World Cup 2014: Wins for Argentina, France and Switzerland on Day 4 - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014: Wins for Argentina, France and Switzerland on Day 4 - LIVE!

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day four of the World Cup with Sam Dymond and Marc Williams. We'll have the latest news from Brazil, the reaction to England's defeat last night as well as the build-up to tonight's games Switzerland v Ecuador, France v Honduras and Argentina v Bosnia...

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – the first three nights have been thrilling, can day four bring more?

    Later tonight, at 11pm, there will be a first chance this World Cup to see Lionel Messi and Argentina in action when they take on a talented Bosnia and Herzegovina outfit, but before that there are two Group E games to negotiate. At 5pm, eighth seed Switzerland face Ecuador in Brasilia, and then, at 8pm, France begin their campaign against Honduras in Porto Alegre.

    First though, we’ll be bringing you up to date on all the latest news from Brazil including the reaction to England's opening match defeat to Italy last night.

    Sam Dymond, and later Marc Williams, will be here to talk you through all three games as they happen and if you want to have your say on any of these fixtures, England's loss or anything World Cup related, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    6/15/2014 10:45:34 AM
  • It's the morning after the World Cup's longest night, and many will be waking up following England's defeat to the Italians in Manaus with sore heads. But, unlike many England World Cup defeats of the past, there are reasons to remain hopeful.

    As The Independent's Chief Football Correspondent, Sam Wallace, explains in his match report, the Three Lions can now offer something different - something exciting - in attack...

    Going forward, England were a very different proposition. They were fast – showing much more pace than the Italians – and exciting. Italy had no answer to it and relied on keeping the ball and trying to keep England in their own half.
    6/15/2014 11:21:46 AM
  • Much of England's new-found attacking dynamism was due to the surprise selection of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. Having been sent off in England's World Cup warm-up with Eduador, the teenager was expected to begin on the bench against Italy with Danny Welbeck getting the nod on the right.

    But news began to break two hours before kick-off in Manaus that Roy Hodgson had picked Sterling ahead of Southampton's Adam Lallana and, as James Olley reveals, the England coach's decision to start the youngster was vindicated, nearly bringing instant dividends...

    At the start, Sterling picked the ball up just inside the Italy half, beat two men and struck a rising effort from 25 yards which hit the side netting in a way that brought half the ground to its feet believing England had made the best possible start.
    6/15/2014 11:34:35 AM
  • Another plus for England last night was they managed to come through their fierce encounter with Italy injury-free. Well, almost.

    In bizarre - and frankly worrying - scenes, England first-team physiotherapist Gary Lewin managed to dislocate his ankle while celebrating Daniel Sturridge's equaliser. Lewin required lengthy treatment on the touchline before being stretched away for further assessment. He will be replaced for the remainder of the tournament by his assistant Steve Kemp.

    Still, he had plenty of well-wishers, including some who know all about injuries...


    Not everyone was so sympathetic, mind you...


    And to all those who claim Rio has lost a yard of pace, look how quickly he back-pedalled here...


    6/15/2014 11:56:50 AM
  • Of course, England need to build on last night's positive performance with points in their remaining two Group D games against Uruguay on Thursday and Costa Rica a week on Tuesday. Those two sides met in Fortaleza earlier on Saturday evening, and as Tim Rich reports, the Central Americans provided the biggest shock of the 2014 World Cup so far.

    Joel Campbell was the star of the show. After three years as an Arsenal player but on-loan elsewhere, the striker showed his worth on the big stage with a brilliant display that troubled Uruguay's experienced side throughout.

    Joel Campbell, who embarrassed Manchester United when on loan to Olympiakos from Arsenal, proceeded to do the same to Uruguay. In the first half his shot on the run flew perhaps a yard wide and nine minutes after the restart he shot again, with devastating consequences.
    Arsenal were quick to gauge reaction following Campbell's man of the match performance...


    ...and the collective response from Gooners everywhere was, "When are you bringing him back to replace Nicklas Bendtner?"
    6/15/2014 12:14:30 PM
  • Switzerland v Ecuador

    We're turning attention towards tonight's matches, and the action begins at 5pm in Brasilia where Switzerland go head-to-head with Ecuador.

    The Swiss, led by wily German coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, qualified for the World Cup as one of the top eight seeds, much to the surprise of many. Now, in South America against a South American side, they must display that they are here on merit.

    The fact that Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side was considered one of the best eight sides on the planet was based on an impressive qualification campaign and victories in some carefully-selected friendlies that appeared designed to push them up the Fifa rankings.

    6/15/2014 12:44:35 PM
  • Schweinsteiger Scare

    Three-times World Cup winners and 2006 finalists, Germany, begin their 2014 campaign against Portugal in Salvador on Monday evening, but they've had a scare ahead of that opening game.

    Reports are emerging that their midfield lynchpin Bastian Schweinsteiger was airlifted to hospital on Saturday evening, but the 29-year-old, who has over 100 caps for his country, is still expected to be fit to face the Selecção.



    6/15/2014 1:00:56 PM
  • World Cup Panini Sticker Update

    Got. Got. NEED!
    6/15/2014 1:08:36 PM
  • France v Honduras

    The words drone, Didier and Deschamps in close proximity usually conjure images of another mind-numbing press conference from the French national manager, but this weekend, the former Chelsea midfielder made the astonishing claim that drone planes had been spying on his team's training session ahead of their opening game with Honduras in Group E.

    The French players are understood to have briefly halted training at their palacial Ribeirao Preto base north of Sao Paulo on Tuesday when the craft was spotted overhead and the squad craned to see what it was. Deschamps is understood to have complained to Fifa about the intrusion, with concerns about the possibility that it might have been an attempt to spy on his tactical preparations for a campaign which opens against Honduras on Sunday night.


    No wonder Dechamps is facepalming...

    6/15/2014 1:20:12 PM
  • Rooney Dilemma

    Despite the publicised positives, there were areas of concern for England to address following last night's game in Manaus including their often unconvincing defending and, erm, y'know, the actual defeat. 

    But, perhaps, the predicament that has sparked the most debate regards Wayne Rooney, and his place in the team. The Manchester United man was forced out wide to accommodate the inclusion of Raheem Sterling and, despite providing the assist for Daniel Sturridge's goal, was once again below par.

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fully believes that England coach Roy Hodgson must either play to Rooney's strengths or drop him to allow others to flourish.

    I'm afraid that position doesn't suit Wayne, who was then pushed out wide on the right for a spell in the second half. Now Roy Hodgson must make a decision: either play him in his proper number 10 role just behind Daniel Sturridge or leave him out.
    Take our poll above and tell us whether Rooney deserves to start against Uruguay. 
    6/15/2014 1:56:22 PM
  • Argentina v Bosnia

    The 2014 World Cup has been starved of so many of the game's top players. The nations of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale never made it. Radamel Falcao, Marco Reus and Franck Ribery were struck down by injury. Luis Suarez may yet follow suit if he fails to shake off his knee complaint. And yet still, so far, it has been brilliant.

    Now, the best player of the lot - arguably the best ever - takes his places in Brazil as captain of Argentina. Lionel Messi will lead 
    La Albiceleste out this evening against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and can elevate an already thrilling tournament to new heights of hysteria.

    That said, the Barcelona star has yet to shine on this stage. In his two previous World Cup campaigns, Messi has scored just once as Argentina flattered to deceive in Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.

    Many think this is his time, his World Cup, and he start this evening against the Bosnians.


    Despite a glittering career with Barcelona, Messi has yet to bring his club form to a World Cup and silence those who claim that he will never rank alongside the likes of Maradonna, Pele or Zidane until he does so.

    6/15/2014 2:39:57 PM
  • Chelsea Calling Courtois

    There's nothing worse than being let down by those you love. You know the feeling, that gut-wrenching sense of disappointment you get when an actor you appreciate appears on Celebrity Big Brother, or when a favoured musician collaborates with Sting.

    Now, it's happened again with Belgium's sensational shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois. After three seasons on-loan at Atletico Madrid, Jose Mourinho has today confirmed that the goalkeeper will return to Stamford Bridge for the new season meaning that English football supporters - Chelsea fans aside - can no longer truly appreciate the exploits of the 22-year-old.

    Still, it appears as though the Belgian has his mind on matters at hand. His country begin their World Cup campaign against Algeria on Tuesday.
    6/15/2014 3:00:22 PM
  • When the draws for these World Cup finals were made last December, much of the talk didn’t revolve around England’s difficult group or the second day rematch between 2010 finalists, Spain and Holland, but just how on earth had Switzerland made it to being one of the top eight seeds.

    It’s a position that isn’t necessarily based on merit with coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and the Swiss FA cleverly taking advantage of the FIFA ranking system, but they are, nevertheless, a very accomplished outfit. Many of their squad have benefitted from successful sustained periods together at U17 and U21 level, and arrive in Brazil with quality flowing through the team; from Juve’s Stefan Lichtsteiner to Napoli’s Goekhan Inler to Bayern’s Xherdan Shaqiri, the Swiss have the talent to go far in this tournament.

    They’ll have to successfully negotiate an Ecuador team, however, who have become use to dealing with adversity. The death of their much-loved striker Christian Benitez last year was a shock to all associated with La Tri, and their players dedicated qualification for Brazil to the former Birmingham City forward. No doubt they’ll wish to follow that up with a strong showing at these finals, and their pacey, direct game will surely lend itself to another open, attractive match this evening.

    Switzerland v Ecuador kicks-off at Estadio Nacional in an hour.

    6/15/2014 3:03:17 PM
  • The Switzerland and Ecuador teams are in from Brasilia. Bayer Leverkusen forward Josip Drmic is the man Otmar Hitzveld favours in attack to spearhead his talented Swiss team but there is no place at the back for Fabian Schar of Basle; he is replaced by former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou. Meanwhile, Reinaldo Rueda, has left Michael Arroyo on the bench despite his wonder goal against England in this month's World Cup warm-up while Manchester United's Antonio Valencia and former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo both start.

    Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Inler, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Stocker, Drmic, Djourou, Shaqiri

    Subs: Ziegler, Senderos, Lang, Barnetta, Seferovic, Sommer, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Mehmedi, Bürki, Schär

    Ecuador: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, W. Ayovi, Caicedo, E. Valencia, A. Valencia, Gruezo

    Subs: Banguera, Ibarra, Méndez, Rojas, Bone, Minda, Arroyo, M. Ayoví, Bagüí, Saritama, Martínez, Achilier

    Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
    6/15/2014 3:07:37 PM
  • As far as pre-match mind games go, Ecuador have won the psychological warfare that is the battle of the national anthems with an all-together more dramatic, bouncy number belted out with gusto; a far cry from the aesthetic lift music favoured by the Swiss.

    Now, to the football.
    6/15/2014 3:59:13 PM
  • KICK-OFF: Ecuador, in their change strip of blue and yellow as opposed to yellow and blue,  kick-off day four of the World Cup, and immediately win a corner on the right-hand side, but fail to pose an early attempt on goal.

    Either the Swiss supporters have done a wonderfully good job of decking themselves out in their national colour, or there are an awful lot of empty red seats inside the Estadio Nacional.
    6/15/2014 4:03:46 PM
  • 5 mins: It's been an excellent start from Ecuador, who have been keen to utilise the pace they possess on the wings to attack the Swiss. It's brought a corner on either flank so far, while Enner Valencia's trickery has troubled the European's defence.
    6/15/2014 4:06:38 PM
  • Much has been made of Ecuador's qualification on Brazil during which they excelled at home in high altitude but struggled elsewhere...


    6/15/2014 4:08:35 PM
  • 12 mins: A first sight of goal for Switzerland's Josip Drmic, who was smartly played through on goal by Gokhan Inler, but the Leverkusen forward hesitated at the vital moment, and allowed Jorge Guagua time to gets across quickly to cover and clear.

    Moments later, Granit Xhaka attempts a spectacular 30-yard-volley but it lacks the accuray to trouble Alexander Dominguez.
    6/15/2014 4:15:08 PM
  • 16 mins: Now Dominguez is called into action, and the LDU Quito goalkeeper has to make a save to deny Xherdan Shaqiri. The Bayern Munich forward made space for himself on the edge of the box before unleashing a fierce effort, but it was straight down the throat of the Ecuadorian custodian.
    6/15/2014 4:18:32 PM
  • 22 mins: GOAL! SWITZERLAND 0 ECUADOR 1: Ecuador lead in Brasilia! Jefferson Montero, who has caused Stefan Lichtsteiner all kinds of problems with his direct running and trickery, won a free-kick off the Juventus man outside the penalty area on the left-hand side. The Swiss didn't concede a single goal from a set-piece during their qualifying campaign, but who knows how when they defend like this. Walter Ayovi whipped the ball over at pace, and nobody picked up Enner Valencia, who had the simple task of climbing high to head his country into the lead.

    6/15/2014 4:22:35 PM
  • 27 mins: Lichtsteiner attempts to make amends for his part in the goal by bursting forward and winning his side a corner. When it eventually makes its way into the box, Valentin Stocker got in front of his man at the near post, but is only able to head tamely wide.

    Meanwhile, Clarke Carlisle just let the mask slip while co-commentating for ITV Sport. Forgetting his fancy long words and correct pronunciation, the former QPR defender implored the Swiss goalkeeper to "come and punch it, mate!" Britain's brainiest footballer, indeed...
    6/15/2014 4:30:05 PM
  • 35 mins: The Swiss have upped their game since falling behind, and have just had a shout for a penalty. Shaqiri decided to take matters into his own hands with a solo run, but his shot was blocked by a defender inside the box. The Switzerland attacker and a couple of teammates are suggesting that it was done so with a hand, but the Uzbekistan referee Ravshan Irmatov is unmoved.

    Moments earlier, Valon Behrami became the latest player to get his head on a corner, but Dominguez got down low to save well.
    6/15/2014 4:38:04 PM
  • 41 mins: Shaqiri continues to mix the sublime with the dreadful and, after he wins his team a free-kick in a dangerous position on the touchline, completely overhits his delivery over the waiting hordes in the box and out for a goalkick.

    6/15/2014 4:44:31 PM
  • 44 mins: Ecuador have been content to sit back and invite the Swiss on since taking the lead, but they continue to threaten on the break, such is the pace and trickery of their wide men. Jefferson Montero is really enjoying his afternoon, and the Morelia forward is at it again before the break, dancing down the left before cutting inside and letting fly with a drive that is blocked by two desperate Switzerland defenders.

    6/15/2014 4:46:17 PM
  • Half-time - SWITZERLAND 0 ECUADOR 1:
    6/15/2014 4:47:12 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: Switzerland make one change at the start of the second half with Ottmar Hitzfeld replacing the ineffectual Stocker with Freiburg goal machine Admir Medmedi.
    6/15/2014 5:04:02 PM
  • 48 mins: GOAL! SWITZERLAND 1 ECUADOR 1: What a substitution! Admir Mehmedi has brought Switzerland level less than three minutes after coming on! Left-back Ricardo Rodriguez rifled in an early corner from the left-hand side and the striker, just off the bench, got in front of his marker, Carlos Gruezo, and planted a header past Alexander Dominguez, who had been caught in no man's land. What a World Cup debut for the Freiburg forward!

    6/15/2014 5:08:25 PM
  • 53 mins: Mehmedi has sparked the Swiss into life since his introduction, and he nearly launches another attack by winning the ball in midfield. However, any hopes of a swift counter are stopped in their tracks by a cynical challenge from Juan Carlos Paredes, who is booked by referee Irmatov.


    6/15/2014 5:10:57 PM
  • 58 mins: Admir Mehmedi is at the heart of all Switzerland's attacking now, and he nearly finds his way past the last defender after latching on to Lichtsteiner's cross into the box. He's unable to wriggle free, but in the same move, has a claim for a penalty after going over under pressure, but once again the referee is correct to ignore the protests.
    6/15/2014 5:16:46 PM
  • 60 mins: After soaking up a quarter of an hour of pressure at the start of this second half, Enner Valencia nearly fires Ecuador back into the lead in sensational style. The opening goalscorer drops his shoulder on the edge of the area, helping him to beat two men, and strikes a cracker of a shot just the wrong side of the top right-hand corner of Banaglio's goal.
    6/15/2014 5:18:35 PM
  • 66 mins: A first sighting of Montero's ability in the second half as he toys with the Switzerland back-line, swerving left and then right as he runs at them, before firing a low shot at goal that Benaglio has to turn behind with his feet.

    The game had just started to loll too, although I only know that because a Mexican wave had started up around the stands; the only reason why Mexico '86 cannot be considered a great tournament.

    Meanwhile, that's not the only thing that's annoying the viewers at home...


    6/15/2014 5:25:58 PM
  • 70 mins: DISALLOWED GOAL! Switzerland have the ball in the back of the net, but celebrations are immediately cut short by the linesman's flag on the far side. Frickson Erazo gave possession away in defence, and when it was eventually sent back towards goal, Xhaka dummied the ball only for a defender to deflect it into the path of Josip Drmic. The striker was onside when the initial pass was played, and his conversion from close range was unjustly ruled out.
    6/15/2014 5:27:07 PM
  • 78 mins: Both sides continue to chase a winner in the final stages as they target a place in the last 16. Lichtsteiner remains determined to maraud down the right flank in search of providing such a moment, and Ecuador have responded by sending on a fresher pair of legs in Joao Rojas for the lively Montero in order to exploit the gaps left by the Juventus man at the back.
    6/15/2014 5:37:49 PM
  • 84 mins: Johan Djourou is currently demonstrating his "Who? Me? What have I done?" pose, perfected during his time with Arsenal, after taking out Enner Valencia as he made his way to goal. The Ecuador goalscorer was sent clear by another cracking through ball by Walter Ayovi, but a covering defender meant that Djourou escaped with just a yellow card.
    6/15/2014 5:44:24 PM
  • 90 mins: Both teams now look as though they will settle for the first draw of the 2014 World Cup although there are three minutes of stoppage time for someone to make themselves a hero.
    6/15/2014 5:47:16 PM
  • 90+3 mins: GOAL! SWITZERLAND 2 ECUADOR 1: WE HAVE A HERO! AND IT'S THE OTHER SUBSTITUTE HARIS SEFEROVIC! ASTONISHING! And it all came from the best chance of the second half for Ecuador! Shaqiri lost possession in midfield and for the first time this evening, Antonio Valencia had a chance to run with the ball, he burst down the line and squared to Michael Arroyo. It looked for all the world that he would score the winner, but Valon Behrami appeared with a wonderful rescue tackle and dribbled the ball away from danger. In doing so, he was caught by Carlos Gruezo, but referee Irmatov played a fantastic advantage and it was game on! The ball was eventually played out to Ricardo Rodriguez on the left-hand side with acres of space in front of him, and the Wolfsburg defender whipped in a cross to Seferovic at the near post, who buried the ball into the roof of the net. Two substitutions, two goals! Take a bow, Ottmar Hitzfeld!

    6/15/2014 5:49:51 PM
  • FULL TIME - SWITZERLAND 2 ECUADOR 1:
    6/15/2014 5:51:07 PM
  • Hello again everyone, I'm Marc Williams and welcome along to the Independent's live blog of the France v Honduras clash as well as the last game on today Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina!

    Many thanks to Sam Dymond for taking you all through Day 4 so far! Three days of pure footballing magic so far from this World Cup and I do hope the pain of England last night has subsided a bit for you all.

    That's the beauty of the World CUp though, plenty to take your mind off things if England don't quite do the business but a very well done to the Three Lions for their gutsy performance yesterday.

    Corrr, the Swiss got out of jail there, didn't they?? What was it? 15 seconds remaining, amazing stuff and Brazil just keeps throwing up belters.

    Two more tonight that could well be just as good. France, many people's dark horse to do well this summer, take on Honduras who kicked the stuffing out of England just a few days ago in Miami. Will they do the same to Les Bleus? Wouldn't bet against it by any means. That all gets going from 8pm.

    Then, at 11pm, that little master, Lionel Messi, will begin his attempt to put his name into the history books as one of the game's true legends as joint-favourites Argentina take on a Bosnia side who are playing their first ever World Cup match. Quite a baptism of fire for them!

    Sit back, forget about England for a while and enjoy!!!
    6/15/2014 6:10:22 PM

  • No mutiny this year, just plenty of cuddles! 

    Under an hour to the next game up today then and it's France v Honduras at 8pm. Take a quick break from the footy and have a read about what this one is all about.

    France have had an awful time of late at major tournaments. Mutinty, unrest, arguments and bust-ups have been the order of the day for the past few years off the pitch and the French football has obviously suffered on it. 

    But now, the French have a settled squad under the tutelage of Didier Deschamps and could give this World Cup a real good go. 

    One of the mutinous players of past tournaments was Louis Saha but now he believes that France could do well this summer.

    Any team would be bound to miss a player of the calibre of Franck Ribery. But even without their mercurial midfield talisman, injured just days before the start of the World Cup, France have so much talent at their disposal that a decent run in Brazil is surely on the cards. Louis Saha knows only too well, however, that with France, what happens off the field can so often dictate what happens on it.


    6/15/2014 6:19:48 PM
  • All the team news as soon as we get it!
    6/15/2014 6:24:41 PM
  • Everyone likes a good preview and here's a good one from Kostas Lianos about this clash in Porto Alegre.

    France have a youthful squad, full of stars but are missing possibly their biggest name Franck Ribery and what a miss that is. The Bayern Munich winger hasn't had his best season but he is still a world class talent and would be a major blow for any team to be without. 

    Honduras are a bit more familiar to us here in Blightly after England's goalless draw with them in Miami recently but WIlson Palacios is still the only name any of us have ever heard of!

    Get clued up and ready for this one…

    Look at that nice green pitch! Paint? Let's hope not.  

    6/15/2014 6:30:26 PM
  • Team news: Roll up, roll up, come and get your team news! Arsenal fans look away now because there's no starting place for Olivier Giroud or Laurent Koscielny, many thought both would get the nod but not to be. 

    France: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Cabaye, Pogba, Matuidi, Benzema, Valbuena, Griezmann

    Honduras: Valladares, Beckeles, Izaguirre, Palacios, Bernárdez, Figueroa, Najar, Garrido, Bengtson, Costly, Espinoza

    Referee: Sandro Meira Ricci (Brazil)
    6/15/2014 6:35:14 PM


  • Is this one of the strangest pre-tournament worries from France boss Didier Deschamps?

    His not fussed about the team's fitness or form, not the pitch nor the weather but his fears are all about drones and headphones!

    That 2010 World Cup was a true nightmare for the French and they will surely put it to bed this summer and Deschamps doesn't want anything to get in the way of that, especially not some pesky drones! 


    Didier Deschamps’ unease about the drone plane which was spotted hovering over French training on Tuesday, halting the session as his players stared up at it, was self-evident. “Apparently drones are used more and more,” he said. “It’s not up to me. FIFA handles this and has been carrying out an inquiry. We don’t want an intrusion into our privacy but it’s very hard to fight this these days.

    6/15/2014 6:40:39 PM
  • Team news: So France leave out their Arsenal duo, as Giroud and Koscielny start from the bench but their team does look exciting.

    The young midfield of Pogba, Matuidi and Cabaye can rival any other team in this year's World Cup and could tear Honduras apart, that is if the French aren't tour apart by Honduras' happy slapping players first! Just ask Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to show you his bruises! 

    Izaguirre, Espinoza and Figueroa bring some quality along side the ageing Palacios tonight while Bengtson and Costly could do well up top. 

    Time will tell all!
    6/15/2014 6:46:00 PM
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