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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(...)

Mexico captain  Rafael Marquez  celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the World Cup Group A match against Croatia  at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mexico 3 Croatia 1In a bad-tempered Group A battle for second place Mexico won through to claim the dubious privilege of playing the Netherlands in Fo(...)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (centre)   during the FIFA World Cup 2014 Group A between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Photograph: EPA

The winters are one of the best things about Brazil. In São Paulo, winter means you should carry a jacket in the evening, but in Fortaleza the only wa(...)

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates with  team-mate Vedran Corluka after scoring against 
goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between
 Cameroon.

Mario Mandzukic has been advertising a chocolate bar back home, and there is a certain melt-in-your-mouth goodness to Croatia’s attacking play in B(...)

Cameroon’s Achille Weboc  tries to separate teammates Benjamin Moukandjo and Benoit Assou-Ekotto after they clashed at  the Amazonia arena in Manaus. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Cameroon coach Volker Finke has called his team’s performance at the World Cup “disgraceful” following their 4-0 defeat to Croatia. Wednesday’s Group (...)

 Alex Song of Cameroon walks off the field after receiving a red card for elbowing Mario Mandzukic in the back during the World Cup Group A game  at Arena Amazonia  in Manaus. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Croatia 4 Cameroon 0Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knockout phase when they thrashed toothless Cameroon 4-0 in Ma(...)

Brazilian fans in a beach restaurant in Porto Seguro celebrate Oscar’s third goal against Croatia. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

It was ‘A Hard-Fought Victory’ according to Estado de S Paulo. ‘A Painful Victory’ in the opinion of O Globo. ‘On the Whistle, On the Ball’ said Folha(...)

Yuichi Nishimura shows Dejan Lovren of Croatia  a yellow card after awarding the penalty kick to Brazil. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Furious Croatia coach Niko Kovac blamed “out of his depth” referee Yuichi Nishimura and warned the World Cup could turn into a circus after a content(...)

Luiz Felipe Scolari of Brazil shakes hands with Neymar as he comes off the field in the second half. Photograph: Getty Images

The problems Brazil has faced in getting ready for this World Cup have been well aired during its build-up.But in marked contrast to the doubts over t(...)

Croatia’s players crowd around referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan after he awarded a penalty against them for a foul on Fred. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

And we’re off. “Is it not over yet?” asked a heathen yesterday, but to be honest, it did feel like the build-up to it all began when Methuselah was a (...)

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