Ecuador v France and Honduras v Switzerland – World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest on Day 14 including reaction to Luis Suarez's 'bite' as well as Argentina 3-2 Nigeria and Bosnia 3-1 Iran - Live coverage - The Independent

Ecuador v France and Honduras v Switzerland – World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest on Day 14 including reaction to Luis Suarez's 'bite' as well as Argentina 3-2 Nigeria and Bosnia 3-1 Iran

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Nigeria 2-3 Argentina and Bosnia 3-1 Iran on day 14 of the World Cup with Sam Dymond and Samuel Stevens. We'll be bringing you all the very latest from Brazil including Luis Suarez news as well as the build-up to Ecuador v France and Honduras v Switzerland…

  • Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day 14 of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and, like an Italian centre-half, there's plenty to get your teeth sunk in to.

    It's judgement day for the eight teams in Groups E and F, and later tonight, France, Ecuador, Switzerland, Honduras, Nigeria and Iran will all be in action, and hoping to book their place in the knockout stages. Argentina are already there - mainly thanks to the brilliance of one man - while the remaining side of the octet, Bosnia and Herzegovina, have seen first World Cup campaign come to a premature, controversial and disappointing conclusion following two defeats.

    It all begins at 5pm in Salvador and Porto Allegre, with Bosnia taking on Iran and Nigeria facing Argentina respectively. Then, at 9pm, attention turns to the Maracana and the Arena Amazonia, where Ecuador meet France, and Honduras play Switzerland.

    Sam Dymond, and later Samuel Stevens, will be here to talk you through all the action as it happens, and if you want to have your say on the games in these groups, Luis Suarez or England’s World Cup campaign, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    6/25/2014 10:49:37 AM
  • Suarez Deadline

    FIFA have confirmed that they are investigating the incident that took place in yesterday's World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy in which Luis Suarez appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini, and have given the player and the governing body of his national team until 9pm this evening to answer their charges.

    The player and/or the Uruguayan FA are invited to provide with their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant until 25 June 2014, 5pm, Brasilia time (9pm BST).
    Take our poll above and tell us how long you think Luis Suarez will be banned for.
    6/25/2014 11:50:36 AM
  • The bookmakers have had plenty to say at this World Cup, most often with their hilarious half-time adverts, and they're at it again this afternoon, offering odds on the length of Luis Suarez's ban. 

    Dennis Pennis' BetVictor make a 25+ game ban, incorporating international and club fixtures, their 2/1 favourite, while SkyBet go 6/4 that a one to ten match suspension is the punishment.

    Meanwhile, the incident has already seen the bookies taking one bashing after a Blackpool-supporting Swede backed the Liverpool striker to bite again this World Cup at 174/1 - odds just slightly shorter than Steven Gerrard bagging England's player of the tournament title.


    6/25/2014 12:15:50 PM
  • Meanwhile, pictures have emerged this morning, courtesy of someone who has far too much time on their hands, of Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini clashing at last year's Confederations Cup, where the Uruguayan forward appears to be preparing himself a hors d'oeuvre of the Italian's shoulder.

    Of course, not only does the defender also have his mouth wide open in the picture, but the chances are that Suarez was purely caught by a snap while commending the Juventus man on a fine performance or, you know, breathing. Still, it doesn't fit the narrative of the day so let's stick with depicting him as an animal.

    6/25/2014 12:37:42 PM
  • From the beauty of Brazil to the mundanity of Manchester airport, and England's World Cup squad have just arrived back in blighty to a heroes rec...to a reception.

    They didn't have a trophy to hold aloft as they alighted their plane, but Leighton Baines did have a guitar; presumably to keep morale up on the trip home with renditions of Free Love Freeway.


    Same again in four years time.
    6/25/2014 12:49:10 PM
  • Among all the weeping and gnashing of teeth on day 13, there was at least one feel good story to emerge. Faryd Mondragon, the 43-year-old Colombian goalkeeper, came on for the final five minutes of his country's Group C clash with Japan to make him the oldest ever player to appear in a World Cup finals match.

    The substitute replaced David Ospina in goal to surpass the record set by Cameroon's Roger Milla, who was 42 when he represented the African nation at USA '94 - the first World Cup that Mondragon was selected for.

    6/25/2014 1:21:27 PM
  • Nigeria v Argentina

    Nigeria face the second favourites for the World Cup, Argentina, in Porto Alegre this evening, knowing that a draw would be enough for them to progress to the second round while a win would mean they top the group ahead of the 1978 and 1986 champions. However, the Super Eagles will most likely need to find a way to deal with the star-studded attacking line of La Albiceleste; spearheaded by one Lionel Messi.


    The Argentineans are not facing any injury concerns or suspensions but it is not yet clear whether Gonzalo Higuain will start up front with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, or whether manager Alejandro Sabella will decide to save players for the next round.
    6/25/2014 1:54:08 PM
  • Meanwhile, with the Argentina squad preparing for - and the Argentina fans anticipating - a third straight win at these finals, The Independent's Ian Herbert has revealed within a fascinating article just why Brazilians resent their rivals so much.

    The Brazilian media characterises the fight in straightforward terms – Messi v Neymar, Maradona v Pele – though it is actually far more complicated and interesting than that. 
    6/25/2014 2:11:23 PM
  • New footage of Luis Suarez's alleged bite of Giorgio Chiellini has come to light...
    6/25/2014 2:21:38 PM
  • From those chomps to Deschamps, and the French national manager is on the brink of leading his side into the knockout stages on the back of two extremely impressive displays.

    His team play Ecuador tonight in Rio, and only a series of freak results more unlikely than a Philippe Senderos clean sheet could dump Les Bleus out at the first opportunity. And, as The Independent's Miguel Delaney explains in his match preview, this France outfit don't seem culpable of such self-combustion.


    Didier Deschamps’ side are now on a wave.
    The performances in this World Cup have washed away 12 years of rancour. Now, there is only freshness, hope and enjoyment. It is all so different for France. It has also been a very long time coming, but has had a remarkably quick effect.
    6/25/2014 2:52:25 PM
  • Legendary status is dished out very easily in football these days...


    6/25/2014 2:53:05 PM
  • Nigeria and Iran could do with points this evening but they'll need to buck some trends...



    6/25/2014 3:22:34 PM
  • There's just five minutes until kick-off in these final Group F games; that's just enough time to touch up the face paint and perfect your match-winning grin to camera...




    6/25/2014 3:53:35 PM
  • The teams are in for the Group F games taking place in Porto Alegre and Salvador this evening.

    Nigeria v Argentina

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Yobo, Ambrose, Musa, Odemwingie, Emenike, Mikel, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Babatunde, Omeruo

    Subs: Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Egwuekwe. Moses. Odunlami. Oboabona. Azeez, Ejide, Nwofor, Uchebo, Agbim. Ameobi

    Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Mascherano, Rojo, Fernandez, Aguero

    Subs: Campagnaro, Biglia, Pérez, Rodríguez, Orión, Fernández, Demichelis, Palacio, Álvarez, Andujar, Lavezzi, Basanta

    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)


    Bosnia v Iran

    Bosnia: Begovic, Vrsajevic, Spahic, Kolasinac, Besic, Pjanic, Ibisevic, Dzeko, Susic, Sunjic, Hadzic

    Subs: Bicakcic, Vranjes, Misimovic, Fejzic, Mujdza, Lulic, Ibricic, Medunjanin, Visca, Hajrovic, Avdukic, Salihovic

    Iran: Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam, Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi

    Subs: Ahmadi, Heydari, Haghighi, Jahanbakhsh, Ansarifard, Haddadifar, Mahini, Alnameh, Rahmani, Beikzadeh, Beitashour, Davari

    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
    6/25/2014 3:55:19 PM
  • KICK-OFF: Here we go in Porto Alegre, here we go in Salvador. Group E isn't so much poised on a knife edge, more twirled spaghetti-style around a fork. A point for Nigeria against the Argentines will see them through alongside the leaders, but a defeat and Iran could pounce with victory against Bosnia. It's clear from the off that the Super Eagles are up against it, and not just because they're facing Lionel Messi et al on the pitch; there must be close to 40,000 Argentine fans inside the Estadio Beira-Rio cheering their nation on.
    6/25/2014 4:03:54 PM
  • 3 mins: GOAL! NIGERIA 0 ARGENTINA 1:

    Guess who?! Lionel Messi and Argentina have picked up where they left off against Iran with a goal within three minutes in Porto Alegre! Javier Mascherano sent Angel Di Maria on a run into the Nigerian box with a through ball that the Real Madrid man controlled beautifully. His subsequent shot under Vincent Enyeama hit the base of the near post, as did the rebound off the goalkeeper's back, but when the ball was cleared to the edge of the penalty area, Messi thumped an effort first-time past a crowd of players and into the roof of the net. A blistering beginning!

    6/25/2014 4:08:31 PM
  • 4 mins: GOAL! NIGERIA 1 ARGENTINA 1:

    A super response from the Super Eagles! Ahmed Musa has pulled them level inside one minute and 20 seconds with a brilliant goal! Michel Babatunde showed his intent straight from the restart, running through the middle of Argentina's half, and, with the help of a slide tackle, managed to steer the ball out to Musa on the left. The CSKA Moscow forward showed great skill to drop his shoulder and cut inside before curling a fine finish past Sergio Romero and into the far corner of the net!

    6/25/2014 4:08:37 PM
  • 9 mins: Nigeria 1 Argentina 1: Gonzalo Higuain has just come close to restoring Argentina's lead, but after he had latched on to the end of another clever through pass and danced around Enyeama inside the penalty area, he found himself too wide and was only able to send his shot into the side netting.
    6/25/2014 4:14:18 PM
  • 18 mins: Bosnia 0 Iran 0: The eventful start at the Estadio Beira-Rio hasn't quite been matched by Bosnia and Iran in Salvador. If anything, it's the pointless Dragons that have had the better of the opening exchanges, having forced a couple of corners and a shot on goal from Edin Dzeko that Alireza Haghighi did well to save.
    6/25/2014 4:22:53 PM
  • 23 mins: GOAL! BOSNIA 1 IRAN 0:

    And now Bosnia have another World Cup goal! And this one does count! It's Edin Dzeko again who has found the back of the net, receiving the ball 30 yards out before turning and cutting inside to fire low into the bottom right-hand corner past Haghighi via the inside of the post. They may be going home, but they want to do so with their heads held high.
    6/25/2014 4:24:54 PM
  • 25 mins: Bosnia 0 Iran 0: There was nearly have an immediate equaliser in Salvador too, but the crossbar, and then goalline technology, has denied Masoud Shojaei. The Iranian forward did brilliantly to make space for himself and let fly from the edge of the box, yet his effort thumped the underside of the woodwork and bounced out. Reza Ghoochannejhad made an absolute hash of the rebound, but thankfully for him, the linesman already had his flag up for offside.
    6/25/2014 4:32:43 PM
  • 30 mins: Nigeria 1 Argentina 1: Angel Di Maria nearly catches Vincent Enyeama out with a fierce low drive from a free-kick 30 yards from goal, but the Lille keeper manages to scamper across his line and turn the ball around the post for a corner.
    6/25/2014 4:35:53 PM
  • 37 mins: Nigeria 1 Argentina 1: Not for the first time in 2014, Sergio Aguero is down on the pitch and looks in some discomfort. The Manchester City striker is going to be unable to continue and he limps off to be replaced by Paris Saint Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi. 

    Following the substitution, Micheal Babatunda whips in a free-kick that causes momentary panic among the Argentine defence, but before Nigeria can capitalise, captain Joseph Yobo is penalised for a shove.
    6/25/2014 4:40:52 PM
  • 42 mins: Bosnia 1 Iran 0: Nigeria's qualification could have been all but confirmed before half-time, but not because of any further exploits from the Super Eagles. Instead, Avdija Vršajević should have doubled Bosnia's lead and put the game in Salvador beyond Iran, but after the Hajduk midfielder has sneaked in behind the left-back, he pulled his shot beyond the far post - much to the frustration of the well-placed Dzeko inside the six-yard box.
    6/25/2014 4:47:08 PM
  • 45+1 mins: GOAL! NIGERIA 1 ARGENTINA 2:

    He's done it again! Just moments ago, Lionel Messi nearly brought the first half to an end by curling a left-footed 25-yard free-kick past Vincent Enyeama, but the goalkeeper was equal to it. Now, however, Lionel Messi has brought the first half to an end by curling a left-footed 25-yard free-kick past Vincent Enyeama - and the goalkeeper got nowhere near this one. The diminutive Argentine was never going to be deterred by the further distance having been recently denied, and lifted a sumptuous effort over the wall and into right-hand corner, leaving Enyeama flatfooted, for his fourth goal of the tournament.

    6/25/2014 4:48:01 PM
  • HALF-TIME - NIGERIA 1 ARGENTINA 2:
    6/25/2014 4:48:55 PM
  • HALF-TIME - BOSNIA 1 IRAN 0:
    6/25/2014 4:50:06 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: The second halves get underway and, once again, we have instant action...
    6/25/2014 5:07:01 PM
  • 47 mins: GOAL! NIGERIA 2 ARGENTINA 2:

    Ahmed Musa has levelled for the Nigerians once again! It's an equaliser that owes so much to the determination of the CSKA Moscow man to burst through the middle, but also to the obliging Argentina centre-halves who parted to allow Musa to receive Emmanuel Emenike's return pass. Inside the area, the Nigerian goalscorer gave Sergio Romero the eyes before sending him the wrong way, and steering a his side-footed shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

    6/25/2014 5:07:39 PM
  • 50 mins: GOAL! NIGERIA 2 ARGENTINA 3:

    It's a real ding-dong-do in Porto Alegre! Vincent Enyeama must have thought he had done the hard part for his country by tipping Angel Di Maria's long range effort over the bar, but from the resulting corner from the left, his defenders missed getting a head on the ball. So did Argentina left-back, Marcos Rojo, in fairness, but the Sporting Lisbon man managed to make a connection with his knee while mid-air, and the ball bounced down into the ground and up into the roof of the net.

    6/25/2014 5:09:28 PM
  • 58 mins: GOAL! BOSNIA 2 IRAN 0:

    Bosnia have a second against Iran thanks to Miralem 
    Pjanic and Nigeria are heading for the second stage! It all stemmed from a mistake by Javad Nekounam, who gave the ball straight to the Roma midfielder. Pjanic then found Tino Susic and continued his run, eventually receiving the ball back in the box, where he steered it past Alirez Haghighi.

    6/25/2014 5:19:15 PM
  • 62 mins: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3: With two goals, Lionel Messi has done his part for Argentina this evening and leaves the field to rapturous applause from each side of the Estadio Beira-Rio. He is replaced by Inter Milan's Ricardo Alvarez with Javier Mascherano picking up the captain's armband in Messi's place.

    6/25/2014 5:24:19 PM
  • 68 mins: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3: Argentina force their tenth corner of tonight's encounter, but fail to to produce the same threat that brought their third goal. Meanwhile, Michael Babatunde has departed on a stretcher after some prolonged treatment for an arm injury, and has been replaced by the giant Cercle Brugge striker Michael Uchebo.
    6/25/2014 5:30:59 PM
  • 74 mins: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3: Ahmed Musa tries to bring up his hat-trick in spectacular style, but gets underneath a volleyed effort from the edge of the box and fails to trouble anyone other than the ballboy who parades the gaping area between the goal and stands in the Estadio Beira-Rio.
    6/25/2014 5:36:38 PM
  • 78 mins: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3: Angel Di Maria and Ezequiel Lavezzi combine with an inventive set-piece that nearly brings a fourth goal. After the PSG forward had nudged a free-kick to his teammate, the Real Madrid midfielder lifted the ball over the wall. Lavezzi had already continued his run, and met the chip on the way down on the volley, but Enyeama was down well to save and push the ball away for another corner.

    Moments later, Musa threatens at the other end with some direct running, but Pablo Zabaleta's perfect tackle denied the CSKA another shot at the hat-trick.
    6/25/2014 5:42:12 PM
  • 82 mins: GOAL! BOSNIA 2 IRAN 1:

    Iran have their first goal of these finals! And another two in the final eight minutes will see them through if scores remain the same in Porto Alegre! It was a simple so when it eventually came; Bosnia failed to clear an Iran corner, and when Javad Nekounam received the ball on the left-hand side of the area, he squared across goal for Reza Ghoochannejhad of Charlton to tap home from inside the six yard box.

    6/25/2014 5:42:35 PM
  • 83 mins: GOAL! BOSNIA 3 IRAN 1:

    Iran's hopes and dreams lasted less than a minute, and Avdija Vrsajevic has finally brought the curtain down on their 2014 World Cup campaign! Chasing an equaliser, Iran committed bodies forward immediately from kick-off, and, when 
    Sejad Salihovic gained possession in midfield, he dissected the remaining defenders with a glorious through ball. Vrsajevic raced on to it and into the box, and - making up for his first half miss - fired across Alireza Haghighi to score off the far post.

    6/25/2014 5:43:41 PM
  • 90 mins: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3: The game enters injury time with Juwan Oshaniwa and Ricardo Alvarez on the turf, having clattered into each other in the middle of the pitch. A further replay suggests the Ashdod defender actually caught Alvarez with a poor looking challenge on the shin, but fortunately they're both able to continue and see this one out to the end - which will be in approximately four minutes.

    6/25/2014 5:52:25 PM
  • FULL TIME - NIGERIA 2 ARGENTINA 3:
    6/25/2014 5:53:49 PM
  • FULL TIME - BOSNIA 3 IRAN 1:
    6/25/2014 5:53:58 PM
  • 6/25/2014 6:26:47 PM

  • Evening folks, Samuel Stevens here to take you right through until 11pm as France look to confirm their qualification for the next round against Group E rivals Ecuador while Switzerland try and rescue their tournament from the depths of despair against Honduras. 

    Les Bleus are surely through to the final sixteen, baring a six goal swing, but second place is very much up for the taking. 

    Ecuador, on the other hand, are the current holders of that elusive second spot but both Switzerland and, to a lesser extent, Honduras are within a shout of upsetting the status quo.

    It's all to play for so don't go anywhere! Send your comments into @SamuelTStevens or samuel.thomas.stevens@gmail.com and we'll publish the most interesting throughout the evening.
    6/25/2014 6:28:41 PM
  • The French national side arrive at the Estadio do Maracana for training last night ahead of this evening's game.


    Didier Deschamps has completely transformed France's fortunes.


    Ecuador's Edison Mendez and forward Felipe Caicedo take part in a training session in the Sao Januario Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.


    Switzerland head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is under pressure after his side's thrashing by France last week.


    Honduras train ahead of their game with Hitzfeld's men. They need a small miracle to qualify.

    6/25/2014 6:54:05 PM
  • BREAKING NEWS: There is likely to be a decision on Luis Suarez's 'biting' incident made by 'tonight or tomorrow,' reports close to Fifa suggest.
    6/25/2014 6:56:30 PM
  • France v Ecuador: Team news...


    France: Hugo Lloris, Mamadou Sakho, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi, Bacary Sagna, Lucas Digne, Moussa Sissoko, Paul Pogba, Laurent Koscielny, Morgan Schneiderlin. 

    Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez, Jorge Guagua, Frickson Erazo, Juan Paredes, Cristhian Noboa, Jefferson Montero, Walter Ayovi, Enner Valencia, Oswaldo Minda, Michael Arroyo, Antonio Valencia.
    6/25/2014 7:08:12 PM
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