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 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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Neymar (shirtless) of Brazil and Fred celebnrate after the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Cameroon and Brazil. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

MONDAY, JUNE 23rd 16.55 What a weekend! Pick your highlight: Costa Rica bidding cal-ciao to England with victory over the Azzurri? Ghana (...)

Neymar of Brazil celebrates scoring his team’s second goal in the World Cup Group A against Cameroon at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Brazil 4 Cameroon 1It was a night when Neymar delivered yet another reminder of how much the hopes of one nation, and 200m football-mad people, rest o(...)

There’s no lack of passion from Brazil’s Marcelo, David Luiz and Julio Cesar as they sing their national anthem before the game against Mexico.

The first thing Argentina had to contend with upon their arrival in Belo Horizonte was a banner at their base welcoming “the next World Champions”. T(...)

Marouane Fellaini combined with Kevin De Bruyne to get Belgium back on track against Algeria. Photograph: Yves Herman / Reuters

TUESDAY, JUNE 16th 16.55 And, lo, on the fifth day the deluge ended. I’m relieved by Iran and Nigeria’s stalemate. For an Irishman, who(...)

Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari shouts instructions to his players during their 2014 World Cup Group A match against Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

The cover of Brazilian GQ features Brazil coach Felipe “Big Phil” Scolari looking rather dapper – suit jacket, neatly-clipped moustache, ultra-expensi(...)

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa dives to stop a shot during their  World Cup Group A  match against Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Francois Xavier Marit/Reuters

Brazil 0 Mexico 0There has been plenty of talk of footballing ghosts here for Brazil and the scariest one for them is generally considered to be Urugu(...)

Mexico’s Oribe Peralta after scoring the winner against Cameroon in their opening game at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal.

The World Cup’s great underachievers, Mexico have placed themselves in the relatively comfortable position of going into their second Group A match ag(...)

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