Belgium v South Korea and Algeria v Russia - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest news on Day 15 including Luis Suarez and reaction to USA 0-1 Germany and Portugal 2-1 Ghana - Live coverage - The Independent

Belgium v South Korea and Algeria v Russia - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest news on Day 15 including Luis Suarez and reaction to USA 0-1 Germany and Portugal 2-1 Ghana

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Portugal 2-1 Ghana and USA 0-1 Germany on day 15 of the World Cup with Sam Dymond and Samuel Stevens. We'll be bringing you all the news from Brazil including the reaction to Luis Suarez's four month ban and the build-up to tonight's final group games; Algeria v Russia and South Korea v Belgium.

    SOUTH KOREA 0 BELGIUM 1 (Vertonghen, 77') - LIVE!

    ALGERIA 1 (Slimani 60') RUSSIA 1 (Kokorin 6') - LIVE!

    • USA 0 Germany 1 (Muller 55') - FT
    • Both sides qualify as Germany top the group courtesy of decent win
    • Portugal 2 (Boye OG 31', Ronaldo 80') Ghana 1 (Gyan 57') - FT
    • Portugal and Ghana knocked out at the group stages as miracle fails to materialise
    • Luis Suarez banned for nine international matches and all football activity for four monthsUruguayan Football Association to appeal ban
    • Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng sent home from Ghana squad
    6/26/2014 10:43:59 AM
    Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day 15 of the FIFA World Cup, and it’s time to shed a tear.

    For today is the final time at Brazil 2014 that we’ll be able to enjoy three or four games in a single evening. From here on in, it will be two, and then one, and then bleak reality. Hell, tomorrow is even a ‘rest’ day when we’ll go back to watching Corrie and Celebrity Masterchef. Hold me.

    But hopefully, we’ll go out with a bang tonight with the final four fixtures of the group stage. There’s certainly plenty at stake for those involved with Germany, USA, Portgual, Ghana, Algeria, Russia and South Korea all looking to book their place in the second round; only Belgium are guaranteed of their place in the last 16 as it stands.

    It begins in Brasilia and Recife at 5pm this evening when Portugal face Ghana and the USA meet Germany respectively in Group G, and a draw in either game will send the Stars and Stripes and Die Mannschaft through.

    Then, at 9pm, Group H completes proceedings as Algeria take on Russia in Curitiba while South Korea play Belgium in Sao Paulo. The Desert Foxes are in pole position to follow the Belgians through, and another point would see them all but complete the job unless the Taegeuk Warriors can convincingly beat the leaders.

    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 anything World Cup related, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    6/26/2014 10:42:47 AM
    We'll start with the latest Luis Suarez news, and the...erm...latest is there is...er...no news. At least no new news.

    According to reports in Brazil, the striker's legal representatives are currently making their case to FIFA, and the governing body have indicated some urgency in getting the matter sorted - especially considering Suarez will be hoping to be in last 16 action for Uruguay against Colombia on Saturday - but, at this moment, they are also keeping their cards close to their chest.

    FIFA are expected to host their daily press conference this lunchtime in Rio de Janeiro where they may reveal what their disciplinary committee has decided on. But then they may not.

    We'll bring you more as we have it.

    6/26/2014 11:24:55 AM
    It seems that everybody has had their say on Luis Suarez this past two days, and now that may be true because the boss has finally spoken out. No, not Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez, but The Boss Bruce Springsteen. 

    The legendary American musician revealed that he had watched 'a little bit' of the World Cup, presumably put off by that Nigeria v Iran game, but when pressed on the latest antics of the Uruguayan striker, he delivered this pearl of wisdom...

    Biting has no place in sports.
    The Boss clearly doesn't recall the epic finale to the 1992 World Biting Championship. 
    6/26/2014 11:34:58 AM
    From one American hero to another. Speaking/Shouting ahead of the USA's crunch Group G match with Germany this evening, former wrestler Hulk Hogan has delivered a stirring message to the players and issued a warning to Joachim Low's men that the United States are going 'to run wild' on them.

    Let's hope that, considering a draw would see the US progress and Germany top the group, the match isn't as staged as Hogan's greatest title bouts. 

    Hulk Hogan Pumps up US Soccer team
    by Hulk Hogan via YouTube
    6/26/2014 11:50:37 AM
    The USA have been turning the awesome up at this World Cup, and have a great opportunity to confirm their place in the last 16 by taking at least a point against Germany this evening.

    But many supporters back in America have been unable to witness the exploits of their team due to the kick-off times often falling during work hours, and they include my pal Aubrey who has been stuck in school (she's a teacher, he hasn't been befriending American children on the Internet - Ed).

    However, their national coach and former World Cup winner, Jürgen Klinsmann has come to the rescue with this hastily written, legally-binding, mom-get-me-out-of-PE note.

    Just print this off and let's unify as one big team on a field of dreams.


    6/26/2014 12:58:46 PM
    Reports are emanating from the press in South America that Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with injury.

    The Argentina striker went off during yesterday 3-2 victory against Nigeria with a thigh problem, and was expected to have further muscle tests this morning to see if he would be able to feature again at these finals. However, preliminary reports are suggesting that the Manchester City man's problem is worse than envisaged and he could well be on his way home early.

    6/26/2014 1:17:52 PM
    Breaking News From The FIFA Daily Media Briefing


    In an official statement made by FIFA, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has just been handed a record nine-game ban and a four month ban from 'all football activity' after being found guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, making the sanction the biggest ever World Cup suspension in history.

    The ban means that not only will Suarez be unable to feature in Uruguay's next nine games, starting with Saturday's World Cup second round tie against Colombia, but he'll also be unavailable for any club football until November. Furthermore, the player will be banned from any football activity, administrative, sports or otherwise, and will be subject to a stadium suspension. He has also been fined 100,000 Swiss Francs.

    Suarez's ban trumps the heaviest sanction that FiFA have ever given out, being an eight-match ban it imposed on Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique during the 1994 tournament.









    6/26/2014 1:50:34 PM
    Portugal v Ghana

    Meanwhile, Portugal meet Ghana in Brasilia with both nations hoping to rectify shambolic World Cup campaigns at the last moment. While the Black Stars have been disrupted by chaos off the pitch, culminating in this afternoon's suspension of Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, the Selecção have had to deal with injuries, ill discipline and 22 players not on the same wavelength as Cristiano Ronaldo.

    It seems unthinkable that both nations are still in with a chance of second-round qualification considering, but as Konstantinos Lianos explains in his match preview how it's possible while Jack Pitt-Brooke discusses the achievements of this World Cup's ultimate one-man teams.

    Ronaldo is the only reason Portugal are at the World Cup, and the only reason they are still in it. He scored all four goals in Portugal’s 4-2 play-off win against Sweden, including a legendary hat-trick in Solna. He was the only player who threatened Germany in Portugal’s dismal opening game, and it was his cross which rescued the crucial equaliser against the US.
    6/26/2014 3:03:31 PM
    The teams are in for the two Group G games in Recife and Brasilia.

    USA v Germany

    USA: Howard, Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey, Jones, Davis, Beckerman, Zusi, Johnson

    Subs: Yedlin, Brooks. Jóhannsson, Diskerud, Bedoya, Guzan. Green. Wondolowski. Cameron, Chandler, Rimand

    Germany: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Muller, Lahm, Mertesacker, Kroos, Boateng

    Subs: Großkreutz, Ginter, Khedira, Schürrle. Klose. Zieler, Draxler, Durm. Götze, Mustafi, Weidenfeller, Kramer

    Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)


    Portugal v Ghana

    Portugal: Beto, Alves, Pepe, Veloso, Carvalho, Ronaldo, Moutinho, Eder, Nani, Amorim, Pereira

    Subs: Eduardo, Vieirinha, Costa, Neto, Silva, Meireles, Varela
     
    Ghana: Dauda, Gyan, Atsu, Agyemang Badu, A. Ayew, Rabiu, Waris, Mensah, Asamoah, Boye, Afful

    Subs: Adams, Inkoom, Opare, Essien, Acquah, Kwarasey, J. Ayew, Adomah, Sumaila, Wakaso

    Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
    6/26/2014 3:14:51 PM
    39 mins: USA 0 Germany 0: US gloveman Tim Howard makes the latest in a long list of interceptions to deny the Germans an opportunity inside the danger zone. Joachim Low's men appear to be targeting low balls into the penalty area in this first half, but they have yet to prove beneficial. 
    6/26/2014 4:41:01 PM
    42 mins: Portugal 1 Ghana 0: Asamoah Gyan wants a penalty after going down while trying to turn Bruno Alves inside the box, but referee Nawaf Shukralla is correct to wave him up to his feet. It's another piece of poorly timed play by a Ghana player because if the striker had thrown himself to the ground a few seconds earlier, when the Portugal defender had his arms all over him, he may have been rewarded with a spotkick.
    6/26/2014 4:44:57 PM
    45 mins: USA 0 Germany 0: Former international teammates Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jermaine Jones have started to pay each other close attention at the end of this first half - with their studs. The pair have come together on three occasions in the past five minutes, most recently with the Bayern Munich midfielder cleaning the Besiktas man out off the ball. This could be a midfield battle to watch in the second half.

    6/26/2014 4:46:27 PM
    45 mins: Portugal 1 Ghana 0: John Boye nearly bags himself a second own-goal with another wild slice on the stroke of half-time, but his accuracy deserts him on this occasions and the ball flies over the crossbar. Portugal dilly and dally for so long over the corner that the Bahrain official gets bored and blows for half-time.
    6/26/2014 4:46:43 PM
    HALF-TIME - USA 0 GERMANY 0:
    6/26/2014 4:47:00 PM
    HALF-TIME - PORTUGAL 1 GHANA 0:
    6/26/2014 4:47:10 PM
    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: We're back underway in Group G, and Jogi Low has made a half-time substitution. Miroslav Klose is on for Germany in place of Lukas Podolski; after equalling Ronaldo's record by scoring against Ghana, is this the evening that Klose becomes the leading all-time World Cup goalscorer?
    6/26/2014 5:06:06 PM
    GOOOAAALLL! South Korea 0-1 BELGIUM - Jan Vertonghen, 77 mins.

    Divock Origi's shot is parried straight into the path of Jan Vertonghen and we've got another late goal on our hands! 

    Belgium, from the depths of misery, could be about to secure a perfect route into the next round! In truth they are very, very lucky and it was even possibly offside but Marc Wilmots looks in no mood to complain. Belgium, as it stands, top the group with nine points. Algeria join them.
    6/26/2014 9:36:09 PM
    Tennis superstar and part-time Russian football supporter Maria Sharapova has a lot on her hands it would seem...


    6/26/2014 9:40:54 PM
    Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen can't hide his relief as he knocks Belgium into a slightly undeserved lead against South Korea...

    6/26/2014 9:42:43 PM
    FIVE MINUTES TO GO! As it stands Belgium are set to top the group with Algeria joining them in the next round. One goal from Russia changes everything...
    6/26/2014 9:44:56 PM
    Scenes in Sao Paulo!

    6/26/2014 9:47:16 PM
    Algeria 1-1 Russia: THREE MINUTES ADDED TIME.

    South Korea 0-1 Belgium: FOUR MINUTES ADDED TIME.
    6/26/2014 9:48:58 PM

    FULL TIME: Algeria 1-1 Russia -
    Algeria qualify for the next round


    FULL TIME: South Korea 0-1 Belgium - Belgium top the group
    6/26/2014 9:53:33 PM
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