USA’s DeAndre Yedlin gives chase as Belgium’s Eden Hazard closes in on goal during their last-16 game. His coach, Marc Wilmots, will be looking for some inspiration from the Chelsea midfielder.

The football talk in Brazil this week has been all about emotion, and how the gladiators of the national team are struggling to control theirs. You ca(...)

 Angel Di Maria celebrates  with team-mate Lionel Messi after scoring Argentina’s winning goal in extra-time during the World Cup Round of 16  game against Switzerland at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Anyone who is following the World Cup from Brazil has to have been struck by the enormous pressure on Neymar, the 22-year-old who is carrying the coun(...)

Swiss players  show their dejection as Argentinian players celebrate their victory after extra-time at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Emilio Lavandeira/EPA

In a tense match won by a goal that just saved them from facing the lottery of a penalty shootout, Argentina revealed how risky is their strategy of r(...)

Switzerland’s goalkeeper Diego Benaglio fails to save a shot from Argentina’s Angel Di Maria as he scores the winning goal in the second half of extra-time in the World Cup Round of 16  in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Argentina 1 Switzerland 0 (aet, 0-0 after 90 mins)If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. And then perhaps try once more. In the end, if y(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his second goal against  Honduras  at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Photograph: EPA

Honduras 0 Switzerland 3Four years ago to the day, Honduras held Switzerland to a scoreless draw in South Africa, denying Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side a pla(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

 Haris Seferovic of Switzerland scores the winner past Ecuador’s Alexander Dominguez   at Estadio Nacional  in Brasilia. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1A first stalemate of the World Cup beckoned but this World Cup is not ready for mundanity yet. In a sensational finish in Brasí(...)