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…

    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
    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
    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

    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


    6/25/2014 8:14:19 PM
    10 mins: Honduras 0-1 Switzerland

    Here's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrating his early goal for Switzerland. Quite an array of facial expressions on display too...

    6/25/2014 8:17:10 PM
    14 mins: Ecuador 0-0 France

    The ball falls to Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko who volleys a superb effort straight into Alexander Dominguez's chest. The best chance of the game so far.
    6/25/2014 8:18:44 PM
    18 mins: Honduras 0-0 Switzerland

    Ottmar Hitzfeld's Swiss side continue to press in Manaus in search of that elusive second goal. Win tonight - and win well - and they'll be sure of their place in the next round. As things stand, things are going swimmingly.
    6/25/2014 8:21:32 PM
    22 mins: Ecuador 0-0 France

    The French side's wives and girlfriends are causing somewhat of a stir in the stands tonight. Not much happening of note on the field of play.

    6/25/2014 8:23:59 PM
    26 mins: Ecuador 0-0 France

    Bacary Sagna whips in a delightful cross for Karim Benzema but the Real Madrid striker is put off by Alexander Dominguez, the Ecuador keeper, and the ball flies over everybody in the box. Unluckly!
    6/25/2014 8:29:03 PM
    GOOOAAALLL! Honduras 0-2 SWITZERLAND - Xherdan Shaqiri, 30 mins.

    The Swiss game plan is working a treat in Manaus! Xherdan Shaqiri gets on the scoresheet once again after great play from Josip Drmic on the left flank. Free of the Honduras defence, the Bayern Munich star wasn't going to miss that!

    Ecuador, currently drawing 0-0 with France in Rio, need to match this scoreline if they are to stand a chance.

    6/25/2014 8:32:24 PM



    6/25/2014 9:02:42 PM
    SECOND HALF UNDER WAY! Play has been resumed in both games as Switzerland lead Honduras and France ease to a draw against Ecuador. The two European sides are set to progress, as things stand.
    6/25/2014 9:04:15 PM
    46 mins: Ecuador 0-0 France

    Great save!

    France break immediately after the restart as Bacary Sagna plays a neat ball into the path of Antoine Griezmann in the box who, had it not been for Alexander Dominguez's fine save, would have scored a delightfully cute goal. Ecuador can't afford to concede tonight.

    6/25/2014 9:07:12 PM
    Ecuador 0-0 France: RED CARD! Antonio Valencia, 49 mins.

    Ecuador's captain and tailisman, Antonio Valencia, is given his marching orders after a heavy challenge on Lucas Digne. It is perhaps fair to say that, a few years ago, this may not have even been a booking but in the modern climate you can't show your studs. Ecuador still need a goal...

    6/25/2014 9:08:26 PM
    53 mins: Ecuador 0-0 France

    Ecuador break free!

    France lose possession in midfield and the ball falls to Enner Valencia who eventually plays in Cristhian Noboa whose short glides well wide. Poor finish from a player who has played well tonight.

    That was perhaps their best chance of the game though! Just moments after losing their captain, that would have been the best remedy for their woes. It's still goalless here.
    6/25/2014 9:16:15 PM
    55 mins: Honduras 0-2 Switzerland 

    Carlo Costly manoeuvres some room for himself on the edge of the Swiss box and slips in Jerry Bengtson but Honduras' lone striker can't find the net. That was an important opportunity for Group E's bottom club but they've spurned it. They need a miracle.

    6/25/2014 9:18:39 PM


    6/25/2014 9:27:09 PM
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