Mexico captain  Rafael Marquez  celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the World Cup Group A match against Croatia  at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mexico 3 Croatia 1In a bad-tempered Group A battle for second place Mexico won through to claim the dubious privilege of playing the Netherlands in Fo(...)

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa dives to stop a shot during their  World Cup Group A  match against Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Francois Xavier Marit/Reuters 1:20

Brazil 0 Mexico 0There has been plenty of talk of footballing ghosts here for Brazil and the scariest one for them is generally considered to be Urugu(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the opening goal on his debut during the La Liga match against Villarreal at El Madrigal. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was more than happy with Gareth Bale’s contribution after the world-record signing scored on his debut in a 2-2 draw(...)