This match is being played at helter-skelter pace. Another cracker.

    You can watch the chance again via the highlights tab.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "I think Emenike is half a yard offside - good call from the linesman. Great finish though. Musa is staying really high up the pitch on the left and Odemwingie is doing the same on the right. When Odemwingie drifts inside, that allows right-back Ambrose, who usually plays centre-back for Celtic, so much space down that right-hand side. Nigeria in control of this game."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "It was tight, really tight. Great ball in from Ahmed Musa, but good organisation from the France defence there. Patrice Evra could see Emenike was offside and the defence allowed him to be. Good organisation and good decision."

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    Dave Hawthorne: Patrice Evra is such a weak link for France, just like he was for Manchester United last season, so lazy! Glad we signed Luke Shaw.

    Daniel Woodley: Nigeria are a completely different side to what we saw in their first group stage game. Stephen Keshi deserves a lot of credit.

    Shohidur Rahman: Manchester United let Paul Pogba go for free. Alex Ferguson then chose Phil Jones over Raphael Varane and Bebe over James Rodriguez. Not great.

  • DISALLOWED GOAL

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at20 mins

    There's an explosion of noise as Nigeria have the ball in the back of the net. Danger man Emmanuel Emenike stabs home Ahmed Musa's low ball into the French area but a linesman's flag comes to the rescue of Les Bleus.

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    Adama SB Gimba: Based on how the French play, they will definitely defeat Nigeria.

    Abubakar Aliyu: Nigeria do not fear of France. We'll give them a good thrashing. Up Super Eagles.

    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at17 mins

    Peter Odemwingie whips in the set-piece and John Mikel Obi is in a good position but cannot direct his header on target.

    Nigeria are down to 10 men as Ogenyi Onazi goes off for treatment but returns after a few minutes.

    African drums are beating. Nigeria will be pleased with the start they have made here.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at13 mins

    Oh. Oh. Danger for France.

    Paul Pogba runs into trouble and gifts Nigeria possession. They attack with pace and power, Yohan Cabaye hauls down Emmanuel Emenike. Free-kick to Nigeria in a dangerous position.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "The temperature is a bit cooler here in Brasilia - it is not as hot as we thought. But with France resting several players for their final group game, I think that gives them a slight advantage.

    "You can see when Giroud controls the ball that Valbuena and Matuidi look to join him - very interesting start from the French. But there's a lot of space on that Nigerian right-hand side as they look to isolate Evra."

    You can listen to more of Robbie Savage's analysis from Brasilia by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at10 mins

    Victor Moses is keen to make up for lost time.

    The Chelsea man missed the defeat by Argentina but is causing problems with his pace as he tries to penetrate the French defence.

    There's a huge roar each time a green shirt receives the ball inside the French half. There's no doubt who the neutrals are supporting.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "Karim Benzema will be a deciding factor for me. He is one of the best number nines in world football. He is clinical and somebody who is irresistible when he is on his game. I think the French will have too much for Nigeria."

  • Martin Keown

    Former England defender on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

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    "Brasilia is the best stadium I have been to. The angle of the crowd in the stands to people on the pitch is tremendous and it makes for an excellent atmosphere."

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    Barry, Somerset: So far all four group winners have progressed into the quarter finals. I expect nothing less from France, Germany, Argentina and Belgium. When did this last happen?

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder on MOTD

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at

    "We are expecting a really attacking and open game here with both sides going for it. I think the counter is key for both sides, but especially Nigeria. They will rely on the pace of Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Peter Odemwingie when they get into the final third."

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at6 mins

    Vital interception from Joseph Yobo as France continue their high-voltage start.

    Olivier Giroud is causing problems inside the African area. Nigeria, in their all green strip, are on the back-foot in these early exchanges.

  • France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at3 mins

    Le crunch! A strong challenge by Juwon Oshaniwa in the opening seconds as Nigeria show they mean business.

    France are already building an early head of steam with Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema teasing and tormenting on the edge of Nigeria's penalty area.

  • KICK-OFF

    France 0-0 Nigeria

    Posted at1 min

    We are under way in the battle to face Germany or Algeria in the quarter-finals.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    "Every first-team member at Manchester United was in no doubt as to how good Paul Pogba could be. It was a disappointing that he left the club, I'm not sure of the exact circumstances but what is for sure is that United made a mistake in letting him go.

    "He told me before he left that he wanted to be the best player in the world. I'm not sure he will do that but he definitely could be the best midfielder in the world."

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:57

    The Nigeria national anthem is applauded by thousands of neutrals inside Estadio Nacional. We're almost ready to get going.

  • Martin Keown

    Former Arsenal defender on MOTD

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:56

    On whether ex-players like Didier Deschamps are respected more as managers: "Arsene Wenger, when he came in, looked like my geography teacher, but ultimately he was fantastic to work with. We were a little sceptical at the start but then you could see it on the training pitch that he was really good.

    "As an ex-player it is great to see Didier Deschamps come in and do well. That is what we want to see from former players."

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema. Subs: Ruffier, Landreau, Sakho, Cabella, Griezmann, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne, Sissoko, Remy, Schneiderlin.

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Musa, Onazi, Mikel, Moses, Odemwingie, Emenike. Subs: Ejide, Agbim, Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Egwuekwe, Odunlami, Oboabona, Azeez, Nwofor, Uchebo, Ameobi.

    Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:56

    National anthem time. La Marseillaise booms. Ah, isn't the World Cup wonderful.

    Time for a reminder of the full line-ups...

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "I think it will be a big ask for Nigeria to win. France have a talented squad and their important players are in good form. But if Nigeria play to their strength, which is counter attacking football, they will have a chance.

    "If Nigeria play a little deeper and use the players they have on the counter, Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses have pace to burn and are a dangerous threat. I am sure France will be fearful of that."

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:54

    The two teams come out together to the backdrop of some dramatic music, it's as if a Hollywood blockbuster is about to be trailed.

    A gladiatorial welcome for both sides as they walk into a wall of sound.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Radio coverage

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:52

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage is in his commentary position inside Estadio Nacional. Savage is co-commentating with Darren Fletcher on BBC Radio 5 live from 17:00 BST.

    To listen to BBC Radio 5 live coverage just click on the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

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    Steven McNamara: France to win 4-0 and hopefully go on and win the tournament. They have been a joy to watch.

    Fames Johnson: Shame nobody is giving Nigeria a chance against France, but I still believe the Super Eagles will win.

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:50

    Who are the neutrals supporting? These Brazil fans make it clear who they are backing at Estadio Nacional.

  • Got the message?

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:48

    BBC World's Alex South in Brasilia: "Differing messages on the two team buses. After the distraction with the row over bonuses Nigeria will certainly have to be united if they are to stop the French and reach the quarter-final for the first time.

    "The French, well anything seems to be possible for them, as they try to recapture the magic of 1998."

  • Paris big screen switch on

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:46

    Budget cuts, hooliganism and lack of interest from the public pushed officials in Paris to drop their nearly 20-year-old tradition of open-air screenings of World Cup matches.

    Administrators in the French capital opted against opening a fan park for the group games against Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador.

    But in an about-turn, a decision has now been taken to show the Nigeria game on a giant screen in the city as World Cup fever sweeps the home of the 1998 world champions.

    Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to "accompany Parisians in their mania for Les Bleus", officials told local media.

  • Milestone for Yobo

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:43

  • Cabaye fires arrogance warning

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:41

    Four years ago at the last World Cup player strikes, rows, resignations and recriminations left the French in disarray on one of the worst days in the country's football history. Fast forward to now and it's a completely different story with renewed optimism amongst fans and media alike.

    But midfielder Yohan Cabaye says it is vital Les Bleus do not come across as arrogant as they target a third final in the last five World Cups.

    Team-mate Bacary Sagna has been reported as saying it would be a "failure" if France did not win the World Cup, but former Newcastle midfielder Cabaye adds: "It's great to be ambitious. But to say we're going to win the World Cup is a lot.

    "Confidence shouldn't become arrogance because that's when you have problems."

  • Multi-coloured World Cup

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:37

    BBC World's Alex South in Brasilia: "If you didn't know who was playing at the Estadio Nacional, you wouldn't be able to tell from the array of football tops on show. There's a smattering of French blue, even less Nigerian green, but probably more Brazilian yellow.

    "I've seen Spanish, Japanese and even a Tranmere Rovers top! I wonder who the neutrals will get behind?"

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:35

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    Hussaini Abdullahi on the BBC Hausa Facebook page: "Nigeria is no match for France. I support Nigeria but they will lose 3-0."

    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker, MOTD

    Posted at16:30

    "Back on the box today with France v Nigeria. This stunning World Cup could well conjure up another cracker. On air at 16:30 BST on BBC One."

    Click on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the page to watch Match Of The Day.

  • Happy campers

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:30

    BBC World Service reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: "There are no off-field issues in the France camp.

    "I've been speaking to Guy Roux, who managed Auxerre in the French top flight for over 40 years, helping to turn the likes of Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc and Basile Boli into stars.

    "He says he's spoken to 'his friend' Bacary Sagna, who says that the spirit in the France squad is better than ever and all the players are 'extremely happy'.

    "It seems that they'll be no strikes, rows and disputes on buses at this World Cup for the French team."

  • Former Republic of Ireland international Mark Lawrenson

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:28

    "This is the biggest test so far for France but they look to be in pretty good shape after getting through the group stage so easily.

    "France have got goals in them but Nigeria showed against Argentina that they are dangerous going forward as well.

    "Nigeria are direct and play to their strengths but they are too inconsistent for me and, although I am expecting a close game, I would back France to sneak through."

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

    MOTD

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    "Delighted to have bumped into quite possibly the greatest African footballer of all time. Mr George Weah."

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    Ugwu Oguejiofor Ernest: Algeria and Nigeria are very organised teams and can beat any team on a good day.

    Callistus Cally Bunke Nwabuikwu: French fried! That will be the verdict at the end of this game.

    Ajayi Sunkanmi Carlos: Welcome to Brazil where dreams become reality. Go and ask the Costa Rica and Colombia. Now it's time for our African teams' dreams to come true.

  • Oh la la!

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:23

    BBC World's Alex South in Brasilia: "France have fallen back in love with their national team. Four years ago in South Africa, player strikes, rows, resignations and recriminations left the French in disarray on one of the darkest days in the country's football history.

    "But a new man in charge, and a good start in Brazil has rekindled the countries love affair with Les Bleus."

  • Get involved #bbcworldcup

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    Today would be nothing - nothing I tell you - without contributions from your good selves, so send your chit-chat in this direction either via Twitter using the hashtag#bbcworldcup, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page, visit ourGoogle+ page or text (UK only) 81111.

    Can Benzema, Pogba and Evra inspire France to a third World Cup final in five attempts? Can the Super Eagles go further than any African team has gone in the World Cup? When will an African team win the World Cup?

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:19

    BBC World Service reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: "Nigeria's preparations for this quarter-final were overshadowed by yet another row about appearance fees.

    "The country's president stepped in and, after missing training, peace seemed to be restored to the Super Eagles camp. Yesterday, John Mikel Obi told the media that the issue was 'not a major problem'.

    "But if they lose you can be sure that the players will be criticised back in Nigeria for taking their eye off the ball, just days before one of the biggest games in their history."

  • Money, money, money

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:16

    This is one of the biggest matches in Nigeria's history but their preparations have been overshadowed by a bonus row.

    The champions of Africa boycotted training before the weekend because of the dispute, but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan assured the squad that the money will be paid.

    It is not the first time the Super Eagles have made a stance over money - last year they arrived late for the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:14

    This is Nigeria's first World Cup knockout match since the 1998 tournament in France and victory would see the West African nation reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. The sides have met only once before, in a friendly match in Saint-Etienne in June 2009 that saw Nigeria emerge with a 1-0 victory.

    But trouble has been brewing in the Super Eagles camp. . .

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:11

    BBC World Service sports reporter John Bennett in Brasilia: Around 10,000 France fans expected today.

  • France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:09

    This is match number 53 at the 2014 World Cup. It's hard to believe but there's only another 11 games after this before the new world champions are crowned.

    France or Nigeria will meet the winners of Germany against Algeria, who play later, in the last eight on Friday.

    If this turns out to be a day of upsets then Africa will be guaranteed a team in the semi-finals for the first time.

    The furthest an African team has advanced in the World Cup is the last eight - Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).

  • Bleus Monday

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:04

    They've gone from the moody Bleus to a happy-go-lucky team under Didier Deschamps. But are France about to experience a Bleus Monday?

    The side hell-bent on civil war, chaos and destruction in 2010 has been dismantled and replaced by a team with a renewed sense of pride and purpose in 2014.

    Suddenly, France are a nation to be taken seriously again on the World Cup stage. But can Nigeria become only the fourth African nation to make it to the World Cup quarter-finals?

    Buckle up. We're about to find out. . .

  • Tour de World Cup

    Posted at16:00

    It's Tour de France week and a breakaway has raced clear of the World Cup peloton.

    The yellow jersey of Brazil has made its move into the quarter-finals and has been joined by Netherlands, Colombia and Costa Rica.

    Back in the peloton, the blue jersey of France is looking cool and composed after coasting through the group stage and is weighing up the next move.

    But Nigeria is seeking to make history. There's no room for error. One false move now and France's Tour de World Cup could come to a crashing end.

  • LINE-UPS

    France v Nigeria (17:00 BST)

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    France make six changes from the under-strength side that started their goalless draw with Ecuador in the final group game. Yohan Cabaye returns to the team after suspension, while Paul Pogba keeps his place in midfield.

    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Koscielny, Varane, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Matuidi, Pogba, Giroud.

    Chelsea winger Victor Moses returns to Nigeria's line-up after missing the 3-2 defeat by Argentina with a muscular injury. He comes in for Michel Babatunde as the only change for the Super Eagles.

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Onazi, Mikel, Musa, Odemwingie, Moses, Emenike.

  • Team news

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    France coach Didier Deschamps welcomes back midfielder Yohan Cabaye from suspension.

    Mathieu Valbuena could also return to the starting line-up but defenderMamadou Sakho is doubtful due to a thigh injury.

    Nigeria forward Victor Moses missed the Argentina game with a muscular injury and faces a fitness test.

    Winger Michael Babatunde is out after his wrist was fractured by a shot from team-mate Ogenyi Onazi.

Posted on Monday 30th June 2014

Germany 2-1 Algeria

 

  • GOAL

    Germany 2-1 Algeria - Abdelmoumene Djabou

    Posted at120 mins

    Hang on! Hang on a minute! Algeria score from nowhere, Abdelmoumene Djabou arriving on a great cross to bury at the back post.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 2-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "You feel for Algeria - they have put in so much effort. Four of their players are sat on the floor. But Germany nearly made a mess of that between Ozil and Schurrle. But the last finish from Ozil was excellent."

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    GOAL

    Germany 2-0 Algeria - Mesut Ozil

    Posted at119 mins

    That really is that now. He's not had a great game but Mesut Ozil wraps it up.

    Andre Schurrle is played clean through, he should shoot but passes to Ozil. He should shoot but passes to Schurrle. His shot is blocked but Ozil finally applies the coup de grace with his left foot, swishing the ball into the roof of the net.

    Germany will face France. Can't wait.

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    GOAL

    Germany 2-0 Algeria - Mesut Ozil

    Posted at119 mins

    That really is that now. He's not had a great game but Mesut Ozil wraps it up.

    Andre Schurrle is played clean through, he should shoot but passes to Ozil. He should shoot but passes to Schurrle. His shot is blocked but Ozil finally applies the coup de grace with his left foot, swishing the ball into the roof of the net.

    Germany will face France. Can't wait.

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    Phil, Poole: Heroic failure. Something the English can identify with.

  • The match-winner?

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at118 mins

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at117 mins

    How is that not 2-0? First German sub Christoph Kramer has a shot blocked before Thomas Muller skips around goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi but can't find a white shirt in the goalmouth.

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    NrzNima: Only experience can come to Germany's aid. In every other aspect Algeria are head and shoulders above. It's a shame. France v Algeria could have been a historic match.

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at114 mins

    Both coaches have their heads in their hands. Germany look pretty comfortable but you never know.

    Six minutes remain...

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at111 mins

    The Germany fans are in fine voice now, saluting their side as they play it out. They are not quite home yet though, as Per Mertesacker has to make a brave header to clear a cross.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "At this stage of the game when you're losing and tired, you come to life when you get the ball. But the problem is when you don't have the ball - your mind goes and your legs become heavier."

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at109 mins

    Algeria have a bright attack down the left but they are halted by an offside flag. That's poor.

    The rain is sheeting down now and we have just over 10 minutes to go.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at108 mins

    Bastian Schweinsteiger is not right, he's pulled something and has to come off. Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer is on in his place.

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    Fifa World Cup: Andre Schurrle is the first Germany No9 to score at the World Cup since Carsten Jancker in 2002.

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    Lucas: Think it's fair to say that Algeria are the much more improved of the two sides who played out that drab 0-0 in 2010.

    Raj, Wolverhampton: Algeria won't win the World Cup. Costa Rica probably won't win. Chile are out. But those teams have certainly made the World Cup. Algeria, win or lose, have taken a three-time winner to extra time. Well done to them!

  • YELLOW CARD

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at106 mins

    Philipp Lahm is booked for a cynical foul as Algeria make a fast start. Lahm pulled Yacine Brahimi's shorts down in fact.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

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    "Sami Khedira is the man who has changed the game for Germany. Since he came on, Germany have had more life and more tempo. Algeria can't get near him because his fitness levels are good.

    "For the goal Schurrle stuck his leg out and was hoping to get something on it. I don't think he meant what he did, just pushed his leg back, tried to get contact, comes off his instep and goes into the bottom corner."

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at105 mins

    Back under way then. Can Algeria prevent the inevitable?

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    Gerrardo: All of us Mexicans envy Algeria for not conceding till the 92nd minute, and not at 90+3'... They have got time enough.

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at23:14

    Miroslav Klose has his tracksuit on, his bib on, his slippers on. He has the look of a man who is not coming on at all for Germany.

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Estadio Beira-Rio

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Those Germany supporters who made it back to their seats in time for Andre Schurrle's goal - the food, drink and toilet queues are one of the less impressive features of this ground - look mightily relieved. Algeria's fans have been silenced; their side have time to get back into this, but Mostefa's miss was poor, they won't get too many more chances and they're looking tired."

  • HALF-TIME

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at105 mins

    Half-time in extra time then. Germany 15 minutes away from a quarter-final with France.

  • Guy Mowbray

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    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "The substitution Germany made to bring Andre Schurrle on at half-time changed the game. Germany have just looked a whole lot more full of life thanks to him."

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at103 mins

    German corner, with not a single white shirt in the box. They work it nicely though, Sami Khedira skipping away from a tired challenge to get free - but his cross is behind Andre Schurrle.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Mostefa just lashed at it. It needed some control, although he knew he had to act quickly. He sees a little gap, is surrounded by German defenders, but just drags it wide. What a chance."

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at100 mins

    Algeria have not been out of their half since the start of extra time but now they win a corner. Can a set-piece ignite the tie?

    It so nearly does! Penalty box pinball, the ball falls at the feet of Mehdi Mostefa, but he lashes it wide from 12 yards.

    What a chance!

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at98 mins

    Germany playing some lovely stuff now, Mesut Ozil suddenly has all the time and space in the world to play and he finds Thomas Muller for a curler which drifts just beyond the far post.

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    Edward Herbert: Genuinely gutted that Germany just scored! Algeria have played their hearts out but this was always going to happen.

    Allan McDevitt: Thought it looked lucky in real time but that's a pretty classy finish.

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at96 mins

    Mesut Ozil you're in! Absolutely clean through, but his touch lets him down and Rafik Halliche is able to clean it out with a great tackle.

    There could be more goals in this.

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at95 mins

    There are some very tired legs in the Algeria side now as Thomas Muller finds space - his speciality - but sees a low shot blocked.

  • Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

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    "Is it genius? I think it is from Andre Schurrle. He knows what he has to do and that is brilliant skill. Thomas Muller made it. That is what he does if he is not scoring himself.

    "Relief as much as joy for Germany. It won't make the Algerians change their approach too much. They have attacked for most of the game anyway and they will have to continue that way."

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Tired minds, tired legs from Algeria. It has been coming from Germany. They should have done it in 90 minutes, but now they have done it in the first two minutes of extra-time. Have Algeria got the energy to come back? I just don't see it."

  • Germany 1-0 Algeria

    Posted at93 mins

    That could be a knockout blow. Can Algeria recover from this? They've been in onslaught mode for a good half hour and now they need to respond. A real tough ask from here.

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-0 Algeria - Andre Schurrle

    Posted at92 mins

    Oh Mandi!

    Algeria full-back Aissa Mandi gives it away out wide, Thomas Muller gets past the defender and squares to the near post where German sub Andre Schurrle turns it in with a backheel of disputed intention...

    Did he mean it? I'm not sure. Does it matter? No.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at91 mins

    This is good news for France, of course, who play the winners in Rio on Friday. Miroslav Klose is finally being readied to come on for Germany.

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    Dale Harris: Surely Algeria have to press for a winner in extra time. They would be mad to hold out for penalties against the Germans.

    Rastamadeus FC: Mesut Ozil really needs to be dragged off. He's offering less than nothing. The game has an 119th-minute Miroslav Klose winner written all over it.

    Martin Brown: Whatever happens, Rais Mbolhi the Algeria goalkeeper is man of the match.

  • EXTRA TIME

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at90 mins

    It's the third game to go to extra-time in this World Cup. The other two both went to penalties. Germany have never lost a shootout...

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at22:54

    The Algerians are all back up on their feet now as coach Vahid Halilhodzic delivers a passionate speech, all 23 members of the squad are hand-in-hand. Stirring stuff.

    All set? This could be a gripping 30 minutes...

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Estadio Beira-Rio

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Huge cheers from the Algeria supporters and neutrals as we head to extra time. Less so the Germany fans and members of the media who had flights home booked for tonight."

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Well done Algeria. They really hung in there in the last 15 minutes, but Germany should have won the game. Algeria had the better of the first half, but Germany moved the ball a lot sharper in the second half and should have put the game to bed.

    "We've seen this with Algeria in this World Cup, they play well for an hour then seem to come off the pace. The other team get a lot of ball and get a result. You can see that happening here. Have Algeria got another half-hour in the tank? I don't think so. Germany to win it in extra-time."

  • Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "It would be wrong to say Algeria have held on and kept Germany out. They have more played their part in a game of 'you attack, we attack'.

    "Who wins now? Or do we go to penalties? We know how Germany like those."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at22:52

    Joachim Low delivers a team talk to his troop in a huddle, as most of the Algerians are flat out on their backs. Surely it's time to send on Miroslav Klose?

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    Al-Ram: A match fit for a World Cup final. England, please take note. This is how you play ze Germans in the round of 16.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at22:51

    Germany had 21 attempts on goal but couldn't find a way through.

    But this was no park the bus job from Algeria. They've been superb.

  • FULL-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at22:50

    And there we have it! It's extra-time. Superb game.

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at90 mins

    Germany swing it out wide, Andre Schurrle delivers the low cross - wide for a corner. My heart's in my mouth, never mind the Algeria fans.

    Keeper Rais Mbolhi then claims the corner. Brilliant.

  • INJURY TIME

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at90 mins

    There are four minutes added on. This is going the distance. Unless, unless we have late drama...

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "If you win the ball around the halfway line I wonder if anyone is going to have a shot to try to catch Neuer out. He's always well off his line - in fact he's out of his box. I bet France have taken note."

  • Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Manuel Neuer has spent most of the match outside of his box playing as a central defender. And he's been Germany's best defender by a mile."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at90 mins

    Into the last minute - and what a chance! Germany this time, Philipp Lahm picks out Bastian Schweinsteiger in the middle but he can't get his neck around it and gets no power in the header. Big chance. Last chance?

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at89 mins

    You're in! Algeria are clean through again but Manuel Neuer is again to the rescue, a third brilliant slide tackle 35 yards from his goal.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at87 mins

    German free-kick in a good spot. This would do it...

    Thomas Muller pretends to slip over and then runs into the box, but Bastian Schweinsteiger can't find him in the middle.

    Have a shot!

  • Posted at22:42

    We've all had a trial...

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    Daily Telegraph northern football correspondent Mark Ogden: Rais M'Bolhi had a week on trial at Manchester United during 2009-10 season. Looks a keeper tonight...

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at84 mins

    We are into cramptime now, a few Algerian defenders having treatment as Thomas Muller looks to the skies as he reflects on those chances.

    Klose o'clock? Not yet...

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    "Thomas Muller has forgotten he's a Muller!"

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    Joe: Well done to the Algeria manager. He has got his tactics completely right, attacking Germany in weaker areas. Just lacking a decisive striker.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at83 mins

    It may be madness to call a 0-0 one of the games of the tournament but there you go, I've said it. Brilliant stuff.

    Like a cracking Test match all three results are still on in the dying stages...

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Mbolhi is the man of the match without a shadow of a doubt. What a great save. But Muller should score. If he heads it down into the ground, he scores.

    "Then, he has another chance moments later but he should hit it with his left foot. He tries to poke it in with the outside of his right foot. Another opportunity wasted by Germany."

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at81 mins

    There's got to be a late a goal here, got to be! Thomas Muller again, beating his marker with a great touch and then serving up a toe-poked finish wide of the near post.

    He goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with each movement...

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at80 mins

    Great save again! Sami Khedira delivers a brilliant cross from the right, Thomas Muller has all sorts of space 10 yards out but Rais Mbolhi makes another fine save to turn it away. Andre Schurrle can't convert the rebound.

    A great, great chance! And one Muller should have taken...

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    Matt Flecknoe: Germany losing on penalties to Algeria would make England's exit feel less depressing!

    Bahman Nooraei B: Algeria are playing such an attractive football it's impossible not to root for them.

    Rob Kennedy: Oh for a final ball!

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at79 mins

    Tremendous work from Thomas Muller! He beats two men down the right wing, beating them for skill and then strength, before picking out team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger dancing in at the front post. His connection is good, but his header flies just wide.

    11 minutes left...

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at77 mins

    Change for Algeria. The dangerous Yacine Brahimi is on in place of Saphir Taider.

    Brahimi scored against South Korea, he's a tricky character...

  • Guy Mowbray

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    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "We are in for a grandstand finish here. Algeria are still looking just as likely as Germany to score what could turn out to be a winning goal. It is opening up in Porto Alegre and Algeria again are threatening."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at75 mins

    As soon as I say that, Algeria have a decent opening through main man Islam Slimani. He is allowed to run at the heart of the German defence and fires a shot right at Manuel Neuer! Moments later they get in again but the cross is no good.

    We could be in for a blockbuster 15 minutes...

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at73 mins

    Under 20 minutes to go. Algeria just starting to look leggy in attack and remember, Nigeria held France to 0-0 until the last 10 minutes.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Neuer is brilliant as a sweeper. He reads the game so well, he is always on edge of the 'd' and ready to come out to pick up long balls."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at72 mins

    Brilliant again from Manuel Neuer, coming off his line to head the ball clear, 20 yards out of his goal. It looks so risky, but he genuinely knows what he's doing...

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at70 mins

    That could be end of Shkodran Mustafi's World Cup I would have thought, as he leaves the field on a stretcher. Germany's World Cup could be over tonight yet - although they will fancy it if it goes to penalties.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at70 mins

    As you wish Didi...

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    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    Former Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann: "Lahm's positional sense is very poor in midfield. We got two centre-halves playing full-back. Move Lahm back to full-back and bring Khedira on."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at69 mins

    Another change to the Germany back four coming up as Shkodran Mustafi has pinged a hamstring. They will replace him with Sami Khedira, which will see Philipp Lahm move back to full-back. All change.

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    Simon, Canterbury: Great goalkeeping from Rais Mbolhi. Albert Camus would be proud.

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  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at65 mins

    Time for a change Jogi Low? Miroslav Klose is still sitting in the dugout. His side's tempo has just dipped again after a manic 15 minutes at the start of the half.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at63 mins

    As searches for vengeance go, this has been up there with Kill Bill. Brilliant game so far.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Schurrle has held the width well since he has come on and used his pace - because he's got plenty of it. But his final ball has let him down.

    "It is all Germany in the second half. Algeria have come off the pace and tried to slow down the game. Germany are getting more space higher up the field which they didn't have before."

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    Tom Edwards: Anyone else think this is set up for Miroslav Klose to come on and score? Ultimate poacher who Germany could use right about now.

    Pete Hamilton: Klose to come on, score, win the match and break the record?

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Estadio Beira-Rio

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "'Ole!' chant the pockets of Algeria fans as their team enjoy a lengthy period of possession and continue to hold their own, bringing sustained whistling from the German masses.

    "At last the crowd have been given something to cheer about: the first Mexican Wave of the evening. It's actually pretty impressive."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at60 mins

    Into the last half an hour, Andre Schurrle makes the worst decision since I bought a pasty from a service station at 3am last night and fires well over the top from out on the right. Awful shot, and he gets a glare from Thomas Muller which leaves him in no doubts...

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Thomas Muller has not had many decent chances. There is not a lot of room up there for him and he's had no decent service. Germany have been very disappointing."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at57 mins

    Philipp Lahm has got five goals for Germany in over 100 caps but that would have been one to remember. He did score in the 2006 World Cup, and at the Euros last time out. Big game player.

    Germany have been excellent since the break. This is made for a Miroslav Klose tap-in isn't it?

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    Marwan: A completely different start from the Germans. However this continuous attacking play might have led to an Algeria goal.

    John McEnerney: What a pass from Manuel Neuer for that attack! Like a quarterback except it was with a boot!

    Wilders: Neuer's the only decent Germany player on the pitch!

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at54 mins

    Great noise inside Estadio Beira-Rio now as one of the best 0-0s I've seen in years continues at a frantic pace. Both teams slugging away looking away for a knockout, as if they know they can't go the distance. And there it is - almost!

    Wonderful pass from Toni Kroos into Thomas Muller in the D, he lays it back to Philipp Lahm and he arcs a fine strike into the top corner - but Rais Mbolhi makes a wonderful flying save! Right off the end of one finger.

    Lahm can't believe it.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Whoever went down for Germany - I think it was Muller - wanted a penalty. It looked like one to me, but the referee didn't give it."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at52 mins

    End-to-end-to-end stuff. There will be some tired legs in Porto Alegre.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at50 mins

    Manuel Neuer drops an Algerian corner, he scrambles and collects though before playing an amazing through ball, 65 yards into Andre Schurle's path and Germany now win a corner.

    Thomas Muller wants a penalty before Algeria counter and have a chance but Germany survive. Breathless!

    Neuer could easily play outfield. That was a sensational pass.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "That was Germany's best chance of the match. Either side of the goalkeeper and it's in. It has been a good start by Germany, who are playing a lot quicker."

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at48 mins

    Instant impact from Andre Schurrle! He bursts on to a cute lay-off from Thomas Muller, hammers in a drive which deflects off the heel of a defender and spins wide of the target. No more than two foot wide.

    From the corner, Toni Kroos beats a man and stands it up, Shkodran Mustafi meets it with a powerful header but it's straight at Rais Mbolhi. Great start from Germany.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at47 mins

    The stadium is very slow to fill back up again as Germany boss possession early doors. The fans must be getting the Brazilian equivalent of a Bovril in. Chris Waddle's got his coat on, that's how cold it is...

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at45 mins

    And we are back under way. Can Algeria keep up that rampant pace and pressure?

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at22:00

    Andre Schurrle is indeed on at the break, the Chelsea man has replaced Mario Gotze in the Germany side. He will add some energy and pace - which is what they need at centre-half to be honest.

  • Second-half strikes?

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at21:59

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at21:59

    Here we go then - the teams are lining back up in the tunnel. Germany out early, the wisdom of Jogi Low ringing in their ears no doubt.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at21:55

    Matthaus or Sammer would sort this lot out. Germany have such a strong squad but it's also very unbalanced, they have no real quality at full-back and only one out-and-out striker. You can't all play at number 10...

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    Bibhash Dash: Is Manuel Neuer available for a transfer? Manchester United need a centre-back who can also play on the flanks.

    Sola Akingbola: Great football from Algeria. Pace, strength and intelligent movement. A little concerned about their missed chances.

    G Robertson: Germany need a Lothar Matthaus to break things up and control the pace. Bet he's still faster than Per Mertesacker!

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at21:53

    Chelsea speedster Andre Schurrle is out warming up during the break. There's one change to keep an eye on.

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    Ross Boddy: Manuel Neuer is doing his best Jens Lehmann impersonation tonight.

    Richie Cunningham: I hope Joachim Low gives Germany a rollicking at half time and they thump them 4-0. C'mon!

    ApSam: Looking at this German performance and final group standings, Pepe single-handedly sunk Portugal's hopes.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

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    "I've been impressed by Algeria for the way they started the game, with good shape and counter attacking on the break. They could have scored two or three goals.

    "Germany have been playing too slow and have big problems with the full-backs. The two full-backs are limited on the ball - they are willing and honest - but not clever enough with their runs.

    "Credit to Algeria - but they tend to come off the pace in the second half of most games."

  • Posted at21:50

    The Algeria v Costa Rica final is still on then.

    Germany must get better. Miroslav Klose may get his chance to break that record after all.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at21:50

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    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "A mixed reaction from a fairly muted crowd as Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci sounds his whistle. The Germany players and coaching staff look far from happy with that 45 minutes and rightly so. Algeria should have been in front and will, at the very least, have given the three-time champions a wake-up call."

  • Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

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    "Towards the end of the first half Germany forced two good saves from Rais Mbolhi. After a great start the worrying thing for Algeria is that Germany can only get better. Algeria might rue their own missed opportunities."

  • Nearest goes in goal yeah lads?

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at21:47

    Manuel Neuer. Half goalkeeper, half sweeper. Look how far out he's touched the ball!

  • HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at21:46

    An excellent 0-0. Top stuff so far.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at45 mins

    It's been an excellent half, and Germany are ending it on top. They look in control for the first time now, keeping the ball and getting space away from the Algerian pressing.

    The Desert Foxes calling out for the interval...

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Barring a couple of shots Germany have done nothing. The Algeria keeper did well to get up and save the rebound. But Gotze has got to take advantage of that spilling."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at42 mins

    Ouch - that is a bad'un! Algeria defender Rafik Halliche gets his timing all wrong and slides through the back of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is lucky not to pick up an injury.

    It was a knee-twister, and Halliche is rightly added to referee Sandro Ricci's notebook.

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at41 mins

    What a save! What a game!

    Toni Kroos picks up space for the first time all night, he has a five-yard circle of grass to work in and lashes in a dipping shot, Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi makes the save but can only steer it out, Mario Gotze is there first, it looks like goal time but Mbolhi brilliantly blocks the rebound.

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    Chris Gilbert: This is the World Cup of the football powerhouses underperforming, and the lower ranked teams pulling out amazing performances.

    C/Brian: Am loving the Algerian underdogs, trying to bite at every opportunity.

    Craig Paterson: 'Per Mertesacker' is German for 'tortoise in concrete moon boots'. Maybe.

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at39 mins

    And that is close! Aissa Mandi hammers in a low shot from 25 yards, it hits Jerome Boateng, wrongfoots German keeper Manuel Neuer totally but spins just past the post.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at39 mins

    Germany have failed to score just four times in 40 against non-European opposition. Wow.

  • Gary Lineker

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    "Never ever thought I'd say this, but Germany look tactically inept."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at36 mins

    Algeria must tire in the second half, they are playing at a tremendous pace. And as the half comes to an end Germany have a good little spell, Mesut Ozil fires in a dipping shot from 25 yards which Rais Mbolhi just about pushes away.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Algeria are playing some fast football - they are not hanging about. They are looking to break quickly with green shirts flying forward.

    "They are a dangerous side but they do run out of steam in the second half. That happened against Belgium, who came back to dominate the last half-hour and ended up winning the game."

  • Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "There's been talk of Brazil being fortunate to reach the latter stages of the World Cup given their form, and Germany likewise really. This is their worst showing at this tournament so far.

    "But there's something about Porto Alegre that Algeria like. Their 4-2 win over South Korea here was their biggest ever World Cup win. While arguably their best win was their 2-1 victory against West Germany at the 1982 World Cup."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at35 mins

    That's excellent movement from Thomas Muller though, beating his marker to head wide from a fine right-wing cross.

    Never write off the Germans.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at31 mins

    I dread to think what the Dutch could do to this German side, who have no answer to any form of pace on the counter-attack at all. Algeria win the ball back on the edge of their own box after a good move from the Germans, and within five seconds they have won a free-kick 25 yards out after more haphazard defending from dream bugler Per Mertesacker.

    However, Sofiane Feghouli curls it wastefully over the top. German coach Joachim Low will be pleased to get his lads in for half-time here. They're not at the races.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at30 mins

    Per Mertesacker is a man of many strengths. But playing as the last man on the halfway line is not one of them. A dangerous game, and one that Algeria are more than happy to play...

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    Ubaidullah Budye: Sensational footwork, Algeria are defying the odds here. So positive when they pinch the ball back.

    Ricky Lee Everett: Philipp Lahm might be a great player but he has looked out of his depth in central midfield at this World Cup. And four centre-backs? Why Germany, why?

    Gwalch Mon: Algeria battering the Germans early on. Just a matter of time till the Germans score a fluke then!

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at28 mins

    Germany are basically playing rush keepers here! Per Mertesacker is caught under a high ball again and Islam Slimani would be in until Manuel Neuer tackles him, again a good 40 yards out of his goal.

    He's been brilliant at that so far, but his margin for error is nil. One false move and he'll be off...

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "There has been a lot more energy about Germany in the last five minutes. Germany have been pressing more and when they press they look more of a threat. They take the ball off Algeria higher up the pitch and can move forward with Algerian players committed forward."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at26 mins

    Germany have just raised their tempo since that appearance on the touchline from coach Jogi Low, much better.

    Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm are pulling the strings in the middle but they've not caused anywhere near as much panic in the penalty area as Algeria have.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    Former England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: Been so impressed by Algeria this tournament. Look so dangerous going forward. Germany don't know what's hit them here.

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Estadio Beira-Rio

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "How much could these missed changes come back to haunt Algeria? After a nervous start, the Desert Foxes have rattled the Germans with an intense pressing game that is exposing their opponent's shaky back line.

    "We've just seen a missed pass from Mario Gotze that caused coach Joachim Low to jump off his seat in the dugout and berate his players. That was most out of character - he seems very agitated, while normally-volatile opposite number Vahid Halilhodzic looks as cool as the temperatures inside this arena. The Germany fans have fallen silent, too."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at23 mins

    Thomas Muller has not seen or heard the ball since the opening 10 minutes but now he gets on the end of a decent cross from the left, heading over the top.

    On the bench, 70-goal man Miroslav Klose looks nervous. But then Germany put together a crafted move as Muller picks out Mesut Ozil on the left, he doesn't know whether to shoot or cross and does neither really. Slick.

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    Mac Jerry: Germany looking really vulnerable. The back four doesn't look convincing enough. The Desert Foxes can cause a shock.

    Brit in Bethesda: The high line, Philipp Lahm playing centre midfield, Sami Khedira benched, four centre backs. Joachim Low is playing World Cup Russian roulette.

    Stephen Rasp: It's always the same with Germany. They play underwhelming football, but still end up winning.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at20 mins

    Germany are ragged. Benedikt Howedes plays a slack pass out of play and Joachim Low is out of the dugout to give him what for.

    If you let this German side play, you've had it. So Algeria are just not allowing them to. Great stuff from the underdogs thus far.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "When you get chances against a quality side like Germany you've got to take advantage, because Germany will at some stage have a period of play where they will cause problems.

    "So far it is all Algeria. Their game plan has been spot on. They are breaking in numbers and breaking at pace.

    "Germany have got to break the play up higher up the field and then break forward. For me they are playing too slow."

    Remember you can listen to Chris' analysis without leaving this page - click the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page for BBC Radio 5 live commentary.

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at18 mins

    What a chance again! Algeria are absolutely flying as Faouzi Ghoulam gets away down the left, Mezut Ozil can't or won't track him back into the box and his left-footed strike fizzes just past the top corner.

    Wonderful attacking again from the Desert Foxes...

  • DISALLOWED ALGERIA GOAL

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at17 mins

    Brilliantly done! But he's offside!

    What a cross from El Arabi Soudani, he whips it in brilliantly from the left, Islam Slimani is ahead of Jerome Boateng to fire in a low header in off the post.

    He was offside though - great call!

  • Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Germany are rocking at the back, while Algeria are just rocking and rolling. They look so impressive going forward. After the opening we have seen this will not be a simple stroll through to the last eight for Germany.

    "Islam Slimani is already looking really dangerous at the sharp end for Algeria and they have come close to threatening the German goal. But you wonder if coming forward might be their undoing if they leave space for the Germans to exploit."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at15 mins

    A very promising start. Algeria look like they can get the better of this shaky German defence.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at14 mins

    Germany turn the ball over and suddenly there is real danger. Toni Kroos tees up Bastian Schweinsteiger on his left who hits a piledriver, goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi is able to make the save.

    At the other end Algeria get in as Sofiane Feghouli turns Jerome Boateng inside out, he drives in on goal and has two men to his left - but fires it wildly over.

    Boateng is all over the place at the back.

  • Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

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    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "The German high-line is bordering on suicidal. Cannot understand why they would play that way with Per Mertesacker."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at11 mins

    Algeria in again after a mistake from Jerome Boateng, Islam Slimani puts the pedal down but Per Mertesacker makes a fine tackle this time around.

    Algeria have the pace up front. They won't have much of the ball but they have the weapons to hurt Germany...

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "If the two German centre-halves fall asleep, like they did there, then they could be in trouble. Slimani likes to play on the shoulder, is willing and has plenty of pace. Neuer did ever so well."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at9 mins

    That's the ball! Algeria hit the pass they need, long and in behind Per Mertesacker to free Islam Slimani.

    German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer meets him 35 yards out, like Rene Higuita in 1990. It could go all wrong for the Bayern man but he makes a cracking sliding tackle in the right-back position.

    That's the ball for Algeria though.

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    MNG: I was 10 in 1982 and it was my first World Cup. Even then l knew the terrible arrangement between the Germans and Austrians had denied Algeria a place in the second round. I know there is little chance but l hope that Algeria come through and right that wrong.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at6 mins

    Thomas Muller, with his socks round his ankles, like a young uber-Claridge, is drifting all over the place and seeing plenty of the ball.

    The torschutzenkonig - or top scorer - is the danger man.

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    Steve Lloyd: Got to fancy a solid Germany win by a two or three-goal margin. Hoping Algeria can spring a surprise, remember 1982 fellas.

    Chad Ogollah: Time for a group winner to fall. They all leave it late. If it's not Germany today, then Belgium will.

    UTID: Algeria to win 1-0. Germany's passing game will fail against the compact Algerians.

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at4 mins

    The pattern may have been set early doors, as 21 players are camped in the Algerian half, only Manuel Neuer in the German half. Germany will control the ball but Islam Slimani will fancy taking on Per Mertesacker in a foot race with the ball over the top...

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live in Porto Alegre

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    "Germany have got the experience and have players playing at big clubs - they've been here many times before. For Algeria, this is where everyone thinks their run ends. But they will be determined, try to frustrate Germany and be dangerous on the counter attack and at set pieces."

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at3 mins

    The ever-versatile Jerome Boateng has switched to centre-half tonight for Germany and he starts a glowing move which releases Shkodran Mustafi into the channel - but he's offside. Hold the line!

  • Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at1 mins

    Germany start brightly as they look to play in Thomas Muller in behind the Algerian defence but they sweep him up neatly.

  • LINE-UPS

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    Algeria: M'Bolhi, Mandi, Belkalem, Halliche, Ghoulam, Lacen, Mostefa, Feghouli, Soudani, Taider, Slimani. Subs: Si Mohamed, Zemmamouche, Bougherra, Mesbah, Yebda, Ghilas, Brahimi, Medjani, Bentaleb, Cadamuro, Djabou, Mahrez.

  • LINE-UPS

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at

    Germany: Neuer, Mustafi, Mertesacker, Boateng, Howedes, Lahm, Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Gotze, Muller. Subs: Zieler, Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Khedira, Schurrle, Podolski, Klose, Draxler, Durm, Kramer.

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Algeria

    Posted at0 mins

    We are under way...

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:58

    Porto Alegre coming to life now, relative rookie Shkodran Mustafi gets a hug and a slap on the back from Bastian Schweinsteiger. Just treat it like a run out for Everton reserves...

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

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    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

    Ahmed al-Hasari: I think Algeria have done what they had to do, but unfortunately the journey will end at the hurdle of German machinery.

    Bahari Mouhajir: If the Algeria squad of 1982 beat the best Germany squad ever, then why can't the 2014 squad win over an inferior team?

    Joe Chapper: It's difficult for Algeria to win against Germany but it won't be impossible.

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:56

    Excellent anthems from both sides, with Deutschland just pipping it on noise made. Algeria winning the beard war for sure.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    African football journalist Mo Allie: "Algeria will be grinding to a halt and the entire Arab world will be grinding to a halt. Algeria are representing the Arab world. I think they can nick a win - with a goal from a set-piece."

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:53

    That familiar music means it's time for the teams to emerge. Bastian Schweinsteiger taking the role of rabble rouser for the Germans, who look very, very relaxed. They've been here before so often that it's a matter of routine.

    For Algeria this is a step into the unknown.

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:50

    Handslaps all round in the tunnel - handshakes are dead it seems at this World Cup - as the sides line up. Here we go then, Germany v Algeria for the right to play France in the last eight. WAKE UP!

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein in Porto Alegre

    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Very low-key atmosphere inside Estadio Beira-Rio as kick-off approaches. There are certainly far more Germany fans here - reflecting their large local community - but neither set of supporters are making much noise on a dank afternoon in Porto Alegre. The highlight so far has been an a 'pitch invader' who didn't even make it to the pitch before being shackled. Poor attempt."

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    Cliffunited: Disappointed to see five changes in the Algerian line up and Yacine Brahimi not in the starting 11. He is Raheem Sterling-esque.

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:42

    Sometimes, we all make bad decisions...

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:41

    Counter-attack is king, or certainly in line for the throne, so those tactics may come up trumps for Algeria. Can they be the Real Madrid to Germany's Bayern Munich tonight?

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    African football journalist Mo Allie: "I think Algerian boss Vahid Halilhodzic has made his intentions clear with his team selection - he intends to stifle the Germans in midfield. And he appears to have told his players: 'when we attack, we bypass the midfield and go straight up to lone striker Slimani'. He's picking horses for courses and wants his players to look for a break and look for a set-piece to get the goal."

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:38

    Unfortunately Germany will not be wearing that snazzy red and black number, they are in their traditional home kit of all white this evening.

    Algeria - who will play in green - are summoned into a huge huddle involving all 23 players, the kit man, the coaching staff and it ends with a passionate cheer.

    They are seriously up for this...

  • Stat Attack

    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:38

    Joachim Low's side attempted 1999 passes (incl. crosses and corners) in the group stage, more than any other side.

    Thomas Muller has scored nine goals in nine World Cup appearances, including four in three so far in 2014.

    Muller has a shot conversion rate of 66.7% so far in the tournament, having scored four times from six shots.

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:35

    All the Germany players are keeping their tracksuit tops on during their warmups, as the rain threatens to come down in Porto Alegre. It looks pretty autumnal out there.

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:32

    Algeria's World Cup pedigree is a long way short of Germany's - in fact this is their first ever game in the knockout stages.

    After being denied a place in the second phase in 1982, they failed to progress in 1986 and 2010, scoring just once across the two competitions.

    But this World Cup has been positively prolific, with the Desert Foxes scoring six times in Group H as they qualified behind Belgium.

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    Mitch H Mansfield: Thomas Muller's unique characteristics and skill set make him my favourite player in world football.

    B19 UMR: Would love to see Algeria cause an upset against the Germans. Judging by what we've seen so far at this World Cup anything is possible.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    German football journalist Raphael Honigstein: "Germany came here with the very clear aim of winning the World Cup. The German FA and the German public might be prepared to give them a pass if they lose to Brazil in a semi-final, or Argentina, but anything less and there will be serious questions.

    "This is a side that is expected to win things. Maybe not a World Cup in Brazil but losing to Algeria in the last 16? I don't think Joachim Low would survive that."

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:28

    That German team, boasting seven Bayern Munich men, looks very strong indeed. But Algeria will be up for this, they showed in the group that they can score goals, albeit against weaker opposition.

    An early one for the Desert Foxes and we may be in for a cracker. The last-16 matchups have all come to life late on so far - can this one be a wire-to-wire thriller?

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    John: Justice would be served if Algeria beat Germany this evening. 32 years late but it would be sweet. And then they would play France! What a World Cup for Algeria if they beat France as well and settle another old score!

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst

    Lawro's prediction

    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:26

    "Germany have got such a strong squad, they can bring people on to change the direction of a game.

    "Algeria have done fantastically well to get this far - you saw that in their celebrations when they got the draw they needed with Russia to progress to the knockout stage for the first time.

    "I cannot see them beating Germany but they will have a go and they will try to play as well - credit to them that they did not kick their way out of their group or park the bus."

    Lawro's prediction: 2-0

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    German football journalist Raphael Honigstein: "A lot of the negative stereotypes about the German national team started because of 1982. The arrogance they showed, the complete disregard to the public, and the complete lack of contrition from the players after the game really did not help matters. The Spanish newspaper Marca famously ran the match report in their crime section.

    "The Germany teams of Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low were the first to really escape that shadow.

    "Low has said 1982 was a long time ago, that it was nothing to do with us. I think there are only two players in the squad who were alive, just, in Miroslav Klose and Roman Weidenfeller. But Low's frustration also stems from the fact that this is a very different Germany team.

    "The bigger problem for him is instilling that fear that Algeria could harm them. You can see from the changes he has made this is a match he is taking very seriously. This Germany team doesn't go into games with a sense of entitlement anymore."

  • Formidable

    Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:22

    Germany (and West Germany) boast a remarkable record in the World Cup. It may be 24 years since they last won the tournament but they always reach at least the last eight.

    Their last three World Cups have seen them finish third, third and second...

  • Germany v Algeria (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:18

    Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzi

Posted on Monday 30th June 2014

Netherlands 2-1 Mexico

Netherlands produced an astonishing late comeback to rescue their World Cup dream and deny Mexico a first quarter-final in 28 years.

Substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot in injury time after Arjen Robben was fouled by Mexico captain Rafael Marquez.

They had equalised in the 88th minute through Wesley Sneijder's thumping strike from the edge of the penalty area and with extra time beckoning, Robben won Louis van Gaal's side the spot-kick that took them into the quarter-finals.

It was a heartbreaking moment for the Mexicans, who had gone ahead just after half-time through Giovani Dos Santos, the former Tottenham and Barcelona player, who scored from 25 yards with a memorable strike.

At the final whistle at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Mexico's players fell to the ground, unable to grasp how the game had slipped away.

For long periods they had out-thought and out-fought their more celebrated opponents as the Netherlands appeared to wilt in the stifling heat. Yet, when the final whistle blew, this would be marked down as Mexico's sixth successive loss in the second round of the World Cup, dating back to 1994.

The Dutch, in contrast, can look forward to the prospect of meeting Costa Rica or Greece in Salvador in the last eight.

The heat was a significant factor throughout. The spiralling temperatures, which reached 38.8C, meant that Fifa allowed two cooling breaks to take place. In parts of the stadium, fans struggled to take their seats because they were in direct sunlight, preferring to stand at the back and watch from an area of shade.

Match analysis

Former Scotland international Pat NevinBBC Radio 5 live

"You have to feel sorry for the Mexicans - they were brilliant for the first half and maybe 10 minutes of the second.

"You really believed that their goalkeeper looked unbeatable. But, however you have to do it, whether it is a long ball or technical stuff, you find a way to do it and that is what the Netherlands did.

"Robben became unplayable at the end of the game. Running with the ball at pace, he was simply astonishing."

On the field there was no hiding place for either side. Mexico played with courage and cohesion, tempo and tenacity. They had the better of the first half, with Hector Herrera and the excellent Miguel Layun a constant thorn in the Netherlands' side.

Carlos Salcido tested goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from distance, while Dos Santos forced another good save from a narrow angle.

The Netherlands were struggling in the conditions. Mexico looked more ambitious, more attack-minded. Van Gaal's side sat deep, defended in numbers - sometimes with a back seven - and looked happy to rely on the attacking brilliance of Robin van Persie and Robben. It was a plan that ultimately paid off, but not until very late on.

Mexico coach Herrera celebrates his side's first goal

It was not until the second half that the Netherlands found their rhythm but by then they were behind. As in the first half, Mexico began the second period with a bang - Dos Santos gathered the ball 30 yards out, held off Daley Blind and thumped a wonderful left-foot shot into the bottom corner on the turn.

Mexico might have had another soon after as Marquez headed over from a corner. Could the Dutch respond?

Van Gaal moved away from a back five and pushed substitute Memphis Depay into a more attacking midfield role. It almost paid off for the Netherlands but the brilliance of Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa kept them at bay. Robben's corner was flicked on by Stefan de Vrij but the Mexico goalkeeper reacted instinctively to push the ball against the post and to safety.

Match facts

The Netherlands have now turned their last four World Cup games in which they fell behind in regular time (90 minutes, not including extra time) into victories

Wesley Sneijder has scored five goals in his last five World Cup knockout matches for the Netherlands

Mexico have failed to win any of their last seven knockout matches at the World Cup

Arjen Robben has won five penalties in 14 Champions League and World Cup games this season

The Dutch poured forward in wave after wave of attacks. Robben felt he had won a penalty when he went to ground under a challenge by Layun but the referee waved play on. Ron Vlaar headed a Robben corner over the bar as time ticked on.

Just as the Dutch looked out on their feet, Sneijder rescued them, pouncing on a loose ball that had run back from a corner and firing an unerring shot low beyond Ochoa to change the game.

With 30 minutes of extra time looking likely, Robben raced into the right-hand edge of the penalty area. Marquez stuck out a boot and the Bayern Munich player went to ground for a penalty. Huntelaar kept his cool to put Netherlands through.

It was a colourful scene inside the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, who scored three goals at the World Cup, had a quiet game

Mexico players enjoy the cooling break

Dos Santos scored soon after the break - his shot giving Jasper Cillessen little chance

Ochoa makes a brilliant save from De Vrij to keep the score at 1-0

Sneijder scores with an unstoppable half-volley to level for the Dutch

Huntelaar missed his last three penalties in the Bundesliga - but made no mistake in Fortaleza

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (3) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Netherlands

  • 01 Cillessen
  • 12 Verhaegh (Depay - 56' )
  • 15 Kuyt
  • 05 Blind
  • 02 Vlaar
  • 03 de Vrij
  • 20 Wijnaldum
  • 06 de Jong (Martins Indi - 9' )
  • 10 Sneijder
  • 09 van Persie (Huntelaar - 76' )
  • 11 Robben

Substitutes

  • 04 Martins Indi
  • 07 Janmaat
  • 08 de Guzmán
  • 13 Veltman
  • 14 Kongolo
  • 16 Clasie
  • 17 Lens
  • 18 Fer
  • 19 Huntelaar
  • 21 Depay
  • 22 Vorm
  • 23 Krul

Mexico

  • 13 Ochoa
  • 22 Aguilar Booked
  • 07 Layún
  • 15 Moreno (Reyes - 45' )
  • 04 Márquez Booked
  • 02 Rodríguez
  • 06 Herrera
  • 03 Salcido
  • 10 dos Santos (Aquino - 61' )
  • 19 Peralta (Hernández - 75' )
  • 18 Guardado Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Corona
  • 05 Reyes
  • 08 Fabián
  • 09 Jiménez
  • 11 Pulido
  • 12 Talavera
  • 14 Hernández
  • 16 Ponce
  • 17 Brizuela
  • 20 Aquino
  • 21 Peña
Ref: Pedro Proença Att: 58,817

MATCH STATS

Possession44%56%90minsNetherlandsMexico

Shots

1310

On target

45

Corners

102

Fouls

812

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full TimeMatch ends, Netherlands 2, Mexico 1.

90:00+6:27Full time

Full TimeSecond Half ends, Netherlands 2, Mexico 1.

90:00+3:17Goal scored

Goal!Goal! Netherlands 2, Mexico 1. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

90:00+2:53Booking

BookingAndrés Guardado (Mexico) is shown the yellow card.

90:00+1:29Booking

BookingRafael Márquez (Mexico) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00+1:21

Penalty Netherlands. Arjen Robben draws a foul in the penalty area.

90:00+1:21

Penalty conceded by Rafael Márquez (Mexico) after a foul in the penalty area.

90:00+0:12

Attempt blocked. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

89:11

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:11

Foul by Paul Aguilar (Mexico).

87:06Goal scored

Goal!Goal! Netherlands 1, Mexico 1. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with a headed pass following a corner.

86:51

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Miguel Layún.

85:19

Attempt blocked. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Martins Indi.

84:11

Offside, Netherlands. Dirk Kuyt tries a through ball, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is caught offside.

83:44

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Miguel Layún.

81:18

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:18

Foul by Carlos Salcido (Mexico).

79:14

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Netherlands).

79:14

Javier Aquino (Mexico) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:46

Attempt missed. Carlos Salcido (Mexico) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrés Guardado.

78:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:34

Delay in match (Netherlands).

75:15Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Netherlands. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar replaces Robin van Persie.

74:40

Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a cross following a corner.

74:28Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Mexico. Javier Hernández replaces Oribe Peralta.

73:39

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Guillermo Ochoa.

73:38

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

72:37

Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).

72:37

Paul Aguilar (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:40

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

69:33

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Diego Reyes.

68:21Booking

BookingPaul Aguilar (Mexico) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:20

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:20

Foul by Paul Aguilar (Mexico).

65:56

Offside, Mexico. Javier Aquino tries a through ball, but Oribe Peralta is caught offside.

64:48

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:48

Foul by Andrés Guardado (Mexico).

64:17

Attempt missed. Daley Blind (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

63:56

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Rafael Márquez.

60:54Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Mexico. Javier Aquino replaces Giovani dos Santos.

60:05

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Francisco Javier Rodríguez.

60:03

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

56:44

Attempt saved. Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a cross.

56:28

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Diego Reyes.

55:46Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Netherlands. Memphis Depay replaces Paul Verhaegh.

55:18

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:18

Foul by Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Mexico).

55:01

Attempt saved. Oribe Peralta (Mexico) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Héctor Herrera.

53:50

Attempt missed. Daley Blind (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

53:36

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Oribe Peralta.

53:18

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Diego Reyes.

52:33

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:38

Robin van Persie (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:38

Foul by Carlos Salcido (Mexico).

50:13

Attempt missed. Rafael Márquez (Mexico) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Héctor Herrera with a cross following a set piece situation.

49:50

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Netherlands).

49:50

Andrés Guardado (Mexico) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:43Goal scored

Goal!Goal! Netherlands 0, Mexico 1. Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

46:06

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Netherlands).

46:06

Oribe Peralta (Mexico) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Netherlands 0, Mexico 0.

45:00Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Mexico. Diego Reyes replaces Héctor Moreno because of an injury.

45:00+4:29Half time

Half TimeFirst Half ends, Netherlands 0, Mexico 0.

45:00+3:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00+2:28

Delay in match Héctor Moreno (Mexico) because of an injury.

45:00+1:45

Foul by Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands).

45:00+1:45

Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:31

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Netherlands).

42:31

Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:51

Attempt saved. Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrés Guardado.

40:49

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Francisco Javier Rodríguez.

39:29

Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:29

Foul by Andrés Guardado (Mexico).

34:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:22

Delay in match (Netherlands).

31:15

Foul by Paul Verhaegh (Netherlands).

31:15

Andrés Guardado (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:59

Attempt saved. Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oribe Peralta.

26:37

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Netherlands) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan de Vrij.

23:21

Corner, Mexico. Conceded by Jasper Cillessen.

23:20

Attempt saved. Carlos Salcido (Mexico) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Miguel Layún.

19:55

Paul Verhaegh (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:55

Foul by Carlos Salcido (Mexico).

19:29

Corner, Mexico. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.

18:40

Foul by Robin van Persie (Netherlands).

18:40

Rafael Márquez (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:41

Attempt missed. Héctor Herrera (Mexico) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Oribe Peralta.

8:39Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Netherlands. Bruno Martins Indi replaces Nigel de Jong because of an injury.

7:32

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:32

Foul by Héctor Herrera (Mexico).

6:58

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:58

Foul by Paul Aguilar (Mexico).

5:20

Robin van Persie (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:20

Foul by Héctor Moreno (Mexico).

4:13

Attempt missed. Miguel Layún (Mexico) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Héctor Herrera.

1:59

Attempt missed. Miguel Layún (Mexico) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Héctor Herrera.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Posted on Sunday 29th June 2014

COSTA RICA WILL PLAY NETHERLANDS

  • Costa Rica into the quarter finals

    Posted at23:56

    Tears from the Greeks, tears from the Costa Ricans. What a shootout, the quality of spot-kicks was right up there.

  • Costa Rica into the quarter finals

    Posted at23:55

    Incredible! Costa Rica, down to 10 men since the hour mark, a spent force physically and mentally, have done it!

    One wonderful save from Keylor Navas to go with the two he made in the 120 minutes and it's destination Netherlands...

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    COSTA RICA WILL PLAY NETHERLANDS

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 5-3 Greece - Michael Umana

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    They've done it! He plants it into the top right corner and Costa Rica make history.

  • SAVED!

    Costa Rica 4-3 Greece - Theofanis Gekas

    Posted at

    Brilliant save by Keylor Navas. He was the hero in normal time and now Costa Rica are on the brink of the quarters.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 4-3 Greece - Joel Campbell

    Posted at

    A staggered run-up, looks like it might go horribly wrong but it's actually brilliant, into the corner and the keeper goes the wrong way.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 3-3 Greece - Jose Holebas

    Posted at

    Good penalty, keeper guesses right but it's above his reaching arms.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 3-2 Greece - Giancarlo Gonzalez

    Posted at

    Keeper dives to the right side but can't keep it out.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 2-2 Greece - Lazaros Christodoulopoulos

    Posted at

    Opens the face and comfortably slots into the net. The keeper went the wrong way and we're all square still.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 2-1 Greece - Bryan Ruiz

    Posted at

    Another high spot-kick and the keeper has no chance. Class so far from both sides.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece - Kostas Mitroglou

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    Nice easy run up, slight delay and a cool finish into the corner. No celebration, we go again.

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    SCORES!

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece - Celso Borges

    Posted at

    Right into the roof of the net. Dead centre, never looked like missing.

  • Posted at23:46

    Costa Rica go first...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "We love that human drama of penalties. There is always one person who misses and puts their country out, but there will always be that person who does score and wins the game for their side.

    "You cannot replicate the pressure of taking a penalty. This is where you need your big players and your big personalities to turn up.

    "It is all about controlling your emotions but how do you control your emotions when your country is watching?

    "The goalkeeper has nothing to lose, all he needs to do is get a touch and he's a hero. You have everything to lose. I wish them all luck."

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    Yousuf Ali: Not sure Costa Rica can win this....too many tired legs.

  • Posted at23:45

    Here we go then - the score will be reset to 0-0 as I bring you all the penalties...

  • PENALTY SHOOTOUT

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:44

    The last eight shootouts in World Cup history have been won by the team going first.

    Greece have an extra man so Kostas Manolas has been nominated as the man who is not taking one...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:42

    Fernando Santos has been sent to the stands. Whatever happens next he won't be watching from the dugout!

    Over to you then lads. Win it for the coach, whose contract expires on Monday...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:41

    This is hardly the best preparation for Greece as coach Fernando Santos is passed from pillar to post - has he been sent off or not? I'm not sure...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "That was the chance Greece had been waiting for but again Keylor Navas makes himself big. Every time Costa Rica needed their goalkeeper he has been there, just sneaking that extra yard. He has had an excellent game.

    "Going into the penalties he will be the man Costa Rica will be looking towards. He has made two or three goal-stopping saves and will be full of confidence."

  • RED CARD

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:39

    So even when this World Cup serves up a rotter, it remains full of drama and intrigue. Greece can't believe that they haven't won this, and in the confusion it looks like referee Ben Williams has sent off manager Fernando Santos!

    Confusion.

  • FULL-TIME

    Posted at120 mins

    We have a penalty shootout. Costa Rica are absolutely spent, having played with 10 men for an hour.

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at120 mins

    What a save! Greece think they have won it and they should do!

    Kostas Mitroglou is open at the back stick and Keylor Navas again makes a miracle stop. What a keeper...

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    Matt Barker: How have Greece not scored? Costa Rica are barely functioning as a football team.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at119 mins

    Rank. Kostas Mitroglou throws in a Phil Neville stepover and then blazes way over the bar from 30 yards. He had three men in the area.

    One minute from penalties...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at117 mins

    Yet another offside scuppers a Greek attack. Coach Fernando Santos looks distraught.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "Yes Greece took a shot but it was from a tight angle. When you are five against two you need to get an open shot within the width of the goal. But the opportunities are there for Greece because Costa Rica look out on their feet."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at114 mins

    We are six minutes away from penalties. Don't go to bed just yet, you've stuck it out this far, you may as well have the excitement...

  • STAT ATTACK

    Posted at23:30

    Greece's last-minute equaliser was the 145th goal of the 2014 World Cup. The 2010 World Cup featured 145 goals in total.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at112 mins

    Costa Rica's corner is cleared and Greece have a five-on-two counter! Like a school game, but they still mess it up.

    Kostas Mitroglou delays his pass to Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, and his shot from the angle is well saved by Keylor Navas.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at110 mins

    As a colleague just pointed out, it's easy to forget that this is a last-16 game in the World Cup finals.

    If you were channel hopping late at night and stumbled across it you may have guessed at an MLS match, maybe a European Under-19s pool game.

    Costa Rica win a corner...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at109 mins

    Excellent strength from Joel Campbell to win a free-kick. Everyone up!

    Extraordinary energy from Giancarlo Gonzalez to hook it on with an overhead kick but it comes to nothing.

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    Eyobel Gomini: Will the winner of this game be ready physically for Netherlands? Arjen Robben set to have fun!

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at108 mins

    Keylor Navas takes a blow as he sweeps up a throughball. Any excuse to kill the clock - though the Costa Ricans look such a spent force that I wonder if they'll reach the goal from 12 yards out.

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    Jeff Ando: Watching the success of Greece, England should just make Tony Pulis manager and be done with it.

    Barry Johnson: This may not be the best game but these two teams have given absolutely everything.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at106 mins

    A Costa Rican goal really would spice this last 15 minutes up and Randall Brenes is not far away with a 20-yard speculator which drifts over the top.

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    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs: "When Karagounis made his debut for Greece, Homer was at the top of the book charts with The Iliad."

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at105 mins

    Right then, let's have a winner. Fifteen minutes, one hero required. Who wants it?

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "Some ambition from Costa Rica, but Greece are defending well too. When they do show ambition and go forward they are testing this Greece defence, but they need to show more.

    "At the moment the way Costa Rica are moving, their body language, everything about them just looks tired."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME

    Posted at105 mins

    Referee Ben Williams tries to stop the players have a drink and a massage but he fails. All set for penalties unless Greece can find a way through again...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at104 mins

    A rare Costa Rican break! Joel Campbell with a great disguised pass into the run of Randall Brenes, he tries to pick out the arriving Celso Borges but veteran Kostas Katsouranis slides in to close it out. Great play.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at102 mins

    Costa Rica defender Oscar Duarte was sent off nearly 45 minutes ago - and he's still played more passes in the game than any of his team-mates.

    They are just camped in and around their own penalty area.

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    Junaid Rahim: Costa Rica look spent. Only a matter of time till Greece score. Never thought I'd say that!

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:15

    Optimistic Greek fans?

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at100 mins

    A Greece free-kick causes mayhem in the penalty area, Costa Rica do well not to concede a penalty as the tackles come in and Kostas Katsouranis sees his low shot blocked. Siege doesn't do this justice now.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "If Greece show enough ambition they can avoid it going to penalties here. They just have to make that decision.

    "Giorgos Samaras is bossing this game now, he is going wherever he needs to be to win that ball. Costa Rica need to do something about him because his influence is growing."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at98 mins

    Joel Campbell is communicating via semaphore, he's so far away from his team-mates. There isn't a white shirt within 45 yards of the lone striker as Costa Rica just sit back and hope that they can see this one out.

  • CLOSE!

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at95 mins

    The big booming cross into the box is Greece's best bet, and another one from the right ends up on the face of Theofanis Gekas but he can't direct it home. Just run at the Costa Rican defence - they're finished.

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    Peter McMillan: Costa Rica up against it now, down to 10 men in extra time - Greeks will be favourites.

    Stephen Holt: South American nations used to have a reputation for dodgy keepers but they've produced the two best at this World Cup. Guillermo Ochoa and Keylor Navas.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at93 mins

    Greek goalscorer Sokratis Papastathopoulos was praised by German newspaper Bild for driving a Fiat 500 earlier this season. He may well be able to afford something more in keeping with his Dortmund team-mates if he gets Greece into the last eight.

    Costa Rica look absolutely wrecked. Five days into a lads' holiday in Benidorm.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    If you are just tuning in, Costa Rica took the lead through Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz but then went down to 10 men when defender Oscar Duarte was shown a second booking.

    Greece levelled in stoppage time and must now be favourites to win with the extra man...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "This Greece side have experience and they have belief. They needed something here and they got it by just doing that age-old thing of getting the ball in the box. It would not surprise me if they just continued with that into extra-time. I don't think they will be going for penalties. Greece will say OK, let's forget we scored and keep the Costa Rica defence under pressure."

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    Back under way.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "Jorge Luis Pinto walked over to his players as quickly as he could to try and show a positive attitude. The Costa Rica players do look really tired, as you might expect after playing against a Greece side who have been putting constant balls into the box, with only 10 men.

    "They are just happy to get some respite now. They are tired, there is no doubt about it and as soon as the goal went in you could see they had dropped physically and mentally. The manager will have to pick them up."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at23:01

    Costa Rica's huddle is driven on by ex-Derby man Paolo Wanchope, who is earning his coaching spurs. At half-time referee Ben Williams says there will be no drinks, we turn straight around.

    There always is a break though.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Jorge Luis Pinto the manager has been a real credit to Costa Rica with his tactical changes in this World Cup but he has got to make a few new ones now. His side are going to lose this match if they continue to drop deep."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at22:59

    Is it me or are these breaks between full time and extra time much longer then they used to be?

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at22:57

    Heavy legs and heavy hearts as both sets of players look mentally and physically gone. There are massages and consoling words going round both huddles as unused substitutes cajole their team-mates.

    Both sides have used all their subs so Giorgos Karagounis, as old as the hills, will have to play the full 120...

  • FULL-TIME

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at22:55

    There it is. We go again...

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    Into the fifth of five minutes of added time...

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    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

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    "Even the bad games are thrillers...."

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at

    "Can you believe it!? Costa Rica got deeper and deeper, as the ball came in they didn't make the challenge, Keylor Navas got a hand on the ball but couldn't stop the rebound.

    "The Greek players cannot believe it, they are lying on the floor. The scenes here are incredible. Costa Rica didn't close the game down as well as they could and now look - Greece are in the ascendency after scoring the goal."

  • Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

    Posted at90 mins

    There are games of football that you genuinely never want to end. This is not one of them but it is serving up a barnstormer of a finish.

    What a save! Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou with a bullet header and Keylor Navas tips it over!

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    GOAL

    Costa Rica 1-1 Greece - Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Posted at90 mins

    Extraordinary! Just when it looked all over, Giorgos Samaras launches a long ball in from the left, Theofanis Gekas gets in a low shot which Keylor Navas can't hold and defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is there to bundle in the loose ball from six yards out.

    We will have extra-time!

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Greece are finding space outside of the Costa Rica full-backs. Giorgos Samaras has got chalk on his boots, Johnny Acosta needs to make sure he gets out to cover a little bit earlier.

    "Up the other end Bryan Ruiz did exactly what Costa Rica need him to do by just taking the ball into the corner flag and winning a free-kick."

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at87 mins

    Lazaros Christodoulopoulos beats his man - that's lovely! - but the cut-back is greedily claimed by Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

    That could well be that...

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at86 mins

    A Greece goal now and we will surely have extra time. But Costa Rica can finish it with a second, as Bryan Ruiz gets on the end of a break but runs for the corner.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Costa Rica just need to get the ball out of their half now and relieve a bit of pressure. They haven't managed that for a few minutes. Greece are pushing for a goal playing with three strikers."

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at82 mins

    You get the feeling that a Greece goal will only come as the result of a defensive clanger or a Giorgos Samaras wonder-strike. You tell me which is more likely.

    They are pumping balls forward but Costa Rica look comfortable enough as we approach the last five.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at80 mins

    Greece have a free-kick in a good position but Giorgos Karagounis leans back and slams it over the top. Yards over the top.

  • Posted at22:38

    Unlucky Rickie, by the way. I thought you should have got a start against Costa Rica...

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    Richard Lambert: The world's gone mad! Now we have a last-16 tie in the World Cup and both nations' hopes rest with Fulham strikers!

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at78 mins

    Greece are 12 minutes away from elimination. But they were seconds away from elimination before finding that late goal against Ivory Coast. Plenty of time...

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at74 mins

    Greece may be a pedestrian, average side, but left-back Jose Holebas can't half cross a ball. He puts in another superb low delivery but substitute Theofanis Gekas turns it wide.

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    John, Cambridge: Silly error from Costa Rica. They need to stay calm, Greece aren't scoring goals his tournament, they can take this game if they hold firm.

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    Shane Saunders: A sending off. Greece might come back into it and we'll be punished with 30 minutes of extra time. You've made the list Oscar Duarte.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at70 mins

    Another 'did he mean that?' moment from Giorgos Samaras as he falls over his own feet, before spinning and playing in a brilliant cross which Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas flaps at but just about gets it away.

    All Greece now. Costa Rica look dangerous on the break...

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "It's an honest challenge from Oscar Duarte but when you are on a yellow card at this stage of the game you must stay on your feet. You can see he is absolutely distraught as he walks off the pitch. That has cost his team and now Costa Rica need to readjust, because Greece will commit more players forward.

    "What I like about Fernando Santos, the Greece manager, is that he does not hang about, he has made another change straight away."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at69 mins

    Greece introduce Theofanis Gekas to bolster their firepower. They need an equaliser, can they conjure one up?

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  • RED CARD

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece - Oscar Duarte

    Posted at66 mins

    That makes it interesting! Costa Rica are down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes after Oscar Duarte picks up a second yellow for tripping Jose Holebas.

    It was a silly one, and he knows it. He will miss the quarter-final - if they get there...

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    Anoop Saxena: Now expect the Greeks to step up. This game should get better... and we may see penalties.

    Simon Kalolo: And Fulham said Bryan Ruiz wasn't good enough. Great goal.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at63 mins

    It turns out that Costa Rica scored with their first effort on target. The Missile Deflector hasn't had a single projectile to prevent.

    Greece are 25 minutes away from going home.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Kostas Mitroglou gives Greece a totally different option, he is big, strong and difficult to deal with. But does Giorgos Samaras go with him up front or does he play wider out on the left? They are both powerful men so let's see just how proactive Greece are going to be going forward.

    "What I like about it is that Greece have made the change early. Now they look like a 4-4-2 side looking to get the ball into the channels and up to the strikers.

    "Costa Rica, you score a goal and you go five yards deeper. You might ask yourself why but it is just a mental thing. But they need to make sure they keep positive and play as they have done so far."

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at61 mins

    I tell you who has got particularly good ball control - Tim Henman.

    No seriously. Check him out in this video, doing keepy-uppys with a tennis ball.

    I think he missed his calling. Top, top class...

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at59 mins

    Now now Bert. Bryan Ruiz is apparently nicknamed 'La Comadreja' - the weasel - for his ball control and slippery ways in his homeland.

    Do weasels have particularly good ball control?

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    Sheelagh: Now that's what I call a cool, calm and collected finish! He's just passed that into the net. Pure joy for Costa Rica.

    Bert: Last night James Rodriguez gave us the tournament's best goal, tonight Bryan Ruiz has given us the luckiest, total miss-hit!

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at58 mins

    Fulham's big money signing Kostas Mitroglou is on, he replaces Andreas Samaris.

  • 'The Missile Deflector'

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at57 mins

    Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis may well boast the best nickname in the game.

    After an inspired performance for Granada in a 1-0 win over Barcelona at the end of the season, Spanish paper Marca labelled him as 'The Missile Deflector.'

    Not so much a nickname as a fully-formed Marvel comic book character.

    In Greek, by the way, that's 'ο πύραυλος εκτροπής'...

    He didn't deflect anything there though.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at55 mins

    Costa Rica should have a penalty as a cross is turned away by the hand of Greek defender Vasilis Torosidis!

    There's no real appeal and it looked like a header initially - and Costa Rica's substitute goalkeeper is then booked for his protests on the bench.

  • Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

    Posted at54 mins

    "Ole, ole ole ole! Ticos! Ticos!"

    Recife rocking to the Latin beat.

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    GOAL

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece - Bryan Ruiz

    Posted at52 mins

    It's in there! Pretending the game didn't exist did the trick, as Bryan Ruiz steers home a Costa Rican opener!

    Christian Bolanos has the ball on the left and picks out Ruiz on the edge of the box, he doesn't thrash at it, just picks out the bottom corner with a lovely placed effort.

    Now then Greece. Can you attack?

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at50 mins

    Maybe we should just close our eyes and pretend that it's actually Italy v Ivory Coast.

    Andrea Pirlo is having another blinder, pinging some delicious long passes but Yaya Toure is just starting to look at his best...

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    Gareth: What a shame to lose Chile and Mexico, yet suffer the victor of this bore draw going on.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at47 mins

    Samaras!

    Giorgos wins a header from a decent free-kick wide out on the left but it's right at Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas.

    The winner of this one face the Netherlands next up remember. Good luck.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Discussing the news that Joel Campbell reportedly bought 500 World Cup stickers in order to get a sticker of himself, only to be disappointed.

    "Maybe we will have to get some people to send in some swapsies for him. I never have done that myself but I do have a fair collection of those sent in by various family members.

    "But you always look weird in them. They always catch you at the wrong moment, or maybe it's just my face."

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at45 mins

    Game on!

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at22:03

    The players are back in the tunnel, Greece coach Fernando Santos having some stirring words for his team. Hopefully they involved the words 'mixer' and 'bomb on.'

  • Posted at21:59

    Stoke would walk this game Craig. Get the ball out to Arnautovic and hit Crouchy.

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    Craig, London: Greece are the Stoke City of the international scene. Applaud them for their dogged determination, but watching them makes you love football just that little bit less.

  • David Ornstein

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    COMING UP ON MONDAY

    Germany v Algeria (Monday 30 June 17:00 BST)

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    "Germany have just held their final news conference ahead of Monday's last-16 encounter against Algeria, with captain Philipp Lahm describing the north Africans as "unpleasant to play against" and a side who "prefer to play a foul than to lose the ball".

    "Asked how great the pressure is on his team to win this tournament, Lahm added: "Germany is a three-time World Cup winner and there aren't that many teams that have won so many titles. I think we have great potential - whether this is enough for this tournament, we will see."

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    Clyde Macfarlane: I hope the Greek manager explains the offside rule to his players at halftime.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at21:55

    The bad news is that Costa Rica did not have a shot on target in that first half.

    However, Costa Rica didn't manage a first half shot on target against Uruguay either. And then scored three quick goals.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    "It is an intriguing match. Greece can give you problems tactically, they play in waves, committing men forward for spells and then returning to hold their positions.

    "The Greeks had the best chance of that half through Dimitris Salpingidis. They won't be worried about any boos and will come out and do the exact same thing in the second half."

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  • Dutch courage

    Posted at21:50

    Costa Rica substitute Michael Barrantes had a boy in February 2013 and called him Arjen after Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

    Whether Barrantes Jnr has trouble staying on his feet or not, well we can only speculate. But his namesake Robben was again the key man as the Netherlands came from behind to beat Mexico earlier on.

    Read the match report here.

    Read the quotes from Louis van Gaal here.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at21:49

    Costa Rica fans have been watching the game on a big screen in their capital city, San Jose.

    Did they know the way? Yes, because they live there.

  • HALF-TIME

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    That was a tough watch. Stiff drinks all round at the break.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at45 mins

    Offside from a throw-in! Greece have just ticked off one of my footballing pet hates. Good grief.

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    Kyle, Liverpool: In what's regarded as the best/most exciting World Cup for years, how ironic if Greece repeat 2004 Euros and go on to win the whole thing! Come on Costa Rica do it for Bryan Oviedo!

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

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    "Bryan Ruiz side-foots it in on the floor and Orestis Karnezis the Greece goalkeeper will be disappointed. I think he is unsighted, the ball does not move very quickly but he is rooted to the spot. There is a defender stood right in front of him but Karnezis will be disappointed with his positioning.

    "Credit to Ruiz, he swung across it and passed it into the corner, the accuracy was incredible. And now the game was changed totally. Greece are now leaving gaps in behind. They have made that decision to make this game a forward-thinking game."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at41 mins

    Can we have more quality like that please? A stupendous cross.

    Other than that it's been poor. Oscar Duarte takes a bad touch, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos nips in to take the ball off him, the Costa Rican pulls him back and gets booked.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "Dimitris Salpingidis gets the run on Junior Diaz and hits it true but what a save! Fantastic from Keylor Navas, his positioning was excellent. But that is what Greece can do in wide areas, the ball in from Jose Holebas was absolutely fantastic."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at37 mins

    Well you have to say that is brilliant!

    Greek left-back Jose Holebas delivers a gem of a cross from deep, it cuts out the entire Costa Rican defence, Dimitris Salpingidis steams onto it at the back stick but keeper Keylor Navas somehow keep it out, turning it away with his right knee.

    Fantastic reaction save.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at34 mins

    This game is doing a solid job of reminding us that sometimes it's not romantic to see two underdogs duke it out.

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    Ed, West Sussex: What happened to the Costa Rica that ripped Uruguay apart? Can we have them back and return these imposters please?

    Paul Gekapadolopolous: Four 1-0 wins and we are world champions, come on!

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "When they get the opportunity Greece are happy to shoot from 35 yards out. One of the reasons they are doing that is they are not getting many runners into the box.

    "You can see how they kept eight clean sheets in their World Cup qualifying campaign but you can also see why they've only scored the two goals here in Brazil, against Ivory Coast."

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at30 mins

    Now listen up Giorgos Samaras - if you go beyond the last defender, you'll be offside. That's twice now the big man has wasted a good break by straying into the red zone.

    I agree with you Steve. A frustrating man to watch.

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    Steve Huish, Surbiton: Giorgos Samaras is one of the most frustrating players of all time. Watching him play for Manchester City was painful. It's OK knocking in goals for Celtic but on the big stage he is sadly lacking.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at26 mins

    Two facts about ages that will warp your mind.

    Michael Owen was 27 when he scored his last goal for England.

    Giorgos Karagounis was 27 when he won Euro 2004 with Greece. The former Fulham man still covers the turf like a racehorse, albeit a quite slow but well-built racehorse. Remarkable engine for a 37-year-old.

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    John McEnerney: Giorgos Samaras will be putting himself about tonight, not just for Greece but for himself. Shop window, no club! Celtic were nuts to let him go.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at23 mins

    Thee free-kick comes to nothing and Greece are able to clear their lines. At the midway point of the half it's the Central Americans who have seen 58% of the ball. We've not had an effort on target and are ominously close to Mexican Wave territory.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "Giorgos Karagounis was absolutely done by the skill of Joel Campbell. He and Bryan Ruiz are the players who can do something a little different and bring some magic to this Costa Rica side.

    "Greece are comfortable holding their positions but strangely enough it is when they get the ball that they start to look vulnerable.

    "Giorgos Samaras has started the game really well, I played up front in that position myself for much of my career and it is a very important job. The way he holds up the ball will allow his team-mates to get the ball out of the danger area, he is a very important player for Greece."

  • PENALTY APPEAL

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at20 mins

    Great decision! Joel Campbell is tripped right on the edge of the box by Greece skipper Giorgos Karagounis, it looks like a penalty, ref Ben Williams gives a free-kick and is proved bang-on correct.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at18 mins

    Giorgos Samaras embarks on one of those mazy dribbles that occasionally convince you that under there somewhere there is a really, really good player. But he then falls over his own feet and a team-mate misplaces a pass backwards and the ball is lost 60 yards downfield.

    A Greek comedy of errors.

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    Chuck Papadoupopoulos: Love to see us Greeks give it a good go tonight! Everyone is saying we cannot win, but we have Giorgos SAMARAS!

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at14 mins

    Someone's let a bugler in. It sounds like the third day of a Test match down under.

    Half a chance for Greece again, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos nods wide from a corner. Greece may well have the advantage from dead balls. Plenty of height and strength. And letters.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "The backbone of Costa Rica's solid defence is their 5-4-1 formation, which switches to a 4-3-3. The wing-backs are very ambitious going forward but are also very defensive minded when they need to be.

    "A couple of sides have come up against it and tactically not known what to do. But today Costa Rica will have to be careful about the way they commit men forward. It's different to playing Uruguay or Italy.

    "Costa Rica are dictating this game. But when Greece need to attack they can be very good, as they showed against Ivory Coast, and are also dangerous from set pieces."

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at11 mins

    Giorgos Samaras is the Greek island furthest forward, and he chests down a long ball beautifully and looks to break in - but the offside flag was up. He needs support up top.

    Greece then have another effort, and again it's Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. Not doing the commentators any favours...

  • CLOSE!

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at7 mins

    That is a nice flowing move from Costa Rica.

    Joel Campbell drops deep to pick the ball up, he is fouled by referee Ben Williams waves him on, Bryan Ruiz plays it out to Christian Bolanos on his left shoulder but the Copenhagen man can't keep his shot down and drills it over the top.

    The crowd roar their approval to the Ticos, who have settled well.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at6 mins

    A terrible pass from Andreas Samaris almost plays Costa Rica in on goal but Bryan Ruiz is crowded out when perhaps he could have got the shot away earlier. Both sides looking sloppy on the ball early doors.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "My last game playing for Grenada was a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica. They took us up into the hills somewhere and I seem to remember being kicked all over the pitch on AstroTurf. But today I am of course impartial."

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at4 mins

    The pocket of Greece fans are making some excellent noise in these opening exchanges, but the majority of the crowd remain behind Costa Rica and Cristian Gamboa gets the ground rocking with a low skidding shot wide of the far post.

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

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    "For both these nations it is a huge occasion but in different ways. Costa Rica have never been to the quarter-final. For Greece I've heard that because of the issues back home they are going to donate their bonuses back to the Greek FA.

    "Both have a lot to play for. I was so impressed with the way Costa Rica's midfield contained Andrea Pirlo in their win over Italy. How Greece are able to keep up with the pace of Yeltsin Tejeda and Celso Borges will be key to who wins this midfield battle."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at2 mins

    Greece with the first shot of the game, as Lazaros Christodoulopoulos fires well over the top. If you wanted Lazaros Christodoulopoulos' name on the back of your Bologna shirt, it would cost you approximately 300Euro to have it stitched on.

  • KICK-OFF

    Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

    Posted at0 mins

    False start! Costa Rica jump the gun on the kick-off, but we are under way at the second attempt.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:56

    The Greek anthem gets jeered as it is announced. From first impressions it seems that the neutrals are siding with Costa Rica.

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    Tony Munky: I reckon this one has penalties all over it, hopefully Costa Rica to win.

    Jonathan Northall: I'm going for a 1-0 win for Costa Rica-ca-ca.

    Eyobel Gomini: Costa Rica to thrash Greece 4-0, Joel Campbell to grab a hat-trick!

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    Here we go then! The boys are on the park, it's anthem time.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:53

    We've got an Australian ref tonight, Ben Williams, and he may be the most casual ref I've heard at a major game.

    After pulling Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis to one side, this was his opener:

    "Ah look mate, if it goes to extra-time, we'll keep the boys on the park. You can all have a drink and we'll turn it around, alright? You know the drill buddy."

    The Greeks are incredibly vocal in the tunnel. Pumped.

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    Arnold Kanyangonda: Greece may well be the least enterprising, least entertaining, most uninspiring team to ever make the knockout stages.

    Luke: Eagerly awaiting another master-class from Joel Campbell. Not many players are born for the Premier League.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:47

    Less than 15 minutes away from kick-off then and I've already seen one child asleep in the stands. Come on, let's get up for this one.

    It's going to be a World Cup classic. 4-4 AET.

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    We've been asking if Greece winning Euro 2004 is the biggest upset in a major tournament? Can anyone top it? How far can Greece or Costa Rica go this time? What's the key to victory in Recife?

    Aaserhna: Nigeria coming from behind to beat Brazil with a golden goal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics qualifies as one of best major upsets.

  • Can you Campbell?

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:43

    This evening will be another chance for Arsenal fans to get a glimpse of one of their own as Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell aims to shine.

    Campbell was signed by Arsenal in 2011 but has never played a game for the club, though Arsene Wenger has reportedly said that he wants Campbell involved in the new season.

    "As a youngster, he would juggle empty cans on the street," says our reporter Ben Smith.

    "On one such occasion he was spotted by then Costa Rica manager Ricardo La Volpe. The national side were playing friendlies close by and, while his friends bought tickets to go to the games, Campbell told them all he wanted to go, but as a player. A few weeks later, La Volpe called him up to the Costa Rica national team."

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    Jon, Brentwood: The three quarter-finalists through so far are all group winners. I'm going for Costa Rica to make it four.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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    BBC Radio 5 live will have full coverage of the 21:00 BST kick-off between Costa Rica and Greece, with Alistair Bruce-Ball and Jason Roberts providing the commentary.

    Alternatively you can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

    Later you can watch highlights of Costa Rica v Greece and the earlier match between Netherlands and Mexico on Match of the Day from 01:05 on BBC One.

    How to follow the World Cup across BBC TV, radio and online.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Costa Rica have been one of the big surprises of this World Cup. But I think Costa Rica fans could be thinking their amazing World Cup could get even more amazing still.

    "We knew that the conditions would favour the Latin American teams in general but people tend to look down on Concacaf teams. Yet they have had such a great tournament, with the exception of Honduras, but I do think there is better to come from Honduras.

    "Mexico are the huge powers in the region, and they will have such a complex now about not making the last eight of the World Cup. They've won Olympic titles, they won the U17 World Cup, and this was supposed to be the year they made the quarter finals.

    "Costa Rica now have a real chance of beating Greece and then facing a Netherlands side who will have to pay the price for playing in the conditions in Fortaleza."

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:31

    We could fall into a possession black hole tonight. What happens if neither side want the ball?

  • Posted at20:26

    If that entry doesn't persuade you to settle in for a night of Casualty and the Antiques Roadshow, nothing will...

  • Greece goal glut?

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:26

    Greece's seven wins at major tournaments have never been by more than one clear goal (four 1-0 and three 2-1 wins).

    Greece have only won two of their nine World Cup games, both against African sides (v Nigeria in 2010 & Ivory Coast in 2014).

    Greece have scored in only two of their nine games at the World Cup (the two 2-1 wins v Nigeria & Ivory Coast).

    Greece have only kept one clean sheet in nine World Cup games, against Japan in 2014 (0-0).

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:24

    Both countries have been doing some last-minute homework, having not expected to face each other. Energetic Costa Rica midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda admitted: "We were thinking more about Colombia and the Ivory Coast. Now we have to change the video cassette."

    The footage will reveal a dogged Greek side that adopt the ultra-defensive Italian catenaccio system. Their never-say-die attitude enabled them to recover from a 3-0 opening defeat by Colombia to eventually pip Ivory Coast to second spot, albeit with a controversial last-minute penalty, and secure qualification to the last 16 for the first time.

    They won Euro 2004 despite only scoring seven goals in six games. Can they repeat that on the world stage?

  • LINE-UPS

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    Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Campbell. Subs: Pemberton, Acosta, Myrie, Barrantes, Francis, Granados, Brenes, Miller, Calvo, Urena, Cubero, Cambronero.

    Greece: Karnezis, Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Maniatis, Christodoulopoulos, Samaris, Samaras. Subs: Glykos, Tzavelas, Moras, Tziolis, Kone, Mitroglou, Vyntra, Gekas, Fetfatzidis, Katsouranis, Tachtsidis, Kapino.

    Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)

  • Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts

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    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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    "When you saw the teams Costa Rica had to play against in the group stages you thought they might not get any points at all but they have surprised at this tournament.

    "In the match against Italy I think the manager Jorge Luis Pinto got his tactics absolutely right. Costa Rica lined up in a 4-3-3, they stopped Italy playing and put pressure on Andrea Pirlo.

    "Tonight they are up against a Greece side who have only scored two goals at this tournament but who are very experienced and know how to keep clean sheets. It's going to be an exciting game, I hope Costa Rica score first and force Greece to come out."

  • Where are we?

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    Arena Pernambuco, Recife

    Capacity: 42,800

    Opened: May 2013.

    Fixtures: 15 June, Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan; 20 June, Italy 0-1 Costa Rica; 23 June; Croatia 1-3 Mexico; 26 June, United States 0-1 Germany; 29 June,Second-round, Costa Rica v Greece, 21:00.

    Altitude: Sea level.

    Climate: Wet. It rains in Recife on average 224 days a year - which is nearly double Manchester's average. Temperatures tend to peak at 28C in June and July, which are Recife's two wettest months. Humidity is also usually high during these months.

    Time Zone: GMT -3 hours.

    Approximate distance from Rio: 1,426 miles.

    Where is it?: On the Atlantic coast on the east of Brazil, close to the equator and among tropical forests.

    Background: This brand new stadium was built in an economically deprived area on the outskirts of Recife, and will eventually form part of a leisure complex and residential development which it is hoped will act as a catalyst for local regeneration.

    Construction progress was slower than Fifa would have liked, but the stadium was eventually declared operationally ready on 20 May 2013, with a friendly between Nautico and Sporting Lisbon serving as a test event two days later.

  • There's no rain

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:11

    The match between United States and Germany was almost a total wash out in Recife on Thursday, with the rain hitting so hard that the town centre was flooded out.

    And while the surrounds of the Arena Pernambuco are pretty damp, with heavy rain for most of the day, there's no rain in the sky currently and the pitch looks pretty much perfect. The weather is not an issue tonight.

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    Even 10 years on, Greece winning Euro 2004 seems remarkable.

    Was it the biggest upset in a major tournament? Can anyone top it? How far can Greece or Costa Rica go this time? What's the key to victory in Recife?

    Let us know. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only), tweet us at #bbcworldcup or drop us a line on our Facebook page.

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:05

    Greece - European champions a decade ago, incredibly - are new to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

    They had finished fourth and third in their groups on their two previous tournaments in 1994 and 2010, but made it through this time around thanks toGiorgos Samaras's late penalty against the Ivory Coast.

    If they make it to the quarter-finals, the Greek Federation may have a problem as coach Fernando Santos's contract expires on Monday. He has previously said he doesn't intend staying a day longer.

    That wasn't the best of planning was it?

  • Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:02

    Costa Rica are playing at this stage of the tournament for the second time in their history.

    In 1990, they qualified from Group C behind Brazil after beating both Scotland and Sweden, a feat they matched this time around with wins over Uruguay and Italy.

    Twenty-four years ago the dream came to an end in the last 16 however, as Czechoslovakia handed out a heavy 4-1 hammering.

    Can they reach the quarters this time around?

  • What are you two doing here?

    Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:00

    The last 16 of the World Cup.

    Home of the elite, the creme de la creme, footballing royalty. Well, that's the theory anyway.

    But as the footballers of Spain, Italy, England, Portugal, Croatia and the Ivory Coast all put their feet up at home and get their spare currency exchanged, those representing Costa Rica and Greece will battle it out for a quarter-final berth against the Netherlands.

    The eyes of the world are on Recife. Will it be the 28th best team in the world who go through, or the 12th?

    We shall find out...

  • Team news

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    Costa Rica make two changes from the side which drew 0-0 with England. Christian Bolanos and Michael Umana return.

    Greece make one change from the side which beat Ivory Coast, as Andreas Samaris starts after scoring from the bench.

    Costa Rica: Navas, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz, Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda

    Greece: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Christodoulopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Samaris

Posted on Sunday 29th June 2014

BRAZIL INTO QUARTER-FINAL

  • BRAZIL INTO QUARTER-FINALS

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    Joy unconfined in Belo Horizonte - the hosts are through to the quarter-finals, where they will meet either Colombia or Uruguay.

  • HITS THE POST

    Brazil 3-2 Chile - Gonzalo Jara

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    Despair for Chile as Jara's penalty strikes the post. Brazil are through.

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    GOAL

    Brazil 3-2 Chile - Neymar

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    GOAL

    Brazil 2-2 Chile - Marcelo Diaz

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  • SAVED

    Brazil 2-1 Chile - Hulk

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  • SAVED

    Brazil 2-1 Chile - Hulk

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    Hulk's penalty is straight down the middle but saved by Bravo's legs. Brazil fans in despair.

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    GOAL

    Brazil 2-1 Chile - Charles Aranguiz

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    Have a bit of that. A brilliant strike into the top corner.

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    GOAL

    Brazil 2-0 Chile - Marcelo

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    Claudio Bravo gets a hand to Marcelo's penalty but it is not enough as the ball goes into the top corner.

  • SAVED

    Brazil 1-0 Chile - Alexis Sanchez

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    The Brazil fans go wild as Cesar gets down low to parry Sanchez's penalty away.

  • WIDE

    Brazil 1-0 Chile - Willian

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    A horrible penalty as Willian rolls the ball wide of the target.

  • SAVED

    Brazil 1-0 Chile - Mauricio Pinilla

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    Pinilla's penalty is straight at Julio Cesar. Easy save.

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    GOAL

    Brazil 1-0 Chile - David Luiz

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    The perfect penalty. Keeper goes the wrong way.

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    So here we go. A penalty shootout for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Luis Gustavo is on his knees praying.

    Brazil's David Luiz strides forward to take the first kick.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "What a moment for Julio Cesar. He made a mistake four years ago in the quarter finals against Holland. He has lived with that mistake ever since. The cameras in Brazil are focusing on him because they realise he has the chance to be the hero here and redeem himself for the mistake he made four years ago."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "The hopes of an entire nation come down to a set of penalty kicks. The tension and nervousness around Estadio Mineiro is quite astonishing. The Chile fans are singing and dancing like the have nothing to lose, but defeat now would be incredibly painful for their players. Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar can't get in the QPR team but he is about to experience the biggest moment of his career."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Both teams are in their individual huddles. They have given everything, but they need a little bit more yet......

    No one deserves to lose this but there will be a hero and there will be a villain. This is where you show your bottle.

  • Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Potential headlines: Howard's Way, Neymarching On, Red Hot Chile Tekkers, Thriller From Pinilla, Willian The Conqueror, Dirty Sanchez."

  • World Cup shootouts...

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    Of the 204 penalties taken in World Cup shootouts, 19 have either hit the woodwork or missed the goal altogether.

    Goalkeepers have saved 41 penalties in shootouts - 20.1% of the total of 204 attempts.

    Read more on World Cup penalty shootouts in our IWonder guide.

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    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Former England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: Chile win this on pens.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "I have been there [for Republic of Ireland v Spain in 2002]. At this stage of the competition it is not nice. I stood up and missed my penalty. It was a big moment for me in my career. If you miss, it goes against you for the rest of your career and you think about it so much."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    So a partisan crowd desperate for success, a gruelling 120 minutes behind them. I don't envy Brazil's players making that lonely walk now.

    Hulk is the only regular penalty taker for Brazil for his club.

  • FULL-TIME

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Chile's bench celebrates the final whistle as they force a penalty shootout. What a 120 minutes of football that was and the drama is still to come. Stay tuned.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at120mins

    A Brazil corner is cleared with just seconds left and Ramires drags a shot just wide. Surely that is now?

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Sultan: Don't score anyone. I want penalties now. Icing on the cake.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at120 mins

    Mauricio Pinilla hits the crossbar. Brazil were inches from a World Cup exit.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at120 mins

    Hulk winces as he strikes over from distance.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at119 mins

    And still Brazil come. Their players crowd the Chile box as Willian curls over a free-kick but the ball is again cleared.

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    Ash Webb: Imagine taking a penalty in a shootout, at the World Cup, at your home nation! Massive pressure.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at117 mins

    Chile earn a free-kick on the edge of their penalty time. Brazil fans looks edgy as the penalty shootout gets closer. Will their players be able to stand up to the pressure?

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at116 mins

    Nervy times on the Copacabana in Rio. There are worse places to be, mind.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at116 mins

    The momentum is building as Brazil push for the winner. Five minutes left.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at113 mins

    This is getting silly. This time Marcelo Diaz takes a pot shot from 40 yards and it is well, well over. In fact it has just landed in Rio.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at112 mins

    What a waste from Dani Alves. The right-back opts to shoot from about 30 yards, with the area crowded with Brazil players, and the ball flies horribly wide. His team-mates are not happy.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at111 mins

    A wild shot over the bar from Mauricio Pinilla after neat control on his chest.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Brazil made an absolute mess of their last penalty shootout, going out of the Copa America in 2011 when they missed all their penalties. On the whole, though, they win more than they lose."

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    Duncan in Isleworth via text: Whatever happened to the golden goal rule? Imagine a golden goal in this game. Now that would be drama!

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Good start to this second period for Brazil. He should have maybe got a glancing header on that because it is not a difficult skill to get that on target."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at106 mins

    Neymar whips a cross into the box and it is cleared for a corner, which Jo heads over for Brazil. He got too much on that.

    Gary Medel has put is a huge shift for Chile but he looks as though his race is run. He is struggling with what looks like a sore thigh and is replaced by Jose Rojas. Both sides have to win the match with what they have got on the pitch now.

    Medel is taken off on a stretcher. Is that his last action of the World Cup?

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Feels like everyone in Brazil right now is huddled around a TV. Hopes of a nation rest on next 15 minutes."

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD co-commentator

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Willian is a player they've been crying out for. You need another player to come in to provide a link from midfield."

    Listen to live BBC Radio 5 live commentary by clicking the Live Coverage tab on this page.

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    So who is going to be a hero? Fifteen minutes of football before the lottery of penalties. You can be sure there will be a chance for someone, will they be able to take it?

    Willian replaces Oscar as Brazil make their last change.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD co-commentator

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "You can sit and watch this all night - it's been fantastic quality."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "There are a lot of tired legs out there and that's resulting in a noticeable drop in quality and intensity. One man who still looks as fresh now as he did in the first minute, though, is Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli - the Argentine continuing to pace around his technical area at a rate of knots. Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has also been on his feet for the first half of extra time, barking instructions to his weary players."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

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  • HALF-TIME

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Alexis Sanchez strikes the free kick woefully wide and that is that. Fifteen minutes away from a penalty shootout.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at105 mins

    Chile have a free-kick 35 yards out from goal in the dying seconds of the half as Dani Alves is booked...

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    Ash Patel: Howard Webb is a very brave referee. He has controlled the game and allowed no backchat.

    Garreth Frank: It's a good job Howard Webb looks like he can handle himself because he might face some aggro in Brazil later.

    Bankim Patel: Good to see impartial referee, not succumbing to crowd and home pressures.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at105 mins

    Chile are virtually non existent as an attacking force but it only takes one minute to win a game and break the hearts of a nation - one minute of the first half of extra time left.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at103 mins

    Chile substitute Mauricio Pinilla is booked for a cynical tackle on David Luiz.

    Hulk drives a shot low down from 20 yards but Claudio Bravo parries away.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at102 mins

    Hulk has been brilliant for Brazil. This time he works his way to the byeline on the right before standing a cross up to the far post and Oscar. The Chelsea man heads straight at Claudio Bravo. Brazil on top.

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    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Sun sports journalist Charlie Wyett: Watching Brazil live on TV while on plane to Recife certainly an experience. Pilot asked fans to stop celebrating because plane was wobbling.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at101 mins

    Half a chance for Brazil's Jo but he slips before getting his shot away. The former Manchester City man receives the ball inside the area but falls and the ball bobbles back to Claudio Bravo.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Since half-time Brazil have not really created too much. It is just long balls punted forward to Jo and he cannot control it."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at99 mins

    The noise coming from the Estadio Mineirao is incredible as the Brazil fans look to get their side over the line. This is a lot more tense than a lot of them ever imagined though. Six minutes of the first half of extra time to go.

  • Stat attack

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    Brazil's last three World Cup extra-time appearances have all gone to penalties (SF v Netherlands 98 (Won), final v Italy 94 (Won), QF v France 86 (Lost).

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    Martin in Fareham via text: I will be more disappointed if Chile are knocked out than when it happened to England. They have been superb.

    Steve in Lincoln via text: Great to watch the Chile coach doing the mileage in the technical area - prowling tiger or what.

    James in Southsea via text: I really hope Chile progress. They're more industrious. And what an upset it would be.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at96 mins

    Chile need to take the sting out of a very fired up Brazil. The fans are up, the players are up and Chile are under pressure.

    That won't help as Marcelo Diaz wellies a free-kick out for a goal kick. Needless and aimless.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at93 mins

    Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is rolling around the ground after being tackled by Jo. The Chile goalkeeper seems hesitant in going for a hopeful long ball and is caught by the lunging Jo.

    Jo is booked - a little harshly.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at92 mins

    A driving run from Hulk, who is pulled down by Eugenio Mena. The big man gets up and attempts to gee up the fans. He is up for this.

    Brazil have a very dangerous looking free-kick but Neymar's curling effort is headed clear.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "This is the moment when you are walking around trying to gee your team up and get your energy back in your legs for extra time. This moment right now is very important."

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "The scene right now looking down on the Maracana. No noise from surrounding flats as Brazil fans await extra time."

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    Dave Horne: First extra time at the 2014 World Cup. This is where we separate the winners from the losers.

    Mike Trotter: What an advert for football, Chile just class.

    Glen Hussey: Brazil are going out. Watch this space. . .

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Ready? Here we go.

    Brazil have had their lowest passing accuracy, 66%, in any World Cup match since 1966. They need to improve.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    A very energetic Luiz Felipe Scolari gives his instructions to his players while Chile's boss Jorge Sampaoli paces away like a caged tiger.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "I think it was the right call [to deny Hulk the goal] - it hits the top of his arm. How could Howard Webb see from where he was?"

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    Ben in Coventry via text: I hope this game does not go to penalties, there's no room on my wall chart to include them.

  • Former England defender Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Alexis Sanchez has been incredible for Chile - he's dominated Brazil's back four."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Chile had that glorious opportunity when Julio Cesar made that brilliant save but it is a very tense stadium. Both sides did not really show too much attacking intent in the final 10 minutes."

  • FULL-TIME

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    The final whistle is met with a nervy silence by Brazil's fans. They have another 30 minutes of tension to be put through.

    Brazil should be celebrating the win having had the better chances throughout but a mixture of bad finishing, good goalkeeping and bad luck mean Chile are still well in this.

    It would take a brave man to call this now. Anyone?

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator

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    "The commentary on Brazilian TV at the moment sounds like the sombre tones of a state funeral."

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    Cathy in Northampton via text: "Come on Chile. Blow this game wide open. This Brazil team have a horribly entitled air about them."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at93 mins

    Alexis Sanchez's right-wing corner is flicked clear by Dani Alves.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at92 mins

    Wait a moment, corner for Chile......

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "The Brazil fans have been calling for the introduction of 21-year-old Belo Horizonte-born winger Bernard, but coach Scolari only has one more substitution to make and he needs to be careful how he uses it with extra time and possibly penalties looming."

  • Jason Mohammad

    BBC Sport presenter

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    "Big Phil. Big decisions. Fans not happy here."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at91 mins

    Brazil have a throw deep, deep inside their own half. It is going to take something special to win the game in normal time now.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at91 mins

    Alexis Sanchez goes down on the edge of Brazil's penalty area. No foul and Brazil break before giving the ball away. Three minutes of injury time to be played.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at89 mins

    Few neutrals will be disappointed to have another 30 minutes of this gripping stuff. Still time for someone to make themselves a hero though...

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker

    BBC MOTD

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "It hasn't been Hulk's day. Penalty shout turned down, at fault for Chile's goal, disallowed goal and wonder play denied by a great save."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at87 mins

    Arturo Vidal is replaced by Mauricio Pinilla for Chile.

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    Daniel Hirst: Chile need to score now. Extra time will favour Brazil.

    Scott Sinclair: Brazil lack midfield playmaker, no one dictating tempo.

    Steve Grout: Neymar has drifted out of the game. Sanchez showing him up at the moment.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Great play from Hulk. Struck it well enough but good save, good hands from Claudio Bravo. He has been fairly anonymous in this game, but that was brilliant from Hulk."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at86 mins

    Chile are playing a bit of keep ball as the time ticks away. Brazil fans voice their disgust with a loud chorus of whistles. Four minutes to go.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at84 mins

    Brilliant from Hulk and even better from Claudio Bravo.

    The Brazil striker dances through Chile's defence but his fierce strike is parried away by the diving goalkeeper. It is all Brazil now.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "The tempo has visibly slowed. Chile are putting pressure on Brazil centrally but no real pace to either attacks now. I think Chile are quite happy with the pace of this game now. David Luiz is always looking for the long balls to Jo and it has been quite poor. You want to see Brazil playing through the lines."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at81 mins

    Neymar should do better. A diagonal pass from Dani Alves finds his Barcelona team-mate just eight yards from goal but his header is straight at goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

    Brazil are getting on top again, as Chile very much look to have settled for extra time, and maybe penalties.

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    Andy Hercock in Exeter via text: "The assistant referee who ruled that goal out is Mike Mullarkey from here in sunny Exeter. I don't fancy his chances of getting a free meal in any Brazilian restaurant in town when he gets back - if there are any in town that is!

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  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at80 mins

    We are at the stage where no-one wants to make that crucial mistake.

    A little more than 10 minutes remaining of normal time but extra time is looming ever larger. Anyone thinking about penalties?

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    Frankie Kain: It's like Howard Webb thinks he is Ross Kemp.

    Bob Kingsbury: Yes, Howard Webb got it right. However rule should be renamed "hand/arm ball" because many people don't understand it.

    Rick Whitehill: Can someone please take the pea out of Howard Webb's whistle.

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    BBC's Manuel Toledo: TV presenter has said twice that Chile are playing better in the second half. Worried faces in Recife.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at75 mins

    It looks at first like Jo has missed a sitter but replays show the former Manchester City man is denied putting Brazil back ahead by some brilliant defending.

    Hulk's stunning cross from the right is arrowing towards an unmarked Jo just yards out but, as he pulls his foot back to volley home, defender Eugenio Mena gets a slight touch on the ball to divert it against the Brazil striker's leg. Desperate stuff from Chile.

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    BBC Sport presenter Jason Mohammad: "Ramires coming in - Juninho next to me saying not what Brazil needs. He says Bernard."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at72 mins

    This doesn't look tactical for Brazil. Manchester City's Fernandinho limps out of the action and is replaced by Chelsea's Ramires. Can his all-action style spark the host nation back into life?

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    BBC News presenter Jon Sopel: If Brazil go on to lose this, I am going to guess Howard Webb is not going to be hanging around for a holiday in Brazil.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Still think Hulk's effort should have been allowed? You can watch it again by clicking on the highlights tab at the top of the page.

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    Teresa Guerreiro: Julio Cesar is not as clapped out as I thought. Good save to deny Aranguiz.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Hulk is playing a lot deeper. He has gone back to the left with Oscar on the right but Brazil are playing too deep and that is because of Chile and their high tempo play. Momentum is with Chile now, can they get themselves in front with the pressure they are putting on now?"

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at68 mins

    The longer this game goes on, the more you start fancying Chile. Brazil have slowed down after their Hulk disappointment and Chile are noticeably growing in confidence. Twenty minutes left, possibly more.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Outstanding. What a save that is. Julio Cesar was going back to his right hand side, he had to come back the other way and it was a wonderful, wonderful save."

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    Raj in Wolverhampton via text: Howard Webb didn't disallow the goal, the linesman did. Secondly, I don't think it was handball. And I want Chile to win.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at66 mins

    Brazil attempt to breathe new life into their attack by replacing the ineffective Fred with former Manchester City man Jo.

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    Hal in London: Hulk's active overarm, not shoulder. Correct decision by Howard Webb.

    Luke Liddle: Big decision from Howard, top of the arm I reckon.

    Matt Bellingham: Hulk is now angry. This could be dangerous!

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at65 mins

    The Brazil fans still seem stunned at Hulk's goal being disallowed. To be fair to the big man, it was a great finish but that doesn't take away from the fact the ball hit his arm. Chile would have been mightily annoyed if they got knocked out of the tournament by that goal .

    Has the momentum turned in Chile's favour? They are almost ahead as Julio Cesar brilliantly turns Charles Aranguiz's close-range shot wide.

    Watch the save again using the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "Because of Hulk's muscles the linesman and Howard Webb did well to see that handball. I thought it was the big pec he brought it down on!"

  • Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

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    "Just cancelling our dinner with Howard Webb!"

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at60 mins

    Brazil frustrations grow as Luis Gustavo is booked for a foul on Arturo Vidal. The Wolfsburg midfielder would also miss the quarter-final through suspension should Brazil make it.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "The Brazil fans around the press box are apoplectic about that decision by Howard Webb. Hulk is continuing to protest but the English official is ignoring his appeals. Big moment of controversy.

    "We have just seen a fresh TV replay angle and that showed the ball touching part of Hulk's arm. At the time, it looked like a certain handball, but confusion reigns."

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    Femi John Atoyebi: Howard Webb has just become public enemy No 1 in Brazil.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    "It was a great ball by Marcelo, a great diagonal pass. The ball hit Hulk at the top of his right arm. The ball was a little behind him. A great moment, but unfortunately ruled out. That disallowed goal just adds to the tension in the stadium."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live coverage by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at56 mins

    Everyone is waiting to see a replay. Did it hit Hulk's chest or did it hit his hand? Howard Webb isn't popular but he has got that right. Brilliant refereeing Mr Webb. Top marks.

  • DISALLOWED GOAL

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at54 mins

    Chaos inside the stadium as Brazil think they have taken the lead. Hulk collects Marcelo's pass before shinning a volley into the net. Hulk spins away to celebrate before being called back for handball by referee Howard Webb.

    Hulk is booked as well to rub salt into the wound.

    Decide for yourself by clicking on the highlights tab.

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    Times football reporter Rory Smith: Chile always seem to play on the very brink of complete chaos. Even when they're playing well, not immediately apparent why or how. Fun.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at52 mins

    Brazil striker Fred has had his critics in this tournament so far and he has done little to impress so far today. His touch has to be better as he lets another pass bounce off him and back to Chile.

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    Steve Johnson: When two teams are evenly matched, then luck decides the outcome and so it will today.

    Bahman Nooraei B: I don't think Chile will be able to keep this up for 90 minutes. They are going to buckle.

    Shane Gillard: There is no way Brazil can win this World Cup with Fred leading the line and the liability that is David Luiz.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at49 mins

    Close. Fernandinho strikes from 20 yards out and his shot is off target.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD co-commentator

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    "What we have here is a meeting of philosophies. They are both going all out attack. Not sure if that's the best policy for Brazil."

    You can watch the match and listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at48 mins

    Marcelo Diaz's deep free-kick is punched well clear by Julio Cesar, who came through a crowded penalty area to sort.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at46 mins

    Brazil are immediately on the attack at the start of the half and look to some Neymar magic to inspire them. This time his cross is poor and Chile counter. Will these player ever tire? You tend to think not.

    Chile have a free-kick in a dangerous area...

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "I still fancy Brazil. They are the ones creating the chances and taking this game by the scruff of the neck and if they can continue that in the second half I don't think Chile can handle them."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    BBC World reporter Alex South: Half time in Brasilia. Stop the clocks.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "It has been relentless so far. But the way Chile press with Sanchez and Vargas means that everyone else behind them has to press. But that means there is space for Brazil to get in behind. It just takes one ball to be in the right place at the right time and you'll be in. Brazil had the better of the chances and if they continue in that vein they will win the match. Whatever happens it was the best half we've seen in this World Cup. You just couldn't take your eyes off it."

  • KICK-OFF

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  • Stat attack

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

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    Fred had the most shots of all the players in the first half - three. But he failed to get any on target.

    Fred to score the World Cup final winner anyone?

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    Paul McMenemy: Kettle on. I really need this cup of tea. Exhausted. Need to regroup for second-half. Maybe a digestive.

    Khubaib Manzoor: What a half of football!. Brazil dominant and should be ahead. Sanchez and Neymar class acts, Fred a burden.

    AKarim: The knock out stage at the 2014 World Cup has started with a bang. Stunning, sensational half. More of the same please.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    If this is a sign of what we have to come for the knockout rounds, we still have the best of the World Cup in front of us. It has been an incredible tournament already but this is where the drama really begins.

    Penalty shootout anyone? You can read how to take the perfect World Cup penalty here.

    Don't forget we will have a live text of Colombia v Uruguay later tonight as well as commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. Anywhere near as good as this match and you are in for a treat.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    Former Brazil midfielder Juninho on Match of the Day: "I thought Brazil played well. We made two mistakes. One was for the goal and the other when we nearly conceded a second. We need Oscar to get into the game more and if he does, Brazil will be better."

  • Alan Hansen

    BBC Sport

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "The tackles are flying in and what interests me is whether they can keep up the pace for the next 45 minutes."

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    Posted at

    Gus in Leeds via text: Why can't England play with the same freedom as these South American teams? They actually look as though they're enjoying themselves!

    Simon in St Helens via text: They should play the next World Cup on concrete in an effort to get rid of all the theatrical dives.

    Simon in Leeds via text: Two points. My first is that Brazil's goal was a blatant own goal. Secondly, yellow cards should be wiped after group stages. A ridiculous rule. Two cheap yellows and it ruins a player's World Cup.

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    Posted at

    Muckers: What a great game, ole ole ole chi le chi le.

    Dane Hardie: Best 45 mins of football so far at this World Cup.

    Roger Weir: Brazil v Chile - not too shabby. The players passion during the anthems was eye-opening.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "It is going to be a tense, tense 45 minutes. Unfortunately I think the referee is out of his depth. Fernandinho clattered into a tackle early in the first half and there was no yellow card. That was the chance for Howard Webb to stamp his authority on the game.

    "You can't referee this game like you do Premier League games and I think Webb is going to be in for a very tough 45 minutes."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "Neymar lashed the ball away in frustration as Howard Webb's half-time whistle blew - he knows Brazil needlessly threw away their lead. Coach Scolari said in the build-up they could afford no mistakes now they are in the knockout stage and he will be bitterly disappointed with that equaliser. The players head down the tunnel with Fred and Gary Medel at each other's throats. One to keep an eye on."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

  • Stat attack

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    Prior to today, Brazil had lost just one of their last 15 World Cup games when they had scored first.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "I can't remember a game being played at such a pace. Both teams are 100mph. It's been an absolutely sensational 45 minutes."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    If you missed any of the first half or just want to watch some of it again, you can view all the main incidents by clicking on the highlights tab at the top of the page.

    It is certainly worth a second viewing.

  • HALF-TIME

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    And breathe.

    An utterly brilliant first half of football comes to an end with Brazil's Fred and Chile's Gary Medel having a bit of an argument on their way off.

    Both teams are giving this their all. Best first half of the World Cup perhaps?

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at46 mins

    The initial corner is cleared and Eugenio Mena volleys wildly wide.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at46 mins

    Into injury time and Chile are nearly ahead. Charles Aranguiz runs through but is crowded out by a mixture of Brazil's defence and goalkeeper Julio Cesar. A corner to Chile...

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at45 mins

    You have to wonder how Chile are still in this game. This time Fred heads weakly towards goal after more mesmerising skill from Neymar. Chile's defending has been schoolboy at times but they are still very much in this.

  • Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    Posted at

    "If for some inexplicable reason you're not watching this game, you really are missing something special. BBC One now."

    And online too. Click the Live Coverage tab at the top of this very page.

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    Posted at

    Ross in Kent via text: Awesome by Sanchez, but never understood his rolled up shorts look!

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "Copacabana silenced, Sanchez is not playing games. Top player."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "I think Chile are quite fortunate to be in the game. It was a poor goal Brazil conceded. Brazil started with a high tempo and they can count themselves slightly unfortunate that Chile equalised."

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at43 mins

    Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo brilliantly tips Dani Alves's long-range strike over the bar. Stunning strike from Alves.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "A Brazilian journalist told me before kick-off that if Scolari's men score in the first 15 to 20 minutes there would be no coming back for Chile - and the opening goal seemed to calm nerves and put them in the driving seat. But they've proved the architects of their own downfall with that equaliser. The wild celebrations from from every one of Chile's players, substitutes and coaching staff tells you all you need to know about how vital they think that was."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at42 mins

    Chile might not have any players left for the quarter-final if they keep going at this rate. This time it is Francisco Silva booked for a challenge on Neymar and he will be suspended for the next match - if his side have one.

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at40 mins

    Brazil are again so close to regaining the lead. First Oscar's searching pass finds Neymae inside the penalty area but, after he is crowded out, Fred strikes over. The ball came to him very quickly but he should do better.

  • Stat attack

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at

    Five of Chile's six goals at the World Cup have come before half-time.

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    Posted at

    Steve Lloyd: Gggggggggggooooooooooaaaaaaaaallllllll. Come on Chile.

    Ash Day: Sign him up Arsene! Get Sanchez at any cost!

    Danny Dixon: Sanchez silences a whole country. If Luis Suarez has to leave Liverpool it would more than soften the blow if he was the replacement.

  • Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    Posted at

    This is an exhilarating game of football played at a breathtaking pace in the most unbelievable atmosphere. Love it!

  • Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Posted at37 mins

    How did that not go in? Brazil fans are on their feet as Neymar rises to meet Oscar's cross just yards from goal. The Brazilian looks certain to head home but his effort bounces of Francisco Silva's shoulder and deflects agonisingly wide of the goal.

    From the resulting corner, Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo makes a mess of his punch but comically carries on to somehow get the ball clear.

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    GOAL

    Brazil 1-1 Chile - Alexis Sanchez

    Posted at32 mins

    Game on. Brazil show a bit of over confidence, a bit of sloppiness and Chile are level.

    Hulk gives the ball away from Brazil's own throw deep inside their half and Eduardo Vargas slots the loose ball into the penalty area to Alexis Sanchez. The Barcelona man keeps his composure to roll his shot past Julio Cesar for his 10th goal in his last 14 international games. Brilliant finish.

    You can watch the goal again via the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at31 mins

    Neymar picks himself up after lengthy treatment as the fans chant his name. He is already a hero, imagine his status if Brazil win this World Cup!

  • Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at29 mins

    What a tackle that is from Arturo Vidal. The Juventus man isn't shy of a challenge and he leaves Neymar writhing in agony after going through him near the touchline. No yellow card though from Howard Webb. You haven't forgotten them have you Howard?

  • Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at

    BBC News presenter Ben Brown: Fans gather on the Copacabana to watch Brazil v Chile on the beach big screen - amazing atmosphere.

    Now that looks like a party.

  • Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at26 mins

    Chile haven't let Brazil's opener get to them. Since the goal they are actually enjoying more of the ball but have yet to get in behind the hosts' defence.

    Having said that, Neymar breaks with lightning quick pace before dragging a shot wide of goal. The Barcelona man is so dangerous.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "Gooooaal!! Fireworks going off on the Copacabana - amazing scenes!! Brazil pressing like Chile in 1st 2 games in group stages!"

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    Posted at

    Adam Patterson: Brazil v Chile is one of the most anticipated games of the World Cup.

    James Birch: What an atmosphere. It's electric. This is what the World Cup is all about.

    Oliver Buckley: Feel devastated that I'm two days ago I was watching the World Cup on Copacabana. Now I'm at home watching it on BBC Sport.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "The Brazil central defenders are worried about Sanchez's pace. He's pulling off the shoulder. He really is rapid."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at22 mins

    In the play building up to Neymar's corner, Chile defender Mauricio Mena was booked for a blatant handball. He will miss the quarter-final through suspension should his side get back into this game.

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "That was the Achilles heel for Chile - from set-pieces nobody over 6ft. Luiz couldn't miss."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 1-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "We spoke about set plays being key for Brazil today and it was proven there. A really pacey cross put in, a good header across and then David Luiz is there to put it in. Great goal and what about the crowd's reaction? Incredible."

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    GOAL

    Brazil 1-0 Chile - David Luiz

    Posted at18 mins

    The stadium erupts. Neymar's left-wing corner is flicked on by Thiago Silva and David Luiz bundles the ball home from close range. Chile's Gonzalo Jara may get the final touch but no-one is taking that off the former Chelsea man.

    Chile have it all to do now.

    You can watch the goal by clicking on the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at15 mins

    Disappointing from Neymar. Brazil's poster boy curls the ball into the area and it is all too easy for goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to gather.

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at13 mins

    A big, big penalty shout from Brazil but Howard Webb is having none of it.

    Hulk plays a brilliant one-two with Neymar before going down under the challenge of Mauricio Isla. A brave call from Webb with the home fans baying for a penalty and he was probably right.

    Brazil do get a free-kick on the left edge of the penalty area though...

    Watch the incident again via the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "Every time Neymar gets the ball three players lock on to him. We all know he is the main threat for Brazil and he is being targeted with some heavy challenges."

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at12 mins

    Chile's Alexis Sanchez gets in a promising position on the right. He pulls the ball across goal and Eduardo Vargas goes down in the penalty area under David Luiz's challenge. A few half-hearted claims for a penalty but that was never going to be given.

    This is real end-to-end stuff early on.

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at10 mins

    There is no quarter given by either side as the tackles fly in early on. Brazilians can breathe a little easier, Neymar looks to be okay.

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    Posted at

    John via text: Booing national anthems can only happen in football. Sad.

    Please remember to put your name and where you are from on your texts.

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at8 mins

    Neymar is still feeling the effects of Charles Aranguiz's tackle from early in the match. He receives some 'magic spray' on his knee and is back on the pitch. He still doesn't look comfortable though. What a blow his loss would be for Brazil.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "It was a great touch by Marcelo, he just could not get enough bend on his shot but I think the keeper had it covered. Positive start, though, by Brazil."

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at6 mins

    Marcelo shoots just wide of the post from 20 yards after a neat drag back. The home fans perhaps get a bit more excited than the effort warrants. But a quick start from both sides.

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at5 mins

    English referee Howard Webb is in charge and he has his first big decision to make as Fernandinho leaves Charles Aranguiz on the floor with a late, late tackle. No booking.

    Chile respond as Aranguiz launches into Neymar. Again, no action apart from a free-kick..

  • Former England defender Martin Keown

    MOTD co-commentator

    Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "The atmosphere is spine-tingling. Rarely will you witness an atmosphere like it."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "Immediately there are challenges going in but that is what Chile want, they want that this game to be played at a high tempo."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary by clicking the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at2 mins

    An early free-kick for Chile after Thiago Silva got to tight to Arturo Vidal on the touchline. Fernandinho rises well to head clear and it is greeted by a huge roar from the stands.

  • Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

  • Who next for the winners?

    Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    The winners face another South American side in the quarter-final, with Uruguay and Colombia playing it out for a spot in the final eight later this evening.

    You can also follow a live text of that match or listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    Here we go. Brazil v Chile for a place in the World Cup quarter-final. Chile have never beaten the Selecao in a World Cup match. Is that about to change? We are about to see.

    The Chileans perform a pre-match huddle while Brazil's players soak in the atmosphere. We are under way.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:59

    "That was so, so special. The whole occasion, being here for the Brazil game, has just magnified 10 times over."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:59

    "The contrast between Neymar in a Barca shirt and a Brazil shirt is unbelievable. He seems more relaxed in a Brazil shirt, even though there is probably more pressure on him here."

  • Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:58

    A decent rendition of Chile's national anthem, albeit with a lot of jeers from the home fans.

    The Brazilians perform their own ear-splitting rendition of their national anthem.

    The upbeat Hino Nacional Brasileiro became the nation's anthem in 1890 but had no definitive lyrics until 1922 - Brazil's 100th anniversary of independence from Portugal - when a poem by Joaquim Estrada was adopted.

    The lyrics celebrate the country's independence, people and natural beauty. And boy do they celebrate.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Posted at16:55

    BBC Radio 5 live football producer Phil Wye: A few sizeable pockets of Chile fans among the sea of yellow.

  • LINE-UPS

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred. Subs: Jefferson, Paulinho, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian, Bernard, Jo, Maicon, Victor.

    Chile: Bravo, Mena, Isla, Silva, Alexis, Vidal, Vargas, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Diaz. Subs: Toselli, Albornoz, Carmona, Pinilla, Valdivia, Rojas, Orellana, Beausejour, Gutierrez, Fuenzalida, Paredes, Herrera.

    Referee: Howard Webb (England)

  • Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    A sunny afternoon in Belo Horizonte but the weather isn't going to have too much effect on either Chile or Brazil. These players are used to the heat.

  • Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:54

    Here come the teams. Brazil's players with a hand on each other's shoulders as they are greeted by a sea of yellow. Incredible.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

    "I think Vargas and Sanchez are a dangerous pair. They work their socks off. The goal against Spain which saw great passing between them was finished off by Vargas - what a finish that was. They will be a handful."

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Chile really suffered with a lack of quality centre backs. Two of their back three are converted midfielders, so they will struggle with set pieces."

  • Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

    Talk about relaxed. Brazil's players found time to strike up a tune on the plane to Belo Horizonte.

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    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    BBC presenter Olly Foster: "This is how we keep track of BST in the BBC Rio World Cup office."

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Belo Horizonte

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:50

    "It was interesting to see Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli running his side's entire warm-up, which focused almost entirely on a high-tempo one-touch pass and move drill. The Argentine then brings his starting team and substitutes into a huddle. He had six other members of staff on the pitch with him and it seemed remarkably intense, which contrasted sharply with Brazil's more laid-back warm-up. The stadium is almost full and we're nearly ready to go. A nation holds its breath."

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    Posted at

    Churchman Duza: Brazil will win the trophy at home, while Messi and Muller will share the spoils of the golden boot.

    David Morris: I could be proven very wrong, but I fancy Chile to win this in extra time.

  • Brazil's boss - Luiz Felipe Scolari

    Posted at16:49

    There is no shortage of World Cup experience on Brazil's management team.

    Scolari, the 2002 World Cup-winning coach, is supported by technical co-ordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira, who took Brazil to the world title in 1994.

    He also led Portugal to the Euro 2004 final and 2006 World Cup semi-finals, turning down England in between - citing "intrusive publicity" by the media.

    Leading Brazil to triumph on their own turf would surely be his greatest ever triumph? Just 10 minutes to go until kick-off. Excited yet?

  • The leading man - Jorge Sampaoli

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:47

    Chile's Argentine manager has been one of the stars of the World Cup with his antics on the touchline almost as entertaining as his side's attacking style.

    While coaching Argentinean minnows Belgrano de Arequito he appeared in a Rosario newspaper, La Capital, pictured shouting instructions to his team from the branches of a tree overlooking the ground, after he had been denied entry to an away game.

    This impressed the president of Newell's Old Boys, who put him in charge of Argentino de Rosario, effectively Newell's feeder club. His greatest success then came at Universidad de Chile, who he led to three national titles and the 2011 Sudamericana

    His record as Chile boss reads played 23, won 16, drawn three, lost four.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:45

    "Against the Spanish, Chile produced one of the greatest pressing performances I've seen. If the front two are pressing then everyone behind them has to press, otherwise it is useless. Chile hunt in packs. But the downside is you lose a lot of energy playing like that."

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Brazil v Chile (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:44

    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "There was speculation Ramires would come in to give Braz

Posted on Saturday 28th June 2014

Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

  • INJURY TIME

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at90 mins

    Into three minutes of added time. Colombia will really test Brazil on Friday...

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "James Rodriguez taken off and saved for the quarter-final against Brazil - that's a game that has all the makings."

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at88 mins

    Still Uruguay push resources forwards, but still they don't really threaten.

    Lump a long punt downfield and hope Steven Gerrard and Phil Jagielka mess up, that's my advice.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "There's a lot of pushing and shoving going on. Cavani and Godin are involved. Uruguay are frustrated. The game is slipping away and they are heading out of the World Cup."

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at85 mins

    Diego Godin heads wide from a corner before some more tussling in the penalty area involving Mario Yepes. He's the enforcer of this side, a real battler who was a liability for pace in the AC Milan side on a certain console game. And that was a good 10 years ago...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "It's a risky game that Colombia are playing. They've dropped off the pace and Uruguay are coming forward at will. But Uruguay are running out of time. I just think Colombia could use the ball better than they are doing."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at22:42

    Adrian Ramos comes on for Colombia, a forward who is on the brink of joining Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund.

    He replaces the man of the moment, the man of the world Cup, James Rodriguez.

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at84 mins

    At last Edinson Cavani looks dangerous! He thumps in a low skidding shot and forces another good save from Dave Ospina.

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at82 mins

    Into the last 10 minutes and Colombia just need to keep going. It's a bit risky to shut off in the World Cup.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Maxi Pereira had a glorious chance to make this game very interesting."

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at78 mins

    Half chance for Uruguay! Don't switch off just yet Colombia, they just turned off a bit and full-back Maxi Pereira has a chance, he makes a strong connection but goalkeeper David Ospina stands tall and makes a fine save.

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    Posted at

    Gully: Neymar vs James Rodriguez in the quarter finals will be some match up

  • Goal of the tournament?

    Posted at

    Australia's Tim Cahill on Instagram: "Watching from home in NY and great to see people talking about my goal against Holland. This is the biggest show on Earth and a game where it brings everyone together. Goal of the tournament seems to be a massive talking point. To score is one thing but to be in the hat of top names like #Messi #James #RVP etc is why I love playing the game."

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at76 mins

    Anyway, enough of music in Somerset. The football in Rio is kicking off as Pablo Armero is booted up in the air by Gaston Ramirez, before the referee books the Uruguayan bench for their reaction!

    Can you book a whole bench? The TV graphics suggest that it was a booking for Diego Lugano. We'll ask him about that incident tomorrow but I can't promise that he will have seen it or know what we are referring to...

  • Posted at22:33

    You can follow Glastonbury live in this live page from our BBC Live brethren in entertainment.

    It's a cracking page. Nearly as good as one of ours.

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    Posted at

    Lucas on text: Let's be honest, this Colombia side would've destroyed England, even with our supposed amazing young players.

    Tommy on text: Metallica tearing up Glastonbury like James Rodriguez at the World Cup! Loving them both.

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at73 mins

    The stats tell you that Uruguay have had 12 attempts on goal, but other than the one good strike from Cristian Rodriguez they haven't tested Colombia's keeper David Opsina.

    Colombia are just over 15 minutes away from booking a place against Brazil.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Colombian fans indulging in some serious taunting of nearby Uruguayans - who respond with universally accepted signal for "go away."

  •  

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    Posted at

    Paddy Emmerson: On the few occasions I've watched Cavani play he has looked distinctly average. Don't get the fuss about him at all #overrated

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at70 mins

    Uruguay are throwing men forward but they can't seem to find a chink in the yellow Colombian wall in front of them.

    In these tight games you need a player who can make the difference. Colombia have got one out there, Uruguay's is back at home starting a long ban...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "This is a game too far for Uruguay. People will ask if it's because of the absence of Suarez, but they look very leggy and it's just not happened for them. It's not been good enough. Edinson Cavani hasn't had a great tournament. I was expecting a bit more technically from him. I was expecting him to take on players more than he has done and see some goals from him."

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    Posted at

    Les Oakley: Born in 1945 seen a few WC apart from 1966 & 1970 this one is up there

    Dr Jamie Barker: I envy Colombian, Chilean, Argentine football fans- so much to get excited about- drive, commitment, expression, confidence

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at67 mins

    The final roll of the Uruguayan dice as striker Abel Hernandez replaces Alvaro Gonzalez. It's got to go big now.

    Colombia also make a switch, with striker Teofilo Gutierrez replaced by midfielder Alex Mejia.

    The game-closer.

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at64 mins

    The first real sign of Uruguayan danger! Cracking run from Cristian Rodriguez, bursting right through the centre like HS2, before he lets fly from 20 yards, a real blockbuster with his left foot and Colombia keeper David Ospina has to watch it all the way to make the diving stop.

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at62 mins

    James Rodriguez was priced at 150/1 with the bookies to win the golden boot before the tournament - the same odds as Rickie Lambert and Adnan Januzaj.

    He is now on five goals, ahead of Neymar and Lionel Messi. If he stays ahead of those two then Colombia will have some World Cup...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "The next goal is so important. If Uruguay get it then they will think they can get back in the game. It's really important Colombia keep it tight but if they can nick a third then you've got to say it's definitely all over."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at60 mins

    Into the final half hour now, and Colombia should be in cruise mode now. Uruguay haven't really threatened at all.

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    Posted at

    Ken Sharp: Best individual goal AND best team goal both scored by Colombia's James Rodriguez

    Rakesh Pradhan: James Rodriguez is the player of the tournament. Could be the next £90m player.

    Chris Worrall: While Uruguay desperately miss Suarez, Columbia seem not to need the mastery of Falcao - stunning football

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at57 mins

    James Rodriguez has been stood on by Edinson Cavani and after a worrying spell on the floor he's up and running again.

    Can Uruguay respond?

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    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

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    BBC News sports correspondent Natalie Pirks: This Uruguay performance is completely different to the drive they had against England. If only Suarez hadn't flipped again. They need him.

  • Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at55 mins

    Colombia win a free-kick in a good area. Hat-trick time? Nope. J-Rod hits it into the wall.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

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    "A brilliant team goal to go with a wonderful individual goal. Colombia look the real deal - and what a quarter-final it sets up against Brazil if they can finish the job off. Uruguay have looked desperate ordinary so far and all coach Oscar Tabarez's fighting words last night look like coming to nothing."

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    Tom Trewinnard: Is anyone else quietly relieved at this point that England didn't qualify and get totally smushed by this Colombia team?

  • TOP VOLLEYS

    Posted at22:11

    We will have highlights from this game available on the final whistle, but in the meantime feast your eyes on five of the World Cup's finest volleys. Is James Rodriguez's first this evening the best of the lot?Click on the Highlights tab at the top of the screen and decide.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay

    Posted at53 mins

    Uruguay have to make two changes. Southampton man Gaston Ramirez is one man sent into the fray, while Diego Forlan is replaced by Christian Stuani.

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    Pete in Pontypool: James the band used to make us all sit down. James the player gets us on our feet.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

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    "I have got to say that's another excellent goal. Colombia play quite slow and suddenly get into a rhythm. Rodriguez anticipated the head back and it's a controlled finish with his right foot. You'd expect Colombia are on their way through now."

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    "Great piece of play, easily the best of the game, well done Colombia they went back to go forward and well done that man James Rodriguez. Uruguay are going to have make two or three changes, completely change the way they play and go for it."

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    Koyc: don't want to make Colombia about 1 man, but J Rodriguez is a player I want to see progress!

    Baz: I want to be Colombian!

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    GOAL

    Colombia 2-0 Uruguay - James Rodriguez

    Posted at50 mins

    Colombia are heading into the last eight, and they are being carried there on the young shoulders of James Rodriguez!

    Lovely goal again as they move the ball from right to left, Pablo Armero puts in a great cross to the back stick, Juan Cuadrado nods it back and there is the number 10, James Rodriguez in space, always on the move, to add a simple finish from six yards out.

    His fifth of the tournament, he is now the top scorer of the World Cup.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

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    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    "The replay of the goal has been played over and over again. Looking at it again, Rodriguez cushions the ball off his chest and knows exactly what he is doing. He spins in one motion as it drops and shoots. That was brilliant technique."

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    Scamp27: And to think, my 2014-15 AS Monaco season ticket to watch James for the entire year cost just €160!

    If they don't sell him first...

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at47 mins

    Colombia keeping their width in the opening exchanges as they threaten to get an early second.

  • KICK-OFF

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at45 mins

    Here we go again...

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    Stephen Collins: On today's evidence, Colombia could absolutely school Brazil on Friday. Exciting & inventive attacking footy.

    Scotty Reynolds: Cahill's goal was more aesthetically pleasing but James goal was more matchwise important.

  • Posted at21:59

    Arsene Wenger to raid his old club Monaco?

    £30m plus Abou Diaby should swing it.

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    BBC sports news sorrespondent Richard Conway on Twitter: I think Arsene Wenger rather enjoyed that James Rodriguez goal for Colombia.

  • Posted at21:56

    It was pretty similar to Maxi Rodriguez's goal actually Jonny. Good call.

    Maxi's was out wide, and Hamez was central. But similar technique.

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    Peter McMillan: ‏Colombia playing all the football - hope they go on to win. They might need another goal to see off Uruguay though.

    Jonny Streatfeild: What is it about footballers called Rodriguez scoring thronkers in the World Cup last-16? (Maxi v Mexico, 2006)

  • J-Rod strikes again

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at21:54

    James Rodriguez cost Monaco £37.6m last summer. So don't be thinking any of the 'bigger' teams will take him easily this summer. His worth is going up about £5m a week...

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    "James Rodriguez's goal for Colombia has just been shown again on the four giant screens hanging from the roof of the Maracana - gasps all around the stadium. Breathtaking quality and a thing of beauty in real time and slow motion."

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at21:52

    If you ever bump into James Rodriguez, don't call him 'James' by the way.

    Apparently he hates it. You've got to go with the authentic pronunciation of 'Ha-mes.'

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    "The goal was outstanding and has been the bright part of the game. Yes, Colombia have dominated possession and will be happy even though they have not troubled the Uruguay goal as much as they should have.

    "Uruguay are missing Luis Suarez. He makes a massive difference with his presence. When he plays, defenders know they are up against someone who can easily win the match."

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at21:48

    Uruguay are obviously missing Luis Suarez, but they had better get used to that. He's got another eight games out of the team to go.

  • HALF-TIME

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    There goes the whistle. Colombia 45 minutes away from a showdown with Brazil.

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    HarveyWright: England need someone like James Rodriguez. Well we've got Jay Rodriguez I suppose.

    Austine Christopher: it's surprising that these guys have made us forget about Falcao

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at45 mins

    We won't get bored of seeing that goal over and over again. A first-rate belter. Almost half-time in the Maracana.

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    James Rodriguez has now scored in each of his last six games for Colombia. He is also the first player to score in the first four games of a World Cup since Ronaldo and Rivaldo for Brazil in 2002.

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at42 mins

    If I was Brazilian, I think I'd be worried about the prospect of facing this Colombia side in the last eight. They look very decent and have done since day one.

    Actually, if I was Brazilian I'd be several hours into an intense all-dayer so I probably wouldn't be right now...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Since Colombia's goal Uruguay have upped the tempo. They're really pressing Colombia up the field."

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    HNIC: I don't see Uruguay's front men doing the damage.. Colombia should be wary of one man, and that is Diego Godin

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at40 mins

    Uruguay are opening up, they have to, and it is making for a better game. Colombia almost get in on the left wing but Jackson Martinez's touch is not up to scratch.

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    Times chief sports correspondent Matt Dickinson: Colombia fans singing J-Rod's name and making praying gestures inside the Maracana. Electrifying moment. They've just shown the goal again on the big screen. More gasps.

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    "That goal was so not in keeping with this match and at this moment in time Uruguay seem unsettled by it."

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at38 mins

    Diego Forlan and Mario Yepes have a bit of a coming together in the middle, and it comes after Yepes shut him off from a cross by barging him in the back off the ball. Wily defending from the 38-year-old.

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    Ed in West Sussex: Wow! Spectacular goal. Always love them when they go in off the top of the crossbar.

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at36 mins

    Children around the land will be re-christening the 'Yeboah' the 'Rodriguez' come Monday morning.

    Was there a better moment in your youth then smashing in a 'Yeboah' off the guttering in the playground and in? No.

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    Sam Thomas: James Rodriguez what a hit! If he had better exposure, he'd be amongst the world's finest

    Sam Payne: Best player of the tournament scores the best goal of the tournament. How fitting. Also in my fantasy team. Get in!

    Kahill: Excellent stuff from James Rodriguez. Player of the tournament so far. Let's see Uruguay play now

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    "This World Cup in Brazil has produced some magical moments and there is another right there from James Rodgriguez. The classic in-off-the-bar volley. We have another World Cup star."

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at33 mins

    Uruguay have been kickstarted into life by that superb goal, and Edinson Cavani spins a free-kick just over the top from 25 yards. Their gameplan of restriction has got to change or it's the first flight back to Montevideo.

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    Daily Telegraph football writer Mark Ogden: One or two English clubs could have had Rodriguez when he was at Porto. They all sat on their hands and allowed Monaco to sign him.

  • Golden Boot

    Posted at21:33

    Muller, Messi, Neymar - and now J-Rod.

    The big boys have come out to play at this World Cup, with four goals the going rate thus far.

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    James Starling: Better than Cahill's goal. Best goal of the tournament!!!

    Charles Kahanji: No doubt goal of the tournament, we thought Cahill's won't be toppled, it has

    Richard Underwood: James Rodriguez: goal of the tournament so far

    Hassan Aljumah: I can't stop clapping!

  • Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

    Posted at30 mins

    Sensational stuff. A poor game has been lifted into the stratosphere by that strike.

    The best thing to come out of Monaco since the underground car park.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay

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    "I have to say I didn't think we'd see a better goal than Tim Cahill's at this World Cup. But we've just seen the goal of the tournament. That was fantastic technique."

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    GOAL

    Colombia 1-0 Uruguay - James Rodriguez

    Posted at28 mins

    Wow!

    Just as we were thinking that there was no way through this packed Uruguay defence, James Rodriguez finds it in truly spectacular style! The ball is nodded to him in a pocket of space just outside the D, he takes it on the chest, swivels and then cracks in a left-footed dipping volley, all in one movement.

    Hit from 20-odd yards, in off the underside of the crossbar for his fourth goal of the World Cup. As good as it gets...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

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    "It's not James Rodriguez who is Colombia's most threatening player, it's Juan Cuadrado. He's already gone on a couple of dangerous runs and if they can get him in the final third then he could unlock the door. I don't think Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira is a good defender and I think that's where Colombia are going to get their joy."

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    Evan from Cardiff: Uruguay's General reaction to Suarezgate has been nothing short of disgusting. Doubt anyone who isn't Uruguayan wants them to win tonight, myself included.

    Bob: Seeing all the Uruguayan support for Suarez makes me really want Colombia to give them a pasting.

    Phil: I can't be the only one who hopes that Uruguay's cheating/biting/diving/lying moaners get stuffed. Come on Colombia.

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at21:24

    BBC Two's coverage of Glastonbury is just about to start by the way - Metallica headline tonight.

    Another place where Edinson Cavani wouldn't look out of place. Cavani on bass, stick Suarez on drums...

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    Mark Whittaker:‏ Is it just me but can't help think Cavani wouldn't look out of place in Game of Thrones?

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at21 mins

    Colombia try that cheeky corner when you take it but make out as if you are just leaving it for a team-mate, who then just sprints into the box. The linesman spoils everyone's fun with an instant flag though. Is that now allowed?

    It's the most interesting then we have seen so far though. This has been poor.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

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    "After all the noise surrounding the build-up to this World Cup last-16 game between Colombia and Uruguay, the actual event has so far been a let-down. Little cohesion, little quality and no clear chances."

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    Bola Akinola: If Uruguay eliminated England and Italy, then, Colombia can't beat them! Uruguay to go through

    Saidmadrid: Uruguay playing very old fashioned football

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at19 mins

    In the absence of Luis Suarez, Uruguay need more from Edinson Cavani, and the big lad almost gets in behind as he chases a long throughball but can't bring it down.

    I can't help but think that the £55m man is a tad over-rated. I recall a bad miss at Stamford Bridge last season. Can he deliver the goods here?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

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    "This game hasn't settled. Colombia started the brighter of the two but they are not hurting Uruguay. Uruguay are well set up, they're getting behind the ball, frustrating Colombia and trying to catch them on the break."

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at17 mins

    Colombia fans bringing out the 'oles' as they keep the ball for an extrended period but Uruguay are superbly well drilled, dropping off into a back six at times and denying the dangermen James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado any space in which to operate.

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    Mikey Sweeney: Colombia could be a half decent shout to go the distance

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at12 mins

    It all opens up in midfield for Juan Zuniga, but the Colombian gets giddy when he reaches the 25-yard mark and fires off a speculative shot which Fernando Muslera deals with easily enough.

    Disappointing. After the 100mph game between Brazil and Chile earlier, this one has had the traffic calming measures enforced.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

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    "Listen, a 70% fit Luis Suarez is better than Diego Forlan. That's no disrespect to Forlan who is now 35. Suarez has such a good footballing brain. He's a massive loss to Uruguay."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at10 mins

    Diego Forlan whips in a free-kick for Uruguay but it's easily dealt with and Colombia's counter-attack comes to nothing. Colombia can't get their main man James Rodriguez into the game.

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    Timon Lesage: I don't know where all the other pennants end up, but the 1984 Anderlecht-Forest one is in my room as usual #bbcworldcup

    That is outstanding...

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at7 mins

    There's been a lot of niggly fouls in midfield in these opening exchanges. I can see a few cards in this one, Uruguay have not got going yet.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

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    "We've already seen Colombia's James Rodriguez get on the ball two or three times but he hasn't been able to do anything with it. What's interesting to see is that Jackson Martinez is playing on the left."

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    Garreth Frank: Ready for part 2 of this South American special. Cheering on Colombia

    Alex Mugan: The dark horses against the forces of darkness. Delightful football team against deluded press conference hosts. Come on Col

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at3 mins

    Jackson Martinez has started out on the left for Colombia - that'll please Clarke Carlisle. He sends Juan Cuadrado away down the right and the trickster beats two men before being fouled again.

    Cuadrado the danger man early doors...

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

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    "The game starts with thousands of Uruguay fans chanting Luis Suarez's name. They really seem to believe he has been the victim of injustice."

  • Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at2 mins

    Colombia making the early running as Uruguay sit off and watch, a cautious start from the men in blue. The first flashpoint comes with Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira nibbling the heels of Juan Cuadrado - who has been excellent thus far in the tournament.

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    Rob Cole: Brazil unconvincing. Germany, Holland aside, no one talking about France. Balanced midfield, potent up top. Allez les Bleus

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

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    "Colombia have three or four flair players but this will be a big test for them. This Uruguay side is very dogged, they work hard and have great belief. They know how to win matches."

  • KICK-OFF

    Colombia 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at0 mins

    We are under way in the battle to face Brazil.

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:59

    Anthems done, hands shaken, pennants exchanged - it's game time.

    Where do you reckon those gifts and pennants the sides exchange end up? Car boot sale?

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:56

    Mind you, the Uruguay anthem hits some pretty decent decibel levels. Enough to shut the power off at a small pub.

    Let's do this...

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    B19 UMR: Netherlands & Germany by far the favourites (if any) for a European team to win this World Cup. No other team stands a chance.

    Diego the Alter Ego: Uruguay mourning the loss of Suarez could be their great undoing tonight or it could galvanise them greatly. Interesting either way

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    It sounds like there are more Colombia fans inside the Maracana, with their anthem 'Oh Gloria Inmarcesible' getting a rousing reception.

    Apparently it can be heard on national radio every day at 6am and 6pm - just before the Two Minutes Hate I presume...

    Very Orwellian.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

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    "What are the odds on some Suarez-based goal celebration should Uruguay score against Colombia here in the Maracana tonight?"

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:52

    Opposing captains Diego Godin and Mario Yepes share a warm embrace as the teams line-up in the tunnel, much to the annoyance of a chippy Fifa official who breaks them up with a 'hey, we have to go!'.

    And they do. here's that familiar music again. Der duh-de-duh der...

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:51

    Penalties again Chris? You've got them on the brain...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

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    "I do fancy Colombia but it's got nothing to do with Luis Suarez's absence. I wouldn't write Uruguay off, they're quite experienced and it's not going to be easy for Colombia. I think it could be a long night."

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  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Faryd Mondragon became the oldest player in the history of the World Cup in Colombia's final group game against Japan, but his hard work has been since that moment, because he is the link between all the successes and failures of Colombia over the last 20 years.

    "He was part of that Colombia side which went on a run of something like 40 games during which they lost one just one game. They topped qualifying for the 1994 World Cup but then failed to carry it on into the finals. Mondragon's task over the last few days has been to sit the younger guys down and say 'we qualified in style, Uruguay snuck in and are without their key striker in Luis Suarez. However, it all starts over again now.'

    "It is a lovely tie they have there with Mondragon. He was in that Carlos Valderrama era Colombia and he is here now."

  • The oldest swinger in town

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:49

    Colombia's 4-1 win over Japan in the final group game was so comfortable that they were able to bring on goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon to became the oldest player in World Cup history.

    Mondragon - who played against England in 1998 - celebrated his 43rd birthday three days before the match and came on for David Ospina after 86 minutes with his side 3-1 up.

    It was his first competitive appearance for his country since 2005.

    Cameroon's Roger Milla was the previous oldest player at a World Cup, appearing at the 1994 tournament aged 42.

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:49

    A touch cloudy in places but very warm in Rio this evening. Lovely conditions for a game of football.

  • How they got here

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:47

    For Uruguay, qualification went right down to the wire.

    After a disastrous opening defeat to Costa Rica, Luis Suarez returned from injury to score twice and sink England in Sao Paulo.

    After his biting incident, Uruguay then beat Italy with a late header from centre-half Diego Godin as they joined Costa Rica in the final 16.

  • How they got here

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:46

    Seeds Colombia bossed Group C, winning all three games and scoring nine goals in the process, with Monaco man James Rodriguez arguably the star of the show.

    James has scored in all three games and has certainly lived up to his nickname 'El Nuevo Pibe' - The New Kid.

    He could make the difference this evening...

  • One-man team?

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:45

  • The Gunfighter

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:43

    Colombia's coach Jose Pekerman was manager of Argentina in 2006, when they looked brilliant in the opening stages before being ground down to a penalty shootout defeat by hosts Germany.

    Hw was persuaded back into international management by his daughter Vanessa, who was born in Colombia. Her nation could be very thankful if he continues to lead the side with panache and flair.

    Interestingly, Pekerman says that his grandfather once told him the family are related to Hollywood great Gregory Peck. A brilliantly tall tale...

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    Benji: I feel drunk on football.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Thunderous atmosphere building here inside the Maracana - and it seems the siege mentality fostered by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez in the wake of Luis Suarez's ban has been picked up by their fans. There are Suarez masks, flags and his name is being chanted loudly and consistently. Liverpool's striker may not be here in person but he is here in spirit.

    "All this slightly overlooks, of course, the fact that he was guilty of a very obvious bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini."

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

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    Uruguay: Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Pereira, Gonzalez, Arevalo Rios, Rodriguez, Cavani, Forlan. Subs: Munoz, Fucile, Gargano, Hernandez, Stuani, Lodeiro, Perez, Ramirez, Coates, Silva.

  • LINE-UPS

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    Colombia: Ospina, Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero, Aguilar, Sanchez Moreno, Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Martinez, Gutierrez. Subs: Vargas, Arias, Carbonero, Guarin, Ibarbo, Mejia, Balanta, Bacca, Ramos, Quintero, Valdes, Mondragon.

  • Hectic Higuita...

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:40

    One thing is for sure - Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina will not be dribbling the ball out past his defence today...

    Rene Higuita was a maverick, as famous for his 'scorpion' saves as his dreadlocks and dribbling skills.

    When he finally retired back in 2010, our South American football expert Tim Vickery said: "Higuita was a pioneer when it came to his skill with the ball at his feet and in his willingness to take responsibility for situations 40 metres from goal.

    "Before the change in the backpass rule obliged keepers to develop these abilities, he was already showing that a team is made up of 11 footballers, not of 10 players and a goalkeeper."

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    BBC Sport's George Riley in Brazil: Bumped into Carlos Valderrama pre-match at the Maracana

  • A generation of hurt...

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:38

    The build-up may have been overshadowed by the actions and reactions of a certain Uruguay number nine, but it is 24 long years since Colombia made it to the knockout stages of the World Cup finals.

    In Italy their passage came to a sticky end, with eccentric goalkeeper Rene Higuita inexplicably overplaying with the ball 40 yards from goal and presenting Cameroon striker Roger Milla with the winner in Naples.

    The class of 2014 have razzled and dazzled us so far with some wonderful flowing football - can they pull it off when it matters?

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    Mac Jerry: Ooosh..after the storm, there must be a calm. Surely this match will end in 90 mins! Suarez will be missed.

    John McEnerney: Suarez isn't going to influence the outcome of this match so no more talk of him until this WCup is over! Forlan to score!

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:36

    Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he will resign from two Fifa posts in protest at the "excessive severity" of Luis Suarez's ban.

    Tabarez said Suarez had been made a "scapegoat" following his punishment for a third biting incident.

    The 67-year-old says he will leave his roles with Fifa's technical study group and strategic committee.

    "It isn't wise to be in an organisation with those who exerted pressure to promote this decision," he said.

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    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:35

    There's no sign of any support for Luis Suarez waning in Uruguay.

    PSG striker Edinson Cavani and fellow Uruguay players gather round Suarez's shirt in the dressing room before the game. Why they needed to hang it up at all is beyond me to be honest...

  • Mad for the Maracana

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:34

    The Uruguayans may draw inspiration from playing this game in Rio, scene of the greatest win in their history.

    Alcides Ghiggia's winner against Brazil in the final game of the 1950 tournament famously silenced the Maracana.

    This evening's atmosphere may not be quite so partisan, yet the travelling Uruguayan fans are likely to be greatly outnumbered by their Colombian counterparts and most neutrals can be expected to side with Jose Pekerman's adventurous team.

    That will only serve to inspire the Uruguayans. Victory for La Celeste would not match the shock value of the "Maracanazo", but would be almost as satisfying for a team convinced they have been unfairly treated by Fifa.

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    Sureditch: Great match, Chile deserved more. Just time for a quick bite before the Uruguay game (sorry Luis)

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Uruguay fans still firmly behind Luis Suarez here in Rio."

  • Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Luis Suarez did do it. Simple as that. There is something clearly wrong and he needs help. If he does not see this as an issue then clearly it is an issue.

    "If it was a bad tackle, an overreaction or an elbow, it is still very wrong but you can understand that in the heat of the moment. To bite someone without any provocation I find ridiculous."

  • 'I lost my balance...'

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:30

    There is an explanation after all. Uruguay's Luis Suarez says he lost his balance and did not bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

    Fifa banned Suarez, 27, for four months and nine international matches for biting Chiellini in a group match on Tuesday, while Uruguay have told Fifa they intend to appeal against the decision.

    "I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent," wrote Suarez in his defence to Fifa.

    "At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."

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    Jel: I've said it since Day 1 - Brazil are not the best team nor have the best players so will not win the World Cup.

    James: Aranguiz pen was by far the best. Don't let the hosts win overshadow it.

    Tom Miszkowski: Chile played their part but don't think they played as well as they did when they took England apart at Wembley recently

  • Brazil into the last eight

    Posted at20:24

    If you missed today's early game, Hosts Brazil knocked Chile out with a 3-2 win on penalties.

    Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez had penalties saved, before Gonzalo Jara missed the crucial final kick.

    During the game itself, David Luiz gave Brazil the lead when he bundled in after Thiago Silva had flicked on Neymar's corner.

    Chile equalised when Eduardo Vargas pounced on a defensive error and fed Alexis Sanchez who poked in.

    Brazil's Hulk also had a goal disallowed in the second half when English assistant referee Michael Mullarkey judged the striker to have handled Marcelo's pass.

    You can see highlights from Belo Horizonte at the top of the page. Just click on the 'Highlights tab'

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    England's players will be watching on this evening knowing that it could well have been them taking to the field at the Maracana tonight.

    Having seen Colombia's attacking play so far, they may be quite glad that it isn't! James Rodriguez running at Glen Johnson?

    Anyway, as we enjoy today's mini Copa America, is there any chance that a European side can win this World Cup?

    Let us know how the European sides can progress, or if we are nailed on for a winner from the Americas.

    Text us at 81111 (UK Only), tweet us at #bbcworldcup or post a message on ourFacebook page. or our Google + page.

  • Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:19

    Luis Suarez begins a nine-match international ban this evening after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder on Tuesday.

    The ban is the biggest in World Cup history, beating the eight games given to Italy's Mauro Tassotti for elbowing Spain's Luis Enrique in 1994.

    He has also been banned from all football activities for four months, meaning that Liverpool fans won't see him in action until November at the earliest.

    Diego Forlan is in in his place.

  • So long Suarez

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:19

    The global TV audience has been boosted by one this evening as Uruguay prepare to begin life without Luis Suarez.

    If there's a football fan alive who doesn't know why the Liverpool striker is missing, I'll be amazed. But here's a quick recap...

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    At the Maracana

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "So the World Cup scenery shifts from Belo Horizonte to Rio and the Maracana for Colombia against Uruguay - accompanied by the sound of fireworks being released outside this iconic stadium following Brazil's nail-biting win on penalties against Chile.

    "The fallout from Luis Suarez's bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini has almost reduced the actual match to a footnote.

    "In a 13-minute monologue here last night, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez denounced Fifa and the British media for their treatment of Suarez, insisting what they perceive as the injustice of a nine-match international ban and a four-month suspension from all football-related activity will inspire them.

    "All the talking is over. No Suarez but still another outstanding game in prospect."

  • Over to you Rio...

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:15

    After days and days of Luis Suarez talk, and 120 minutes of riveting knockout football in Belo Hoizonte, the eyes of the world turn to Rio and to the Maracana.

    Hosts Brazil await either Colombia or Uruguay in the last eight of the World Cup finals.

    Can Uruguay threaten without their main man? Can Colombia bring their sizzling group form to the sudden-death scenario?

    Let's find out...

  • TEAM NEWS

    Colombia v Uruguay (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Colombia make seven changes from the side which beat Japan 4-1 in their final group game, as their first-choice players return from a rest.

    Uruguay make two changes, as Diego Forlan replaces the banned Luis Suarez.

    Colombia: Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Zuniga, Martinez

    Uruguay: Muslera, Godin (c), Pereira, Rodriguez, Forlan, Gimenez, Pereira, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Cavani, Caceres

Posted on Saturday 28th June 2014

Luis Suarez bite: Uruguay striker banned for four months

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been suspended from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Fifa's independent disciplinary committee imposed the ban after finding the 27-year-old guilty of misconduct.

Suarez has also been banned for nine international matches, ruling him out of the rest of the World Cup.

The incident occurred during Tuesday's 2014 Fifa World Cup Group D game, which Uruguay won to qualify for the last 16.

More to follow.

Posted on Thursday 26th June 2014

World Cup 2014: Boateng and Muntari expelled by Ghana

Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been expelled from Ghana's World Cup squad for alleged indiscipline.

A statement on the Ghana Football Association website  said both players had "been suspended indefinitely".

It added Boateng had used "vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah" and said Muntari was guilty of an "unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member".

The news comes just hours before Ghana take on Portugal on Thursday.

The Black Stars still have an outside chance of qualifying for the knockout phase of the tournament.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have played in Ghana's two games so far

The Ghana FA statement said the incident involving AC Milan's Muntari took place on Tuesday and named Moses Armah, a member of the team management, as the man said to have been assaulted by the 29-year-old.

And Schalke 04 player Boateng, 27, was said by the Ghana FA to have shown "no remorse for his actions", which took place during the team's training session in Maceio on Tuesday.

Ghana's World Cup campaign has already been blighted by a dispute over players' appearance fees.

On Wednesday, the national government sent in excess of $3m (£1.8m) in a chartered plane to Brazil to pay the squad following their threat to boycott their final group match against Portugal if they did not receive their money.

To reach the last 16, Ghana need to beat Portugal and hope there is a winner of the match between Germany and United States - although the Black Stars would also need to overtake their rivals' superior goal difference.

Posted on Thursday 26th June 2014

Italy 0-1 Uruguay - Suarez appears to bite Chiellini

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

     

    Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez plays down the Luis Suarez incident and gets angry with the media when pressed on the issue.

    "I'd like to see the images first before making any comment," he says. "If it happened, then the referee probably didn't see it.

    "Despite mistakes (Suarez has made, he is the target of certain media, a certain press. It seems to me there's a certain animosity towards him."

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    Paul Cameron on text: Utterly bizarre incident with Suarez yet again. Disgraceful conduct warrants a very lengthy ban.

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

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    "Fifa do have the right to impose all football activity bans and that would include club level. They do have that option open to them but normally it would only apply to international football."

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    Umar Bashir: And with that bite, there goes Liverpool's title hopes for another year. Has to be banned for a year at least.

    Steve Howes: Looks like Liverpool won't be able to rely on Suarez's goals next season. Daniel Sturridge is the only winner.

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Is Luis Suarez a role model for kids? There's no doubt he's a wonderful footballer, but he is a liability."

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    BBC News sports correspondent Natalie Pirks on Twitter: Both Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere say they haven't seen the Luis Suarez incident but that he's a great talent and it would be shame for World Cup.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    Posted at

    "The Italy v Uruguay game was on television in Belo Horizonte's press box and there were murmurs and then general astonishment as the incident was replayed - providing a distraction from England's team game against Costa Rica.

    "It is still dominating the topics of conversation here as the curtain was drawn on this game here almost the moment it finished. England manager Roy Hodgson might be glad it has diverted attention away from this winless World Cup."

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    Geraint Blackwell: Just seen the Luis Suarez incident. Inexcusable and indefensible.

    MrMikeYoung2012: Do you want your kids to aspire to be Luis Suarez and look up to him as a role model?

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Posted at

    "It is not like Suarez has had anything done to him that bad. A tiny trigger, same as when he bit Ivanovic, a little thing sets him off. We can't think of words to describe how bad his behaviour is.

    "I think there is something not quite right in him, some trigger than he can't control. I think in the celebrations he looked sheepish, as if he realised what he had done."

    You can watch Match of the Day by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at20:13

    Diego Suarez, who tweets using the handle @suarez is getting a lot of abuse following the controversial Luis Suarez's incident with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

    Buenos Aires-based Suarez tweets: "I am not Luis Suarez. There are many Suarez in the world, I am not Luis Suarez. Please."

    Poor bloke.

  • Manager reaction

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    Italy manager Cesare Prandelli: "I didn't see the images of Suarez but I did see the bite marks in Chiellini's shoulder.

    "It is a shame a real shame but when these defeats are determined by wrongful choices, everything becomes complicated and it is hard to comment."

  • Former Wales international Robbie Savage on Luis Suarez

    Posted at

    "Suarez should never play international football again, it's a disgrace. You initially thought he had head-butted him, but then you see him going to his shoulder."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer on Luis Suarez

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Staggering. I could not believe it. The pictures are pretty damning and if found guilty they should hammer him. He has built up his reputation over the last 12 months and to come into the tournament and do that, I am lost for words.

    "Found guilty at Ajax, found guilty at Liverpool and if found guilty here, he should be hammered.

    "I can understand why the referee did not see it clearly but they can look at video evidence. There is no way he can get away with that, it is pretty clear. What on earth is he thinking of?"

  • Player reaction

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Posted at

    Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini speaking to Gazzetta: "The disparity in judgement has been evident.

    "Claudio Marchisio's sending off was ridiculous but more so the fact that Luis Suarez wasn't sent off. There's the will to protect champions but the referee should have shown him a red card.

    "There's a clear simulation after, a clear sign that he had done something that he wasn't supposed to.

    "The gesture is clear. Referees document themselves on players and Suarez has a very clear history. The referee has given a clear address, he hasn't spoken throughout the game.

    "We are not happy with how things have gone but we were the only ones to deserve to progress to the next round."

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at20:00

    It is three hours since Italy and Uruguay kicked-off in a do-or-die game in Natal.

    Italy lost 1-0, a result that marked their exit from the World Cup while manager Cesare Prandelli says he is going to resign.

    But the big news is an incident which happened towards the end of the match when Giorgio Chiellini claims he was bitten by Luis Suarez.

    We're carrying on with all the after-match reaction from the game.

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    BREAKING NEWS

    Posted at19:58

    Italy manager Cesare Prandelli says he is resigning.

  • Suarez speaks

    Posted at

    Luis Suarez, in quotes carried by the Spanish newspaper El Pais: "Uruguay is celebrating, we have qualified and now we are going to celebrate this moment because next we have to start thinking about our next opponents.

    "The truth is that the team worked incredibly hard and we deserve it. After making a bad start to the group against Costa Rica, the best we deserved was this and we showed that we deserve to stay in this World Cup.

    "The heat was incredible and we were worn out."

    There is no mention of the 'bite'...

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    Alex Smith: Luis Suarez should be banned and sacked by football, he is single-handedly destroying the game we love.

  • Luis Suarez controversies

    Posted at

    November 2010: Given a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax.

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "There are moments at every World Cup that are thrilling and moments that are shocking. Luis Suarez has provided both in Brazil so far."

  • Ben Smith

    BBC Sport in Natal

    Posted at

    "Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez says he will see how he can defend Suarez. 'This is a football World Cup, not about morality'."

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Group of Uruguay journalists laughing and making pretend bite gestures here in the stadium. He may be a villain, but he's 'their' villain."

  • Richard Conway

    BBC Sport

    Posted at

    "Awaiting clarification from Fifa on the Luis Suarez situation.

    "In theory players must adhere to the World Cup regulations which state: 'Disciplinary incidents are dealt with in compliance with the Fifa Disciplinary Code in force and all relevant circulars and directives, with which the participating member associations undertake to comply...3. In addition, the players agree in particular to: a) respect the spirit of fair play, non-violence and the authority of the match officials; b) behave accordingly.

    "So it would appear that Suarez has perhaps breached that code. But Fifa's disciplinary committee is independent and it may take a formal complaint to be made in order for them to look at this. Defined rules on retrospective action, as Fifa give to England under their discretion, aren't clear as it stands."

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator in Natal

    Posted at

    "Just finished commentating on the Italy v Uruguay game with Kevin Kilbane. We still can't believe what Suarez was up to or why."

  • Former England winger Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Luis Suarez has to be severely punished. You can't defend it, let's see how strong Fifa are. There are people who will defend him but I don't know how. They have it on camera and they can't defend it."

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

    Posted at

    "Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez says he has not seen the Suarez bite. He also claims I have an agenda against the player. I should add that one Uruguayan journalist, in a room of 100, applauded Tabarez for his response on Suarez."

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    Tom, Manchester: Fifa must ban Luis Suarez for a long time. He's done it once already, clearly doesn't learn. Ridiculous actions.

    Roger, London: Luis Suarez 'bite' could be good news for Liverpool - could be enough to put off Barca/Real from trying to sign him.

    Alan, Devon: Luis Suarez is an absolutely class player, brimming with quality and technique. But as a human being, he is pretty hard to love.

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "I've just seen the best close-up angle yet here in the stadium. It really does look like he has bitten him. Suarez nurses his teeth afterwards."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Posted at

    "These are exceptional circumstances, it is the third time he has bitten someone. It is ridiculous.

    "I think Liverpool will be panicking, they have a player worth maybe £60m and could be banned for the whole season.

    "Three strikes you have to be out. Biting someone at a tournament of this prestige, they have to throw the book at him and lock him up forever."

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at19:27

    Just back from work? Missed all the drama?

    Let me remind you of what has happened.

    Italy are out of the World Cup but Luis Suarez is in hot water after an incident involving Giorgio Chiellini. The Italy defender claims he was bitten by the Liverpool striker.

    See for yourself by clicking on the 'Highlights' tab above and watch.

  • Italy 'bite' reaction

    Posted at

    "It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off," Giorgio Chiellini told Rai TV.

    "It is clear, clear-cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn't have done."

  • Luis Suarez controversies

    Posted at

    July 2010 - Handles on the line to deny Ghana a winner in the last minute of extra-time in the World Cup quarter-finals. Asamoah Gyan misses the resulting penalty and Uruguay win the shoot-out to reach the semi-finals.

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    Luis Suarez's controversial incident with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini has sparked a huge Twitter reaction.

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen: Tell me I'm seeing things. Surely Suarez didn't bite someone again? I'm genuinely gutted. I love watching him play more than any other player but he obviously can't control himself.

    Ex-Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre: One of Suarez's teeth got stuck into Chiellini's shoulder!

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick: Surely that wasn't a bite? It can't have been, could it?

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Posted at

    "The Luis Suarez biting incident is incredible. I can't see him playing any more at the 2014 World Cup."

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

    Posted at

    "No matter what TV screen you look at on this planet over the next 24 hours, you'll be seeing replays of Luis Suarez's mouth and Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder.

    "Four years ago I was in South Africa when Suarez's deliberate handball saw Uruguay progress. There's a massive feeling of deja vu here in Natal."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Tell me Suarez didn't eat someone. He was the hero a couple a days ago."

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    Nick Varney: Luis Suarez never learns. World class but has to be facing a 20-odd match ban now.

    Dazzler: If Suarez was banned for 10 games in the Premier League, surely he should miss the rest of the World Cup and then some?

    Anthony Amodeo: Wanted to keep Suarez at Anfield. But for him to do that at the World Cup? Put him in the shop window, sell to the first buyer.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Luis Suarez was kicked, he was chased, he was pulled and he hadn't reacted. But he reacted at the end and he is not allowed to do that. If that is a bite then he is going to be a out for a long time. Even if it was just a head butt, he is going to be suspended for the next game."

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    Jerry Elumeze: Italy deserve to lose for their negative football, and Luis Suarez deserves a life ban from football.

    Niklas Lanwehr: Refereeing at this World Cup has gone from bad to worse. The Claudio Marchisio red card was very harsh, Luis Suarez should be off, Uruguay lucky to advance.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at19:03

    This has been a World Cup to savour. It's been raining goals and the tournament has been lit up by a catalogue of magic moments.

    But this was an ugly game. In addition to the Luis Suarez incident, there were free-kicks from the first minute to the last.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Apart from anything else, what Luis Suarez did is a sending off anyway, whether it was a bite or not. It was off the ball and the officials didn't see it."

    Listen to the reaction by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Luis Suarez, that is outrageous. That has to be a ban across all levels of football if he has bitten him. It is absolutely disgraceful."

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at18:58

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has his head in his hands.

    Meanwhile, Luis Suarez walks over to where thousands of Uruguay fans are gathered to celebrate.

    We'll be hearing a lot more about the Liverpool player after Italy's Giorgio Chiellini claimed he was bitten by Uruguay's No 9.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at18:56

    Scenes of jubilation among Luis Suarez and his team-mates on the pitch in Natal. Italy's players are crest-fallen.

  • FULL-TIME

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at18:54

    It's all over. Italy, four-time world champions, are out of the World Cup. But all the talk will be about Luis Suarez.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at90 mins

    Desperation levels for Italy.

    Another attack breaks down. Uruguay are moments away from the last 16.

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    Martyn Jones: Why does Suarez do things like that? He could be one of the world's greatest but does unbelievably stupid things.

    Bahman Nooraei B: Uruguay, Italy and England all deserve to go out. Abysmal.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at90 mins

    Italy boss Cesare Prandelli smiles ironically as time runs out for his side.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of Uruguay fans have taken their shirts off and are spinning them around their heads.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at90 mins

    Five minutes of stoppage time. Time for an Italian hero to step forward. . .

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Luis Suarez has had rough house tactics on him all match. He has had a real hard afternoon, he has tried to hold it and hold it but you just can't let that happen."

    You can listen to the final stages by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at88 mins

    Four-time world champions Italy have two minutes to find a goal or they are going out of the World Cup in hugely controversial circumstances.

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    Jerry Elumeze: Suarez bringing the game into disrepute again.

    Adrian Kellers: Suarez has got to be getting a retrospective ban there. If it's not a bite, it's certainly a head-butt.

    Cameron Laws: Godin shouldn't even be playing. Should have been sent off in the last game.

    Nick Walsh: Suarez should be banned for the rest of the tournament if Uruguay hold on. And preferably a further year. Just doesn't learn.

  • Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at85 mins

    Five minutes left for Italy to save themselves.

    It's all getting too much for some of the Azzurri. A member of Cesare Prandelli's coaching staff is sent off by the referee as protests continue over Luis Suarez incident.

    Giorgio Chiellini was so incensed with Suarez that he pulled his shirt down as if to show the referee he had been bitten.

    Astonishing scenes in Natal.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Posted at

    "From what I have seen that is a bite from Luis Suarez. If it is that has to be the longest ban on the planet."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay - Diego Godin

    Posted at

    "It looks like that will be the goal that will send Italy home. Great ball in and a brilliant header that gave Buffon no chance."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Italy have defended so well. But the dark arts have been used against them. Whether Luis Suarez has bitten the Italy defender or not, he has at least head-butted the Italy defender. You can't do that."

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    GOAL

    Italy 0-1 Uruguay - Diego Godin

    Posted at81 mins

    Incredible late drama in Natal.

    Italy's players are still complaining with the referee about Luis Suarez's alleged bite on Giorgio Chiellini when Uruguay win a corner.

    In it comes and Diego Godin rises higher than anyone else to nod Uruguay ahead. Italy are going out of the World Cup. . .

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at80 mins

    What has Luis Suarez done!

    The Liverpool striker appears to BITE Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini while challenging for the ball inside the Uruguay penalty area.

    Unbelievable.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "There's just a wall of blue in front of Uruguay now. Italy are defending very deep."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    Time is running out for Luis Suarez and Uruguay. This is how Group D stands and Italy are heading into the last 16 unless there is late drama in Natal.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at75 mins

    Tempers are boiling over.

    Luis Suarez is not happy as Italy's Marco Verratti goes down after a follow through by Edinson Cavani.

    Uruguay's players think Verratti is play acting but the midfielder is carried off on a stretcher and will play no further part.

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    Ipo Lawuyi: Is Luis Suarez a world-class striker or are England an average team? Watching Uruguay v Italy and he has not been in the game.

    Matt Chicken: I find it so hard to watch teams like Uruguay. Spend more time diving and play-acting than actually playing football.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at70 mins

    Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez is agitated on the South American bench.

    Time is running out but his players are struggling to penetrate a blue wall in front of Gianluigi Buffon.

    Italy's fans are quiet. This is not over by a long way.

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    Segun Agbaje: Marchisio wins the Alex Song Award for blatant stupidity. The ref was right in front of you lad.

    John McEnerney: Italy are masters at closing out games being a man down, I think it suits them and then nick a goal from a set piece. They won't panic.

    Eyobel Gomini: Very harsh red card. Poor refereeing since the beginning of this World Cup.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "If you want one team on this whole planet to save you with 10 men, it is Italy. They are brilliant at this."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at65 mins

    How big a miss will that prove to be? Uruguay are 25 minutes from being knocked out.

  • CLOSE!

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at65 mins

    Close for Uruguay! Was this their chance? Luis Suarez jinks away from a couple of defenders on the edge of the Italy box and pokes a low shot towards the bottom corner, only to see Gianluigi Buffon stretch out a palm to push it away.

    Fine margins.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at64 mins

    You don't see that too often. Andrea Pirlo picks the ball up 25 yards from goal shifts it to his right and... blazes about 20 yards over.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "It was over the top from Marchisio and the ref was right on the spot. We'd said before that this was bubbling under with some of the challenges and he is a victim of what went before."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "It seems a little bit harsh but the studs were high and Marchisio has gone over the top of the ball. By the letter of the law, yes, you can give a red card but there have been worse fouls this afternoon."

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  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

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    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "That decision has lifted the noise levels inside Estadio das Dunas. At first glance it looked like a simple coming together but the referee has got that one right. Claudio Marchisio's studs are up and he makes contact high on Egidio Arevalo's leg. All of a sudden Italy, having had a measure of control, are going to face 30 minutes of all guns blazing from Uruguay."

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    Adam Prior: Wow! A moment of interest somewhere - finally. Thank you Claudio Marchisio.

    Tamim Mezher: Is Claudio Marchisio going to be Italy's David Beckham?

    AKarim: The stage is set for Suarez brilliance.

    Oluleye Victor: Edinson Cavani is just an average player at this World Cup.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at62 mins

    Claudio Marchisio can have no complaints about that. Italy's players, led by skipper Gianluigi Buffon, surround the referee, but Marco Rodriguez has made his decision.

    Italy are down to 10 men. Can Uruguay take advantage?

  • RED CARD

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at60 mins

    It's been coming and it's a red card for Italy's Claudio Marchisio for another ugly challenge on Egidio Rios.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at60 mins

    Thirty minutes for Uruguay to craft a way through a stubborn Italian defence or they are out of the World Cup.

    Suddenly, Cristian Rodriguez plays a love one-two with Luis Suarez and the Atletico Madrid man has sight of goal. But he drills a great chance wide.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Italy would love it if this stays 0-0. They are the team to achieve it. I said earlier about the dark arts from Italy but Uruguay aren't bad at the dark arts themselves."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at56 mins

    Can Luis Suarez rescue Uruguay from World Cup elimination?

    The Liverpool striker is a figure of frustration. He has rarely threatened the Italy net.

    To be fair, the Italian defence is doing a terrific job. This game has 0-0 written all over it.

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "The way this game is going you would be amazed if it ends 11 v 11. To say it is bruising is an understatement."

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    Heaven's Most Wanted: I thought the so-called deadly attack of Uruguay would pose a threat. Turns out they are just another England.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    Another frustrating afternoon for Mario Balotelli. As well as being on the receiving end of some strong challenges he picked up a booking that will rule him out of the second round, should the Italians get there and was promptly taken off at the break. Why always me indeed.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at52 mins

    Huge Uruguay shouts for a penalty as Leonardo Bonucci wrestles Edinson Cavani to the ground. The referee is not interested.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "You could see someone getting sent off here. The ref has let a lot go and there should probably have been a few more bookings really."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at50 mins

    A red card surely cannot be far away.

    We've only been under way a few minutes yet Uruguay's Egidio Rios has been cautioned while Italy substitute Marco Parolo escapes after a horrible challenge on Martin Caceres.

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    Matt: Can we just send Italy and Uruguay home with England? In a great World Cup, this is a dull, dull game.

  • KICK-OFF

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at46 mins

    We're back under way with a major change in Italy's line-up. Mario Balotelli, who will be suspended for the next game if the Azzurri get through, is replaced by Marco Parolo.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at18:03

    Italy's players were out of the dressing room early but they have been handing around the tunnel for several minutes to stay out of the heat in Natal. But here they come. We're ready for the second half.

  • Stat attack

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    Italy's Marco Verratti completed 100% of his 31 passes in the first half.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    This game was billed as Balotelli v Suarez. Not the greatest display from either man so far - the Italian just about shading it according to the stats.

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    VB: If Fifa want to stamp out the Italian style of play, add on a genuine amount of time. 10 minutes. That'll fix it quickly.

    Johnny Di Girolamo: Mario Balotelli off. Lazy, falls over, loses ball, no control, no threat. Please Cesare Prandelli, send on Lorenzo Insigne.

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

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    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "An extremely forgettable first half here in Natal and the players are booed off at half-time.

    "Italy look like a side that will take a 0-0 draw and Uruguay just haven't found any kind of rhythm thus far. The referee's whistle has prevented any kind of tempo developing on either side and, but for one moment where Suarez and Cavani have linked up, it has all been very ordinary.

    "It can only get better. Uruguay, remember, must win to avoid being knocked out of the World Cup."

  • Group Zzzzzzzzz

    Posted at17:54

    Group D has provided 11 goals in the first four games but the final round of matches are proving to be a little dull to say the least.

    It's also goalless between England and Costa Rica. If the scores stay the same then Costa Rica will go through as group winners and will be joined by Italy.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "It is a masterful display of the dark arts of football by the Italy defence and that isn't a criticism. All the neutrals want Uruguay to score to open the game up."

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    SafiWardak: Uruguay would be among the contenders if they had some quality in midfield.

    Alex Ryan: Seriously wondering how Italy or Uruguay are going to score without the England defence gifting them a goal.

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "It has been a bruising encounter so far. There have been some challenges reminiscent of the Uruguay of old."

  • HALF-TIME

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at17:47

    No goals but lots and lots of free-kicks. This has to be the ugliest game of the World Cup so far, but it's so far so good for Italy.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at45 mins

    Another terrible challenge goes unpunished. Italy's Matteo Darmian escapes a yellow card after smashing into Alvaro Pereira.

    The Uruguay midfielder has been on the end of a number of heavy challenges.

    His body must be covered in bruises.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "It has been very difficult for Uruguay to break Italy down. The Italians have been very disciplined so far and they're nearly halfway there now."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at43 mins

    Another promising Uruguay move ends with a sloppy pass by Edinson Cavani.

    Uruguay's key players need to step up.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at41 mins

    Half-time is approaching. It's job done as far as Italy are concerned. Uruguay are heading out unless they can find a way of penetrating the Azzurri defence.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at37 mins

    Italy are restricting Uruguay to very few scoring chances.

    So much so that Martin Caceres attempts a highly ambitious effort from inside his own half on the Italian goal.

    But the Juventus man is no Wayne Rooney or David Beckham.

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    Miracle Roch: I see a Mario Balotelli red card from one of Luis Suarez's theatrics.

    Shohidur Rahman: Astonished with Uruguay's tactics. Do they know they need to win? Just sitting deep and letting Italy play.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Italy are going to be hard to break down. The best thing that has happened is Andrea Pirlo has dropped deep and is pinging the ball around, he is controlling the game."

    The image below shows Pirlo's touches so far.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at34 mins

    Uruguay need a goal.

    Suarez tests Gianluigi Buffon after a lovely one-two but the veteran Italianspills the ball before denying Nicola Lodeiro.

    Suarez looking threatening for the first time.

  • Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Ciro Immobile scored 22 goals in Seria A last season but this is just his fourth cap for his country. It would be a great time to get off the mark."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at31 mins

    Chance for Italy!

    Ciro Immobile is unmarked inside the Uruguay area but his snap shot sails high over the bar.

    Italy are starting to settle in a game that continues to be peppered with free-kicks.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at26 mins

    Mario Balotelli receives a pass in the centre-circle and goes on a powerful run inside the Uruguay half but rushes his shot and a good chance is wasted.

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, BBC Sport

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "What is clear is that neither of these teams want to make the first mistake.

    "Uruguay look very organised and together. Two red and white balloons blew onto the field in the last few minutes. The referee asked the nearest Uruguay defender to stamp on them but Luis Suarez sent him back. Italy were preparing to take a free-kick and Suarez didn't want his team-mate to be caught out of position. Suarez went over and burst the England coloured balloons himself... insert joke here."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at25 mins

    Nice move by Uruguay as Alvaro Pereira gets behind the Italian defence. His low cross falls for Edinson Cavani but the Paris St-Germain striker fails to find the target from close range.

  • Suarez so far

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at17:24

    No doubting Luis Suarez is Uruguay's dangerman but the Liverpool forward hasn't yet managed a touch inside the Italian box. You can bet it will be worth watching when he does, mind.

  • BALOTELLI BANNED

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at23 mins

    Mario Balotelli is the first player to go into the referee's notebook after a high challenge on Alvaro Pereira. That means the former Manchester City striker will be suspended if Italy make it through to the last 16.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at21 mins

    Those pre-match handshakes were clearly just for show. There's no love lost between these two. There's been 12 free-kicks in the opening 20 minutes and the foul count is rising by the minute.

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    Miracle Roch: How did Cavani score all those goals for Napoli? Looks so average.

    Dazzler: The knockout stages of the World Cup will be missing either Andrea Pirlo or Luis Suarez. Very sad indeed.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at15 mins

    Fifteen minutes gone in Natal and this is how Group D looks. Uruguay have got stuck in but they need a goal to stay alive. Cristian Rodriguez goes on a powerful surge and whips in a cross but Edinson Cavani can't take advantage.

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at13 mins

    Another Italian free-kick and Andrea Pirlo's set-piece forces keeper Fernando Muslera to beat the ball over. First serious chance to Italy.

  • Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas, Natal

    BBC Sport

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "Fair to say this game hasn't really hit its stride yet. Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli have spent most of the first 10 minutes on the floor and the referee's whistle has been blown more times than I care to remember. It is fast and ferocious on both sides, though."

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at

    "There's no real pace in the Italian back three and Luis Suarez will cause a lot of problems if he gets running at them."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at8 mins

    Little action in either penalty area but plenty of free kicks already.

    Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez is certainly going to earn his money in this game.

    Luis Suarez is on the receiving end of a heavy Italian challenge before committing a foul himself. The biggest surprise so far is that Rodriguez has not booked anyone.

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    The Typewriter: Italy will be playing a 3-5-2 formation for the first time this tournament. Juventus-style system. It makes sense for Italy, seeing that much of that side plays for Juventus.

  • Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

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    "You have to fancy Italy to get through this but in Luis Suarez Uruguay have a world class player and you can't rule them out."

  • Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at3 mins

    Crunch. Mario Balotelli crashes to the ground under a challenge by Christian Rodriguez.

    Then Edinson Cavani is caught and goes down. This is blood and thunder stuff already.

  • KICK-OFF

    Italy 0-0 Uruguay

    Posted at1 min

    We're under way. It's do or die time.

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator in Natal

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Plenty of noise from the Italy fans here in Natal, but they are massively outnumbered by the Uruguay supporters. Great atmosphere."

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:58

    What a noise in Natal.

    Plenty of handshakes in the tunnel between both sets of players. Not sure there will be too many on the pitch. Italy's national anthem first and their players are not holding back. Spine-tingling stuff. The completion of Uruguay's anthem and then handshakes on the pitch.

    The pleasantries are out of the way. Now comes the serious stuff. Are you ready?

  • LINE-UPS

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:55

    Italy: Buffon, Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Verratti, Darmian, Immobile, Balotelli. Subs: Sirigu, Thiago Motta, Candreva, Abate, Cassano, Cerci, Aquilani, Parolo, Paletta, Insigne, De Rossi, Perin.

    Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira, Gonzalez, Arevalo Rios, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Cavani, Suarez. Subs: Munoz, Fucile, Gargano, Hernandez, Forlan, Stuani, Perez, Maxi Pereira, Ramirez, Coates, Lugano, Silva.

    Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico).

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    John McEnerney: Kidding ourselves thinking Uruguay will win. History says Italy. They got their hiccup out of the way versus Costa Rica. Head says Italy, heart says Uruguay.

    Jyoti Banerjee: I wonder how Italy and Uruguay feel about Costa Rica playing England's reserves.

    Kerry Peter Parvin: Ready for the Italy v Uruguay game. Going for Italy on this one due to the other half. Come on Italy.

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

  • Posted at16:52

    There's another game going on in Group D at the same time as this one. Will England save their best for last and finish a poor World Cup with victory over Costa Rica? Build-up and live text commentary of that game is also on the BBC Sport website.

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:49

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:46

    Fifa's Twitter account posts a picture of the players' shirts in their respective dressing rooms.

  • Buffon's warning

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:45

    Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon, who is winning his 142nd cap, warns his team-mates they must raise their game to avoid a World Cup "failure".

    Since winning the World Cup for a fourth time in 2006, the Azzurri have failed to get past the group stage and face another early exit if they lose this game.

    "Now we have to send some positive signals and the only way to do that is to raise our game against Uruguay," says Buffon. "We need to show some strength and pride and come up with a win. We need cool heads, but also to be highly motivated. If we end up going out in the first round, it will be a failure."

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:40

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Estadio das Dunas: "As you would expect, there are many more Uruguay fans here than Italians. The players' names have just been read out on the field as both teams warm up.

    "There was a special roar from all corners for Mario Balotelli but each and every one of the Uruguayans were given an altogether more deafening reception.

    "Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli. The two men who put England to the sword, two men all too familiar to England fans, could yet be the men to take centre stage in Natal. It's a real shoot-out."

  • Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:38

  • One for the family album

    Italy v Uruguay (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:36

    Pressure? What pressure?

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez carries the weight of a nation on his shoulders as Los Charruas must defeat Italy to advance to the knockout stages.

    But just hours before kick-off, Liverpool striker Suarez posted this picture of his family on his official Twitter account with the message: "Thanks for coming and supporting me as always. You give me more energy than everyone else. I love you a lot."

Posted on Tuesday 24th June 2014

Fernando: Manchester City sign FC Porto midfielder

Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando from FC Porto.

The Portuguese club announced the deal on the Lisbon Stock Exchange on Wednesday after agreeing a fee with City in the region of £12m.

City confirmed the deal on Thursday although the length of the 26-year-old's contract was not disclosed.

"I will give my all every time I play and I'm looking forward to many happy years in Manchester," Fernando said.

“It is a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League”

Fernando

Fernando was first linked with City in January and becomes the Premier League champions' second summer signing after the recruitment of Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna.

"I am so happy to finally be joining Manchester City," he added. "I know there was talk of me possibly signing last January so I am delighted that the deal has now been done and that I am a City player.

"I'm looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping City to defend the title. It is a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League."

Fernando joined Porto in 2007, where he won four league titles and the Europa League in 2011.

"I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal. Now I am ready for a new chapter in my career."

The defensive midfielder - who has never been capped by his country - will wear the number six shirt recently vacated by Joleon Lescott.

Posted on Tuesday 24th June 2014

Germany 2-2 Ghana

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:07

    Ghana goalscorer Asamoah Gyan on BBC One: "It was a great game and I would like to congratulate the team - we believed in ourselves against tough side. We had to respect Germany but we were close.

    "We saw the real Ghana today. We were tactically perfect, we had to work hard because Germany are so good in possession. We didn't want to run around and waste energy.

    "Now we have to go all out against Portugal in our last game. We have to focus and believe we can beat Portugal."

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:06

    Miroslav Klose just continues to amaze. His 15 goals in the World Cup have come in the time England have just scored 17 in the tournament. You wouldn't bet against him beating Ronaldo's record of 15 after equalling him as the World Cup's all-time record goal scorer.

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    Andrew Shaw: Game of the tournament so far! End to end, both teams going for it! Proper football.

    Angela Higgins: I love football like this. End to end, both teams fighting so hard, moments of brilliance. GOALS!

    Liz Barnsley: Best 45 minutes of Football I've watched in years - brilliant.

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  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:03

    If you struggled to take in what was happening during that thrilling second half, why not have a look again? Just click on the Highlights tab at the top of the page to watch the full highlights package.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:02

    So how does Group G look after that? A victory for United States tomorrow will guarantee their qualification, while Germany will go into the final match still needing something to secure their own progress.

    Ghana will be hoping Portugal can beat the United States to improve their chances of qualification.

  • Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:01

    "Ghana's celebration after the second goal was a sign that they had become over-confident, they started running around more and lost organisation. That emotional attitude compromised them."

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:58

    You can click on the Highlights tab at the top of this page to watch the goal action again.

  • Former France striker Thierry Henry

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:58

    "I said I didn't know if Ghana would come back if Germany scored first, but I was proved wrong. But Jordan Ayew had the chance to put Ghana 3-1 up and he didn't pass to his team-mates who were better positioned. We said at the time that Ghana would pay for that - and they paid."

  • Manager reaction

    Posted at21:58

    Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah: "Our boys did well matching them. We had a lot of chances but we didn't take advantage of them. It's unfortunate that it ended this way. It was a very good game.

    "Portugal are a very good team. But so are USA - we'll see how it goes tomorrow."

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:56

    "I have nothing but admiration for both sets of players in the heat. It was a scintillating second half. Even the Germans were playing kamikaze football which is so unlike them. It could have been 7-7, there were that many chances. But credit to the Germans, they seemed to be tiring but kept going and going."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:54

    "That was an incredible game. Both these teams were a testament to football and what this World Cup is all about. Even in a goalless first half we had good value. I think if Ghana were offered a point before the game they probably would have taken it."

  • FULL-TIME

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at

    A brilliant second half comes to an end. Thomas Muller ends the match pouring out claret after suffering a badly cut head following a challenge with John Boye.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:51

    Seconds left and Germany have a free-kick 25 yards out.........

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:50

    Ghana spurn a wonderful opportunity to win the game now. They break with three on two but the pass is deklayed and the Africans are caught offside. What a let off for Germany.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:48

    "Great build-up and it shifts to Klose about 15 yards out and he's just snatched at it and missed by about two yards. One chance for Ghana and one for Germany and vice versa, brilliant stuff."

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    Jim, Belfast, via text: Klose equalising goal very similar to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's goal in 1999 Champions League final, ironically against the Germans!

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:48

    Germany should be celebrating the winner. Miroslav Klose shoots inches wide from about 15 yards. He is in a great position but drags wide. You don't expect him to miss there.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:47

    Asamoah Gyan drags a low shot from 20 yards agonisingly wide. No-one is settling for the point with just a minute of normal time left.

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    Kattis: Everyone is having a go against everyone. Really cannot pick out a clear winner of this World Cup.

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  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:46

    You're not wrong Brad. This time, Jordan Ayew sees a low strike well held by Manuel Neuer. The Ghana substitute has made a real impact since coming on.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:45

    "This is like basketball right now. We're talking about offside at one end and then at the other end it's a great challenge by Asamoah to deny Germany.

    "Ghana are trying to play quick and go for it. I hope it goes for them because I think some time management may be needed."

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:44

    More last-ditch defending by Ghana. This time Jonathan Mensah hacks clear just inches away from his goal, with Thomas Muller waiting to tap home Mesut Ozil's cross.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:43

    Thomas Muller looks as though he is about to win the match for Germany but Kwadwo Asamoah brilliantly recovers to prevent a certain goal. The German striker is through one goal but, just as he pulls the trigger, Asamoah's lunging foot diverts the ball for a corner. Absolutely brilliant by the Ghanaian.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:40

    If this stays at 2-2 come the final whistle, the United States have the chance to go top of Group G against winless Portugal tomorrow. Not many people would have expected that.

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    Simon in Woking, via text: When you compare the attacking, free flowing football of this World Cup with the style of football advocated by Mourinho, you can see why Mourinho's style is described as "anti football". Nothing better than watching two teams going toe to toe, hammer and tongs with full flowing breathlessness. Absolutely loving this tournament.

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker

    Match of the Day presenter

    Posted at21:37

    Klose is ridiculous! The ultimate big tournament poacher.

  • Klose to perfection

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:36

    Miroslav Klose's goal means he is now Germany's outright top scorer at the World Cup finals after previously being tied on 14 with Gerd Muller. The 36-year-old also becomes Germany's oldest ever goalscorer at the tournament. And he is only the third player to score at four World Cups along with Pele and fellow German Uwe Seeler.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:35

    Emmanuel Badu replaces Mohammed Rabiu for Ghana. They force a corner as they look to get their noses back in front but the substitute drags a shot wide from distance.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:34

    Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda reacts well to punch Miroslav Klose's cross clear with Thomas Muller waiting. Germany looked all over the place before Low's double substitution. Now it is Ghana hanging on.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger curls a free-kick harmlessly over to give the Black Stars time to draw breath.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:33

    Miroslav Klose turned 36 at the start of this month and is now the equal record goal-scorer in World Cup history with 15, level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo.

    What odds taking the record for himself by the end of the game? This promises to be a brilliant last 15 minutes.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:31

    "That is all about positioning from Klose. He knows where to be, anticipating. Credit to the manager as well for taking off Gotze and bringing Klose on to say 'let's go for it'. He could have waited a bit longer before making a switch."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:30

    "That's why these top managers are top managers. What a substitution. There he is, the goal poacher at the far post. He never gives up and a very good poachers goal."

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    GOAL

    Germany 2-2 Ghana - Miroslav Klose (70 mins)

    Posted at21:28

    What. A. Game. Germany's record goal-scorer Miroslav Klose has been on the pitch just moments and he is in the right place at the right time to bring his country level. Benedikt Howedes' flicks on Toni Kroos's corner and Klose pokes in from yards out. What an impact.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:28

    "This stadium has just come alive in the past 10 minutes and 90% of it wants Ghana to pull off what would be an incredible shock. Andre Ayew has just been urging the crowd for more and more and you can sense Ghana can see an opportunity to pull off something really remarkable here.

    "Germany have lost their way. The old stagers are coming into to try and calm things down. What price two goals for Miroslav Klose?"

  • Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:28

    Change needed for Germany and boss Joachim Low duly obliges. Mario Gotze is replaced by German record goal-scorer Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger comes on for Sami Khedira.

    Not a bad couple of substitutes eh?

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:26

    "Poor play from Philipp Lahm again - he gives the ball away from about the third time in quick succession, leading to the goal. That is unlike him. Now we will see what the Germans are about. You just drop a gear because you're having possession but one error, giving the ball away, and you give a goal away. Now they're chasing the game. Fantastic spirit from Ghana."

  • Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:26

    Substitute Jordan Ayew races clear down the left with Germany's defence all over the shop. He decides to go for goal himself, with Asamoah Gyan waiting in space in the penalty area, and Neuer comfortably gathers.

    It is all Ghana and Andre Ayew is inches away from heading Gyan's cross home. Germany can't cope with Ghana's pace on the break.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:23

    "A very poor goal to concede for Germany. Loose passing in midfield. Now this group is being turned on its head. I did not see this coming when Germany took the lead.

    "I've watched a few Germany games and they are usually very precise."

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-2 Ghana - Asamoah Gyan (62 mins)

    Posted at21:21

    We have a potential shock on our hands. Sulley Muntari's through ball catches out defender Per Mertesacker and Asamoah Gyan keeps his cool to calmly slot the ball past Manuel Neuer. Germany are rocking.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:17

    "The game needed some drama. In the past five minutes we have had a pitch invader, a Germany goal, head-knee-in, and a wonderful response from Ghana just when you thought Germany might take control of this game. Chants and 'Ghana, Ghana' ring around this stadium once more and we have a real contest on our hands now."

  • Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:17

    Just seconds before Ayew's equaliser, his brother Jordan had replaced Kevin-Prince Boateng. How proud must their father Abedi Pele feel at the moment?

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:16

    "That's only the second brilliant ball we've seen in the game and they have produced two goals. It was a brilliant ball from Harrison Afful and a great leap by Andre Ayew. Superb determination from such a small man to leap so high.

    "They were two very similar goals, the defenders sat off the crosser, gave them three yards of space and there were two great deliveries. Brilliant response from Ghana - exactly what they needed."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:16

    "I'm not even a Ghana supporter and I threw a fist in the air because it was such a good ball and a good header.

    "I know from playing in games like these that if you don't score quickly when these big teams have taken the lead it is very difficult when they settle down."

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-1 Ghana - Andre Ayew (54 mins)

    Posted at21:12

    This is more like it. While Mario Gotze's header may have been a bit of a fluke for Germany, Ghana's equaliser had no luck about it.

    Harrison Afful's delicious right-wing cross is met by a leaping Andre Ayew and his powerful header gives Manuel Neuer no chance. That is Ayew's second goal of the tournament.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 1-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:11

    "Real quality from Muller. Ghana gave him a yard, he lifts his head up and gets in a perfect cross for Gotze. It's not the cleanest header we've seen but he won't mind."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:11

    "The two centre backs are looking at the keeper. I definitely don't think it's a goalkeepers ball. There was no pressure on the ball, a good delivery, he's run off the right-back, it's poor marking but a clever run.

    "Exactly what Ghana will not want to have happen."

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-0 Ghana - Mario Gotze (51 mins)

    Posted at21:08

    Finally a moment of quality. Thomas Muller drifts out to the right and his cross is inch perfect for Mario Gotze. The Bayern Munich man almost makes a mess of it but his downward header bounces of his own knee and flies into the net.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:07

    Thomas Muller is undoubtedly Germany's go-to man in terms of World Cup goals. But, as you can see from his first-half touches above, Ghana have done a good job of containing him so far. He only had three touches in the penalty area in the opening 45 minutes and has yet to have a shot.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:06

    Germany's World Cup record may be the envy of most other nations but, believe or not, there have been murmurs of discontent among some of their countrymen about their trophy drought.

    This is manager Joachim Low's fourth major tournament in charge and the pressure is well and truly on to avoid the near misses that have characterised in his time in charge.

    Third place at the 2010 World Cup finals, and runners-up at the 2008 Euros and semi-finalists in 2012 is not good considered good enough for a country so used to international silverware - it is now 18 years since they won a major tournament

    The critics won't be happy with the first-half performance.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:04

    "To me that substitution says that both full-backs are the weak link for Germany now. Mustafi is young and inexperienced and Howedes has struggled against Atsu's pace. That change is real positive for Ghana.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:03

    "I think if the Germans can get the ball down they will win game. Ghana have done well so far but all Germany need is just one good ball for Muller to get on the end of."

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    Peter McMillan: Good work in first half by Ghana - more of the same in second half. Take your chances and a shock could be on cards.

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  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:03

    Former Everton full-back Shkodran Mustafi replaces Jerome Boateng at half-time for Germany. We are under way.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:59

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  • Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:56

    "Ghana have been disappointing up front. I would like to see Kevin-Prince Boateng on ball more, more like a playmaker."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:54

    Sulley Muntari's long-range strike was one of the few notable efforts on goal during the first half, you can have a look at that again by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:50

    As you can see from the graphic above, both teams have had their fair share of attacking threat, although most of the game has been played in the central third. Things can only get better as D:Ream once sung.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:51

    "The players leave the field at Estadio Castelao to a muted reception. It hasn't been the most eventful first half in this World Cup but Ghana have shown much more than they did against the United States and while Germany have, at times, looked incisive in the final third, they have yet to carve out a really clear-cut chance.

    "One statistic worth bearing in mind is that all seven of Germany's goals against Ghana have been scored from the 60th minute onwards. The heat has certainly been a factor and in that half, Ghana did plenty of chasing around."

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:51

    "We said it was imperative that Ghana got off to a good start and they did. They haven't had any clearcut chances but they have had opportunities where the quality needed to be better. The Germans have been in behind them two or three times but Ghana have defended well."

  • HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:46

    A disappointing half in terms of action but Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah has to be happy with what he has seen from his side so far. This looks like a completely different Germany team to the one we saw demolish Portugal in the opening group game.

    Does that tell us more about Portugal than Germany though perhaps?

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:46

    It all comes to nothing. The initial corner is partially cleared before Sulley Muntari pokes a shot well wide from the edge of the penalty area.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:45

    Andre Ayew's header is deflected over for a corner by Jerome Boateng as Ghana look to open the scoring in first-half injury time...

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:44

    "That was a superb ball in from Muller and there was only one man he wanted on the end of it - himself. That was the sort of delivery he thrives on."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:42

    Inches away from Germany taking the lead. Thomas Muller's low cross from the left flashes across the face of goal but Mario Gotze is on his heels and isn't able to make up the ground. Germany will wish Muller could have got on the end of his own cross.

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    Joel Scheven: Ghana will tire by the second-half. Until then, I'm just waiting for the flood-gates to open.

    TeamMikeFootie: Ghana look more likely at the moment. Germany seem to be too deep and only ever one player in penalty area or their final ball fails.

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  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:38

    It has been a relatively comfortable opening 37 minutes for Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda. Mario Gotze looks to test him but his volley is straight at him. You have to do better than that Mario.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:36

    "This is a good spell for Ghana. Howedes is worried about Atsu's pace so he's dropping off him and giving him time and space. It is a worrying area of the pitch for Germany."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:36

    "If this gets to half-time, I'm sure the Ghana manager is going to tell his players that Christian Atsu is free on the right every single time they have the ball.

    "He is doing the right thing, but they are playing shorter triangles in the middle."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:35

    There haven't been a great deal of highlights from the opening 35 minutes but if you click on the Highlights tab at the top of this page now you can take a look again at Christian Atsu's shot being saved by Manuel Neuer.

    Chelsea loanee Atsu spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:34

    What a pile driver that is. Former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari sends a powerful 25-yard strike goalwards but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deals with it well, parrying the ball away. The shot was straight at him but it wasn't half hit hard.

    Asamoah Gyan then sprints clear but he can only poke the ball wide, with Neuer attempting to smother. Not much between the teams at the moment.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:31

    Mario Gotze wastes a golden opportunity after being put clear down the right by Jerome Boateng. Gotze looks up but, with just Thomas Muller to pick out, his low cross hits Ghana's John Boye and deflects off Gotze for a goal-kick.

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    Billy Turnbull: The Germans look solid again you never see them making mistakes hard to beat.

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  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:26

    Toni Kroos fires high and not very handsome from 25 yards as Germany struggle to get in behind Ghana. The game is yet to come to life but you get the feeling it isn't far away from exploding into life. Stick with it.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:24

    "Ghana players are working hard to keep good shape and make it difficult for Germany to break them down. But Germany won't mind this because as the game goes on that becomes tiring and more difficult to do."

    Don't forget you can watch Match of the Day at the top of this page.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:23

    "Fascinating opening period to this game, Ghana very much in this. Around 12,000 Germans are inside the stadium and making themselves heard but they are vastly outnumbered by the Brazilians, who have taken Ghana to their hearts early on. Chants of 'Ghana, Ghana, Ghana' have rung around Estadio Castelao and the Africans have started really brightly.

    "Germany have, historically, struggled in their second games of tournaments. At Euro 2008, and in the 2010 World Cup, Germany followed up opening-match wins with defeats in their next games. They have only won one second group game in a World Cup since 1994."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:22

    Brave defending from Ghana's John Boye as he slides in to prevent Thomas Muller from scoring his fourth goal of the World Cup. Mesut Ozil's low cross is inviting for the forward but Boye just about does enough to divert it wide. The ball comes off Muller last as well to give Ghana a goal kick.

    Ozil is causing Ghana lost of problems on the right.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:20

    Another half-chance for Germany. Ghana are again sloppy in possession as Mesut Ozil breaks clear down the right. He pulls the ball back for Sami Khedira but the Real Madrid midfielder's low shot from the edge of the penalty area is easy for goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:15

    Ghana are looking dangerous when they get down the flanks. This time, Marseille winger Andre Ayew has plenty of space on the left but his low cross is disappointing.

    Ayew is the son of three-time African player of the year Abedi Pele - how he could have done with producing some of his magic then.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:13

    "Because it's such a tight block from Ghana you will see Gotze making the pitch really big on the touchline and he will make runs from outside to in.

    "The Ghana back four is holding a very high line which is dangerous if you don't put pressure on the ball with the precise passers of the ball Germany have."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:11

    Phillip Lahm's slide-rule pass almost puts Mesut Ozil in on goal but Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda, making his first start of the tournament, anticipates well and smothers. Ghana were sloppy in possession to give Germany the initial.

    In the next attack, Toni Kroos's goalbound shot is blocked following a clever back heel from Thomas Muller. Germany slowly getting on top but Ghana at least throwing their bodies in the way. They aren't going to go out of this tournament without a fight.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:09

    "Christian Atsu is the guy who was Ghana's best player in the opening 60 minutes or so in their last game. His final ball wasn't always great against the USA but that was a quality ball in towards Gyan. It was good defending from Per Mertesacker to stop Gyan getting his shot away cleanly. Atsu the danger again."

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    Former England striker Michael Owen: Neuer is the best cat in the world I reckon. Risky saying that prior to a game but he is awesome.

    I'm sure the Germany keeper is feline fine after such high praise....

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:08

    First chance of the match and it falls to Ghana. Christian Atsu races on to Sulley Muntari's hopeful long ball down the right and his cross is fired over the bar by Asamoah Gyan. The former Sunderland man should really do better from there, just eight yards out, but a warning for Germany.

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    Wale Ibraheem: I know Ghana is facing an uphill task in this match but this tournament has been full of surprises.

    Keshav Ramphul: Muller could even break the world cup goal scoring record in this tournament if he gets a couple of goals today.

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  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:05

    Half a break from Benedikt Howedes down Germany's left, but Ghana's defence recover well to get back to clear. The match has started at a slow pace and that is no surprise in the searing heat and humidity of Fortaleza.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:02

    "Ghana need a better start than against USA when they conceded in the first minute - it was a torrid start. They were susceptible from corner kicks as well, with Brooks scoring the USA's second goal with a header, and that's a warning sign because Mats Hummels scored for Germany against Portugal from a similar position.

    "I feel that Ghana lack the pace that they had when the reached the last-eight four years ago. But they did play some neat nice intricate football at times against the Americans."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:02

    Germany start the match with a lot of the possession and that is something we could get used to for the next 90 minutes. Ghana look as though they will be happy to sit deep and look to counter quickly.

    At least the Ghanaians have started better than they did in their opener against the United States.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at20:00

    Germany have scored from 44% of their shots in the tournament so far - the most clinical mark in the competition ahead of Netherlands (33%).

    Ominous for Ghana but the Germans have only won the second group game in a World Cup once since 1994. That win came against Portugal in 2006.

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at20:00

    The match is under way as Ghana look to pull off one of the shock results of the World Cup. The tournament hasn't been great for African nations so far, with just one win from seven matches. Can that change tonight? Not if Germany have anything to do with it.

  • LINE-UPS

    Posted at19:58

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:57

    "We used to try not to get into too many one versus one situations because the African teams always have players very good in those situations. You watch Atsu for Ghana tonight and he is fantastic at it.

    "Then, as the game wore on we would try to get at them a little bit, let them get yellow cards, silly sending-offs and wait for that slip in discipline which does sometimes happen with African teams."

  • LINE-UPS

    Posted at19:57

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:55

    German FA on Twitter: Per Mertesacker earns his 100th cap today. These are his anniversary boots. We say congratulations!

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:54

    The teams are coming out onto the pitch to the usual uplifting World Cup music. Both sets of players look calm as they prepare to blast out the respective national anthems. Kick-off just five minutes away.

  • Venue

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:51

    Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

    Capacity: 58,000

    Altitude: Sea level.

    Climate: Daily temperatures peak at around 30C throughout the year, although the city sometimes benefits from a sea breeze. Occasional rain showers are not uncommon in June.

    Background: The renovation of the Estadio Castelao was completed on time and within budget, making the stadium the first World Cup venue to be declared ready. Work began in March 2011, and cost 518m reais (approximately £167m).

  • How they got here?

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:50

    Germany breezed through their qualifying group, only dropping points in a bizarre 4-4 draw with Sweden. They scored 36 goals, more than any other European nation.

    Having won their group with five wins out of six, Ghana thrashed Egypt 6-1 in the home leg of their play-off to ensure a 2-1 loss in the return leg was academic. They ended as the top scorers in African qualifying with 25 goals.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:48

    "The age of the Germany squad is low but they have got lots of caps and experienced players, who are used to playing in huge games week-in week-out.

    "I agree that they are one of the tournament favourites. They always turn up at the big tournaments because they have talented players with a great temperament. Germany will be there or thereabouts.

    "The weather here in Fortaleza is even warmer than Manaus. I went out for a jog this morning and it was 31C. Some say that will suit the Ghanaians better but I don't agree. The German players have better technical ability, I think they will keep the ball better and get the Ghanaians running about. The heat could be detrimental to them."

    Don't forget you can watch and listen to more pre-match analysis on Match of the Day at the top of this page.

  • Outside influences

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:46

    Ghana's most influential witch doctor, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, whose name translates as "Devil of Wednesday", has told a local radio station that he is responsible for the injury that has been hampering Cristiano Ronaldo of Group G rivals Portugal.

    He claims to have been working on a special spirit called 'Kahwiri Kapam' that has caused an injury to Ronaldo that "can never be cured by any medic".

    Shame he didn't focus his attentions on the American players……

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:44

    Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah visited Liverpool last season as part of an ideas-sharing tour to England.

    Appiah and goalkeeping coach Nassam Yakubu observed the Reds' preparations for matches.

    He has also been on two similar visits to Manchester City and now uses match analysis software, which is virtually non-existent in Sub-Saharan African football.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:42

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:41

    Asamoah Gyan is Ghana's top scorer (four) and assist maker (three) in their World Cup history, which means he has been involved in more than two thirds of the 10 goals the Black Stars have scored in their two and a bit appearances in the tournament.

    When he left Sunderland in 2012, then-manager Steve Bruce claimed "parasites" had turned Gyan's head after he scored against England at Wembley. The Black Cats broke their transfer record to sign him for a fee of £13m from Rennes after the World Cup in 2010.

    There appears to be no end to his talents either as at the 2014 Ghana Music Awards, nicknamed 'Baby Jet', he won the 'Best Highlife Song of the Year' with the song 'Odo Pa'.

  • Former France striker Thierry Henry

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:40

    "Germany's team have been playing with each other for a long, long time and you've got to take that into consideration when you discuss the tournament favourites. Lahm has been fantastic since he moved into the middle, Ozil too. You could go through the whole team, but when you have a guy like Muller in the box you've got a great chance."

  • Klose to the record

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:38

    One player hoping to take the scoring headlines away from Muller is team-mate Miroslav Klose.

    The 36-year-old Lazio striker needs just one goal to equal Brazilian Ronaldo's all-time World Cup record haul of 15.

    He is already Germany's record goalscorer with 69 international goals.

    Having been an unused substitute in Germany's opener, Klose will again have to be patient after being named on the bench once more.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:36

    "I don't think there is a team that we can say will definitively go and win the competition. But Germany have a great chance. Brazil have looked ordinary in their first two games and Argentina are no great shakes either."

  • Stat attack

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    None of Germany's seven goals against Ghana have been scored before the 60th minute.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:35

  • Muller time

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:33

    The World Cup doesn't suit everyone, just ask England's players. For others though, you could be forgiven for thinking the tournament was made for them.

    Step forward Thomas Muller. The Germany forward opened his tournament with a treble in the stunning 4-0 drubbing of Portugal, to take his World Cup tally to eight goals in seven matches.

    The Bayern Munich man scored five goals to win the Golden Boot in South Africa four years ago and has scored seven goals in his last four finals matches. He carries on as the 'false number nine'.

  • BBC coverage

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:30

    The coverage on BBC One is just getting underway, presented by Gary Lineker, with match commentary from Guy Mowbray and former England midfielder Danny Murphy. You can watch by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker

    Match of the Day presenter

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:30

    Can you believe that England are out of this thing before Germany played twice? Whole new level of humiliation. BBC One shortly.

    That's right - you can watch Gary, along with studio guests Thierry Henry, Alan Hansen and Clarence Seedorf, in the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:27

    This is how Group G stands after the first round of matches, with Germany and the United States in pole position. A win today would almost certainly put Joachim Low's men through, due to their healthy goal difference, while a victory for the United States on Sunday would leave Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in dire straits.

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    Sam Heaton: I have Germany as the favourites to win the World Cup. Strength in all areas, ruthless and know how to win.

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    Posted at19:23

    So Argentina show they are serious about launching a charge for this tournament, what now for Germany?

    Can the Germans win another World Cup? Or will Ghana upset their momentum in Fortaleza?

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  • BBC coverage

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:22

    So what other ways can you stay updated with the action I hear you say? I'm going to tell you now.

    The build-up to this evening's action has already started on BBC Radio 5 live, You can then listen to full live commentary of Germany v Portugal from 20:00 BST with John Murray and Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

    Don't forget you can listen live by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page, as well as following live text commentary of the game here.

  • Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    BBC Sport

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:19

    "Welcome to Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. The Germany team bus was followed all the way by two Brazilian TV helicopters. It was welcomed by thousands and thousands of German fans with estimates claiming there are as many as 12,000 in Fortaleza for this game with Ghana. The heat will be a factor today. At 8.30am it was 28C and with a cloudless sky above the stadium that is expected to reach around 32C come kick-off."

  • Brotherly love

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:18

    Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jerome Boateng are one of several pairs of brothers to line up at the World Cup finals, but unlike the others they are on opposing sides.

    While the Ivory Coast's Yaya and Kolo Toure and Hondurans Wilson and Jerry Palacios are fighting together, half-brothers Kevin-Prince and Jerome are in different camps.

    They are no strangers to the rivalry though with Jerome helping Germany to victory over Kevin-Prince's Ghana in the 2010 World Cup group stage.

    Kevin-Prince Boateng has predicted a "fight to the death" - going a little bit over the top there perhaps.

  • LINE-UPS

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:13

    Kevin-Prince Boateng is brought into Ghana's side after an impressive substitute appearance against the USA - which means he is up against half-brother Jerome, who lines up in the Germany defence.

    Ghana starting XI: Dauda, Gyan (c), Atsu, Boateng, A Ayew, Muntari, Rabiu, Mensah, Asamoah, Boye, Afful.

  • LINE-UPS

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:12

    Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is fit to start as Germany remain unchanged from their 4-0 win against Portugal.

    Germany starting XI: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Ozil, Muller, Lahm (c), Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Boateng.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:10

    Ghana's own recent World Cup record isn't too shabby either, becoming the fourth African side to qualify for three consecutive World Cup finals.

    Who could forget their run to the quarter-finals in South Africa 2010, when only Uruguay and Luis Suarez's outrageous handball stopped them from becoming the first African nation to reach the semi-finals.

    They have got a lot of work to do though if they are to repeat, or better, those exploits after losing their opening group game to the United States 2-1.

    John Brooks's late winner was the fourth goal the Black Stars have conceded from set-pieces out of the last six they have let in. I'm sure Germany will be aware of that stat.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:06

    Germany's 2014 World Cup got under way in spectacular style as, inspired by Thomas Muller's hat-trick, they demolished a sorry-looking Portugal 4-0.

    They have only lost one of their last 19 games in the group stages of the finals - winning 14 of them - and have been beaten by African opponents in the World Cup once, when Algeria shocked them in 1982.

    But Ghana fans don't despair. If you dig around the statistics hard enough, you can find a slight grain of hope. Since 1994, Germany have won their second World Cup group game just once.

    Clutching at straws or a slight flaw for Ghana to seize upon?

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:03

    Good evening and, yes, the Germans are on the World Cup march once again.

    Stick with me for live text commentary of their Group G match against Ghana, where victory will almost certainly see them progress from the first round for the 16th finals in a row.

    In fact, they have only failed to reach the quarter-final in one World Cup that they have entered and boast three titles and four other final appearances. Not bad eh?

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:00

    Some things in the World Cup are predictable.

    There will be a shock result in the tournament. Check.

    England will let you down. Check.

    And Germany will qualify for the next round. Give it time.

  • Posted at

    Germany defender Mats Hummels will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness after badly bruising his thigh against Portugal.

    Regardless of whether Hummels is fit or not, captain Philipp Lahm will stay in his new defensive midfield role.

    Ghana's Michael Essien has returned to full training after a toe injury.

    Kevin-Prince Boateng could come into the starting line-up, meaning he will be on opposing sides to his half-brother, Jerome, of Germany.

Posted on Saturday 21st June 2014

Spain 0-2 Chile

  • 90 mins

    Chile showboating now, Alexis Sanchez twisting away from a man and playing it all the way back to the goalkeeper.

    Hang on - SIX MINUTES added on?

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    Posted at

    Tom, Long Sutton: Willing to bet that Diego Costa regrets his international choice now! A chance to play for Brazil at a home World Cup? Or a faltering end-of-an-era side?

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain have just got such great players it would have been nice to see them go on. But don't take anything away from Chile or Netherlands, they have certainly deserved to qualify from this group."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at88 mins

    Santi Cazorla goes close with a low free-kick but there's no FA Cup final style fightback today Santi.

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    Shohidur Rahman: There's losing your World Cup title but this is just shameful.

    Nick Pearman: Chile have been sharper, quicker and more clinical in all areas. Too many poor performances in the Spain team.

    Iain: Looks like we are back to the good old Spain of the 80's and 90's.

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  • FINAL FIVE

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at85 mins

    Into the last five minutes of Spain's World Cup challenge. Destroyed by the Dutch and now cauterized by Chile.

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "There have just been too many poor performances and the blend of the team hasn't been right. I'd have liked to have seen more fight but maybe they just don't have the legs. This Chile team is as good as it gets with athleticism and work-rate."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at84 mins

    Spain are on their way home. There won't be a tickertape reception in Madrid either.

    But that's a good effort! Anders Iniesta bends in a long-range strike which Claudio Bravo pushes away.

  • Posted at21:41

    Spain getting sympathy from Tony Pulis. That's what it has come to for them...

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain have a great opportunity but they take that extra pass and extra pass and don't even end up having a shot on goal as Chile get back.

    "This will certainly be the talking point of the World Cup so far. Spain, who have been so dominant and so good for so long, well it looks like they will be going out in a bit of a damp squib, that is what disappoints me. As a manager you feel for them. You do not want them to go out this way."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at80 mins

    Chile give the ball away cheaply but Spain make a royal hash of it. They had a three-on-three break but the decision making and pace was so slow. They cough it up.

    Seconds later Santi Cazorla bends a shot wide from 20 yards. Good save in fact.

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at78 mins

    Santi Cazorla's first foray sees him dispossessed by a brilliant sliding tackle. Chile's pace and energy has been superb.

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at77 mins

    Spain are 13 minutes away from elimination. Unlucky for them.

  • PENALTY APPEAL

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at75 mins

    Great attack again from Chile as Alexis Sanchez gets free on the right, he tries to tee up Arturo Vidal, who can't quite control it and a Chile man then hits the deck under a challenge from Sergio Ramos. Great call from referee Mark Geiger as there was no contact.

    Spain then send on Santi Cazorla.

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Arturo Vidal isn't playing like someone who has been injured and it's not just his quality. His running stats, his desire to win the ball back for his team, from a so-called star has been wonderful.

    "The amount of credit that goes to these players, what they're doing here and playing this way in this humidity is so difficult and it takes a lot of hard work."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at73 mins

    That miss from Sergio Busquets feels like a key moment. If that had been buried we would be in for a grandstand finish. As it is it looks like a comfortable enough ending for Chile now.

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    VB: If we thought the Netherlands were good, Chile have destroyed Spain too. It's hard to draw conclusions.

    Tim Marler: Spain are playing like they've already gone out, not like they've got 30 minutes to salvage their World Cup.

    Philip McCosker: I feel very sorry for Sergio Busquets. Replays of that miss will haunt him for the rest of his career.

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  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "For all the possession Spain have had Chile still look dangerous on the break. They haven't stopped looking for that third goal and when they get forward they get forward in numbers."

    "But they don't half get back in numbers to defend as well."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at70 mins

    This is playing into Chile's hands perfectly. Spain are leaving themselves open at the back and another great break from Alexis Sanchez ends with Felipe Gutierrez heading wide on the charge.

    This will either end 2-2 or 4-0...

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain don't have the energy to win the ball high up they have to keep trying to build slowly and you need something different.

    "It looks like they'll just have to keep trying to grind away and make some chances."

  • CLOSE!

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at69 mins

    What a chance! Should be 3-0 as Mauricio Isla slides in at the back post after a great counter-attack from Chile, he is on the stretch like Gazza in 96 and can't control the effort, firing over!

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    Richard Dawson: I've an idea for you Del Bosque, why not try two strikers?? Maybe try a plan b?

    Andrew Stafford: Spain desperately lacking pace and look out of ideas. Leaving Navas behind was a definite mistake.

    Hamza Bhatti: Bringing Torres on when you need a goal is like turning up to a house fire with a water pistol.

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  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at65 mins

    Spain are 25 minutes away from elimination.

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain look like they are trying to score the perfect goal, but at the moment they need any goal, a scruffy goal. They have been passing the ball quickly but sometimes when they are in a position to shoot they are looking for that extra pass.

    "I'm not surprised Vicente Del Bosque has made the change. Diego Costa had a good chance first half and a great one in the second where he allowed the defender to recover by taking too many touches. Spain have to step it up."

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "It's not like he was choosing to do the wrong things but Diego Costa's not physically sharp enough for them to come off. One thing with Fernando Torres is he is fit and he's got that pace and power.

    "There's not one player Chile carry. They're all on the same page with the same mind-set."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at65 mins

    Chile working so hard to deny Spain time and space on the ball. It's a masterclass in high pressing.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at62 mins

    Fernando, it's now or never!

    Chile replace the injured Charles Aranguiz with Felipe Gutierrez, while Spain send on the prodigal number nine, Fernando Torres. He replaces Diego Costa.

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    Gareth Vaughan: Watching Spain play this incompetent brand of football is like watching Claude Monet painting with finger paints.

    Christian, Rickmansworth: You say that the era of tika taka has ended - but doesn't Santi Cazorla play good tika taka football for Arsenal, as well as being direct? Get him on!

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at60 mins

    Spain work it nicely down the right but they turn down two or three shooting opportunities and the chance has gone. Sometimes you have to have a dig!

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain have to make more changes shortly, maybe 10 more minutes, maybe give Fernando Torres or David Villa a chance. I'd always leave Iniesta on but Silva hasn't done enough."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at57 mins

    Charles Aranguiz is down and having treatment, Dr, Danny Murphy has already diagnosed it...

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "I think we'll see a lot of this now, Chile players going down and breaking the play up. To be honest I can't see much wrong with Koke's challenge on Charles Aranguiz."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at55 mins

    The good news for Spain is that in the opening 10 minutes they have created two good chances. The terrible news is that they shanked them both and are looking at an early World Cup exit...

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    Mark Lynch: I can't believe Spain didn't pick Navas. Might not have had a great season but genuine pace which is something this team lacks.

    Gemma Hudson-Green: Costa you're actually starting to make Torres look like the 'go to' guy right now!! The mighty have fallen!

    Titus Kiseu: I've said it over and over that Spain game has been overtaken by time and pundits console them saying its reckless statement.

  • CLOSE!

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at53 mins

    What a sitter!

    Sergio Ramos hits a free-kick right at Claudio Bravo, who also punches it unconvincingly away. Diego Costa reacts well to hook an overhead kick across goal, and Sergio Busquets is open at the back stick.

    All he has to do is meet the ball properly and he scores, But instead it hits him on the ankle and rolls wide!

    What a miss...

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Costa has looked a shadow of the player from earlier this season who was burying those chances. Of course you're going to say you're fit but it's the manager's responsibility more than anyone else's."

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "It was a poor first touch from Diego Costa and the defender has done very well to cover. Costa needed three or four touches to control the ball and you just wonder whether he has lost a little bit of sharpness after being out injured. He was putting those away all season for Atletico Madrid last year."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at50 mins

    Koke's first telling contribution sees him give it away. But there's thumbs up from the Spanish players, get one early and they will believe.

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    Daniel Widdis: King Juan Carlos of Spain has just signed the bill abdicating, looks like his team are following suit.

  • CLOSE!

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at49 mins

    Got to score! That's a big chance for Spain as Diego Costa is picked out in the penalty area, his first touch is good but hedelays a second or two and then his shot is well blocked away.

    A big chance.

  • Eddie are you OK?

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "It's down to the Spain players now, they need to play the half of their lives.

    "Defensively I am amazed they have been getting caught out two-on-two, and going forward they have got leg-beaters in the team, but they aren't doing that, there are no runners off Diego Costa.

    "Koke will give the team more legs and energy. They need people to break their necks to get in the box. They've got 45 minutes to do it. There is no hanging around now."

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  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at46 mins

    A noticeable shift in gear early in the second half from Spain. Pedro tries to get in behind but he is well closed down.

  • KICK-OFF

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at45 mins

    Game on!

  • Rio Ferdinand

    Former England captain, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "They've got to go for it and have someone who can come on and affect people around them. Koke had a great season last season and he knows Diego Costa well."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at21:02

    A half-time swap for Spain. Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is coming on. Talk about pressure...

    He has replaced Xabi Alonso, who had a torrid half.

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein in Rio

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain head back down the tunnel with heads bowed, shoulders slumped, speechless and bedraggled. Chile, by contrast, gather for a quick congratulatory huddle having executed the perfect half of football.

    "They could be administering one of the game's most historic results, but look calm, collected and ready for more after the break."

  • Thierry Henry Q+A

    Posted at

    World Cup winner and Match of the Day pundit Thierry Henry will be answering your questions after the Spain-Chile game on the Match of the Day Facebook page but you can post your query now.

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    Lisa: Del Bosque has to take some of the blame. Picked a keeper who's not even first choice for Real Madrid. Cost them dearly in both games.

    Dan, London: Not to exaggerate but if you refuse to change your keeper for 40 years then this will eventually happen.

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    Scamp: The scary thing is that Chile haven't even really had to work for their goals - well-crafted, but Spain have been abject.

    Daniel Woodley: If Spain are to come back in this game they need to make three subs at half time. Koke, Fabregas and Villa should come on.

    Mike Hanson: The era of boring to watch Tiki Taka has ended, the time of power and pace has begun! Exciting football!

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  • Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry

    MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "Give credit to Chile. I was saying in terms of beauty Australia's Tim Cahill's goal is the best but the first goal for Chile was my type of goal - what a finish. That is football at its best.

    "That sums up Chile for me. They are generous and unselfish. You asked if we were shocked - I'm shocked. Spain keeper Iker Casillas in one of the best keepers in the game. He's clearly not confident for the second goal."

  • Posted at21:00

    I wouldn't fancy taking on your pub side Mike...

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    Alex Benson: Well done Mourinho and Ancelotti for ruining Iker Casillas. He would not have done that if he had been playing week in week out.

    Richard Firth: Spain need Xavi, Koke and Villa on for Alonso, Busquets and Costa.

    Mike: Xabi Alonso is a spent force I'm afraid. Looks like a pub player.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "It shows you that even one of the best goalkeepers of all time can make mistakes if they lack confidence. Iker Casillas should have caught that.

    "They've got some great goalkeepers but Vicente del Bosque has shown his loyalty and maybe that's misjudged because he's not played a lot of football and that's an overriding factor."

  • Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry

    MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "I think we all agree - we are calling for Cesc Fabregas."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at20:57

    Further proof that possession is no longer nine 10th of the law.

  • Rio Ferdinand

    Former England captain, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "In the first goal Xabi Alonso lost the ball and it's how you react, and he didn't get back to defend. He gave it away but it's about the reaction.

    "Do you want to get back to help? It doesn't look like he has that intensity and if he'd sprinted back he could have maybe got in the line of that shot."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at20:53

    That second Chile goal was a real toe-bunger. Brilliantly done.

    Spain are 45 minutes away from being the first team out of the World Cup. You would have got good odds on that.

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "There has been no combination play from Spain in the final third. They have to improve if they are to stay in this World Cup. They need a goal desperately.

    "Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez have worked really hard for Chile and always seem to have that extra space out wide, whereas the Chileans have denied the Spanish any space."

  • Clarence Seedorf, former Dutch midfielder

    MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "It all started wrong for Spain. In the first minute Chile almost got a goal and then every Spain player who was beaten in that first match by Netherlands would have then lacked some confidence."

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at20:51

    Chile's goalscorers tonight? Charles and Eddie.

    Would I lie to you?

  • Rio Ferdinand

    Former England captain, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "You've got to give credit where it's due. Chile's players are running beyond people and asking questions and they've had shots and put the ball past Iker Casillas - he's had another bad day."

  • Posted at20:49

    Does anyone think Spain can get out of this?

    We could be on for an amazing second half if they can! They don't look like doing so. At all.

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "I'm a huge fan of Xabi Alonso and I've never seen him give it away so much and be caught in possession. Whether it's a mental thing or not I don't know, but it's got worse for him as the game's gone on."

  • HALF-TIME

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    Stunning scoreline in Rio. Chile pouring bucketloads of salt into Spanish wounds.

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    Raj, Wolverhampton: The reason Spain are in a bit of a mess at the moment is simple - David De Gea should be in goal.

    Tom, Manchester: Say what you will about Alvaro Negredo's goal drought in the second half of the season or Jesus Navas' lack of match fitness, but they both are missed dearly by Spain right now.

  • Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at45 mins

    Ragged, ragged stuff from Spain. They are a shell of their former selves out there. It's hard not to think that this great side is unravelling in front of our eyes...

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Posted at

    "That is crazy from Iker Casillas, I'd have caught that. It's an average free-kick and he should catch that all day. Great touch from Charles Aranguiz, a little toe end, you have to give him all the credit in the world

    "If he's punching that he has to punch it wide and there isn't too much pace on the free-kick. I'd say I felt sorry for him if he hadn't made three mistakes against the Dutch but that's a huge mistake from the goalkeeper.

    "It's easy to criticise goalkeepers and I don't say it flippantly but that's a terrible decision from him."

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    GOAL

    Spain 0-2 Chile - Charles Aranguiz

    Posted at43 mins

    You can't give Charles Aranguiz that much space!

    Again it's poor goalkeeping from Iker Casillas, who punches out a straightforward free-kick from Alexis Sanchez right back in to danger.

    Hats off to Aranguiz though, whose finish from there on in is magnificent. One touch to tame the spinning ball, before planting a curler into the top corner with the outside of his right foot.

    Spain in a real, real mess. They are heading out of the World Cup...

  • Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at43 mins

    Chile ending the half with a good spell. A second goal here could be pivotal...

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    Gareth Richards: Will tonight see the end of two eras? Paxman's final Newsnight and maybe Spain's dominance of international football.

    Richard Harrison: Chile hassling Spain just like the Dutch did - and heading towards the same end result at the moment.

    Luke Edwards: Good to see Spain going for the "El Mixer" tactic.

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  • Posted at20:41

    There have been 13 fouls in the game so far. Let's not exaggerate.

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    Alex Nunez: Spain have no midfield. Chile have pressed them very well and Spain are not having a a good evening!

    fromthekidrauhl: Spain are playing badly but Chile are playing dirty. How many fouls have there been already? About a hundred.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at40 mins

    Xabi Alonso's scrappy half boils over into an ugly sliding tackle on Mauricio Isla, and he is booked. The silky smooth man has been sandpaper rough today.

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "Seeing them in the flesh it's painfully obvious that Spain really lack pace in the final third.

    "Only Pedro has the pace to go past people. Andres Iniesta can do it in a silky way but David Silva and Diego Costa don't have the pace to get in behind so everything's in front of Chile at the moment.

    "Tactically Chile have been spot on and their work-rate is excellent. It's about doing it for the 90 minutes because Spain will keep passing and they have got options on the bench. The intense pressure from the Chileans creates sloppiness."

  • Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at37 mins

    A few frustrated looks as another slick Spain move comes to nothing. Diego Costa was an island up front again, nobody bursting forwards to join him and Chile's three-man defence snaffled it up. Into the last 10 minutes of the half.

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    Andrew Kemp: If Spain don't get the ball, they are not going to score. Look really weak in possession and getting caught in midfield.

    Steven Groves: Chile look sharper physically than Spain right now. It's a big job for the Spanish to turn this around.

    Diana Spencer: What Spain are missing is Alvaro Negredo who they've left out of the squad.

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  • Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at35 mins

    A lot of people feel that way about Spain, Rob. When they move it at speed they are brilliant to watch but when they slow it down I have to admit it can be tedious. Tedium is not an option for them now though.

    They will be out unless they score at least once.

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    Rob, Sheffield: Hopefully Spain will go out and it will be the final nail in the coffin of the hideous and tedious tiki-taka. If I want to watch six midfielders knock it about amongst themselves for minutes on end I will go watch a training session. Chile to win 3-1.

  • Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at33 mins

    Nice idea from Jordi Alba with a clever reverse pass but Diego Costa is a few pages behind in the instruction manual. Or is that Manuel?

    Eduardo Vargas, by the way, has scored 13 goals in 17 games for Chile. The Valencia man is a class act.

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein in Rio

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "It is impossible to explain the celebrations inside the Maracana as Eduardo Vargas put Chile ahead but let's just say the wild dance of delight performed by coach Jorge Sampaoli in the technical area was replicated - but with even more vigour - by seemingly every single one of his team's fans in the stands.

    "The widest of smiles, the tightest of embraces and even some tears. The noise is impossibly loud. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has retreated to his seat in the dugout; his team are under immense pressure to respond, their World Cup title defence hanging by a threat."

  • MISSED THE GOAL?

    Posted at20:30

    If you were warming your dinner up or on the phone when Chile took the lead, you can see the goal in the Highlights section at the top of the screen. It's a very good one.

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "That was much better from Spain, much more urgency but Diego Costa has to hit the target. It's understandable that he's a bit off it with his injuries but then why is he starting his second game in four days?

    "This is where the big players need to come to the fore. They have to demand the ball, get on it, make things happen.

    "Xavi would still be the one for me to make things tick, ahead of either Xabi Alonso or Sergio Busquets. Now Spain are 1-0 down they have to play with a much higher tempo to get back into the game."

  • Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at29 mins

    Spain are up to 57% of possession now, quite a turnaround on that front. But Claudio Bravo has not had to make a save.

    Spain won all four games in the knockout stages 1-0 in South Africa. They don't hammer you as a rule...

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    Posted at

    Richard Harrison: Alonso shows poor technique again. What's going on?

    Juan Azfal: I feel like crying watching Alonso play like this.

    Mike White: David Villa has to be looking at Diego Costa and wondering what he has to do to get a start.

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  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "It was a great little touch from David Silva on his head to play Diego Costa in and he looked like he was going to score but just pulled it wide."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at27 mins

    Arturo Vidal goes into the book for a trip in midfield, but Spain are getting on with it very quickly. They need goals, and that's a chance!

    They go more direct, David Silva flicks it on and Diego Costa hits the shot into the side-netting with his left foot.

  • Posted at20:25

    The pain for Spain is plain for Jane...

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    Posted at

    Jane: The demise of Spain can be summed up in two words: No Puyol.

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    Posted at

    Matthew Tilbury: Spain's defenders just watching the ball go past them. Absolute statuesque defending.

    Barry Goudie: Spain can't go through and expect to win with the strikers they have. Costa and Torres just don't cut the mustard.

    Mark Kemsley: Spain in deep trouble here. Have the players to turn this around though.

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  • CLOSE!

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at24 mins

    Chance for Spain now! Diego Costa with some classic centre-forward play, bringing the ball down and teeing up Xabi Alonso 20 yards out but he leans back and mullers it over the crossbar.

    Goals in this, there's got to be...

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain have looked comfortable, but a bad pass from Xabi Alonso gives it away and it's poor defending. The two centre-backs are out of position, Cesar Azpilicueta has to come across but Eduardo Vargas has done brilliantly to take it past Iker Casillas and slip the ball in.

    "This was a test for Spain before kick-off, well it's a bigger test now. The goal will suit Chile. They can take their time now and bring Spain onto them. There will be a lot of space for them to exploit going forward."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at

    "It was a brilliant move but sloppy from Xabi Alonso as he gave the ball away. It was a calm finish from Eduardo Vargas. Midfielders can snatch at a chance but to have the awareness to see Vargas, it was great from Charles Aranguiz."

  • Spain 0-1 Chile

    Posted at22 mins

    Spain, World Cup winners in 2010, champions of Europe in 2008 and 2012 - are going out as it stands.

    A big 70 minutes on the cards here!

  •  

    GOAL

    Spain 0-1 Chile - Eduardo Vargas

    Posted at19 mins

    A great goal! Alexis Sanchez is involved on the right, he works the ball inside to Charles Aranguiz, who brilliantly squares it when a shot was on to Eduardo Vargas, who sidesteps Iker Casillas before toeing it home.

    There were shades of Teddy Sheringham's lay-off to Alan Shearer in 1996 there...

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "The Chileans are so open - the two wide centre-backs are playing so wide that they leave just the one defender in the middle. The Spanish have got in some really good positions but the final pass just hasn't been good enough. If they do get that final ball right they will be in business."

  • Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at18 mins

    It will be interesting to see how much of a difference Diego Costa will make to Chelsea next season.

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  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "It was overplaying from Chile and Spain winning the ball back. I thought Costa could have taken the shot early. Costa doesn't quite look like he's got the sharpness. He might prove us wrong but I thought Vicente Del Bosque would look at his other options."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at15 mins

    Spain should be ahead! They win the ball back well in a dangerous area, Diego Costa takes it on but hesitates and his shot is charged down, the ball then comes back to Xabi Alonso in the middle but his shot is well saved by Claudio Bravo.

    Much more encouraging from the holders. They've turned the tempo right up, from ballad to punk.

  • STORM THE MEDIA CENTRE

    Posted at20:13

    You can see footage of those Chile fans going through the media centre in the Maracana at the top of the screen by clicking on the Highlights tab.

  • Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at12 mins

    Spain now settling into their familiar rhythm, this is better. David Silva is starting to look dangerous in the hole.

  • Danny Murphy

    Former England international, MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "Chile don't have much height and even though they're not the tallest from set-plays Spain will have to look at that as a real avenue for them and Xabi Alonso's delivery will have to be a lot better.

    "Both teams are trying to press quite high. The intent is there from both sides to win the game."

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "It's been a very lively opening, it looks like this is going to be a very open game. The Spain full-backs are pushing up high and there is space behind them for Chile to exploit.

    "It will be interesting to see how the American referee copes as well. No disrespect to Major League Soccer but this is a massive step up. Hopefully he will let the game run and let the players play."

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    Posted at

    Barry Wiggett: It's like the tortoise and the hare between Spain and Chile but we know how that race ended.

    James Somerfield: I think Spain will bounce back 3-0. Should see a big reaction & they'll show that their class will get them through.

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  • Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at8 mins

    Spain have had a sluggish start but one magic spell of tiki-taka rolls back the clock as they slice through the Chile midfield. Andres Iniesta is fouled and from Xabi Alonso's free-kick Sergio Ramos is close to a header, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo punches it away.

  • Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at7 mins

    Chile have had 64% of the possession in the opening seven minutes. Not many teams do that to Spain.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "Spain's back four are really pushing up high, much higher than against the Dutch so maybe their intention is to attack rather than build the game. I'd like to see more goals from David Silva and I'm really interested to see him in that free role.

    "It's a bold formation from Chile. Arturo Vidal is really bombing on to join the strikers."

  • Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at4 mins

    Diego Costa does not have a red shirt within 35 yards of him as he chases down a lost cause in the corner. It's a wonderful start from Chile, exactly the sort of tempo and intensity which earned them an early 2-0 lead against Australia.

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "Eduardo Vargas should have hit that first time, he tried to get it onto his right but if he steps through it on his left he scores. Chile have missed a great chance there."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at

    "Pedro has started on the right for Spain, with Andres Iniesta on the left and David Silva in a free role, Chile go for it and that means goals. They've started with pace and Spain look nervous at the back."

  • CLOSE!

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at1 min

    Chance for Chile after 45 seconds! Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal breaks into the penalty area, he tees up Eduardo Vargas and a tackle almost forces the ball into his own net.

    From the following corner Gonzalo Jara screws a header wide. Chile come out swinging looking for an early knockout punch!

  • KICK-OFF

    Spain 0-0 Chile

    Posted at0 mins

    We are under way!

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:59

    Here we go then. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli roaring encouragement on the sidelines.

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Spain are definitely playing away from home here! The crowd is absolutely fantastic, both ends of the pitch are swathed in Chile shirts."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:57

    It's the World Cup of the a capella anthem. Whatever Brazil can do, Chile can do better.

    Or just as well anyway...

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein in Rio

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "The chaos in the media centre made for an unpleasant preamble, but everything is now under control and the stadium is rocking to a far more positive atmosphere.

    "Although it is tricky to differentiate the two sets of supporters as they are both in the red of their teams, there is no doubt there are far more Chile fans here and it is making for quite remarkable noise."

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:55

    Chile's is one of the great anthems of the World Cup. The Maracana erupts in sound for the men in white.

    Spain will be out of the World Cup if they lose this...

  • Former Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Spain all the way for me and a lot of goals today."

  • Posted at19:53

    Thierry was very much the man at Arsenal. Here we go then, here they come!

  • Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry

    MOTD analyst

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Alexis Sanchez is Chile's man - you can see the confidence he has when he plays for Chile. He's one of the men in Barcelona, but here he is the man.

    "As a striker when you feel everybody loves you, wants you to do well and expects you to do well, you try harder."

  • Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "With Diego Costa playing we might see a few more angled passes in from distance and people linking up with play through him. Spain know they have got to attack today and I am sure they will. You're hoping you see the right reaction from the world champions and if we do it will be a fantastic game today.

    "They will be looking to win the game first and foremost. Then in Australia they will be playing against a team that is already out of the competition."

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    Posted at

    Matt Aitken: I can see Chile playing attacking football and playing right into Spain's hands. Convincing win for Spain for me.

    Danny Bryan: I really don't think Costa suits Spain's style of play, be better with Cesc Fabregas up top.

    Sahil: Javi Martinez is a quality central midfielder, but centre back he has been less than stellar for Bayern.

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  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:49

    Here come the players in the tunnel inside the Maracana. Spain lining up in snazzy white and gold tracksuits, looking understandably edgy. There's a lot of beard stroking going on, with Sergio Ramos in vocal form.

  • Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    MOTD analyst

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "The reason Diego Costa is playing is maybe because he has the physical advantage over the Chile defenders Gary Medel and Gonzalo Jara. I should think he will be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of getting the better of them.

    "There has been a lot of talk about Costa picking Spain over Brazil, he's been booed by Brazil fans here. I think he is a brilliant player. He has scored a lot of goals, and he is a different type of striker for Spain. He's not a false nine, he's a proper, bona fide number nine.

    "Pedro will give Spain that spark as well, making runs from from outside to in, and he has goals in him that boy."

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:47

    Chile scored 29 goals in qualifying - with only Argentina bagging more in South America.

    They have lost just twice in 2014 and a win tonight would leave Spain in real, real trouble...

  • France World Cup winner Thierry Henry

    MOTD analyst

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "You have to give Spain striker Diego Costa another chance. It depends who's around him - who can fit [in the system]. It's not only down to him. I want to see how Pedro is going to play. That could definitely help Costa."

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:45

    It's a sea of red at one end of the Maracana as thousands of Chile fans make themselves heard. Chile will play in white tonight though, with Spain back in their all red kit after a trouncing in white the other night.

  • Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    MOTD analyst

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "We're sitting here on the cusp of maybe seeing one of the great footballing dynasties coming to an end today, it's great theatre.

    "Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos were vulnerable against the Netherlands and we've seen Pique has been dropped as a result. Those two have been the fulcrum of the Spain defence for the past five or six years.

    "But for me Javi Martinez, who has replaced Pique, is primarily a holding midfield player. Vicente Del Bosque has taken a risk but he must think it's a risk worth taking."

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:41

    Chile were excellent in the opening 20 minutes against Australia in their first game - then retreated into their shells a bit. How will they get going tonight?

    Will they sit back and let Spain have it or get at them?

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein in Rio

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Chaos at Maracana as Chile fans storm the media centre. It seemed like 50-100 - maybe more - burst through, running riot. The Chile supporters were then led away by Brazilian security forces in long lines, hands on each other's backs. The situation is now under control."

  • Neil Lennon

    Former Celtic manager

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "There's huge pressure on the world champions to win this game.

    "There's always a fascination when you see sporting icons and dynasties on the brink of almost going under. The 5-1 defeat must hurt and even with the experience Vicente del Bosque has there will be butterflies and he'll be nervous.

    "But they've got big name players that can handle it. They're up against a mobile, forceful and confident Chile team."

  • The form guide

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:39

    Chile have never beaten Spain in their 10 previous encounters. losing eight.

    Spain have won the two previous meetings with Chile at the World Cup: in 1950 (2-0) and in 2010 (2-1). The game in 1950 was played at the Maracana; which is where this encounter is taking place.

    Chile have lost their two previous World Cup games against the defending champion, both against Brazil (in 1962 and 1998).

    So all loeking rosy for Spain then?

  • France World Cup winner Thierry Henry

    MOTD analyst

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "It's going to be difficult. Chile must be happier to play Spain - that's their game. I can see this group finishing with points of 6-6-6-0. Spain must respond. I will say that Spain will bounce back. You want to see them go further."

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    Posted at

    John Osbourne: Maybe Spain will come to the pitch knowing they have to perform, not just turn up.

    Milo Thompson: Spain should have dropped Costa. Trying to be more direct didn't pay off; Bring back the false nine that worked so well before.

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:36

    It will be interesting to see - or hear - what sort of reception the Spanish side get tonight.

    They were roundly booed in Brazil during last year's Confederations Cup and have been accused of being 'boring' by sections of the media.

    There are also thousands and thousands of Chile fans in the house..

  • Posted at19:35

    That Tim Cahill goal gets better and better and better...

  • Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "It will have been a great wake-up call for Spain. We can imagine a great game today. Spain are great champions and they are definitely going to react. They have shown on a number of occasions they can come back."

  • Rio Ferdinand

    Former England captain

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Spain would have been embarrassed after that Netherlands result. It sent shockwaves through everyone.

    "You don't become winners without being fighters and they'll want to show people they're not finished. They'll have been waiting to this time, wanting the game to get it out of their system."

  • Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:33

    Spain lost their opening game at the last World Cup as well, with Switzerland picking up a 1-0 win in South Africa.

    Spain of course won their next six games to win the trophy - could they do it again?

  • Live now

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:30

    We are up and running then. Get BBC One on or watch at the top of the page.

  • Danny Murphy

    BBC Sport

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Spain were beaten by Netherlands 5-1 but in the first 35 minutes they dominated and if David Silva scores when he really should it's 2-0 and game over.

    "But because Iker Casillas makes an error and Arjen Robben produces two moments of brilliance there's this big inquest.

    "Spain will win, they'll finish second in the group and I would actually tip them to beat Brazil in the second round."

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    Posted at

    Where are you watching tonight's game?

    Under the table at a restaurant? On your phone down the pub? At work on the late shift? Are you in Brazil? At the tennis?

    We want your photos of all the unusual places you've caught the action so far.

    Tweet your pictures to #myworldcupseat

  • Thriller in Porto Alegre

    Australia 2-3 Netherlands

    Posted at19:27

    Today's early game was a stone-cold classic.

    Tim Cahill scored a wonder goal, Arjen Robben had another stormer and the Netherlands eventually saw off Australia 3-2.

    You can view the highlights in the live page here.

  • Where are we?

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:26

    Estadio Do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

    Capacity: 76,804.

    Opened: 1950 (reopened after renovation in June 2013).

    Fixtures: 15 June, Argentina 2-1 Bosnia-Hercegovina; 18 June, Spain v Chile, 20:00; 22 June, Belgium v Russia, 17:00; 25 June, Equador v France, 21:00; 28 June, Second-round, Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D, 21:00; 4 July,Quarter-final, Winner Second-round 5 v Winner Second-round 6, 17:00; 13 July,World Cup final, 20:00.

    Altitude: Sea level.

    Climate: June and July are Rio's coolest months, but the daily temperature peak is typically 25C. Those months tend to be dry, but humidity remains fairly high all year.

    Time Zone: GMT -3 hours.

    Where is it?: On the Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn.

    Background: Renovation of this iconic venue was completed just in time for the Confederations Cup last summer. Work only began in earnest in September 2010 - three years after Brazil was officially handed the World Cup. The stadium formally reopened last June when Brazil drew 2-2 in a friendly with England, and hosted three Confederations Cup matches.

    Since then venue has resumed its role as the venue for derby matches between Rio's biggest teams - Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafago and Vasco da Gama.

    The pitch was re-laid in October 2013. It is one of four football venues for the 2016 Olympics and will also host the opening and closing ceremonies.

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein in Rio

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "It's been a sweltering day in Rio de Janeiro and the Chile fans arrived here en masse to raise the temperature another few degrees. They partied long into the night on Copacabana beach - but that was nothing compared to what we're seeing outside this famous stadium.

    "The Chile colours are everywhere you look and the noise is absolutely extraordinary - they're singing and dancing to the beat of an enormous drum, with a favourite chant of "Chi, Chi, Chi; Le, Le Le; Viva Chile!" reverberating through the streets.

    "A section of Chile fans - about 75 - just ran through the press room in the Maracana and broke down a temporary wall in an effort to gain access to the stadium."

  • The danger man?

    Spain v Chile (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:22

    Alexis Sanchez has been involved in seven of the last eight goals that Chile have scored (six assists and one goal).

    The Barcelona forward will be well known by most of the Spain squad - but can they shut him out?

Posted on Wednesday 18th June 2014

Spain 1-5 Netherlands - Arjen Robben

  • Spain 1-5 Netherlands

    Posted at

    "What a pass that was from Wesley Sniejder. Arjen Robben just went straight past Sergio Ramos, who has had a torrid time of it. Superb composure and the finish is sublime, absolutely first class. It's disappointing for Spain, they had a great first half and could have gone 2-0 up, but Netherlands have been by far the better team."

  • One for the Scots

    Spain 1-5 Netherlands

    Posted at83 mins

    Spain have conceded five goals in an international for the first time since losing 6-2 to Scotland in June 1963.

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    Posted at

    Connor: It's all about the underdogs come on England!

  •  

    GOAL

    Spain 1-5 Netherlands - Arjen Robben

    Posted at80 mins

    Magnificent! You have to say that is magnificent!

    Arjen Robben is the man for the big occasion, and he scores a sensational second to put Spain in a domain of pain. Spain lose the ball high up the field, and one pass sends Robben on his way. He tears past Sergio Ramos with ease before going around Iker Casillas, getting the ball on to his left foot and lashing in.

    FIVE one, FIVE...

  • BBC Sport's David Ornstein in Salvador

    Spain 1-4 Netherlands

    Posted at

    "Incredible scenes inside Arena Fonte Nova as one of the best teams in football history are torn to shreds by a Netherlands team who arrived in Brazil with expectations lower than ever. The Dutch fans are in dreamland, their Spanish counterparts in pieces, some in tears. Every pass by the men in blue is being met with an "Ole!"

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Spain 1-4 Netherlands

    Posted at78 mins

    Fernando Torres skips past Ron Vlaar and hits the deck - but it's no penalty.

    Torres is perhaps lucky not to be booked, as Spain make a change, new Chelsea man Cesc Fabregas replaces David Silva.

    Robin van Persie is then given a rest as Jeremain Lens takes his place.

  •  

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    Posted at

    David: Are Netherlands looking really good or are Spain not the team they were?

    Shaun: Too many Spanish players past their best.

    Damian: Casillas not playing for Madrid looks to be costing him. Very rusty.

  • CLOSE!

    Spain 1-4 Netherlands

    Posted at76 mins

    Sergio Ramos curls in a free-kick just wide, bending it round the post from 25 yards. There's a few Spanish players who look bemused out there now.

    Into the last 15 minutes...

  • Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 1-4 Netherlands

    Posted at

    "Sergio Ramos I think it was who played the ball back to Iker Casillas and I'm not sure it was great pass - he had to come and challenge for it. That one was certainly put on a plate for Robin van Persie.

    "Spain have a mountain to climb now - and that's an understatement."

  • Spain 1-4 Netherlands

    Posted at75 mins

    Nobody expects the Spanish capitulation.

    The ground in Salvador is rocking now as thousands of Dutch fans 'ole!' every pass from the boys in blue. Had David Silva buried that chance at 1-0 it may have been totally different...

  • Spain 1-4 Netherlands

    Posted at74 mins

    David de Gea may be getting a game in the World Cup after all...

  •  

    GOAL

    Spain 1-4 Netherlands - Robin van Persie

    Posted at72 mins

    Iker Casillas has had a torrid 10 minutes.

    This is a real howler, an absolute shocker from the keeper. He takes a terrible touch to control a routine backpass, Robin van Persie tackles him and then slides the loose ball over the line.

    Do not adjust your set. It's 4-1 to the Netherlands...

  • Spain 1-3 Netherlands

    Posted at69 mins

    Stop it Robin! Brilliant hit again from Robin van Persie, forcing Iker Casillas into a sprawling save again.

    Since the break Netherlands are up to 47% of possession. Against Spain that's practically dominant.

  • Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 1-3 Netherlands

    Posted at

    "Robin van Persie has fouled the goalkeeper. The referee will take some criticism for this and Spain have been very hard done by. If Louis van Gaal gets luck like this at Manchester United the fans will be delighted. How will Spain react?"

  • DISALLOWED GOAL

    Spain 1-3 Netherlands

    Posted at68 mins

    What a game this is!

    Spain have the ball in the net but the flag was up. David Silva put the ball over the line after Jasper Cillessen could not hold Pedro's header but he was offside.

    Still 20 minutes left...

  • YELLOW CARD

    Spain 1-3 Netherlands

    Posted at67 mins

    Iker Casillas was booked for his protests to that third goal, and Robin van Persie has now gone in the book for a hefty challenge on Pedro straight from the restart.

    Calm it down lads.

  •  

    GOAL

    Spain 1-3 Netherlands - Stefan de Vrij

    Posted at64 mins

    Iker Casillas wants a foul, but the Netherlands are 3-1 up!

    Casillas flapped at one in the Champions League final, and he's at it again, though Robin van Persie does have his arm up. Centre-half Stefan de Vrij, who gave away that early penalty, bundles it in.

    Is this game over?

  • Spain 1-2 Netherlands

    Posted at64 mins

    His years in Munich have really made Arjen Robben a complete player. He's had a free role tonight, picking up space all over the place.

  •  

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    Posted at

    David: Exactly what Netherlands need to do. Just take it to Spain. Their back four can't cope with an on-form van Persie and Robben.

  • Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Spain 1-2 Netherlands

    Posted at

    "Robin van Persie looks offside in that one but it was a fantastic effort. Netherlands turned over possession and outnumbered Spain at the back but Spain won't change - they will keep passing the ball.

    "Will Netherlands now sit back even though they have made the better start to this second half and were in control of the game? I think they will have to because there will be a lot of defending to do now.

    "Players like David Silva are picking up the ball for Spain and will create chances. As I've said before, Spain seem to be outnumbering Netherlands in midfield time after time and it will be interesting to see if Louis van Gaal reacts to that. A fantastic game. End to end stuff."

     
 

Posted on Friday 13th June 2014

F1 legend Michael Schumacher out of coma

F1 champion Michael Schumacher has left hospital in Grenoble and is no longer in a coma, his family says.

The 45-year-old German will continue his rehabilitation at an undisclosed location, they said in a statement.

Schumacher was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December.

His family thanked people who had sent messages of support, saying: "We are sure it helped him."

They also praised the "excellent job" of medical staff at the hospital in Grenoble, in south-east France.

Doctors had kept the seven-time champion in a coma to help reduce swelling in his brain.

Posted on Friday 6th June 2014

'Godzilla of Earths' identified

There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth".

It is an object with a hard surface like our own world but much, much bigger.

The necessity for the new designation follows the discovery of a planet which has a mass some 17 times that of Earth.

Known as Kepler-10c, it orbits a star about 560 light-years away. Scientists described its properties at an American Astronomical Society meeting in Boston.

They confess it is something of a head-scratcher.

Theorists had always thought that any planet that large would pull so much hydrogen on to itself that it would look more like a Neptune or a Jupiter.

"The proper way to call it is something bigger than a 'super-Earth, so how about 'mega-Earth," Prof Dimitar Sasselov, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), told reporters. He also used the phrase, "the Godzilla of Earths!".

Double probe

Kepler-10c, as the name suggests, was detected by the US space agency's Kepler telescope.

This finds new worlds by looking for the tiny dip in light as they pass in front of their parent stars.

The technique gives a diameter - in this case, 29,000km, or just over two times the width of Earth - but not a mass.

For that, astronomers looked at 10c with the Harps-North instrument on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo in the Canary Islands.

It extracts a mass measurement by examining the gravitational interaction between the planet and its host star.

Combined with the diameter, the mass number showed that Kepler-10c cannot be a gaseous world but must comprise very dense material.

Life hunt

"It's 17 - in fact, it's more than 17 - Earth masses, and that brings the density to 7.5 grams per cubic centimetre, which is a lot more than what we know of rock here on Earth (5.5g/cm3)," said Prof Sasselov.

"But remember, this is a very massive planet, which means those same minerals are highly compressed.

"So, what you see in the density is mostly due to compression rather than different composition. The composition comes out as being a combination of rocks and some volatiles, probably 5-15% at most of water."

The discovery adds to our understanding of the mix of planet types we now know are out there, and tells us something new about when rocky worlds might transition to gaseous planets in their formative years.

Interestingly, the age of the host star is about 11 billion years old, which is early in the evolution of the Universe when generations of exploding stars have not had long to make the heavy elements needed to construct rocky planets.

So, Kepler-10c's properties suggest rocky planets may have formed earlier in cosmic history than many thought possible, and that very old star systems should not be ignored in the search for life beyond Earth.

"It is [on] solid planets that is the place, as far as we know - and we very little about the origins of life - where we think the chemistry is capable of building those molecules that lead to the emergence of life from geochemistry," says Prof Sasselov.

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  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at23:33

    Marc Wilmots and Jurgen Klinsmann share an embrace in the centre, both coaches knowing that their teams gave their all.

    Quality entertainment.

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at23:32

    A brilliant, brilliant game. Belgium will face Argentina in the last eight and if they can improve their finishing by 20% they will beat them...

  • FULL-TIME

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at23:31

    Belgium are through. What a game, one of the greatest periods of extra-time I've ever seen...

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at120 mins

    USA free-kick. Get them all up! All of them!

  • INJURY TIME

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at120 mins

    TWO MINUTES added on and Jurgen Klinsmann is furious...

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    Posted at

    Lennie: Penalties would be the fairest way to settle this stunning contest.

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at119 mins

    The Rock to play Tim Howard. United States pumping crosses in but Vincent Kompany clears well...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "Belgium have thrown away control of the match and now they are hanging on. It is because Belgium did not take their two central midfielders off whose legs had gone. They can't move and the pressure is on them."

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at118 mins

    There have been 54 attempts on goal in the game. Ridiculous.

    Ridiculous!

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "The first 90 minutes were incredible but this is so much better still. Try getting this game down to 10 minutes of highlights, you have got absolutely no chance.

    "Surely USA will get another chance - just one more - they deserve one now."

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at116 mins

    If the US turn this one around, it's a shoo-in for a Hollywood remake.

    Tom Hanks as Jurgen Klinsmann, Ryan Gosling as Clint Dempsey...

  • Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "This game is a shootout, it is face to face, two teams staring each other down, absolutely frantic."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at115 mins

    Goals change games, and Julian Green's goal has changed this one beyond all recognition. There only looked one winner at 2-0 but now Belgium are hanging on. They have five more minutes to see this out...

  • MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

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    Posted at

    "If you went to bed at 2-0 get up! This is ridiculously entertaining!"

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "What a free-kick. Fabulous. That's the best free-kick of the World Cup. If you want anyone on the end of it, then it's Dempsey. What a save from Thibaut Courtois."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "This game is absolutely off the scale. I cant believe how fresh the USA players suddenly look. They were exhausted just moments ago and now they are bossing the game."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at112 mins

    What a free-kick! The States work a genius ball around the wall, like Javier Zanetti v England in 1998, but Thibaut Courtois makes a big save to shut them out!

    Clint Dempsey denied. Belgium all over the place.

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    Posted at

    Ashley Harrington: Many Americans learning that football is the best sport in the world tonight.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "How many times has Tim Howard saved with his legs? What an evening he has had. That substitution for Belgium should not be Eden Hazard going off. The two men playing behind him look dead on their feet."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at111 mins

    Belgium are in again on the break! Romelu Lukaku wrestles his defender to the ground and his low shot is saved again by Tim Howard. Incredible display from the Everton keeper.

    Belgium bring on Nacer Chadli for Eden Hazard.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "After Julian Green scored Jurgen Klinsmann ran onto the pitch to kick the ball back because Belgium were trying to waste time. Just moments ago they had already won it. Surely not?

    "Then a brilliant chance for Jermaine Jones and now USA have got massive danger down both wings. All game DeAndre Yedlin has been brilliant on the right but I want to see more of Green on the left. Get the ball out there!"

  • Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at110 mins

    "USA! USA! USA!" is the chant in Salvador. Lyrical genius that one, but where are they getting this energy from? Belgium thought they were through but they are the ones hanging on now...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at

    "Game over? Why did I just say that? Green takes his goal so well, Toby Alderweireld let him go and it just came off the edge of his toe. I can't believe what I'm watching."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Posted at108 mins

    In the history of unlikely comebacks, this would be up there with Noel Edmonds or Blankety Blank. But they go so close to an equaliser, as Jermaine Jones toe-pokes a cross a yard wide. It went past the post in slow motion...

  •  

    GOAL

    Belgium 2-1 USA - Julian Green

    Posted at106 mins

    Wow! The 19-year-old scores with practically his first touch! Michael Bradley floats the pass over the top and Julian Green volleys past Thibaut Courtois!

    He's played three minutes for Bayern Munich's first team...

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 2-0 USA

    Posted at105 mins

    Could Belgium give Argentina a real scare? You bet.

    We are back playing.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 2-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Anyone who can beat Tim Howard tonight really deserves applause because he has been magnificent.

    "When Romelu Lukaku works he can be one of the best centre-forwards around, but he doesn't always put it in. Being dropped to the substitutes' bench must have woken him up because he has come on and bullied USA. If he carries on like this then Belgium can go as far as you like at this World Cup."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 2-0 USA

    Posted at

    "That's the game. It was a good break away, Kevin De Bruyne took his time, played a perfectly-weighted pass and that's the finish we have seen so many times from Romelu Lukaku.

    "He has done more in the first 15 minutes of extra-time here than he had done in the rest of the World Cup and you can see the smile on his face."

  • HALF-TIME

    Belgium 2-0 USA

    Posted at

    Fifteen minutes away from a game with Argentina then.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 2-0 USA

    Posted at105 mins

    Alejandro Bedoya is replaced by Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green as Jurgen Klinsmann looks distraught on the sidelines. His lads have given their all.

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    Posted at

    Garreth Frank: Can't help but think Romelu Lukaku might have had this effect at 75 minutes leading to a victory in normal time.

  •  

    GOAL

    Belgium 2-0 USA - Romelu Lukaku

    Posted at104 mins

    Game, set, and the match, Belgium.

    It's a substitute again as Belgium catch America dead on their feet, Kevin De Bruyne gets an assist to go with his opening goal as he plays in Romelu Lukaku, and he leathers the ball home at the near post.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Psychologically, losing a goal so early in extra-time is huge, and to concede another goal would be the end of the road for USA. But they are still in this. They can make a chance, they only need one."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at103 mins

    Tim Howard with yet another save, keeping out a low drive from Kevin Mirallas. It's a stupendous display from the Everton keeper...

  • Persistence

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at102 mins

    Minutes of Belgium goals in the 2014 World Cup: 70, 80, 88, 77, 93.

    Belgium finally scored with what was their 32nd shot of the game. Thirty-two!

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    Posted at

    Tayo Falore: I don't understand this false nine role. Romelu Lukaku, a true number nine, made the difference.

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at100 mins

    Romelu Lukaku is all over the United States defence, rolling them again to get clear and hit a low shot which forces another save from Tim Howard.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The game has opened up and that has helped Romelu Lukaku, but he is playing with a point to prove and sometimes players need that and come out fighting.

    "Their substitutions have been really good and have made a huge impression. But, if Belgium get through, I would be worried for them when they play better opposition as there is a lack of tenacity in the middle of the park."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at98 mins

    He was wasteful in the first half but he kept going and Kevin De Bruyne was the man to finally break the deadlock and American dreams.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The USA players are absolutely exhausted, while the Belgium players have got a spring in their step. I wouldn't be surprised if they score more. The sadness for USA now is that they don't really have a plan B."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at98 mins

    Belgium v Argentina in Brasilia next Saturday. That's pencilled in unless the United States can somehow find some attacking verve.

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at95 mins

    You're in! Romelu Lukaku sends Jan Vertonghen away, he has all the time in the world and takes it all, ending up coming in on to his right foot and wasting the chance to book the Americans' flight home.

    Lukaku is tearing it up.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Kevin de Bruyne scores and half the Belgium team and all of the substitutes are celebrating on the pitch, and the backroom staff.

    "USA have showed incredible heart in this competition so far. At this World Cup nothing surprises you, but it is a massive ask to come back from this."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA will have to show real character and strength of mind now."

  • Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at93 mins

    Last night Germany hit the early goal in extra time to finally put Algeria away and it's been a similar pattern to this game. United States playing the part of plucky superpower.

    Great celebration from Marc Wilmots by the way, the Belgian coach on the field and halfway to the goal before wisely coming back to the dugout.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 1-0 USA

    Posted at

    "It was that man Romelu Lukaku causing the problems with his strength, power, freshness and USA could not cope with it.

    "Kevin De Bruyne took a touch and it was a very composed finish from a talented young player."

  •  

    GOAL

    Belgium 1-0 USA - Kevin De Bruyne

    Posted at92 mins

    It's in there! Ninety-two minutes of pressure and United States finally crack. Tremendous strength and pace from Romelu Lukaku down the right, his cut-back is not the best but Kevin De Bruyne is able to sort his feet out and fire low into the far corner. Tim Howard finally beaten. Are his nation?

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at91 mins

    First chance of extra-time falls for United States midfielder Jermaine Jones, but he heads it over.

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "How on Earth is this still 0-0? It was attack after attack from Belgium but the most important thing that has let them down is their finishing. They have gone into the final third every time they have gone forward.

    "But for USA it shows what you can do with 13 or 14 committed players when they are giving everything they can for the shirt and for their country.

    "That performance from USA was everything that says 'we want to stay in this competition, we believe in our manager'. I expect Belgium to have the majority of the play in this 30 minutes, but can they have the final touch?"

  • Former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Tim Howard has once again proved what a good goalkeeper he is. Overall at the World Cup the standard of goalkeeping has been very high, and Howard has only added to that."

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Extra-time then. Here we go...

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:56

    Belgium make a switch, Romelu Lukaku on in place of Divock Origi. Not what a US centre-half wants to see..

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The Belgium manager Marc Wilmots will say the simple words: 'Go again.' But Jurgen Kilnsmann must be looking around wondering which of his USA players have got any legs left, and who can take a penalty. Everyone knows USA's best chance of winning is to take it to penalties."

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Salvador

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "And so we go to the afters and the question now is how will the USA hold on for another 30 minutes? The US players are down on the ground having legs massaged, being geed up by their team-mates.

    "The Belgium players look fresher, stronger but if this World Cup has taught us anything, it is that just when you think you know what is going to happen, it all goes out the window."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:55

    Tim Howard could have saved Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. What a performance...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:55

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:53

    the last three games have all been goalless at 90 minutes. Nil-nil is the new black. Very much on trend.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Chris Wondolowski was miles onside. If he had scored there and the linesman's flag was raised then that would have been an absolute disaster for this competition.

    "I loved every second of that and am delighted we will have another 30 minutes."

  • HIGHLIGHTS

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:51

    If you have missed any highlights, check out the tab at the top of your screen and see many clips called 'x denied by Tim Howard' or 'Howard denies x'...

  • FULL-TIME

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    For the second day in a row we have a very good 0-0. We will have extra time...

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Chris Wondolowski misses an incredible chance for the United States! Six yards out and he shanks it over the top, a horrible finish!

    The offside flag momentarily rescues his blushes, but the replays show he was miles onside...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "For the USA to keep going and keep getting the blocks in shows a fantastic attitude and desire to win."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "It wasn't Vincent Kompany's fault, the ball was played half a yard behind him. Play it in front of him and that would have been of the great goals of the World Cup."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Tim Howard - human wall.

  • INJURY TIME

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    Marouane Fellaini! If there's one thing he should be doing, it's heading in from three yards out. But he doesn't.

    We have THREE minutes added on...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Eden Hazard has to pull it back. It's on his left foot and he is running away from goal.

    "That was a bad decision from Hazard and I don't believe he thinks he can score. It's either tiredness or greed. A player of his quality has to do better there."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at90 mins

    What a save again! Complete mishit from Vincent Kompany but he has ran the whole length of the field to meet Kevin De Bruyne's cross and it is going in until Tim Howard makes another diving save.

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    Posted at

    Christopher Campbell: There hasn't been a goal scored as yet but the entertainment value is second to none! Great effort from both teams.

    Jon Walters: This game is crying out for Adnan Januzai to tear it up whilst there are tired legs out there.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at88 mins

    Chance! Kevin De Bruyne finds Eden Hazard in the area but for once Tim Howard doesn't have to make the save as Hazard ripples the side-netting with his left foot. Got to go far post...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at87 mins

    THREE minutes to go. It's looking like extra-time...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Marc Wilmots the Belgium manager is suffering with every chance his side don't take. You can see the fear etched on his face. It will be hard for him to live with Belgium not winning this match."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "What a tackle from Besler. USA have a never-say-die attitude and it is admirable. The players are certainly playing for their manager and their country, but they do look tired. They have to maintain their shape and their concentration.

    "I'm amazed Marouane Fellaini is still on the pitch for Belgium. All he has done is have a couple of knock downs, but they have players like Adnan Januzaj and Mousa Dembele on the bench, who will offer something different."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at84 mins

    Another save from Tim Howard, turning away Divock Origi's rising drive.

    Howard is on for throwing the first pitch of the baseball season, ringing in New Year in Times Square and carrying Floyd Mayweather's belts into the ring...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA have just had another extra little bit of lift. DeAndre Yedlin is tearing down the right again. And Tim Howard has had a brilliant game tonight, he looks a sure thing for the man of the match award."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at83 mins

    Brilliant defending from US centre-back Matt Besler as he shuts out another opening.

    Besler is so popular for his team Sporting Kansas City that when fans got hold of the present list for his wedding to Amanda in December, they bought every remaining item between them.

    Nice touch...

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

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    Posted at

    "I wonder if America is beginning to understand that sport without goals/points/runs can be gut-wrenchingly exciting!"

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at82 mins

    Our man DeAndre Yedlin has had a stormer. One minute he is putting in a dangerous cross, seconds later he tracks back and strips Eden Hazard of the ball with a proper slide tackle.

    Seven minutes remain...

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD

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    Posted at

    "Divock Origi has six caps and really looks at home at the World Cup. Love seeing young players play like this."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "You feel Belgium are getting on top of USA and are creating the better chances. Kevin Mirallas has made a big difference for Belgium and he has already done more than Dries Mertens."

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    Mitch H Mansfield: Can't help but wonder if Jurgen Klinsmann might regret leaving Landon Donovan at home - could've done with his energy and experience here.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at79 mins

    Tim Howard will get a medal from Barack himself if the States get through - yet another save keeps out Eden Hazard. Hazard scuffed his shot but it was flying in...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Again Divock Origi's play was brilliant, in fact it was a superb break in which everything was perfect. Except Tim Howard just got a toe to Kevin Mirallas' shot and and put it behind.

    "Living dangerously is an understatement. USA are on the edge. But oddly enough they have been passing it better since making that change in midfield."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at78 mins

    Dear oh dear that looks nasty! United States defender Omar Gonzalez lands with his ankle at a right-angle but after a brief bit of treatment he appears to be OK. In slow motion that looked sickening...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "A brilliant save from Tim Howard. That was the first time in the match where Eden Hazard tracked back and won a tackle. He gave it to Mirallas, who tried to slide it down the side of Howard, but what a save from the American."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at76 mins

    This is the first time in history that two Everton players have come up against each other in a World Cup match - and Tim Howard has just denied fellow Toffee Kevin Mirallas the opener.

    It's the move of the match, Eden Hazard finding Divock Origi, he flips it round the corner for Mirallas, onside, but he can't beat super Tim Howard...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at75 mins

    FIFTEEN to go then. Are we on for more extra time? It's the theme of this World Cup. Best group stage ever, goals drying up when it counts.

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    Sola Akingbola: USA backs to the wall. Divock Origi looks a real talent. I can see why Romelu Lukaku is on the bench.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "That was a great save from Tim Howard. But after his excellent run, it was a clear sight of goal for Divock Origi and he should've done better. He just scuffed it into the ground, it was not a clean strike and he will be disappointed with that."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The longer this goes on, with USA only getting the odd break because Clint Dempsey is not able to hold up the ball, it just gets harder and harder to play the way they are playing. Getting very little of the ball and always putting in last-ditch tackles is soul-destroying.

    "I haven't noticed any desperation coming from the Belgium players. They still believe they can do it. If they keep playing the way they are playing they will continue to get chances and the likelihood will be they score.

    "For me, USA have got to score first or they will go out, but they are hanging on by their fingernails."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at72 mins

    And Jurgen Klinsmann does make a change. It's Chris Wondolowski on for Graham Zusi.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Brazil

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The US are wilting under a barrage of Belgium attacks. In the stadium there is a real sense that it is a matter of when and not if Belgium get the goal their play in this second half has warranted. The US are clinging on and Jurgen Klinsmann is nowhere to be seen in his technical area. He is going to have to alter something."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at71 mins

    What a save again from Tim Howard! For the first time since the opening 40 seconds Belgium get right through the massed US defence as Eden Hazard beats two men and the ball runs on to Divock Origi - he has the whole goal to aim at but can't beat the sprawling Howard.

    Great keeper, great moment for the US. But can they hang on?

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at70 mins

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at69 mins

    If Axel Witsel could shoot as accurately as Axel Foley, Belgium would be ahead. Another long spell of possession ends with the Zenit midfielder drilling wide from 20-odd yards.

    Into the last 20 we go. This is when Belgium have tended to score...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The battling qualities of the USA players are second to none. They are not the most skilful side, in fact if they were to go through to the quarter-finals they would probably be the eighth-best of eight. But you still wouldn't write them off because of how hard they work."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA cannot keep the ball at the moment and they are looking tired. They need to get some possession to give themselves a breather."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at65 mins

    It's a flat back eight for USA now as they soak up the pressure, and soak it up well. Are they just starting to tire? The runs to close down when the ball goes out wide are starting to come slower and slower...

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    Posted at

    Martin Lowe: I'm getting cynical about about the poor finishing in these knockout stages. It's like everyone's agreed to go to extra time.

    Thomas Dolfi: What a volley from Jan Vertonghen! That would've been the goal of the tournament had it found the back of the net!

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at63 mins

    Again Kevin De Bruyne fritters away a counter by coming inside and slowing it down. Wasteful.

    Into the last half hour and it's opening up again.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "I don't think that's a bad substitution. I'm not sure Mertens has contributed enough. We know Kevin Mirallas from Everton, he has energy, is direct and can score goals."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at60 mins

    Belgium's subs have had a storming World Cup and here's another one, as Kevin Mirallas replaces Dries Mertens.

    One-way traffic since the break but can the Everton man find the breakthrough?

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Belgium are getting closer. Down the right-hand side they are overloading DaMarcus Beasley, who is not getting any support from Alejandro Bedoya. So unlucky Divock Origi to hit the bar.

    "Then for Jan Vertonghen's strike the entirety of the audience here held their breath knowing he was going to take that on the volley. But it is so hard to keep those ones down."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at60 mins

    Almost brilliant!

    Divock Origi beats three men inside the penalty area, goes to the outside and drills in a low cross which Dries Mertens flick into the side-netting. Inches away...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "What's interesting is that when Belgium get forward, Marouane Fellaini moves to become a second striker, looking for the diagonal ball forward, but Belgium are not using him like that. He is moving off the centre-half, hoping for a pass, but they are not aiming for him. If he is in the team you have to play to his strengths."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at58 mins

  • HITS THE WOODWORK

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at56 mins

    Quality again, this time from the other full-back as Toby Alderweireld drifts over a cross and Divock Origi heads it against the top of the crossbar.

    Seconds later Jan Vertonghen tests Tim Howard with another low shot.

    What's French for 'we're gonna score in a minute...?'

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at54 mins

    What a ball in! A dream cross from Jan Vertonghen, he arcs it inbetween the centre-halves and Tim Howard, but Kevin De Bruyne and Divock Origi both miss it on the stretch.

    Such a good delivery, but it's all Belgium now. Surely, surely a Belgian goal is coming...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at52 mins

    It's Marc Wilmots who is having his patience tested now as Marouane Fellaini decides to shoot from a good 35 yards, floating a tame effort wide when he had three men ahead of him. Got to do better big man...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Dries Mertens has disappointed me. His end product has been poor."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at50 mins

    Another poor cross from Dries Mertens, he's really testing Danny Murphy's patience now. Will Marc Wilmots make a change out on that right-hand side?

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Fantastic link-up play by Divock Origi in the build-up to Dries Mertens' header. Of all the strikers available to Belgium, I think he has the best touch and he holds it up brilliantly."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Belgium have the better players from the bench to make the difference, if it is close in the later stages. I can see USA's players getting tired.

    "Marouane Fellaini's best position is off the front man. His best games in an Everton shirt came off the front man. He can play in midfield, but he is at his best when he is causing problems for the centre-halves."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at47 mins

    Marc Wilmots is wildly waving his arms around on the touchline, encouraging his men to (I think) keep their width and stretch the American defence.

    From the very next cross Dries Mertens loops in a header and Tim Howard has to turn it away for a corner, but it comes to nothing.

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at45 mins

    And we are under way...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at22:01

    The players are in the tunnel. Twelve of the 15 goals in the knockout stages so far have come after half-time so let's have some...

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    Matthew Ashley: Every time Belgium come forward the USA have seven or eight bodies in front of the ball. Phenomenal defending!

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA have too many players ahead of the ball and when they lose it they are open to the counter-attack. You have to praise USA for their attacking intentions and the way they are playing but they will get caught out by Belgium's pace."

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    Kevin: You think Fabian Johnson is a huge loss but then they got DeAndre Yedlin who is flying like Johnson!

    JK: As an Everton supporter I'm torn this evening but given what Tim Howard has done for us...USA: come on boys!

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:57

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:56

    Let's not have extra-time and penalties tonight eh?

    A nice early goal to set us on our way...

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Brazil

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "I am not sure I have seen two more animated coaches on the touchline during a half in this World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann and Marc Wilmots have worked up a sweat, pointing, shouting, gesticulating and the rest in that opening 45 minutes.

    "The USA coach even had to bring down a high ball with that famed first touch. He's still got it. Belgium have looked the better side and have had the better chances, but the US have created some decent chances deserve to go in all square. I suspect they would take penalties right now. But maybe that is a little harsh."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:54

    Belgium have now gone five World Cup first-halves without a goal. Come on now!

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:54

    BBC News reporter Taylor Kate Brown in Washington DC's Freedom Plaza:"The plaza is about two city blocks by one city block and is almost full, with plenty of Americans flags and bandannas. That is more impressive given it is currently 95F (35C) and there are plenty of bars with air conditioning offering the match. The city has blocked off part of Penn Avenue, the boulevard of official Washington, for the match."

    "Do not discount the fact that later this week is the 4th of July. It is peak patriotic time in these parts."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Belgium should be in front but we expected them to have more of the play. They have stepped it up a little bit today, but that's what teams should do in tournaments - in the same way we've seen teams like Italy and Germany manage their performances at past tournaments.

    "I'm not sure Belgium are managing it, I think it's more that they are learning each other's styles, but you'd still back Belgium to win this one."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA are playing into Belgium's hands and the Belgians look at their best when they are counter-attacking with Eden Hazard and Divock Origi."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:52

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at21:50

    It could have been very different had Divock Origi opened the scoring inside 40 seconds of course. The Belgian youngster was denied by a top save from Tim Howard.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Everything has been down the right for USA. DeAndre Yedlin is Eden Hazard's nightmare. Hazard doesn't often play against players his height, and against Yedlin he can't take advantage of having a lower centre of gravity and turn him.

    "For Belgium, Divock Origi is another with fantastic pace, but I'm still not sure about his final ball."

  • HALF-TIME

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    And we still haven't. The goals have dried up as the pressure increases.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at45 mins

    Into added time. We've not had a first-half goal since Saturday...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The space for USA is coming down their right-hand side where Jan Vertonghen is defending, but I feel a bit sorry for him as Eden Hazard is not coming back and not tracking his full-back.

    "Vertonghen is good going forward but can struggle defensively in that left-back role, especially when he is left isolated."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at45 mins

    Kevin De Bruyne hits an early shot at Tim Howard from 30 yards at the end of another swift counter. I've seen somebody call De Bruyne the Shermanator on Twitter and I just can't get that image out of my head...

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    Posted at

    The White House: In America, we don't settle. We out-hustle the competition. That's who we are. Let's do this!

    Wayne Rooney: Have to admit I'm a USA fan today.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "All USA are trying to do is survive to half-time now. Yes they are playing well but eventually somebody will not cover their runner. Jurgen Klinsmann is shouting for his players to keep concentrating for a few more minutes."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at42 mins

    Vincent Kompany goes into the book for clattering Clint Dempsey as the US continue to threaten out wide.

    DeAndre Yedlin may have a strange name but he can run all right. Forrest Gump would struggle to cover his runs down that right-hand side, and he almost finds Graham Zusi with a cut-back, but the Kansas man misses his kick.

  • Posted at21:40

    Thanks Gary. I have officially learned something there.

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    Gary Welsh: Tom, a 'Sounder' is the nickname for those native to the 'Puget Sound', an inlet of the Pacific Ocean.

    David Morris: Feel sorry for Fabian Johnson. He has been one of the most impressive players of the tournament.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA should be really proud of how they have performed. It has been a really good team performance from them throughout the competition.

    "I'm a little disappointed with a couple of the Belgium players. Dries Mertens has not done much down the right side and Marouane Fellaini has not broken into a sweat yet. He has hardly had a touch.

    "He is not linking the play, or playing as a second striker as Kevin De Bruyne is doing that. Fellaini is better either really high up or just in front of the defence, protecting them. But at the moment he is not doing either."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at40 mins

    Dries Mertens wastes a good free-kick for Belgium and then hits a poor cross. He has impressed at stages of the World Cup but that was not up to scratch. Kevin Mirallas could be an option out there on the right.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "You have to admire the USA's work ethic. The effort and desire to get back and make tackles, they do not hold back. And they do not strike you generally as being dirty, just strong."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at38 mins

    DeAndre Yedlin whips in a great cross and Clint Dempsey attacks it but a Belgian head nips it away! There's goals in this. Trust me...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at36 mins

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at35 mins

    We've got a Mexican Wave in Salvador, but it's a much better game than that may suggest. After that wave of Belgian pressure it's the States who have control in midfield.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

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    Posted at

    "Get Eden Hazard through the middle behind Divock Origi please Marc Wilmots..."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at34 mins

    DeAndre Yedlin wins a corner with his first touch, great energy down the right. He plays for the Seattle Sounders by the way - anyone know what a Sounder is?

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "This is the third or fourth USA player who has pulled up with a hamstring problem in this World Cup, and this is a real blow for them. Fabian Johnson, arguably their best player so far, was having some success against Jan Vertonghen."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at32 mins

    Jurgen Klinsmann has to make a change as Fabian Johnson is replaced by 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin.

    That's not a typo by the way. DeAndre. The youth of today...

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    Calum Crowe: Belgium playing with much more freedom. Almost as if the pressure of failure is off after making it out the group.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at30 mins

    Big problems for the USA as dynamic right-back Fabian Johnson pings a muscle and is down. The former Germany youth international will not run this one off. He's finished.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The first 20 minutes were cagey but now it is open and it feels like a Belgium goal is coming. USA have to hold on because if they were to go a goal down it would be very hard to come back.

    "We just saw the first piece of brilliance of the night from Eden Hazard. Belgium are moving the ball quickly which is exhausting for the opposition. Hard work for USA now but they don't mind that. They will work all night long."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "So much for the tight game we talked about. Both sides are having a real go and it's exactly what we wanted to see."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at29 mins

    So open, end-to-end stuff, this is an antidote to the knockout stages so far.

    Toby Alderweireld has to recover well to prevent Clint Dempsey from getting in and moments later Eden Hazard drills a shot at Tim Howard.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at27 mins

    There's got to be goals in this one. Surely...

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "When Marouane Fellaini is trying to get back into position, it is like he is in slow motion and he really needs to try hard to get back quicker.

    "But that chance for Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne was the best chance of the game. He completely mis-hit it and a player of his quality, who was their top scorer in qualifying with the top number of assists, will be disappointed with that."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at25 mins

    It's got to be! No!

    Lovely stuff form Belgium though as they scythe through the US defence, Jan Vertonghen is in behind and does the right thing in drilling the ball across, but Divock Origi is crowded out.

    Great stuff...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Real belief from the USA, I think they had gone into their shells at the start of the game but they are beginning to come into it now. It's as if they have just been released. They are now going at full pace and both their full-backs are coming into it."

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at23 mins

    And now a great chance at the other end!

    Belgium nick the ball back in the centre-circle and spring away, a three-on-two break. Jan Vertonghen is the legs through the middle, he finds Kevin De Bruyne on the overlap but from the moment he cuts inside on to his right foot the momentum is gone. The former Chelsea man gets a shot off but it's tame and wide.

    Encouraging few minutes though. Both teams looking dangerous.

  • CLOSE!

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at20 mins

    That state of national optimism will be continuing to grow as the US have a strong few minutes. Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey combine superbly on the edge of the box and Dempsey tests Thibaut Courtois with a low shot from 18 yards.

    The crowd are alive now. The men in white making all the running, pressing Belgium's players high up the pitch and forcing errors.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "That yellow card has been coming, too many players have been diving into challenges. When you are taking on a team with the likes of Eden Hazard in it, don't dive in. It's exactly what they want you to do.

    "Geoff Cameron, playing in central defensive midfield, will now be scared to make a challenge and won't dive in again."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at20 mins

    USA win a corner, they've scored from a few already and they create danger again, Geoff Cameron winning the header and flicking it on but Clint Dempsey can't get on the end of it.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Salvador

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "This US side are, once again, showing they are extremely organised, very well-drilled and technically sound. What they lack is genuine pace and star quality, the ability to make something happen from nothing and what we are already seeing is Belgium's back four holding a pretty high line because they know there isn't a lot of pace on the US side that can hurt them."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at18 mins

    A stick-on booking. Belgium look to break with pace as Kevin De Bruyne tees up Dries Mertens down the wing and Geoff Cameron cynically takes him out. First man in the book.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "USA have weathered the early scare and they are finding their feet nicely. Divock Origi had a chance in the first minute and it would've been a huge blow for USA to concede so early.

    "But they will have to be careful with that high defensive line they are playing as you do not want to give someone with a lot of pace room to run into."

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    Posted at

    Toby Foot: This game definitely needs an early goal to spice it up, not looking forward to another draw and extra time.

    John Dykes: Belgium have the better players but USA have phenomenal spirit and I think it will carry them through!

    Dan Hayes: As an occasional sporter of rather large hair, I am stunned Marouane Fellaini hasn't shaved his head because of the heat.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at17 mins

    A long throw, a pitch invader and a drop-ball. I'm ticking off all my niche footballing bingo cards in this game.

    The invader is swept away and Belgium continue to boss the ball with little or no impact.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "There is a defensive weakness in this Belgium side and strangely enough it is Eden Hazard. He doesn't look over his shoulder enough. Chelsea fans will remember that from the match against Atletico Madrid."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at12 mins

    Eden Hazard is the most dangerous Belgian since Jean-Claude Van Damme but the Americans have restricted him to just three touches in the opening 10 minutes.

    Problems here now for the Belgians as Divock Origi goes down after a heavy challenge. He's alright though.

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "The problem for USA is when they push numbers forward, if it breaks down they could get caught. Belgium will look to play on the break with the pace of Eden Hazard and Divock Origi."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at9 mins

    Play to your strengths. Nothing wrong with that, as Belgium launch in a Rory Delap-style long throw and look for the extras off Marouane Fellaini. That's the first long throw I've seen in the World Cup, but it comes to nothing in the end.

    The US are settled now, into that two lines of four formation that will be tough to break down. Get it wide, get it to Hazard...

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at8 mins

    The new Dirk Kuyt - not the most common moniker to hand out. But I like it...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Geoff Cameron is playing in a central midfield position and Fabian Johnson will be marking Eden Hazard on his own. I'm a big fan of Johnson. He could be the new Dirk Kuyt. He will be asked to fly forward but also get back and cover Hazard when he can."

  • Former England international Danny Murphy

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "Some people are suggesting that Belgium have not been tested at this World Cup. But in the first game they went 1-0 down and won 2-1 against Algeria and in their last game they went down to 10 men and beat South Korea, so I think they've shown good character."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at6 mins

    Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the bench as his side sort themselves out after that nervous start. Michael Bradley gets on the ball in midfield and puts together a flowing move but they can't find lone frontman Clint Dempsey.

    DaMarcus Beasley then hurtles forwards down the left wing but he can't complete the cross. With Vincent Kompany and Daniel van Buyten in the middle, Belgium will be comfortable dealing with those all day.

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at3 mins

    This is already more promising than Argentina v Switzerland. Belgium starting superbly, winning a corner which is just about dealt with.

    Can the US ride the storm?

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Salvador

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "I was speaking to a group of US fans last night in Salvador who told me thousands of the supporters who came out for the group stages have had to go home.

    "They have notoriously little annual leave in the US and many of the fans had to go back or face losing their jobs. The ones who have stayed are carrying a Stars and Stripes flag signed by all those who have gone home. They are here in spirit, it would seem."

  • Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at1 min

    What a start for Belgium, what a start for youngster Divock Origi as he instantly gets in behind the States defence. Clean through, one-on-one, foiled by a fine stop from Everton keeper Tim Howard.

    Huge, huge chance.

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at

    "A really rousing rendition of the United States anthem from their fans but oddly the players weren't as pumped up as they have been. In the game against Portugal they were bawling it out.

    "It looks to me like they have decided to take a more calm approach and not waste too much nervous energy before the game starts."

  • KICK-OFF

    Belgium 0-0 USA

    Posted at0 mins

    We are under way in Salvador. Who will join Argentina in the last eight?

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Jurgen Klinsmann has got USA organised and every player knows their job inside out. They will have two blocks of four and will say to Belgium 'try and break through us'."

  • Posted at20:55

    It is what it is, we are where we are. And that is at kick-off time...

  • Parlez-vous Anglais?

    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann has criticised Fifa's appointment of an Algerian referee for their World Cup second-round match against Belgium.

    Djamel Haimoudi, 44, will take charge of the tie in Salvador.

    Klinsmann maintains the Belgians will be able to communicate better with the referee as they both speak French and pointed out that the USA knocked Algeria out of the 2010 World Cup.

    "Is it a good theory? No," he said. "We hope it's not a concern."

    He added: "I understand it's difficult for Fifa to choose the right referees for the right games and it has always been tricky for Fifa, but it is what it is."

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    Will: Hoping for a Belgium win. Have lots of American friends, and have nightmares of them celebrating winning the "Soccer World Series".

  • Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:53

    Here we go then. The US all in white up against Belgium all in red.

    Salvador has been the city of goals so far - more of the same please lads...

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "One of the great things about youngsters such as Divock Origi is that they come in without any fear. If you give them the chance at this stage, nothing is going to spook them again.

    "And that means youngsters grow up feeling comfortable in that environment. It's something I think we don't do enough."

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    Paolo Brand: Don't think the USA are gonna enjoy entering the Garden of Eden tonight.

    Vinny Person: USA will make this hard and try suffocate Belgium but I expect them to finally click and eventually rout the Yanks.

    Tom Miszkowski: Romelu Lukaku on the bench won't be a happy bunny but Divock Origi has earned a start.

  • Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:51

    So it's all set up for Eden Hazard to be double marked out of the game, young striker Divock Origi to toil alone up front for Belgium and the thousands of 'believers' to witness a famous US win.

    Right?

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

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    Belgium v USA (21:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "When Eden Hazard gets the ball, you don't know what he's going to do. If he improves his goalscoring return he will be one of the best players in the world.

    "His decision making, for a young guy, is very good and I love watching him play. He is so strong and explosive, you can't catch him and he makes it look so easy."

  • Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

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Posted on Sunday 1st June 2014

South Africas Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg

South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa's president says.

Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.

He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital.

In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had "departed" and was at peace.

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1918 Born in the Eastern Cape

1943 Joined African National Congress

1956 Charged with high treason, but charges dropped after a four-year trial

1962 Arrested, convicted of incitement and leaving country without a passport, sentenced to five years in prison

1964 Charged with sabotage, sentenced to life

1990 Freed from prison

1993 Wins Nobel Peace Prize

1994 Elected first black president

1999 Steps down as leader

2001 Diagnosed with prostate cancer

2004 Retires from public life

2005 Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness

"Our nation has lost its greatest son," Mr Zuma said.

He said Mr Mandela would receive a full state funeral, and flags would be flown at half-mast.

BBC correspondents say Mr Mandela's body will be moved to a mortuary in Pretoria, and the funeral is likely to take place next Saturday.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world's most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.

He had rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004.

"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves," Mr Zuma said.

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“Start Quote

You have to thumb back through many decades of history to find another individual whose life was so intimately bound up in the fate and emotions of a nation”

Andrew HardingAfrica correspondent

"Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell."

UK Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Mr Mandela, saying "a great light has gone out in the world".

Earlier, the BBC's Mike Wooldridge, outside Mr Mandela's home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, said there appeared to have been an unusually large family gathering.

A number of government vehicles were there during the evening as well, our correspondent says.

Since he was released from hospital, the South African presidency repeatedly described Mr Mandela's condition as critical but stable.

Born in 1918, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943, as a law student.

He and other ANC leaders campaigned against apartheid (white-only rule).

 

A look back at the life of Nelson Mandela

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, but was released in 1990 as South Africa began to move away from strict racial segregation.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994. He stepped down after five years in office.

After leaving office, he became South Africa's highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup.

He was also involved in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and other countries in Africa and elsewhere.

Nelson Mandela was in hospital for nearly three months

Posted on Thursday 5th December 2013

Ghana 1 - 2 Egypt

Ghana qualify to the world cup in Brazel next year by loosing to Egypt

by News @jobserveafrica

Posted on Tuesday 19th November 2013

Ghana beaten 2 - 1 in Cairo

Ghana have made it to their third World Cup finals in a row. They have been beaten 2-1 tonight in Cairo, but have gone through 7-3 on aggregate. News by jobserveafrica

Posted on Tuesday 19th November 2013

Ghana Supreme Court upholds John Mahama's win

Ghana's Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the opposition to annul President John Mahama's narrow victory in last year's disputed election.

The NPP had alleged that Mr Mahama won the election fraudulently, a charge his NDC party denied.

However, the court ruled that he had been "validly elected" after beating the NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo by 50.7% to 47.7% in the December 2012 election.

Ghana is generally seen as a beacon of democracy in the region. by bbc

The case was broadcast live on television and radio in a rare sign of judicial transparency in Africa, says the BBC's Akwasi Sarpong in Accra.

'Spellbound'

Nearly 30,000 security officers were deployed across Ghana to prevent an outbreak of violence after the court verdict.

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Presidential election results

  • John Dramani Mahama, NDC - 50.70%, 5,574,761 votes
  • Nana Akufo-Addo, NPP - 47.74%, 5,248,898 votes

Mr Akufo-Addo had previously pledged to respect the court's decision.

Mr Mahama was inaugurated in January.

Ghanaians have been spellbound by the eight-month case, following it closely on radio and television, our reporter says.

Court cases are not usually beamed into the homes of people, he says.

The NPP had asked the court to scrap some four million votes, alleging the result was tampered with to guarantee Mr Mahama victory in the first round of the election.

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) party argued that any mistakes made by polling station officials while recording ballots was not an attempt to subvert democracy, and there were insufficient grounds for the court to overturn the result.

Posted on Thursday 29th August 2013

Mario Gotze Germany 1-0 Argentina

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at23:03

    The German squad gather in a huddle at the front of the stage as Philipp Lahm waits to receive the famous trophy.

    Like Lothar Matthaus, Franz Beckenbauer and Fritz Walter before him, Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy for Germany...

  • Mike Ingham

    BBC Radio 5 live

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "There were moments in this game where it might have happened for Argentina, but at the same time it would have been too much for Brazil to bear.

    "You never know, with a fully fit Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, they might have won. But for me Messi wasn't even Argentina's best player, never mind the best player at the World Cup.

    "And the thing is, Messi will be 31 the time the next World Cup comes around. You just wonder whether this was the moment for him."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "There's been no outstanding teams at this World Cup apart from Germany in the last two games."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at23:01

    Runners up in 2002, semi-finalists in 2006 & 2010 - here come Germany. No longer the bridesmaid, but the blushing bride.

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at23:00

    Lionel Messi leads his team-mates past the World Cup trophy, but not in the way he would have wanted to. It's a silver medal for the Argentine side. Alex Sabella will stand down after tonight. Not the way he wanted to go out.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "I feel sorry for Argentina. This is taking an eternity."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:58

    Germany form a guard of honour for Argentina as they go up the steps to collect their silver medals.

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    Raphael Santos (Brazil): Germany came, built a training centre, danced with the natives, went to the beach, scored seven against Brazil and won the World Cup. Fantastic.

    Antonio Vera (Spain): A well deserved championship for Germany, but it's worth saying Argentina played a great game and had chances to win it.

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:57

  • Awards for Neuer and Messi

    Posted at22:55

    Manuel Neuer is up to collect his Golden Glove award, he is clearly the best goalkeeper at the tournament and deserves that.

    Lionel Messi wins the Golden Ball award for the best player of the tournament. Not sure everyone will agree with that...

  • Match Stats

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:54

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    Anup, Leeds: Deserving team has won the World Cup. I think it is a team effort and Germany displayed it stronger than any other team. Three cheers for the new World champions.

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:53

    Here come the presentation party. Lionel Messi looks pig sick as he waits to receive his runners-up medal. He's not got too many of those in his collection.

  • Former England defender Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "There is no worse feeling than just standing there and waiting to see your opponents lift the trophy. Argentina's players will be feeling sick."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:53

    Mario Gotze's winning goal was 32nd substitute goal of the tournament, a World Cup record.

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:52

    Christ the Redeemer is decked out in the German flag. Congratulations Germany.

  • Former England defender Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "This isn't a project started last year by the German FA. It's something that has been in the making for the last 10-12 years. These players have played together at international youth level, under-21 level. Now they're world champions. England fans will be watching this and asking 'can we do this?'"

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    Anina M: Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger or Javier Mascherano man of the match for me. Each has been really outstanding tonight!

    Vikor Atllen: Lionel Messi. Disappointed but gracious.

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:50

    Brazil remain out in front with five World Cup wins, and Germany now join Italy on four.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "I'm sure Argentina will get a good welcome back home but when they do go back, they will be thinking they could have won this game. They had all the chances. After so many misses you start thinking if Germany get a chance, they will get the goal, and that's what they have done."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:49

    Mario Gotze is the first player to score a winning goal as a substitute in a World Cup final. What a hero.

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    Gully: Bastian Schweinsteiger was an absolute warrior! Man of the Match performance surely! He gave everything.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "The Germany manager deserve a lot of credit. He was so near and yet so far [in previous tournaments]. He changed his tactics and system and believed in what he thought would work.

    "He made a big call in taking off Miroslav Klose and bringing on Mario Gotze and it worked."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:49

    It must be a horrible, horrible wait for the Argentina players. Like Jim Bowen bringing out that speedboat, they have to wait and see what they could have won.

  • Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Germany are absolutely worthy of winning the World Cup. They were the best team throughout and they grew a lot. They were always very solid, got through the results and improved as the tournament went on.

    "Today was quite equal, maybe the best chances went to Argentina, but it is still deserved by Germany."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "For Lionel Messi to have the iconic status of Pele and Diego Maradona he has to lift the World Cup. He had his chance tonight and it hasn't been taken."

  • Former England defender Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Kids watching this game wanted to see Messi do something special. He had a big chance but his time didn't come. But Messi has done things at club level that others have come nowhere near. It's unfortunate he was unable to produce here."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:47

    What a night for Christoph Kramer. Not in the original 30-man squad, he came in right at the end, only making his debut in May.

    The 23-year-old started, went off early through injury, and is now a World Cup winner.

    Well done third-choice goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler too. The 25-year-old played two games on loan at my team Northampton Town in 2009. He's just won the World Cup!

    We'll have to rename our ground!

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "We talk about those defining moments, well Argentina had a few. Eight shots wide. They never tested Manuel Neuer, we know he is a fantastic goalkeeper but that was their downfall. They did not take their chances in those big moments.

    "As a team Germany have been exceptional. Efficient, strong, their game management is absolutely superb."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Argentina had big opportunities. Gonzalo Higuain would have laid in bed last night dreaming of a one-on-one at the edge of the box. You can't miss from there. It's a sitter, I'm afraid."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:44

    Mario Gotze's younger brother Felix currently plays for the Borussia Dortmund under-15 team. See you in Russia lad...

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Germany have got great belief in their keeper - he's a sweeper, he can play with his left or right foot and is quick.

    "They've got some top players - Muller, Kroos, Schweinsteiger. The average age of their team is 26."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:43

    The celebrations will continue long into the Rio night, and Joachim Low has almost cracked into a cheer. The coolest man in the stadium embraces his players.

  • Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Germany are phenomenal at getting the job done - their team ethos, their great players. It was a great goal to win the final - a great run and cross from Schurrle and a great volley from Gotze. That was the hardest chance of the lot. He knew he was going to score."

  • Former England defender Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Gotze has been promising to do something like this in a German shirt for a while. They love him in Germany, he is a wonder kid. Argentina are going to have nightmares because they had great chances but couldn't score."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Mario Gotze has a hell of a lot to do when the ball comes to him. The first touch was brilliant and the finish was out of this world."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:40

    Argentina were behind for seven minutes of the World Cup. Unfortunately for them, it was the wrong seven...

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    Ross Gordon: A lot of people thought back in 2010 that Germany would be ready to win in 2014 and they've done it with style. Great team.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at

    "Overall Germany deserve it. Argentina, we had glimpses of what they could do but they stuttered their way through the tournament. Tonight I feel sorry for them because they had chances at key moments but they did not take them.

    "Germany have ground it out but if you are going to score a goal that is worthy of winning the World Cup that was certainly it from Mario Gotze."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:38

    Mario Gotze joins the likes of Andres Iniesta, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Andreas Brehme and Jose Burruchaga as scorers of decisive goals in World Cup finals.

    The 22-year-old was the second youngest German player of all time. He will never be forgotten now...

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "You might argue that the goal that won Germany the World Cup was the most difficult chance of the night."

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:37

    Tears flow in the stands as Argentina supporters can't quite believe it. The subs on the back page of the Berliner breathe a sigh of relief.

    Germany fans were ultra confident before the game, and they have delivered.

  • GERMANY WIN THE WORLD CUP

    Posted at22:36

    Mario Gotze is the toast of a nation! Germany win their fourth World Cup.

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    Nicholas Waite: Brilliant goal from Mario Gotze, cool as you like. Didn't even look phased with the celebration either - talk about composure!

    Ashic Mahtab: You have got to feel sorry for Lionel Messi. Joins the ranks of Marco van Basten et al. Greatest players never to win a World Cup.

    Nik: Mario Gotze will get the plaudits but Manuel Neuer has been immense for the Germans throughout.

  • FULL-TIME

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at120 mins

    Germany have won it!

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at120 mins

    Lionel Messi takes it - over the top! Not his day, not their night...

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at120 mins

    Long delay here. Lionel Messi lines up the free-kick, he's a long way out. He can't from here - can he?

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Romero is asking to go forward. Why stop him? He is asking to go forward but is being ignored."

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at120 mins

    Get up there Sergio Romero!

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at120 mins

    120 mins done - we have TWO MINUTES added on. Two minutes between Germany and glory.

    Free-kick to Argentina.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "There will be more than dancing in Dusseldorf this evening, but this will be massively celebrated in Brazil as well. The last thing they wanted was an Argentina victory.

    "Argentina had plenty of chances to win it but unfortunately for them their chances fell to the wrong players."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at119 mins

    Germany may get a second on the break - Thomas Muller is in and pokes it across goal but Mesut Ozil can't get there.

    Here comes the BFG - Per Mertesacker on for Ozil. Two World Cup winners at the Arsenal next season?

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Germany fans counting down the clock and the Brazilian supporters in here roaring on Joachim Low's side - even jeering Lionel Messi when he failed to keep the ball in play. Can Argentina somehow beat the imposing presence of the magnificent Manuel Neuer?"

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Neuer knew exactly where Messi's header was going. He saw it coming and decided to stay on his line."

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at118 mins

    Everyone's up top for Argentina, with Javier Mascherano playing as a sweeper.

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at116 mins

    Lionel Messi heads the ball on to the roof of the net. Mario Gotze's goal by the way was the 171st of this World Cup, which ties with France 98 for the record.

    Per Mertesacker is coming on for Germany.

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    The JakeWaller: That's how you become a hero! No German will EVER forget your name. Well taken son!

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "There's four minutes left and Argentina just can't get the ball."

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at115 mins

    Five minutes from glory. And brilliant from Manuel Neuer again, off his line like a flash to snuff out a promising Argentine attack.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "You look at the Argentina players now and their heads have dropped. We haven't seen enough from Lionel Messi, he is clearly not fit at all."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "That was a fantastic first touch and superb technique. He didn't even look where the keeper was, he just knew where he was going."

  • Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at114 mins

    Even in the aftermath of that goal, Joachim Low remained unmoved on the sidelines. The man has anti-freeze in his veins.

    A minority of supporters inside the Maracana are rocking. Germany minutes away from a fourth World Cup win...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "What a fantastic goal, it was a great cross into the box, Mario Gotze drifted into the near post, took it on his chest and fired it into the far corner. He had the composure to provide a brilliant finish that deserves to win a World Cup final."

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-0 Argentina - Mario Gotze

    Posted at113 mins

    Super sub! Super Mario!

    What a moment for Mario Gotze, as he gives Germany the lead. And surely wins the World Cup!

    Andre Schurrle sprints down the left, showing rare energy at this stage of the game. His cross finds Gotze, he takes it on his chest and then flashes the volley across Sergio Romero and into the corner. Wonderful, wonderful technique...

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    Duncan, Richmond: The World Cup final should be the one game allowed a replay. It's just not right that after two years of qualification and 64 games in the finals, the world champions will be decided from the penalty spot. It's not football.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at111 mins

    Bastian Schweinsteiger's cornerman has done a good job on that cut and the midfielder is back on. No real danger at the moment, pretty pedestrian stuff in the centre.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "That should have been a sending off. Aguero is very fortunate."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at109 mins

    Bastian Schweinsteiger is rightfully angry after that clash. Sami Khedira was off the bench and in the linesman's ear.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at108 mins

    Bastian Schweinsteiger getting all the treatment now. Sergio Aguero catches him with a swinging arm and again there is no card from the referee. He's cut under the eye too.

    Blood flows from the wound. Aguero could have been dismissed for that, he gets nothing.

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    Brent, London: Don't Germany have a sub left? Get Lukas Podolski out there now!

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at107 mins

    Javier Mascherano is playing a dangerous game as he catches Bastian Schweinsteiger again with a late tackle. Do not get sent off now...

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    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    Former France and Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira: "Both defences have been excellent. I hope one team wins it before penalties as I know how difficult it is to lose that way."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Manuel Neuer certainly won't be lacking confidence if it goes to penalties. He might even take one."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at106 mins

    The winner in the 2010 final came from Andres Iniesta in the second period of extra time, in the 116th minute in fact. There is still time.

  • Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "The first five minutes of extra-time was like the first half - end to end. You have to find the extra reserves from somewhere - the most important 15 minutes of your life."

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at105 mins

    We are go.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "We've seen that one big chance for Argentina, when Rodrigo Palacio should have scored. Argentina have had the better chances throughout the whole game but you feel there is one more big one in this game. Will it fall to that player who can remain composed and finish?"

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:15

    Both coaches giving further encouragement, I'm not sure anybody is listening at this stage. They are out on their feet. Argentina haven't been behind for a single minute of this World Cup. How cruel for them if they were to lose it now...

  • The penalty shootout dossier

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:14

    All 36 penalties taken in the 2014 World Cup up until the final, with 26 scored and 10 either missed or saved

    The World Cup final could be decided by a penalty shootout. We have had four already.

    Is there a perfect penalty? From the graphic, it appears shoot high and into the corners would be the best option.

    Germany edge Argentina in penalty shootout stats:

    Former England striker Alan Shearer: "You're representing your country and the whole nation is watching you. The pressure is huge.

    "Your mind starts to play tricks on you. That walk is a long walk and a million things go through your mind. You heart beats faster but you've got to believe in what you've trained to do.

    "The goalkeeper will play mind games, which we saw with Tim Krul. If I'd been in that situation against Krul I'd have waited 10 yards outside the box until he was back on his line - you've got to stay in control of the situation.

    "I used to line the ball up, look at the opposite side to where I was going to put it. And you should never, ever change your mind.

    "The last thing that goes through your mind? Don't miss."

    Read more from BBC's penalty shootout dossier.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:14

    In space, no-one can hear you scream...

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    Astronaut Alexander Gerst: "Exciting World Cup final at 28,000 km/h on the International Space Station. Go Germany!"

  • HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at105 mins

    Fifteen minutes from pens.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at103 mins

    This has got the distinct whiff of penalties about it now, both sides looking tired and devoid of ideas. It's a shame to end this tournament like this really.

    Someone still has time to lift it though.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It is so tense down there. The substitutes behind the German goal who are supposed to be warming up are just stood watching the game. Julian Draxler could come on for Germany, but then who do you take off? Do you take off a defender and go for it?"

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at101 mins

    Javier Mascherano cuts the ball out with a great tackle and then catches Bastian Schweinsteiger on his follow through. He's on a booking but no further action taken, or needed.

    Germany have one change left. I'd take Mats Hummels off. He's playing like someone's dad.

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    Fabian McNeilly: I'd feel more sorry for Rodrigo Palacio if his hair wasn't so terrible.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at99 mins

    Germany are lacking a focal point since Miroslav Klose came off, with Thomas Muller doing his best to get in the mixer.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "There was that opportunity I was talking about. The first touch was brilliant, you're thinking surely now he has to score but in fairness to Manuel Neuer he came out very quickly. I think Rodrigo Palacio was just panicked by that and he scooped it well wide."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at96 mins

    Mats Hummels is gone - absolutely gone! He can't run and he can't jump, he gets right under a cross from the left, gets it all wrong to allow Rodrigo Palacio in.

    Manuel Neuer is out in a flash though, getting right in the striker's face and forcing him to chip it wide.

    Just run at Hummels. The man has lost his legs...

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Schurrle seems to be frightened of Zabaleta. He won't take him on at all."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at95 mins

    Someone get Carlos Tevez back from Disneyland. How Argentina could do with him now.

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

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    "Jerome Boateng has been immense today. Mats Hummels is lacking mobility - outside the box he has been left a few times. Ezequiel Garay and Martin Demichelis have been very good too."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at94 mins

    Joachim Low still remains calm. I wonder if there is any scenario in which he loses it. Maybe not being able to park in a shopping centre, running late for a flight...

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at94 mins

    Manuel Neuer took a throw-in there for Germany. One for the fans of the niche acts in football...

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at the Maracana

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "There has been talk about Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano giving the team talks but it was a fired-up coach Alejandro Sabella who was delivering the motivational speech during the break there."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at93 mins

    This is so open now! Sergio Aguero gets on the burst, flying down the left wing before delivering a poor ball across. Mats Hummels was so slow in the middle. This extra period could be a real test for one or tow out there.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Great break by Germany and terrific save by Romero. I hope that's set the tone for extra time."

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at91 mins

    What a chance! Right at the start!

    Andre Schurrle, who scored at the start of extra time against Algeria, has a chance but lashes in a shot straight at Sergio Romero.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

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    Stepan Benyovszky: Once again most "experts" are wrong, Argentina comfortably holding their own. Germany nervous and will need luck. Lots of it.

  • Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It just needs one piece of individual brilliance and Messi is the man."

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    Here we go then - extra time in the World Cup final.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It's all mind over matter now. Germany just look that little bit stronger for me. I think both teams will get a chance, but Argentina have already had good chances and not taken them. That is why I think they will get punished."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:57

    Both captains meet for the coin toss as the coaches continue to discuss their plans. Will it go to penalties again?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Both teams look dead on their feet. When you have the ball at this stage of the game you have that extra 15% of energy, and when you're without it your head drops and your energy drops. At this level that is all it takes for somebody to get a run on you."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "I have been surprised by Argentina, watching them in previous matches they haven't been great but they have turned up tonight and played with a good tempo, high energy levels and the front three have been lively.

    "You just wonder who is going to make the first mistake. It is so hard to call."

  • Former England defender Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    ASK RIO

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:56

    Rio Ferdinand will be answering a selection of your questions on the Match of the Day Facebook page at the end of this match. You can watch Rio in Rio on BBC One at 10.35pm on Monday evening looking back on his time in Brazil.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

  • Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It's unbelievably difficult to predict. The first half was better than the second half. Messi had a golden opportunity - clean through and he missed the target."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:54

    Germany have one change available, Argentina have used all of theirs.

    Lionel Messi is not the most inspirational captain, sitting on his own munching on an energy bar while team-mates gather away to his left. Javier Mascherano is the talker.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Maracana

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Couple of little half-chances towards the end but nothing to prevent extra-time. Will Argentina's extra efforts against the Netherlands the night after Germany won in a canter against Brazil be a factor when we start again?"

  • FULL-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:52

    And there we go.

    Chances spurned by both sides, neither keeper forced into real top-class action, and it goes to extra time.

    A final on a knife edge.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    Germany thread an intricate move across the penalty area but Thomas Muller's cross is eventually cut out. Looks like extra time.

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    Bhaz: Mario Gotze on for Miroslav Klose. Take a bow, goal machine.

  • INJURY TIME

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    We will have THREE MINUTES added on. Lionel Messi flicks a great pass through but it's cut out...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "I think Miroslav Klose will be 40 at the next World Cup. It may be a little too much for him. What a fantastic player. He gets an applause from everyone in the stadium as he goes off."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at88 mins

    Lucas Biglia needs some treatment, Argentina have used all three subs but he's OK. Into the last two minutes of the 90.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at87 mins

    Lionel Messi takes it on his shoulder, beats one man and plays a one-two. It all opens up for him - until a brilliant tackle stops him in his tracks.

    Miroslav Klose gets a huge ovation as he is replaced by Mario Gotze.

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    Ash: No doubt Miroslav Klose has been outstanding for Germany but his lack of pace has severely let him down and held him back today.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at85 mins

    Last change for Argentina. Enzo Perez, who looks finished, comes off and Fernando Gago takes his place.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at84 mins

    It's now or never really. Germany perhaps looking the fitter and stronger side.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "You never felt as though Kroos was going to make the net bulge. There wasn't even a bobble, no excuse really."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "That is the second big chance for Toni Kroos. It was brilliant play from Mesut Ozil to pull it back and Kroos almost tried to be too precise and that has cost him. You want him to put his foot through that and at least make the goalkeeper work."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at83 mins

    The last two World Cup finals have both gone to extra time. Are we on for a third one in a row?

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at81 mins

    Lovely! Philipp Lahm frees Mesut Ozil down the right, the Arsenal man gets his head up nice and early and finds Toni Kroos on the edge of the box.

    Kroos has time, goes for the early side-footer, but passes it tame and wide. Great pass from Ozil.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "I was expecting Argentina to have come well off the pace by now but Germany have looked rattled since the start of this second half. They have not settled down at all."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at80 mins

    Chance at the other end! Thomas Muller puts in a cracking pass from the left this time, it finds Benedikt Howedes who is not the man you'd want there, and he can't gather it up.

    Into the last 10...

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at78 mins

    Lionel Messi may be coming to life. He bursts past two defenders with a wonderful turn of pace but new man Rodrigo Palacio is not on the same page and can't react to his touch through.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at77 mins

    Rodrigo Palacio, who has made four substitute appearances during the World Cup, has a fifth in the final. The Inter striker replaces Gonzalo Higuain, who will still be thinking about that first-half chance.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "When Messi is up against defenders they seem mesmerized by him. His movement is so quick, short steps, and fantastic control. He was thinking Iran all over again."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "We are either going to see a horrendous mistake or that one moment of individual brilliance, because at this stage in the game you start to feel one goal might be enough to seal the victory.

    "Lionel Messi is dropping deeper and deeper. He just needs one moment to come up with that fantastic goal."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at73 mins

    Nope. Not happening for Lionel Messi, whose touch lets him down as he tries to collect a crossfield pass.

    We are 20 minutes away from full-time. Can Messi inspire his side to the trophy? Right on cue, he cuts inside and bends a shot wide...

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "What a poor touch by Schurrle. His body wasn't in any shape to take it. But this game is opening up."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at70 mins

    Thomas Muller is able to ghost into the area for the first time since the break, he floats away into space but Andre Schurrle can't control his pass. We are getting toward 'one goal wins' territory.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Germany still haven't really created a golden opportunity in this second half. At the moment, if Argentina can keep their concentration, you could see a half chance falling to Sergio Aguero.

    "But when Argentina do attack they have to be careful they do not leave space for Germany to counter. That is the only time they really look dangerous."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at69 mins

    Another good claim from Manuel Neuer, hurtling out to punch this time, ends an Argentine attack. The best keeper in the world?

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    Dom, Leigh on Sea: Very strange watching Lionel Messi in a team having this little possession.

    Tommy, Clevedon: It's been a great game so far but we've just hit the dreaded 60 minute no one wants to lose mark! Pens anyone?

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at66 mins

    Lionel Messi on the ball for the first time in 15 minutes, easily beating two men in midfield before earning a free-kick which is easily claimed by Manuel Neuer. The quality has just edged out of it...

  • YELLOW CARD

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at63 mins

    Good pressing from Argentina forces Manuel Neuer into kicking it clean out of play. Germany looking rattled, but then Javier Mascherano makes a mistake in midfield and slides through to bring down Miroslav Klose and a yellow card which he accepts readily.

    Sergio Aguero is then booked for a late one on Bastian Schweinsteiger. Getting a bit edgy.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at62 mins

    Andre Schurrle bursts in down the left and hits an early cross, Mesut Ozil is charging in at the near post but the ball is always behind him and he can't gather it in.

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    Andrew Larkin: Manuel Neuer is Harald Schumacher in disguise.

    Tom Clempson: It's more of a penalty for Gonzalo Higuain than a free kick against him.

    P.D Smith: Argentina playing as they did in the semis - disciplined in defence and positive in attack.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at60 mins

    Into the final half an hour in Rio. Are we going all the way to extra time and beyond again?

    We've not seen much from Lionel Messi since that golden opportunity at the start of the half.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Maracana

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "The two coaches are an interesting study in body language. Germany's Joachim Low is an upright figure, shirtsleeves rolled up and looking relatively calm. Argentina's Alejandro Sabella is pacing his technical area, animated and often stooping with his hands on his knees, almost as if he is tempted to get on and join his players. Sabella never looks relaxed."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "I can't believe the referee has given that as a free-kick. Gonzalo Higuain just carries on running and Manuel Neuer takes him out. Higuain gets one fully in the face. Poor decision, it should have been nothing more than a throw in."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Was Neuer inside the box when he made a connection with his fist? The replays suggest he is. You can see why that went his way - a 6ft 4in keeper hurtling through the air."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at59 mins

    A few head injuries in this game then, and Gonzalo Higuain is hoping to run this one off.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Sergio Aguero is playing more centrally than Ezequiel Lavezzi was and Argentina are trying to play balls over the top for him, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain to chase.

    "But I'm not sure Messi is fit. His head is down, and I think he might have a slight problem with is hamstring. He has held it a few times already and is just walking around."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at56 mins

    Oooof! Manuel Neuer comes flying out of his goal, he punches the ball clear but catches Gonzalo Higuain with his knee.

    He reaches the ball fairly, but he clatters the striker on his follow through. Higuain is OK to continue I think but in real time that was a sickening collision.

    Somehow that is given as a foul against Higuain.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "The game is quickening up which is great. Schurrle is saying to the referee 'why did you not give me a free-kick?' but the referee was actually giving Germany advantage."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at54 mins

    Germany's first moment of danger in the second half. Andre Schurrle skips inside a man on the edge of the box, he is clipped but referee Nicola Rizzoli waves play on and Thomas Muller's low cross-shot is hacked away. That was better from Joachim Low's men.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at53 mins

    Sergio Aguero's first involvement sees him skip down the left wing but that man Jerome Boateng slams the door shut in his face again. A cracking 0-0 so far, but it's goals we want...

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It's been a really bright start by Argentina to the half. Every time they go forward they are posing problems."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Just like in the first half, Germany are a little bit rattled. Argentina have started very well and are getting in behind the German defence."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at50 mins

    It's all Argentina since the break. Lionel Messi seems to be playing a few yards higher up the pitch and Jerome Boateng has to stretch to cut out another raking pass through.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at49 mins

    That was another huge chance. Lionel Messi did everything right. Everything but the goal.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Could that be the moment? Lionel Messi, from not the easiest of angles, just tries to roll it in the far corner. How often have we seen him score from there?"

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Of all the people. There was a massive intake of breath. You're just waiting for the net to bulge."

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at47 mins

    What a chance!

    Lionel Messi gets in behind, he's onside this time, wide out to the left of the penalty area, he hits a low shot, the ball beats Manuel Neuer - and beats the far post.

    A fraction wide.

    The right man in the right place. The wrong result.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at46 mins

    Javier Mascherano springs a cracking pass over the top to find Gonzalo Higuain - he's in on goal again but he's offside again.

    Almost the way through though. Argentina starting the second half on top.

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at45 mins

    And we are back in play in the Maracana.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:03

    And Argentina make that change at the break - Sergio Aguero is on at half-time to replace Ezequiel Lavezzi.

  • Clarence Seedorf

    MOTD analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Logically Germany should win because they have been the best team in the tournament but Argentina are knocking on the door. Germany need to speed up and use more of the left hand side."

  • Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Posted at

    "The Germans have had a lot of possession. If [Manchester City striker] Sergio Aguero comes on for Argentina then he could make a difference. It's been a terrific game for a 0-0. It's been end to end and really, really open."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:01

    Players in the tunnel, Thomas Muller having a long word with referee Nicola Rizzoli as they wait for Argentina to re-appear.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20:59

    Argentina have Sergio Aguero and maybe Angel Di Maria (fitness permitting) on the bench, while Germany could have Mario Gotze and Lukas Podolski in play before long.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Maracana

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Goalless at half-time but in no way dull. Chances for both sides and Argentina's counter-attacking plan working well. Lionel Messi's speed is causing problems for Mats Hummels but Benedikt Howedes cam closest of all with that header right on half time."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20:55

    I can neither confirm or deny rumours that Rihanna is set to replace Alan Hansen on Match of the Day. But she knows a good counter when she sees one.

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    Posted at

    "The thing about the high line is that you can't come and sweep. You just need one little ball in and the goalkeeper's in no man's land."

  • Goal of the tournament

    Posted at20:55

    It is time to select your goal of the tournament.

    The Match of the Day team have chosen the following seven goals, which can be watched by clicking the highlights tab in this page:

    Robin van Persie v Spain

    Tim Cahill v Netherlands

    Lionel Messi v Iran

    Jermaine Jones v Portugal

    James Rodriguez v Uruguay

    David Luiz v Colombia

    Andre Schurrle v Brazil

    Make your choice via the voting section on this page.

    Term and conditions can be read here.

    Voting will close at full-time and the result will be announced in this page and in the Match of the Day World Cup final show.

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    Pakistani cricketer Shaid Afridi: Watching the game at home with the girls, they're all supporting Argentina, come on Germany!

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20:53

    Argentina completed 133 passes to Germany's 307 in that half - but Argentina almost cut through a few times.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Argentina started well with their game plan, Germany haven't got the pace at the back to deal with Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, but as the game wore on Germany have got into it. Argentina will be delighted the half-time whistle has come. The longer the game goes on I think the more it will suit Germany, because Argentina will tire."

  • Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Gonzalo Higuain had a gift of a chance in the first half [fired wide of the keeper's right-hand post] - he was slow, pedestrian and laborious."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It is 0-0 but a fascinating game. Both sides have now had one great opportunity each. Argentina will have learned from the Algerians, who kept dinking balls over the top and caused Germany a lot of problems.

    "On the balance of play, Argentina have had the better chances and the longer it stays like this the more likely it is that Lionel Messi produces that little bit of magic."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20:50

    Interesting on the replay of the disallowed Argentina goal that coach Alex Sabella saw the offside flag instantly. There was no flicker of celebration from the big man.

    Gonzalo Higuain has not had the best 45 minutes. Sergio Aguero time?

  • Former England defender Rio Ferdinand

    MOTD analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It's goalless but it's been enjoyable. Argentina are looking dangerous on the counter attack. I can't believe Germany are playing such a high line. If that continues then it could be Argentina's day."

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It's a tough one to call. Germany had a lot of possession and play down the right, like we expected but Argentina can counter. Both teams have had two great chances. It's a sitter from Howedes at the end of the first half."

  • HIGHLIGHTS

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20:48

    If you are just tuning in, just checking the scores, it may be goalless but there have been chances.

    Check out the highlights tab at the top of the screen to catch up.

  • HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20:47

    Should be 1-1. Two big chances, two bad misses...

  • HITS THE WOODWORK

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at45 mins

    He has to score!

    From the corner Benedikt Howedes is totally free! Six yards out, and he smashes a header against the post. The second big miss of the half...

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  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at45 mins

    Thomas Muller is playing as an orthodox right-winger now, as Germany look to stretch the Argentine defence. Two minutes of time added on as Germany force a corner.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "That was a back pass by Kroos."

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    Sil (Brazil): Germany deserves all the respect from Brazil. Come on Germany! Brazil is with you!

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at42 mins

    Lovely feet from Mesut Ozil as he skips away from two men on the edge of the box, almost Zidane like, before laying it off to Toni Kroos. He needs the driver from there, but hits a seven iron and it's tame and easy for Sergio Romero.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Muller and Rojo are having a bit of set to. This will play into Argentina's hands but the game is so fantastically poised."

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at41 mins

    Thomas Muller nutmegs Marcos Rojo and then throws himself to the ground under very little contact - that triggers a reaction from the men in blue who are not all happy. Referee Nicola Rizzoli has to step in and calm it all down.

  • CLOSE!

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at39 mins

    Argentine coach Alex Sabella is on the prowl down the touchline, as is Lionel Messi!

    The little magician bursts into space down the right, somehow twinkling his way into the penalty area and flicking it past Manuel Neuer, but Jerome Boateng is back to hack it away from inside the goalmouth.

    It's just threatening to burst into life...

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at37 mins

    Germany now on the attack down the left, Thomas Muller cuts it back for the fast arriving Andre Schurrle, the Chelsea man middles his shot but Sergio Romero is always right behind it and beats it clear.

    The offside flag was raised as Mesut Ozil closed in on the rebound, but a good stop nonetheless. A goal before half-time? It feels like we may get one.

  • Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at36 mins

    Another great break from Argentina, Ezequiel Lavezzi eating up the yards to beat two or three defenders for pace, he carries it 45 yards before finding Lionel Messi. It needs to go one more, Messi tries to flip the pass through and it's just cut out. Last-gasp defending...

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "That is a naughty foul by Howedes. Fortunately Zabaleta is a tough character but Germany need to settle down."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Germany now have got to show the game management skills they have showed in the past. They lost Sami Khedira in the warm-up and now with Christoph Kramer coming off, they've had to change their formation. In the past they have been very good at adapting to that. They will have to do it again today."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at33 mins

    Germany looking as ragged as they have all tournament. An enforced early change and now a real swinger of a tackle from Benedikt Howedes, catching Pablo Zabaleta in the groin. High and not particularly handsome.

    A yellow card for the makeshift left-back. Can Argentina capitalise?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "It's been a bright start. Germany have had more of the possession as we expected but so far Argentina's game plan, to play counter attacking football on the break, has been excellent."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    BBC analyst

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "The flag went up very, very quickly. The referee's assistant is explaining to Lionel Messi why it was disallowed. Schurrle has now come on and we know what he is about."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at30 mins

    Germany are relieved by that offside flag - but they have had to make an early change. It could be crucial too as Andre Schurrle is on to replace Christoph Kramer. That means Mesut Ozil is in central midfield, interesting...

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at

    "Gonzalo Higuain was away celebrating for what seemed like 30 seconds but there were two players clearly offside. It's a warning for the Germans though."

  • DISALLOWED GOAL

    Germany 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at29 mins

    It's not your day Gonzalo! Not your day.

    Gonzalo Higuain sweeps in a low cross from Ezequiel Lavezzi, he sets off on a near lap of honour - but the flag was up. And it was the right call too, he was clearly offside.

    Almost the opener...

Posted on Saturday 13th July 2013

Brazil 3 - 1 Croatia

Neymar stole the show as Brazil came from behind to open the World Cup with a victory over Croatia in Sao Paulo, but the match turned on a controversial penalty.

The striker responded to the responsibility of being his country's poster boy by finding the net either side of half-time after Marcelo had scored an early own goal.

Oscar cemented the result with a wonderful individual goal late on but the adulation at the Arena de Sao Paulo went to Barcelona's Neymar.

His first goal was a low, sweeping effort that crept into the net from 25 yards. His second, 19 minutes before the end, was altogether more controversial.

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Dejan Lovren was judged to have fouled Fred in the box. Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura pointed to the spot, despite replays showing little contact had been made. Neymar converted, the ball deflecting in off the out-stretched arm of goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, to spark scenes of celebration.

It ensured a 10th consecutive win for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side but Brazil demonstrated flaws and fragilities. They did not play with the fluency or flamboyance that saw them swat aside Spain to win the Confederations Cup so emphatically last year.

The moments before kick-off had been typically rousing. A passionate Brazilian crowd delivered another fervent rendition of the national anthem. Croatia were no more than an afterthought to most outside the thousand travelling fans.

Neymar has scored six goals in his last four appearances for Brazil.

That soon changed. From the off, Ivica Olic worked tirelessly, chasing lost causes, committing Brazilian defenders. He might have scored after seven minutes only to head Ivan Perisic's right-wing cross narrowly wide at the back post.

Four minutes later he was at the heart of the move that stunned the home crowd into silence.

With Dani Alves committed upfield, Olic found space wide on the left. His low, teasing cross found Nikica Jelavic who made glancing contact. It was enough to catch Marcelo off balance. The Real Madrid defender watched on as the ball deflected off his ankle and rolled into the net beyond goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Brazil were struggling for rhythm; insipid not inventive. Neymar was fortunate to escape a nasty first-half incident - when he caught Luka Modric in the face with a swinging forearm - with only a booking.

But when they needed a moment of magic, the man whose image had been splashed across every newspaper and TV station in Brazil provided it.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar fought through two challenges and found Neymar.

Chris WaddleBBC Radio 5 live summariser at the Arena de Sao Paulo

"Unfortunately the referee probably made the headlines when we wanted to be talking about Neymar or Luka Modric instead.

"Croatia have been hard done by. The referee has cost them a point that they thoroughly deserved. I don't think Brazil have been that convincing. They are a good side but have had a little bit of good fortune."

When the striker turned for goal, moving the ball on to his left foot, he had one thing in mind. The contact was not pure but the shot was unerringly accurate, creeping in from 25 yards, glancing the right post on its way.

On the touchline Scolari was swamped by his players as all 23 Brazilian squad members rejoiced in the overwhelming sense of relief. Fireworks echoed in the streets around the ground.

Croatia, though, were far from finished. Dejan Lovren provided solidity and strength in defence; Ivan Rakitic, the spark and substance in midfield.

For long periods, Brazil struggled to find the zip in their passing, or the vim and vigour in their movement, to elude markers and dismantle Croatia's effective and organised defensive system.

Dani Alves curled a dipping free-kick just over but that was the sum of Brazil's second-half efforts as the final 30 minutes approached. That was to change.

Oscar put a gloss on the final score with a tremendous late goal that his man-of-the-match performance warranted. With Croatia committed upfield, he burst forward and toe-poked in from 25 yards, taking Pletikosa by surprise with a low drive.

Brazil are off and running.

Posted on Thursday 13th June 2013

McLaren suffering without Lewis Hamilton, says John Watson

McLaren are struggling this season because they failed to adequately replace Lewis Hamilton, according to the team's former driver John Watson.

Hamilton quit McLaren for Mercedes, with Sergio Perez, who has just two seasons of F1 experience, moving from Sauber to team up with Jenson Button.

Watson told BBC Sport: "Red Bull have two drivers of a high level of experience, as do Ferrari and Mercedes.

“The jury is still out as to the level of potential that Perez has”

John Watson

"McLaren look like they've got one and a half drivers."

Perez, 23, produced flashes of brilliance in his second season of Formula 1 with Sauber last year, almost taking victory in Malaysia before finishing second and picking up further podiums in Canada and Italy.

However, he has finished 11th and ninth in his first two races with McLaren as the team battle to get to grips with their 2013 challenger.

And while his former world champion team-mate Button, 33, is struggling too, with just one points-finish from two races, Watson believes McLaren are losing out because of the Mexican's inexperience.

Watson, who raced for McLaren between 1979 and 1983, said: "Signing Perez to replace Hamilton did raise a few eyebrows in the paddock. While I think most would say he's got a single fast lap in him, his race performances are less of a known quantity.

Combined F1 wins

  • Alonso & Massa (Ferrari): 41
  • Vettel & Webber (Red Bull): 36
  • Hamilton & Rosberg (Mercedes): 22
  • Button & Perez (McLaren): 15

"He had some great races last year but I'm not yet clear as to what level of information or value he brings the team.

"Give Perez a really good car and he might shine but to me the ultimate driver is one who can drag performance out of an underperforming car. The jury is still out as to whether Perez has the potential to do that.

"The big teams are benefitting from having two drivers with lots of experience and race victories under their belt and I think McLaren, at least in the short term, are losing out."

Watson added that he believed his former team have the quality to bounce back.

He said: "I think they have the infrastructure and people there to correct the problem - but first they've got to find where the problem actually lies and I don't know if they even know."

Posted on Friday 5th April 2013

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho wary despite first-leg win

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho remained cautious despite his team's 3-0 win over Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain put Real on the verge of the semi-finals.

"If we score a goal in Istanbul they have got to score five so the result is very good," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"But I've seen a lot of things in football so nothing can surprise me. Istanbul is a difficult place to go."

The Turkish side did not capitalise on a number of chances they created before Higuain's goal sealed the win for Real, but Mourinho was adamant that his side could not underestimate their opposition.

"We played seriously," said the former Chelsea boss. "The Spanish press were not quite so respectful towards Galatasaray but we were very respectful towards them. We knew they have a fantastic team and good strikers.

"We were defensively better than we were attacking. We could have scored more goals but the team played well."

Higuain, who found the net after replacing Benzema in the 65th minute, was less cautious than his manager.

"We knew the return would be very difficult and the truth is we can go there happy because 3-0 is a very favourable result," said the Argentine striker.

Posted on Thursday 4th April 2013

Didier Drogba says Chelsea still a lure for Jose Mourinho

Didier Drogba says Jose Mourinho could return to Chelsea because he has "unfinished business" with the Blues.

The striker was a key member of the Portuguese manager's squad during his three years at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba lines up for Galatasaray against Mourinho's Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday - a trophy the forward won with the Blues last May.

"I don't think he's got over Chelsea," the 35-year-old Drogba said of Mourinho. "They haven't got over him."

Mourinho at Chelsea

  • Two Premier League titles (2004-05 & 2005-06)
  • FA Cup (2006-07)
  • Two League Cup wins (2004-05 & 2006-07)

Drogba, who left the west London outfit in the summer, feels his former club would benefit from having the 50-year-old manager back in charge for next season.

The Ivory Coast international also feels Mourinho's failure to win the Champions League at Stamford Bridge could tempt him to return.

The Real Madrid coach, who has won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan, claimed two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and twice lifted the League Cup during his three years in charge at Chelsea, between 2004 to 2007.

"When he came, he brought success," said Drogba, who scored the winning penalty in last season's Champions League final shootout win over Bayern Munich.

"We won league titles back-to-back with some great football and the only thing he didn't win was the Champions League.

"Maybe that is one of the reasons why he might want to come back. It is unfinished business."

Interim Blues manager Rafael Benitez, who has been an unpopular figure with some of the club's fans, has already stated he expects to leave the club in the summer.

And Drogba added: "I think for the club it is the best solution to bring Jose back. The fans want him back. He loves Chelsea.

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"Because you want to rebuild a team and to give them the strength we had a few years ago, he could be the right person.

"He is a winner and is close to the players. He went to Inter and is at Real Madrid, but is still talking about Chelsea, so he loves this club."

Drogba might also be interested in returning to Chelsea in some capacity, should Blues owner Roman Abramovich pursue a deal for Mourinho.

The former Marseille striker, brought to the club by Mourinho in 2004, said: "Let me finish at Galatasaray first and then we will talk about that."

But he added that he still has strong feelings for the Blues.

"For this club I gave everything and, of course, they gave it back to me," he said. "I feel at home when I go to London. When I go to Chelsea's training ground, I can walk around with my eyes closed."

Drogba left Chelsea for Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the last season, but he returned to Europe in January, signing an 18-month deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Posted on Wednesday 3rd April 2013

World number two Andy Murray determined to improve on clay

Britain's Andy Murray says there is plenty of room for improvement as he heads into the clay-court season ranked number two in the world.

The Scot beat David Ferrer to win in Miami on Sunday, taking him past Roger Federer in the latest ATP rankings. 

Murray remains some distance behind world number one Novak Djokovic.

"It's good to get there but I obviously want to try and keep improving," he said. "If I get the chance to go higher that's what I want to try and do."

Murray on clay in 2012

  • Monte Carlo: Quarter-final (lost to Tomas Berdych)
  • Barcelona: Quarter-final (lost to Milos Raonic)
  • Rome: Last 16 (lost to Richard Gasquet)
  • French Open: Quarter-final (lost to David Ferrer)

There had been lots of talk around Murray's potential ranking improvement during the Sony Open in Miami, and the 25-year-old admitted he was relieved to get the job done ahead of the busiest stretch of the season.

"It was nice to get there so I can go into the clay-court season just focused on improving and going forward and not worrying about rankings or seedings or anything like that," Murray told BBC Radio 5 live.

Murray described clay as "my worst surface" but he is a former French Open, Monte Carlo and Rome semi-finalist, and has the opportunity to close the rankings gap on Djokovic this year after failing to make it past the quarter-finals on clay in 2012.

However, the impressive return to action of seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal after nearly eight months out with a knee injury leaves little doubt over who is the favourite for the major clay titles.

"I can play some decent tennis on it but I need to work extremely hard on the clay because I haven't played on it in 10-and-a-half months now, so it always takes me a bit of time to get used to," said Murray.

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"It's the most challenging surface for me and with Rafa coming back it's going to be very tough, but I'll give it my best shot."

A potential benefit of being ranked number two is, given an ideal draw, he could be placed in the opposite half to Djokovic, Federer and Nadal at the French Open in May.

Murray has boosted his ranking with a successful run on American hard courts in recent weeks, reaching the last eight at Indian Wells before winning his first Masters 1000 title since 2011 in Miami.

"I haven't played my best tennis in the Masters Series the last couple of years and it's nice to win one," he said.

"These are very tough tournaments to win; it's six matches in the space of 10 days or so against guys like David. They are challenging to win, so I'm glad I managed to get this one and getting to number two is the icing on the cake."

Murray will now take a break for a few days before practising on clay in Florida, and then heading to Europe for the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins on 14 April.

"I didn't want to overplay too much at the beginning of the year - a lot of guys this week have been complaining they're tired and we saw quite a few guys pulling out," he said.

"I think being fresh helped me and hopefully I can keep managing my schedule well throughout the year."

Posted on Monday 1st April 2013

Houston Open: DA Points edges Henrik Stenson & Billy Horschel

American DA Points held his nerve on the 18th hole to win the Houston Open by a single stroke.

Following a rain-affected final day, Points made par on the final hole to finish on 16 under and hold off Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.

England's Lee Westwood, who started the day two shots off the leaders, bogeyed the 17th to finish tied for 10th.

Rory McIlroy, who could have reclaimed his world number one ranking with victory, was joint 45th.

Rory McIlroy's form in 2013

  • WGC Match Play: Loses in first round to Shane Lowry
  • Honda Classic: Withdraws during the second round
  • WGC Cadillac Championship: Finishes tied eighth behind Tiger Woods
  • Houston Open: Finishes joint-45th

However, the Northern Irishman did manage his third consecutive under-par round on the final day to boost his confidence ahead of the Masters on 11 April.

"There are a lot of positives to take from it," he said. "I've learned a few things as well that I can bring into next week and obviously looking ahead to Augusta, too.

"It's been a productive week."

Points earned his place at the Masters with this victory in Texas, thanks to some help from his mother's putter, which he had refurbished earlier in the week in an attempt to improve his play on the greens.

The 36-year-old, whose only previous PGA Tour win came in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2011, was in contention all week after taking the lead on the first day with a round of eight under. He added six birdies on the final day to complete victory.

"It's been a really tough year, a tough start," said Points, who had missed seven of his last nine cuts. "To have a putt to win - you want that starting out every week.

"I would have liked it to be a little closer, but I've been putting really well."

Stewart Cink and Bill Haas started the final day as joint leaders but both dropped out of contention - Cink finishing with a bogey when an eagle would have sent him into a play-off with Points.

Stenson bogeyed the 13th but birdies at four of the final five holes saw him finish runner-up with Horschel, who earned his second-place finish with five birdies on the front nine.

England's Brian Davis fired 67 on the final day to finish in a tie for sixth, one shot behind Dustin Johnson and Ben Crane.

Posted on Monday 1st April 2013

Chelsea knock Man Utd out of FA Cup

Demba Ba's winner ended Manchester United's quest for the domestic Double and secured holders Chelsea an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley.

Ba's athletic finish early in the second half leaves United concentrating on winning the Premier League title - with a 20th title all but secured as they currently hold a 15-point advantage.

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez, meanwhile, was able to celebrate victory over old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson and remains in contention to win the FA Cup and Europa League.

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The Blues are just one match away from their fifth FA Cup final in seven seasons. They lifted the trophy in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Benitez attracted criticism for fielding a weakened side in defeat at Southampton on Saturday as they search for the top-four place that would assure Champions League football next season - but will feel a measure of vindication as this was still a win of some significance.

United were without Wayne Rooney because of a groin injury sustained on England duty and lacked some of their usual menace but it still took a save of the highest class from Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to keep out Javier Hernandez's header as they pressed for an equaliser.

They were left to rue the carelessness that saw them cast aside a two-goal lead in the first game and will now focus on next Monday's derby with Manchester City at Old Trafford.

Chelsea's agenda shifts to the Europa League quarter-final against Rubin Kazan at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Inevitably, after playing only 48 hours previously, there was a somewhat unfamiliar look to both sides. As well as being without Rooney, United left Robin van Persie on the bench, although Rio Ferdinand returned in defence.

John Terry, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres were among the Chelsea substitutes - with attacking duties entrusted to Ba.

Eyes were trained on the respective technical areas before kick-off to see if the managers would shake hands after Benitez claimed his old rival Ferguson ignored the pre-match ritual in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. Ferguson pointedly waited at the tunnel entrance and, when Benitez emerged, he took a sharp right for a brief handshake.

Petr Cech acrobatically denies Javier Hernandez

The quick turnaround in fixtures may have gone some way to explaining a lifeless first half, the monotony only broken by a hamstring injury to Ashley Cole, sustained in a touchline race with Danny Welbeck.

United goalkeeper David De Gea saved with his feet from Ba and Chelsea counterpart Cech did the same to deal with Hernandez's swerving effort from 25 yards.

The deadlock was broken four minutes into the second half in a moment of real quality. Juan Mata demonstrated vision to pick out Ba, who escaped from Ferdinand to hook a fine finish beyond De Gea.

United responded and it took a world-class save from Cech to deny Hernandez an equaliser. Welbeck picked out the Mexican at the far post and his header looked in all the way until Cech showed stunning reflexes to make a remarkable one-handed stop.

Van Persie was already waiting to come on and arrived seconds later for the subdued Tom Cleverley. He was soon joined by Ryan Giggs for Nani.

It was Chelsea, however, who had the next big opportunity as Eden Hazard ran through on goal following Michael Carrick's mistake. The Belgian only had De Gea to beat but pulled his finish inches wide.

Van Persie's big chance arrived from Patrice Evra's cross three minutes from time but the striker's usually sure touch deserted him and he hit a poor finish over the top.

United could not muster another clear opening and it is Chelsea who take their place at Wembley on 14 April.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (5) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 03 Cole (Bertrand - 21' Booked )
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 28 Azpilicueta Booked
  • 07 Ramires
  • 10 Mata Booked
  • 11 Oscar Booked (Moses - 90' )
  • 12 Mikel
  • 17 Hazard
  • 29 Ba (Torres - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Turnbull
  • 26 Terry
  • 34 Bertrand
  • 08 Lampard
  • 13 Moses
  • 30 Benayoun
  • 09 Torres

Manchester United

  • 01 De Gea
  • 03 Evra
  • 04 Jones
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 12 Smalling
  • 07 Valencia
  • 16 Carrick
  • 17 Nani (Giggs - 65' )
  • 23 Cleverley Booked (Van Persie - 61' )
  • 14 Hernandez
  • 19 Welbeck (Young - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 36 Vermijl
  • 11 Giggs
  • 18 Young
  • 25 Powell
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 20 Van Persie
Ref: Dowd Att: 40,704

MATCH STATS

Possession50%50%90minsChelseaManchester United

Shots

199

On target

83

Corners

32

Fouls

129

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90:00+4:54Full time

Full TimeThe referee brings the game to a close.

90:00+2:38Substitution

SubstitutionFernando Torres joins the action as a substitute, replacing Demba Ba.

90:00+2:13

Robin van Persie has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

90:00+2:13

Close range headed effort by Robin van Persie clears the crossbar.

90:00+0:34Substitution

SubstitutionVictor Moses joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emboaba Oscar.

90:00+0:09

Close range header by Javier Hernandez misses to the right of the target.

89:22

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Young from left channel.

89:22Booking

BookingEmboaba Oscar goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

89:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emboaba Oscar on Ashley Young.

88:34

Free kick taken by Phil Jones.

88:34Booking

BookingJuan Mata receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

88:29

Juan Mata challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick.

88:18

Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

87:13

Shot from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie clears the crossbar.

87:13

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

85:35

Demba Ba challenges Chris Smalling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.

84:55

Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Emboaba Oscar. Emboaba Oscar restarts play with the free kick.

84:01

Shot by Emboaba Oscar from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

80:40

Juan Mata has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

79:13Substitution

SubstitutionDanny Welbeck leaves the field to be replaced by Ashley Young.

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Posted on Monday 1st April 2013

Lionel Messi scores in record 19th consecutive Barcelona game

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi became the first player in Spanish football history to score against every other team in La Liga consecutively.

The four-time world player of the year registered for the 19th game in a row as Barca drew 2-2 at Celta Vigo

Messi has scored 29 goals in the streak and his tally in all competitions this season now stands at 56.

Barca are top of the table, 13 points clear of Real Madrid, who are second, with nine games left to play.

Current champions Real dropped points as they drew 1-1 in Zaragoza. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 113th goal in 100 matches for the Spanish giants while under manager Jose Mourinho.

Messi the maestro

Lionel Messi is the top-scorer in the top five European leagues in 2013 with 17 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo has 14 and Robert Lewandowski 10

In Vigo, Messi captained the side and went on to break his latest record.

The previous mark for goals in consecutive La Liga games was 10.

Barca fell behind to Natxo Insa's close-range finish but Messi released Cristian Tello to curl home a fine equaliser.

Tello then cut the ball back for Messi to drill low into the net, only for relegation-threatened Celta to give their chances of survival a huge boost as Borja Oubina headed home at the back post on 88 minutes.

Barca now travel to France for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final meeting with Paris Saint-Germain.

Posted on Saturday 30th March 2013

Houston Open: Rory McIlroy falters as DA Points uses mother's putter

Rory McIlroy's bid to reclaim the world number one ranking from Tiger Woods got off to a faltering start as he shot a one-over par 73 at the Houston Open.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, who was surpassed by Woods earlier in the week, trails leader DA Points, who hit eight under using his mother's putter.

The 36-year-old American resorted to using the putter after missing seven cuts in nine events this year.

Fellow Americans Cameron Tringale and John Rollins (-7) are tied for second.

Needing a victory in the Texas event to leapfrog Woods, McIlroy's round got off to a poor start as a double-bogey seven at the eighth left him three over for his front nine.

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“I feel really good with the putter, and I believe that as the tournament goes on, I'll get better”

Phil Mickelson

"I felt like on the front nine I was a little tentative and I made a couple of silly mistakes, making double [bogey] on the par-five, so I just went down and tried to commit to my shots more on the back nine and it seemed to help," said the 23-year-old, who is playing in his final tournament before next month's Masters - the first major of the season.

McIlroy, who hit three further bogeys - tempered by four birdies - added: "There were still a couple of loose shots here and there but it was a tricky day and if I could have got it back to even par I would've been pretty happy.

"Hopefully conditions are a little calmer [on Friday] morning and I can go out there and make some birdies."

Points began his tournament with five successive birdies after starting his round at the 10th, and added another before the turn.

Three more followed on a front nine marred only by a bogey at the fifth.

On using his mum's putter, which he used when he first turned professional, Points said: "It's just a really good-looking putter and I brought it with me this week because I just had been putting so bad.

"I thought maybe I'll pull this old putter out of the garage and maybe it will have some magic in it. Sure enough, it did."

Phil Mickelson was at four under and right in contention until he hit his tee shot into the water at the sixth hole (his 15th) and made double bogey. The American nearly hooked a three-wood into the hazard at the next and three-putted for bogey. He then made bogey on the par-three ninth from a bunker to wind up at 72.

"It was a disappointing finish," Mickelson said. "I feel really good with the putter, and I believe that as the tournament goes on, I'll get better."

Mickelson played with defending champion Hunter Mahan, who struggled to a disappointing 74.

Also in the group was Geoff Ogilvy, who needs to finish in the world's top 50 to secure his place at Augusta. The Australian, who is currently ranked 50th, had three penalty shots in his round of 73.

England's Brian Davis (-5) and Lee Westwood (-4) are joint-seventh and joint-ninth respectively.

Posted on Friday 29th March 2013

Brazil 0-3 Netherlands

  • GOAL

    Brazil 0-3 Netherlands - Georginio Wijnaldum

    Posted at90+1 mins

    Game, set and match. Brazil's misery is complete as Georginio Wijnaldumspanks in a half volley at the near post for the Dutch third. Superb energy from substitute Daryl Janmaat to race down the right flank and provide the inch-perfect cross.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at88 mins

    Brazil substitute Hulk gets a bit tetchy as he clashes with Dutch defender Ron Vlaar. That would be a royal rumble worth watching. Another injury for the Netherlands as Jordy Clasie is carried off by the medical staff, Joel Veltman given a slice of the action.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at86 mins

    Remarkably, the Dutch win their first corner of the match. And it almost provides a third goal. Dirk Kuyt climbs above the Brazil defence to meet Robin van Persie's set-piece, but cannot steer it into the far corner.

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    Steve Huish, Surbiton: Congratulations to Arjen Robben - Best Actor 2014. Well done.

    Jason: Feel for Oscar. He is trying to get something moving for Brazil but the other players are just failing him.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at85 mins

    Here's an opportunity for Brazil. Hulk stands over a free-kick close to the left touchline as David Luiz and Thiago Silva trot forward. But his set-piece fails to beat the first man and the Dutch clear. Very disappointing.

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    Mauricio Sotrate (Brazil): So sad to see our Selecao like this. Lost, players hitting their opponents and no real football...

  • PENALTY APPEAL

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at82 mins

    Arjen Robben spends more time on the floor than a baby who has just learned to crawl. The Dutchman tumbles again as he competes for a high ball pumped into the Brazil box with Fernandinho. Referee Djamel Haimoudi is not interested.

    Dutch boss Louis van Gaal is furious on the touchline.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at79 mins

    Ron Vlaar is everywhere! Oscar finds space down the left, getting to the byeline, only to see Vlaar's chiselled face staring at him from close proximity. Another strong block from the Dutch defender. Moments later, Oscar blazes one high over the Dutch crossbar. Just over 10 minutes for Brazil to give their suffering supporters something to cheer.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at77 mins

    Hulk wants a piece of this action. The portly Zenit forward leads a Brazil counter attack and sees Ron Vlaar standing between him and the goal. He tries to ease past the Aston Villa defender with a silky skill, but there's no fooling the Dutchman. Great challenge. Great World Cup for the big man.

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    D-Mac: Thought the referee got it right. Oscar started to dive before the contact. If he had carried on normally it would have been a pen.

    Ben Dunbar: Looked to me like Oscar was going down before the contact for that one. Wish referees could book for simulation and give the penalty.

    Daniel Woodley: That was a blatant penalty! The boy who cried wolf springs to mind. How many times have they dived in the World Cup?

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at74 mins

    Arjen Robben is like the talented kid at school who you could never get the ball off. The Dutch speedster sets off again, slaloming his way into the Brazil box, before Fernandinho superbly gets a superb challenge in.

    Back up the other end, Hulk lets fly from a tight angle. The less said about that effort the better.....

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at72 mins

    Last throw of the tactical dice for Luiz Felipe Scolari. Unfortunately, his isn't able to call on Neymar - so here's Hulk instead. He needs to do something incredible. Boom-tsh.

  • Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

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    "Oscar booked for diving, Daley Blind stretched out his left foot, he didn't make any contact with the ball but the referee was adamant contact with the player was initiated by Oscar.

    "Having seen the incident a few times now, Blind might just have made contact with the top of Oscar's right boot. Brazil feeling hard done by."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at70 mins

    A bitter-sweet day's work for Dutch goalscorer Daley Blind, who has done himself some damage in that tangle. It all looked pretty innocuous, but the Ajax defender looks in serious pain. He is taken off on a stretcher and is replaced by Daryl Janmaat.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at68 mins

    Brazil are baying for a penalty as Oscar goes tumbling in the Dutch area. He looks inquisitively to the referee, Dutch tackler Daley Blind looks sheepish. But the referee is not having any of it - and books Oscar for diving. The Chelsea man cannot believe it. Very harsh.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at67 mins

    Big Phil Scolari is po-faced on the touchline. He looks like he is a broken man. Is this the final 25 minutes of his tenure?

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at65 mins

    Good spell for Brazil is this. Maicon is adamant that he deserves a penalty after Ron Vlaar moves his arm towards his cross from the right touchline. Not a chance, says Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi (or words to that effect).

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at63 mins

    Here's a rare sight - Maicon bursting forward through the middle of an opposition defence. The ageing right-back is scythed down by Dirk Kuyt about 30 yards out to win a free-kick. David Luiz is licking his lips in anticipation, but sees his dipping effort fly straight into the gloves of Jasper Cillessen. At least Cillessen has got some mud on them...

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    Duncan, Isleworth: As entertaining as this World Cup has been, it tells you something about the poor quality of football displayed when this Brazil team can be placed fourth.

    Tommy: People can slate Brazil but the fact is they beat Chile and Colombia - both so-called dark horses! I for one would have been delighted to see England get this far.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at60 mins

    Much better from Brazil. Ramires turns neatly about 30 yards out, leaving Ron Vlaar for dead, and finds some space to shoot. But the Chelsea man drags his low shot across the face of the Dutch goal. Better signs for the home nation though.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at58 mins

    And Hernanes' first contribution to dive in, studs first, on Arjen Robben's left ankle. Pure filth.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at57 mins

    Another Brazil substitute as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari looks to salvage something from this game. Inter Milan midfielder Hernanes takes the place of Tottenham's Paulinho.

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    Matthew Bennett: If you think about this Brazil team, they were the boot cleaners of Ronaldo and Rivaldo. Maybe they should still be.

    Steven McNamara: Brazil leaving out Phillipe Coutinho was a huge mistake, surely they have better strikers than the shocking Jo and Fred too?

    Stepan Benyovszky: Arjen Robben has been absolutely incredible. Not just the skill, but the work rate. Standout player of the whole World Cup.

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    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at54 mins

    Jinxed him. After just praising Fernandinho for a promising start, he gets it all wrong by nobbling cross-Manchester rival Robin van Persie just inside the Brazil half. That lands him in deep bother with the referee, who plucks out the yellow card.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at53 mins

    Half-time substitute Fernandinho has added a flicker of energy to the Brazil side. He lofts a hopeful punt towards Oscar, who cannot take down the ball just outside the Dutch box.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at50 mins

    A few screams of hope as Brazil press forward. The Selecao win a corner, before Willian drills in a low cross from the left which is hacked to safety.

    Then, there are a few screams of anguish from the home fans as the Dutch break. A quick free-kick almost catches the Brazilians out, Arjen Robben and Daley Blind playing a quick one-two, before the former's deflected shot loops over the far post.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at47 mins

    Nifty footwork from Julio Cesar in the Brazil goalmouth draws a big cheer from the home fans. He keeps his nerve to dance around an onrushing Robin van Persie before picking out David Luiz. The camera pans to Big Phil Scolari - cue boos from the stands.

  • KICK-OFF

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at22:03

    Game on. Brazil enjoy some early possession, with Fernandinho already in the thick of things. Maxwell swings in a left-wing cross towards Paulinho, but the linesman has his flag wafting in the Brasilia air. Offside.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at22:02

    Yes. Yes he is. Fernandinho runs on to the pitch with the electronic scoreboard bearing the number of Luiz Gustavo. Straight swap in the middle of the Brazil midfield.

  • Brazil 0-2 Netherlands

    Posted at22:01

    Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is stripped and going through some shuttle runs in the Estadio Nacional tunnel. And that must mean he's coming on.

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    Germany attacking midfielder Mario Gotze: Hello from Rio! Looking forward to the great match #GERARG and your support!

  • Vote result - Should Thiago have seen red?

    Posted at21:58

    Earlier we asked you whether Brazil captain Thiago Silva should have been sent off for the challenge on Arjen Robben that gave away a penalty and Robin van Persie's opener from the spot.

    He's very lucky to be on the pitch, according to the overwhelming majority of you. Thousands voted and 83.7% said he should have been shown a red card.

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    Martin Horne: Hilarious. David Luiz is just like my three-year-old. Gets angry when all collapses around him, but those watching knows he caused it!

    Andrew: David Luiz is having yet another shocker, someone please teach him to defend properly!

    Omar El-Sharawy: Fred to come on and score a hat-trick and clinch Brazil the win. You heard it here first.

  • The Big One

    Posted at21:56

    You probably don't need reminding - but I going to remind you anyway - that tomorrow is the big day. The World Cup final. Argentina v Germany.

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