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World Cup Daily Digest: July 1st

More last 16 actions and the latest news from Brazil.

Clive Rose
Knockout Stage - June 30th

France 2 - Nigeria 0

Nigeria looks like they'll be able to prolong their tournament for an extra 30 minutes, but goals from Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann sends Les Bleus through. Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi, resign after his team's exit.

Germany 2 - Algeria 1 (AET)

Andre Schürrle and Mesut Özil scores in extra time, though The Foxes did pull one back late on it was a mere consolation. After the game Per Mertesacker defended his team's performance:

"Would you rather we played beautiful football but got knocked out?"

"I don't know what you want from me. Do you think that just Mickey Mouse teams are involved in the last 16?

"All that matters is we're in the quarter-finals."

Knockout Stage - July 1st - Previews

Argentina v Switzerland

Why root for Argentina? For the umpteenth time, you get to see Lionel Messi, a world-renowned escape artist help Argentina snatch a win from the jaws of defeat.

Why root for Switzerland? They have "The Alpine Messi", Xherdan Shaqiri.

Belgium v USA

Why root for Belgium? GOLDEN GENERATION YO!

Why root for USA? German efficiency, assembled in USA.

Kompany "50-50" against USA

Vincent Kompany's chances of featuring in Belgium's last 16 clash against USA has been deemed as "50-50" by head coach Marc Wilmots. Marouane Fellaini will be available, but Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out.

Altidore returns for USA

Jurgen Klinsmann has confirmed that striker Jozy Altidore has recovered from his hamstring injury sustained against Ghana in US opening World Cup match.

Seven Cameroon players in match-fixing claims

Officials from the country's football federation will investigate allegations of match-fixing by seven "bad apples" in Cameroon's World Cup games.

Press official banned

Brazil's press officer, Rodrigo Paiva, has been suspended for one game after he clashed with Mauricio Pinilla during the half-time of Brazil's last 16 match against Chile.

Suarez apologize; Chiellini forgives

Luis Suárez has issued an apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini:

To which the Italian defender responded:

Robben escapes punishment

FIFA will not issue any retrospective sanctions against Arjen Robben, after he admits that he dived in the first half of Netherlands match against Mexico. Robben insist that he was simply being "honest".

No injury concerns for Neymar

Neymar will be fit to play against Colombia, after team doctor cleared him from the thigh and knee injuries sustained in the match against Chile.


Argentina v Switzerland (Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Kick-off 17.00 BST)

Belgium v USA (Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. Kick-off 21.00 BST)