Features

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

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Pictures from Monday's last 16 game in Porto Alegre which saw Joachim Low's side edge past Algeria in extra-time thanks to goals from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil.

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COMMENT: 'The Alpine Messi' looked revitalised playing from the middle against Honduras and another eye-catching display against Argentina should attract more admiring glances

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COMMENT: There has been a long history of incompetence in financial matters in certain football associations and African players are being used as scapegoats at this World Cup

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COMMENT: Four years ago the Puebla star looked set to permanently fade out of the national team picture, but he has revived his career to be a tournament starter

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COMMENT: The PSG star has yet to cement a position in his national coach's plans and could even be overlooked against Switzerland despite Sergio Aguero's injury

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There was a healthy contingent of English-based players on show as the last 16 continued, with Arsenal's Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil all involved

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The 21-year-old is a £60 million target for Chelsea and further increased his profile with a man-of-the-match display for France as they beat Nigeria to reach the quarter-finals

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The Arsenal midfielder is no longer the beating heart of his team, as he was at World Cup 2010, and had less of an impact against Algeria than Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle

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Vahid Halilhodzic's men failed to avenge 'The Shame of Gijon' but their exciting and spirited team gave Joachim Low's Germany a huge scare in Porto Alegre on Monday

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Joachim Low's side put in a poor performance but eventually prevailed against Algeria, though serious questions as to their ability to win the World Cup persist

Monday, 30 June 2014

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Didier Deschamps's men were second-best for large parts of the game but eventually scraped through following the Juventus man’s header and a late Joseph Yobo own goal

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Jupp Derwall's side's complicit 1-0 victory over Austria saw both teams progress at the expense of the North Africans back in 1982 - leaving fans and neutrals alike outraged

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In guiding the Netherlands to the World Cup quarter-finals from the brink of elimination, the Dutch boss has showcased a ruthless pragmatism so often lacking under David Moyes

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As Netherlands and Costa Rica advanced to the quarter-finals in equally dramatic fashion, fans of Manchester United, Arsenal and Aston Villa will have been interested observers

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The Bayern Munich man looked to be heading home after a frustrating hour against Mexico, but the 30-year-old inevitably made a massive contribution as the Dutch came from behind

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PROFILE: The shot-stopper was a revelation at Levante in 2013-14 and is writing history with his national side as their incredible World Cup moves to the last eight

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Wins for Netherlands and Costa Rica saw another two quarter-final berths booked in Brazil while one of Manchester United's new signings jetted off on their summer holidays

Sunday, 29 June 2014

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The Colombian attacker's stunning volley in the first half and a second-half strike propelled him above Lionel Messi and Neymar in the scoring race

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It was an all-Brazilian affair for England's top flight in the last 16 on Saturday as Luiz Felipe Scolari's side against Chile featured a Chelsea trio and a hero from QPR

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The Chile talisman had admitted his future at Juventus is up in the air, with both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger publicly voicing their admiration for the midfielder recently