World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest on day 20 including reaction to Argentina's extra-time victory over Switzerland and Belgium's dramatic victory over USA - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest on day 20 including reaction to Argentina's extra-time victory over Switzerland and Belgium's dramatic victory over USA



Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Belgium versus USA with Sam Dymond and Marc Williams. We'll be bringing you the very latest news from Brazil as Angel Di Maria scores with two minutes of extra-time remaining to put Argentina into the quarter-finals at Switzerland's expense. Belgium also booked their place in the quarter-finals with another dramatic extra-time victory over the USA!

    There's five minutes until kick-off in Sao Paulo as the teams leave the tunnel. If it wasn't for the kits - and the thousands of eyes upon them - it would be hard to differentiate the five foot six pair of Lionel Messi and Xherdan Shaqiri from the numerous mascots swarming the pitch.

    As it is, they are giants within their own countries.
    7/1/2014 3:56:27 PM
    9 mins: A first foray into the Argentina penalty area doesn't bring much in the way of goalscoring opportunities for the Swiss, but the widespread panic from the defending side is palpable. You already feel that if Alejandro Sabella's team are going to become the seventh group winner to make the quarter-finals, then they are going to have to score more than once. In the end, Federico Fernandez and Ezequiel Garay are relieved to see Gökhan Inler fire over the crossbar from long range.
    7/1/2014 4:12:08 PM
    Meanwhile, World Cup flop Diego Costa has become soon-to-be Premier League flop Diego Costa...


    7/1/2014 4:13:50 PM
    15 mins: Lionel Messi finally gets a touch inside the Switzerland half but, within a split second, he is sandwiched to the floor by a combination of Granit Xhaka and Fabian Schar. It's certainly not a nice sandwich for the Barcelona man; much more like one of those paltry Cheese and Onion efforts left lonely on the shelves of Tesco when you head out late for your lunchbreak.

    7/1/2014 4:18:23 PM
    19 mins: After a quiet start to the game in a central position, Messi heads out to the right flank where he nearly makes an immediate impression. The Argentine does brilliantly to skip away from the attention of Valon Behrami and Ricardo Rodriguez on the touchline to head towards goal, but the Wolfsburg full-back recovers brilliantly before to curtail the danger before it gets serious.
    7/1/2014 4:22:13 PM
    23 mins: It's been an extremely uneventful first quarter of the game, and it's clearly starting to worry some of you who have become use to the thrilling football of this World Cup. There are few more concerned that the following Lionel Messi enthusiast who has commented...

    Messi u r a great player. So play a hot game.Messi play your real game.at 5:17 PM

    Although we don't want it too hot otherwise we'll be here all evening with the FIFA cooling breaks.
    7/1/2014 4:25:23 PM
    113 mins: Gary Lineker earns the right to stick two fingers up at Angel Di Maria as the Argentina number seven wastes an opportunity with a lazy blast over the bar from 25 yards, much to the annoyance of his teammates awaiting a cross in the penalty area.
    7/1/2014 6:23:22 PM
    116 mins: It's looking more and more as if we're heading for a penalty shoot-out in Sao Paulo. Argentina continue to have all the possession, but they cannot find a way past a wall of red and white.
    7/1/2014 6:27:00 PM
    118 mins: GOAL! ARGENTINA ! SWITZERLAND 0:

    Argentina have won it right at the death! Angel Di Maria has scored it, but it was made by the magical feet of Lionel Messi! It looked as if there would be no way past this Switzerland backline, but that was reckoning without one last piece of magic from the Barcelona forward. Rodrigo Palacio did well to win the ball off Lichtsteiner on the halfway line and feed Messi, who out of nowhere found a burst of energy not befitting the previous 118 minutes of gruelling football. He did brilliantly to hurdle over Fabian Schar's sliding challenge to run at goal, eventually taking four defenders out of the game with one pass out right to Di Maria. The Real Madrid midfielder met it first time to sweep left-footed past Diego Benaglio and into the bottom left-hand corner. Argentina are in the quarter-finals!

    7/1/2014 6:27:26 PM
    120 mins: There will be three minutes of added time at the end of extra-time for Switzerland to find a dramatic equaliser, and they have a corner!
    7/1/2014 6:30:06 PM
    120+1 mins: Oh my word! How have Switzerland not equalised?! Everybody was up for the corner including Diego Benaglio, and it was the goalkeeper's who met the cross with an acrobatic attempt at an overhead kick, but was well off target. However, the ball was kept alive on the right hand side and when Shaqiri's cross came back in, it was headed against the foot of the post by Blerim Dzemaili, who could only unwittingly ricochet the rebound wide.

    7/1/2014 6:30:57 PM
    120+3 mins: Switzerland have a free-kick right on the edge of the box, and it will surely be the last kick of the game! It's dead centre, and Shaqiri will take it left-footed. The Argentina wall have crept ahead of the line of foam, and they're inching ever closer. The Bayern Munich man takes it and it thumps against the wall and away! And that is that!
    7/1/2014 6:32:56 PM
    FULL TIME - ARGENTINA 1 SWITZERLAND 0:
    7/1/2014 6:35:00 PM
    Tim Lovejoy displaying his superb photoshop skills! 


    7/1/2014 7:47:30 PM
    22 min: Chance for Belgium. Graham Zusi loses the ball in midfield which sets up a five-on-three counter attack in Belgium's favour. Jan Vertonghen finds Kevin De Bruyne to his left but the Wolfsburg man can only drag his effort wide. Best chance of the game so far and Belgium are looking good here! 
    7/1/2014 8:25:02 PM
    25 min: Chance for Belgium. Fantastic, fantastic piece of defending from USA veteran Damarcus Beasley! The 32-year-old, making his 120th appearance tonight, does really well to clear Jan Vertonghen's cross off the line! 


    7/1/2014 8:28:03 PM
    30 min: Danny Murphy will not be happy as his favourite player, Fabian Johnson, looks like he'll have to go off here. The full-back pulls up clutching his hamstring and the stretch is out. Kiss of death from the commentator there! 

    Belgium are completely on top here and have already had seven efforts at goal and six corners.
    7/1/2014 8:32:36 PM
    Don't forget to check out today's earlier game over on the Indysport website. Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute to give Argentina victory over Switzerland! 



    7/1/2014 9:01:56 PM
    The players are on their way back onto the pitch over in the Arena Fonte Nova, second half time, do we have a goal on the way or does another extra-time loom??
    7/1/2014 9:03:26 PM
    45 min: Belgium get us back underway, no changes just yet. 
    7/1/2014 9:03:51 PM
    47 min: Belgium have the first effort of the second half as Dries Mertens sends a looping, swirling header goalwards. Tim Howard does a 'one for the cameras' save but gets the job done. 
    7/1/2014 9:07:10 PM
    64 min: End to end (to end to end) stuff at the moment and Graham Zusi nearly converts for the USA but can't quite get his angles right. The quick tempo from the first 10 minutes has come back into the match and a goal seems imminent! 
    7/1/2014 9:23:29 PM

    Obama likes a 0-0 draw!  

    7/1/2014 9:27:00 PM
    82 min: Into the last ten minutes we go and can Belgium find the winner their second half deserves? Daniel van Buyten pops up in the box to win a corner and then the Bayern Munchen man heads wide the resulting set-piece. 
    7/1/2014 9:42:11 PM
    85 min: Belgium are knock, knock, knocking on Howard's doo-oor! They draw the 10th save from Everton's stopper after Divock Origi fires at goal. It is surprising that Marc Wilmots hasn't used more subs here, they have a top quality bench but not dipped into it too much yet. 


    7/1/2014 9:44:45 PM
    87 min: Ahh it's frustrating to watch as Eden Hazard shows off his greedy side. The Chelsea star fires into the side-netting from a tight angle but if he had lifted his head, he would have seen three Belgians in the box! 
    7/1/2014 9:47:40 PM
    89 min: Chance for Belgium. So close again to finding the winner here. This time it's Vinnie Kompany who finds himself inside the USA box but he can't quite sort his body out to convert Kevin De Bruyne's cross. 
    7/1/2014 9:49:29 PM
    Three minutes of added time!
    7/1/2014 9:49:41 PM
    90+2 min: Chris Wondolowski has his embarrassment saved by the offside flag but he is a mile on. It doesn't matter anyway as he fires high into the crowd from only 5 yards out! That was onside and if that had gone in but the goal had been ruled out… Doesn't bear thinking about!
    7/1/2014 9:52:08 PM
    FULL TIME! Belgium 0 USA 0!
    7/1/2014 9:52:17 PM
    FT: I'm not sure how this game is still 0-0 but it is and into extra-time we go! 
    7/1/2014 9:53:50 PM
    Best 0-0 ever??



    7/1/2014 9:56:10 PM
    90 min: It will be the USA to get extra-time going as Belgium make a sub. The superb Divock Origi has gone off and Romelu Lukaku is on. 
    7/1/2014 9:57:54 PM
    GOAL!!! Belgium 1 USA 0 Kevin De Bruyne!!!
    7/1/2014 9:59:38 PM
    92 min: That will do nicely for Belgium! They have the fresh legs of Romelu Lukaku to thank for that goal as the Chelsea powerhouse gets himself to the byline and pulls the ball back to Kevin De Bruyne. The young man takes an extra touch, picks his spot and riffles it into the back of Tim Howard's net. Howard had no chance with that one! 
    7/1/2014 10:02:46 PM
    96 min: Romelu Lukaku seems like he has had the kick up the backside that he needed and is really taking the game to the USA. He fires at goal and draws another good save from Tim Howard. 


    7/1/2014 10:05:07 PM

    De Bruyne to de rescue!  

    7/1/2014 10:05:59 PM
    99 min: The USA are having to dig extra deep here and they look shattered. Clint Dempsey suddenly bursts into life on the edge of the Belgian box but his good work is wasted by a poor ball by Jermaine Jones. 
    7/1/2014 10:08:25 PM
    FT: Wow and I mean wow!! What a performance from the USA and they will exit the World Cup with their heads held high! Unbelievable scenes of strength and desire from both sides in that extra-time! One of the best 30 minutes of extra-time I have ever seen! 

    Belgium claim the win and will face Argentina in the quarter-final and on balance they do deserve that. 

    Many, many congratulations to USA too, they were quite superb in the second half of extra-time! 
    7/1/2014 10:35:30 PM
    Some pictures from tonight's thrilling game! 






    7/1/2014 10:43:08 PM
    That's it from me, Marc Williams, and thanks very much indeed for joining us on another thrilling day of World Cup action! 

    See you all again very soon for the start of the quarter-finals! 
    7/1/2014 10:44:07 PM
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