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(...)

 Arjen Robben of the Netherlands (C) is fouled  by Rafael Marquez of Mexico  at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

He doesn’t so much walk into the press conference as accuse his way in. Only minutes earlier Louis van Gaal has watched his players achieve a comebac(...)

Netherlands’ Robin van Persie scores a sublime goal during the match against Spain. The Dutch striker returns from suspension for the last-16 tie with Mexico. Photograph: AP/Bernat Armangue

You might expect that, with three wins out of three, 10 goals scored, a 5-1 win over the world champions, and a route to the semi-finals more navigabl(...)

Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah gestures during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

What can you say? You almost had to pity Ghana’s manager Kwesi Appiah for having to speak to the press about the shambles of his team’s exit in Brasil(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo shows his disappointment after the victory over Ghana in Brasilia. Despite their win, Portugal have been eliminated from the tournament. Photo: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Portugal 2 Ghana 1 We were prepared for the highest of drama, but in the end we got just a children’s portion of about 20 minutes. Not enough to satis(...)

Spain had their only victory at the World Cup finals, against Australia, at Arena da Baixada in the city of Curitiba. Photograph: Getty Images.

Eliz and Tais look over: “Why don’t you sit with us?” It is 30 minutes into Germany’s thrilling game with Ghana, and the only free space in Bar Saccy (...)

England manager Roy Hodgson said there were signs of progress in this World Cup but it still led to an early exit. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

It is strange to look back and consider that most of the important things were said before the Uruguay game. Roy Hodgson teased Luis Suarez to prov(...)

Luis Suarez in relaxed mood during Uruguay’s final practice session before tonight’s match against England in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Ddamir Sogolj/Reuters

You wonder if the task is quite tough enough for Uruguayan tastes; medium or well done. It is also hard to measure whether their pedigree for beating (...)

Belgium’s national team head coach Marc Wilmots:  has emerged as an intriguing figure in their rise and will be a key influence.

The Dutch like to joke about Belgian waiters, and among the fancied teams, Marc Wilmots’s side are this tournament’s most eminent waiters, their first(...)

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini and Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi in action during the  World Cup Group F clash  at the Baixada arena in Curitiba. Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters

Nigeria 0 Iran 0It was a game that lived up to expectations – no goals, stodgy football, sadly matching the reputations of a defensive Iranian side a(...)