Nigeria’s head coach Stephen Keshi gestures during the Group F match against Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Asia may have been the biggest loser on the pitch with not one of the confederation’s four sides at this World Cup winning a game but African football(...)

Colm Cooper: Dreams of playing for Costa Rica. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Day 19. (“Does it ever actually end?” Hush now). And who should turn up on the RTÉ couch only Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper, who, he told us, chose Gaelic fo(...)

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi cheers on his team during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against France at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Having been around the block a bit, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi knows the score: when your team goes out somebody has to be blamed and having initi(...)

France’s head coach Didier Deschamps (centre) shakes hands with Nigerian players John Obi Mikel (right) and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (left)  at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: Shawn Thew / EPA

France coach Didier Deschamps is indifferent about his unbeaten World Cup record as a player and coach and is focusing only on getting his players rea(...)

Paul Pogba of France celebrates his goal against Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: EPA

France 2 Nigeria 0The French continue to move forward at this World Cup and yet they have yet to completely shake the suspicion that they are simply f(...)

France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

Ecuador’s Michael Arroyo reacts after a missed chance  against France. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

France 0 Ecuador 0 The first two weeks of the World Cup has been dominated by the Latin American teams but last night France helped dispatch Ecuador f(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal   against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Argentina 3 Nigeria 2This is a great World Cup and it has a great soundtrack. To the tune of Bad Moon Rising, Nigeria and Argentina scored five more g(...)

Lionel Messi has scored two of Argentina’s three goals so far at the World Cup including the late winner against Iran at the Estàdio  Mineirao on Saturday. Photograph: AP.

After underwhelming early performances, Argentina and reigning African champions Nigeria have something to prove when they meet in their final Grou(...)

Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko beats   Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo (22) and Shola Ameobi to the ball as he misses a chance to score a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Bosnia-Herzegovina went out of their first World Cuplast night with a sense of injustice over a disallowed goal and regrets that they had not performe(...)