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(...)

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(...)