Javier Mascherano celebrates after Belgium defeatedg Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

When Argentina’s players gathered on the sideline before extra time against Switzerland last week, it was noticeable that captain Lionel Messi did not(...)

Brazil’s Neymar grimaces after a challenge by Colombia’s Camilo Zuniga during last night’s World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. The playmaker has been ruled out of the tournament. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It felt like two victories for Germany in a single day: first France, then Neymar and Thiago Silva. When Felipe Scolari spoke doubtfully at the pre(...)

 Brazil’s David Luiz scores his side’s second goal from a free-kick against Colombia during the World Cup quarter-final at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Brazil 2 Colombia 1 It was a supremely ugly win for Brazil, but one they will have been delighted with before the crushing news that Neymar, th(...)

 Brazilian  striker Neymar (L) and head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The talk has been of Brazil’s mental health: the pressure and the tears, the psychologist summoned to the camp. “In psychological terms I think we’(...)

James Rodriguez of Colombia shoots and scores his team’s first against Uruguay at Maracana . Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

After an opening run-out in the provinces – Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá – James Rodríguez saw his travelling World Cup show explode onto one of f(...)

Uruguay are likely to try to hit Colombia them on the break through their  one remaining world-class player, striker Edinson Cavani (right). Photograph: EPA

Inevitably the Luis Suárez situation has overshadowed the build-up to today’s second round match. And while he will be absent the disgraced striker(...)

Juan Cuadrado (right) of Colombia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty   at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: EPA

Colombia 4 Japan 1On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 day(...)

Cristian Zapata (right) of Colombia has settled into a sound defensive partnership with captain Mario Yepes. Photograph: EPA

The sun could rise again for Japan at the World Cup if they upset Colombia at the Pantanal arena today although they will also need the result of the (...)

Falcao’s Monaco team mate James Rodriquez carries Colombian hopes in the absence of ’El Tigre’

Colombia face Greece in Belo Horizonte on Saturday night with both sides having legitimate hopes of progressing from arguably the tournament’s weakest(...)

Colombia’s James Rodriguez (10) and team-mates celebrate after he scored the opener  against Jordan  in Buenos Aires/ Photograph: Enrique Marcarian / Reuters

Colombia converted two penalties in a 3-0 win over Jordan in a World Cup warmup on Friday but are sweating on a fitness report for injured midfielder (...)