Uruguay’s biter in chief Luis Suarez has stolen the headlines again but the four games tonight will decide who’ll be extending their stay in Brazil for the round of 16.
Bosnia Hertz v Iran | Salvador | 5pm
- Bosnia are on the way home home but Iran could qualify if they win and Argentina beat Nigeria by two clear goals.
- The sides have met five times with Iran winning the last meeting 3-2 in 2009 to leave their record at W4 D1.
- However, Iran have never beaten a European side at the WC finals – L4, D1.
Nigeria v Argentina | Porto Alegre | 5pm
- Lionel Messi has scored two of Argentina’s three goals at these finals.
- The sides met at the 2010, 2002 and 1994 World Cup finals with Argentina winning 1-0,1-0 and 2-1.
- Nigeria have never beaten a South American side at a World Cup in four attempts.
Ecuador v France | Rio | 9pm
- Les Bleus have left the bad blood of WC 2010 in South Africa and will top Group E with eight goals in two games.
- Ecuador need to match or better Switzerland’s result to progress to the round of 16.
- Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has scored six goals in his last four appearances for France.
Honduras v Switzerland | Manaus | 9pm
- The Swiss must win and hope near-neighbours France win to leapfrog Ecuador into the last 16.
- Honduras have never beaten European opposition at the WC finals (L3,D3).
- The sides have met once before (World Cup 2010) and played out a 0-0 draw in South Africa.
- Uruguay are safely into the last 16 after knocking out Italy, but the shine has been taken off it by Luis Suarez alleged bite on Giorgio Chiellini. Yeah, we know you’ve probably heard about it already, but you never know, you might have been living under a rock for the last 24 hours. FIFA said they will investigate, despite not action being taken by the referee at the time. It’ll probably be an investigation that involves a lot of champagne for some reason. They’ll find a way.
- Paul Scholes has spoken to the Paddy Power Blog about the Suarez incident. He’s not impressed and you can get more detail than that in his exclusive column.
- Italy coach, Cesare Prandelli has reportedly offered to resign in the aftermath of the defeat. It’s not absolutely clear if that resignation has been accepted or if he’s just looking for some love.
- The US of A may finally be warming to soccer. Or maybe the illegal immigrants have got enough money to buy TVs – who knows? Either way, the Americans game with Portugal got a record TV audience in the States of 24.7 million which is apparently more than watching lanky men throw a ball through a net and the final of American Cricket aka, the World Series.