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Ballboys have their selfies taken with Argentina’s Lionel Messi as he leaves the field after defeating Chile 2-1. Photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s return sparked Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in Santiago on Thursday, breathing new life into their South American qualifying camp(...)

David Luiz gets a hug from Neymar: history teach that should Brazil fail to win the trophy at home, they risk being marked out for decades as the men who failed Brazil. Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Before Brazil faced Chile the team’s coach Felipão had said that if his side lost, life would go on and no one would need to throw themselves down a w(...)

Mauricio Pinilla (right) of Chile rattles the crossbar in the closing stages of extra-time in their second round match against Brazil   in Belo Horizonte.

Fifa is investigating a remarkable bust-up at the World Cup after claims Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla was punched by Brazil’s communications direct(...)

Brazil captain Thiago Silva   after the second round win over Chile at the  Mineirao Stadium. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

There was much talk of cardiac arrest from the Brazilians after this more nerve-racking of second round victories and there must have times alright w(...)

Brazil’s players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot against  Chile at the  Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: EPA

Brazil 1 Chile 1 (aet, 1-1 after 90 mins. Brazil win 3-2 on penalties)The hosts survived and Chile had to suffer yet more World Cup heartbreak against(...)

If Brazil are ultimately to win this tournament then there may yet be an element of Neymar having to drag them to victory in the way Garrincha did 52 years ago.

Brazil’s footballing rivalry with Chile is generally a friendly enough affair but the stakes are high this weekend and a note of tension crept in ahea(...)

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal celebrates with his assistant Danny Blind after the first goal   against Chile during the World Cup Group B  match in Sao Paulo. Photograph:  Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal felt his side operated well in a changed system as they defeated Chile 2-0 to top World Cup Group B. The Dutch emerge(...)

Leroy Fer scores  powers home his header against Chile. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Chile 0Caught between the knowledge that both teams were already qualified and the risk that Brazil could lie in wait for the loser the (...)

Memphis Depay: could be rewarded with a start after his goal against Australia.

When the World Cup draw was made back in December, Group B was one of the candidates for the dreaded ‘group of death’ tag. But rather than finding (...)

Chile fans celebrate victory over Spain  at a public screening in Santiago. Photograph: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters

In Chile the press had no doubt their country’s national side had made history with its elimination of Spain thanks to its 2-0 defeat of the world cha(...)

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