World Cup 2014: Wins for Argentina over Iran and Nigeria over Bosnia-Hercegovina on Day 10 from brazil plus Germany and Ghana's dramatic draw LIVE - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014: Wins for Argentina over Iran and Nigeria over Bosnia-Hercegovina on Day 10 from brazil plus Germany and Ghana's dramatic draw LIVE


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of day 10 at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil as the tournament hurtles into its second week. Samuel Stevens and Marc Williams went through all action from Germany's dramatic 2-2 draw with Ghana and Nigeria's 1-0 win over Bosnia-Hercegovina which knocked them out plus Lionel Messi's superb winner for Argentina over Iran...


  • Welcome to another day of chaotic World Cup action from Brazil as The Independent's Samuel Stevens takes you through Argentina's preparations to take on Iran in Belo Horizonte at 5pm.

    Alejandro Sabella, the Argentine head coach, was forced to deny rumours last night that Lionel Messi's influence over the side is causing a fractious environment in his camp.

    Barcelona's four-time Ballon d'Or winner had questioned Sabella's tactics after Argentina's laboured 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina last week.

    Sabella, however, who played in England for both Sheffield United and Leeds United, is unconcerned.

    We have a very strong group spirit in the team and I’m not hurt by what he says. I discuss football with my players. It’s good to have an open dialogue because we can learn from each other.
    6/21/2014 10:22:42 AM

  • A "gutted" Wayne Rooney has taken to Facebook to apologise to England supporters who had travelled to Brazil with higher hopes that the country's earliest World Cup exit since 1958.

    The Manchester United striker, who scored England's only goal against Uruguay, wrote: "Absolutely devastated to be out of the World Cup."

    Roy Hodgson's side still have to play Costa Rica, who have already qualified for the final stages, on Tuesday. 

    Going into each game we had great belief in ourselves but unfortunately it hasn't worked out. Sorry to all the fans that travelled and at home that we haven't done better... gutted!

    The reaction was mixed - with some supporters wishing him all the best - while some elected to politely tell him to retire from international football. 

    Isn't it about time we got off the poor guy's back? Probably, but not many people will listen.
    6/21/2014 10:42:36 AM

  • Tim Sherwood, in his regular column for The Independent, has stressed that English football needs to have more patience with its young talent if the national side's fortunes are to improve at the World Cup.

    Addressing the belief that an all-English organisation is destined to fail on the world stage, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager is in disagreement.

    There is a perception among many football people who work outside of England that everything English – the players, the coaching, the managers – is bad. That gets through to the people who make decisions at clubs.

    I hope the Football Association don’t listen to that rubbish. There is still a lot of talent and potential in our game.
    6/21/2014 10:50:04 AM

  • Carlos Queiroz, Iran's head coach, has reaffirmed his intentions to resign after this summer's World Cup.

    Hinting that he has been offered work in England, the former Manchester United assistant manager has grown frustrated with a lack of government funding into football.

    His side take on Argentina tonight and are widely expected to lose comfortably to a side whose strike force includes Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero Gonzalo Higuain.

    Yes my connection will finish here at the World Cup. There was not support from the government - there has stopped being a genuine interest because of the financial situation. I've had an offer to stay in Brazil and from England but it is difficult for me to accept a position at a club.
    6/21/2014 10:56:57 AM




  • 6/21/2014 11:06:28 AM
  • Slightly bizarre coverage from Brazil now, with Lance! using the headline 'Clockwork Baguette' to describe France's superb 5-2 victory over Switzerland yesterday evening.

    Image courtesy of Jack Lang 
    6/21/2014 11:25:35 AM
  • Martin O'Neill Destroys ITV.
    by DeanCoombesAnfield via YouTube

    Want to relive Adrian Chiles (alongside Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro) get embarrassed on national television by Martin O'Neill? Of course you do!

    Everyone's favourite ITV anchor had the cheek to liken the former Leicester City and Aston Villa manager to a 'flinching glasses-wearing' defender.

    Republic of Ireland manager O'Neill, though, sets the record straight...
    6/21/2014 11:39:21 AM

  • The most controversial and shocking moments of the World Cup so far!

    We haven't even made the knock-out stages yet but this summer's World Cup has already thrown up enough controversial moments to inspire a BBC Three count-down programme.

    Red cards, play acting and bizarre refereeing decisions have all combined in Brazil to ensure some hot talking points. Simon Rice takes you through some of this year's most shocking moments, from Alex Song's red card to Pepe the plonker.
    6/21/2014 12:00:07 PM

  • It might seem like a simple philosophy but at the heart of France's success this summer is the ability to score more goals than their opponents. 

    With eight strikes to their name after just two games, Didier Deschamp's men are running riot in Brazil. 

    Four years to the day since their infamous player mutiny at the last World Cup, Les Bleus swept aside Switzerland in stunning fashion in Salvador last night. 

    The question on everybody's lips is, of course, can France win the World Cup? On this showing it's entirely possible.
    6/21/2014 12:21:34 PM

  • It may have sometimes felt like watching a Sunday League match last night, but you can't say that Ecuador's victory over Honduras wasn't fun.

    Courtesy of Enner Valencia's double, the Ecuadorians now have every chance of qualifying for the next stages. Honduras, on the other hand, are looking elimination in the face. Despite their first World Cup goal since 1982, it's looking bleak.

    6/21/2014 12:32:21 PM
  • Iran in focus


    When Carlos Queiroz, the former Portugal head coach, took charge of the Iranian national team, this summer's underdogs were ranked seventh out of Asia's forty-three Fifa registered nations.

    With just four of them deemed worthy of a spot in the World Cup, the job he has done since is nothing short of remarkable.

    The 61-year-old has already announced his plans to resign when Iran's campaign reaches its close - citing a lack of government funding as his primary issue - but would like to get some points on the board first. 

    An organised defensive unit, Iran proved their solidity at the back during the 0-0 draw with Nigeria last week but they will be tested more severely when they take on Argentina tonight.

    Like Sir Alex Ferguson, Queiroz has become renowned for his siege-mentality approach to management and this has worked wonders with Iran.

    While reports of the side's kit not being the right size don't exactly help matters, it's clear that Queiroz's boys are a force to be reckoned with.
    6/21/2014 12:44:13 PM
  • Breaking news from Spain...



    6/21/2014 12:57:13 PM
  • Breaking News: Xabi Alonso, who scored 16 goals in 112 appearances for Spain, has retired from international football.

    6/21/2014 1:00:44 PM
  • 6/21/2014 1:25:31 PM
  • How Twitter responded to England's exit


    Some of England’s most prolific tweeters took to Twitter on Friday night to react to the team’s not-so-shocking exit from the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

    The three lions were automatically knocked out of the tournament as Costa Rica's win made it impossible for them to qualify.

    6/21/2014 1:33:48 PM
  • Argentina in focus


    It's been twenty-eight years, five World Cups, since Argentina reached the final of football's biggest showcase event and the pressure of doing so once more is starting to show.

    With Lionel Messi on their side, many in South America feel this could be their year. Alejandro Sabella, the Argentine head coach, certainly thinks so.

    With the motivation of ruining Brazil's footballing homecoming - and the opportunity of replicating Uruguay's feat in 1950 - is driving Messi and co. towards the final.

    Last week's laboured 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Hercegovina, however, hardly whetted the appetite. 

    Qualifying with the most goals, alongside the second best defensive record, in South America, this could well be their time. Iran shouldn't put up too much of a fight tonight.
    6/21/2014 1:56:54 PM
  • Team news hot off the press!

     Tonight's venue, the Estadio Mineirao

    Argentina: Sergio Romero, Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando Gago, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, JavierMascherano, Marcos Rojo, Federico Fernandez, Sergio Aguero.

    Iran: Alireza Haghighi, Ehsan Haji Safi, Jala Hosseini, Amirhossein Sadeghi, Javad Nekounam (c), Masoud Shojaei, Andranik Timotian, Pejman Montarezi, Reza Ghoochannejad, Ashkan Dejagah, Mehrdad Pooladi.
    6/21/2014 3:17:01 PM
  • There's some serious banter currently taking place over on ITV. How can their viewers cope?

    6/21/2014 3:24:06 PM
  • The highlights reel they're showing at the moment, showing every one of the 77 goals scored so far, is pretty nifty however.
    6/21/2014 3:25:32 PM
  • HALF AN HOUR TO GO!

    6/21/2014 3:29:26 PM
  • WOW! Teen Messi's Golazo!
    by FIFATV via YouTube

    Here's just a little reminder of what Iran have to contend with this evening...
    6/21/2014 3:38:13 PM
  • KICK OFF! Iran get us under way for this Group F clash against Argentina. Can Iran prove every man and his dog wrong? There's only one way to find out...


    Just in case you missed it earlier, here are today's teams:

    Argentina: Sergio Romero, Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando Gago, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, JavierMascherano, Marcos Rojo, Federico Fernandez, Sergio Aguero.

    Iran: Alireza Haghighi, Ehsan Haji Safi, Jala Hosseini, Amirhossein Sadeghi, Javad Nekounam (c), Masoud Shojaei, Andranik Timotian, Pejman Montarezi, Reza Ghoochannejad, Ashkan Dejagah, Mehrdad Pooladi.
    6/21/2014 4:00:21 PM
  • 3 mins: Free-kick for Iran and Ashkan Dejagah is set to take it from the left flank...

    His curling cross finds Jala Hosseini who just can't get enough power on his header. Close though! Iran have started promisingly. Argentina looking slightly sloppy in possession.
    6/21/2014 4:05:38 PM
  • 5 mins: Lovely one touch football from Fernando Gago and Lionel Messi allows the ball to fall to Sergio Aguero's feet in the area. His footwork is neat - superb actually - but he's adjudged to have drifted offside. 
    6/21/2014 4:07:09 PM
  • 10 mins: Argentina are already being frustrated by their opponents and we've barely heard a whisper from Lionel Messi!

    If Iran were to cause a shock today, this is how the script would read.

    The Argentine supporters, however, are as enthusiastic as ever.


    The Iranian contingent aren't too shabby either.

    6/21/2014 4:13:06 PM
  • 13 mins: Chance for Argentina!

    A brilliant ball from Fernando Gago, from the right flank, finds Gonzalo Higuain in the box with beautiful precision but the Napoli forward can't get his low effort under Alireza Haghighi in the Iran net. 

    6/21/2014 4:15:21 PM
  • 17 mins: With the eyes of an entire planet pointed in his general direction - and every Iranian defender in range - this is a big afternoon for Lionel Messi.

    6/21/2014 4:18:06 PM
  • 20 mins: While they will be more than happy to be labelled as the tournament's plucky underdogs, this Iran side are clearly no mugs. This has been a mature opening twenty minutes from Carlos Queiroz's side. Argentina yet to pick the lock.
    6/21/2014 4:20:51 PM
  • 21 mins: Great opportunity for Argentina! 

    Excellent inter-play from Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero almost breaks through the Iranian resistance. Their neat passing on the edge of the area gives the Manchester City forward enough time to let loose on a curling effort which forces Alireza Haghighi into a decent save.


    6/21/2014 4:24:00 PM
  • 26 mins: ENORMOUS SCANDAL ALERT!

    Sergio Aguero knocks the corner flag onto the floor in frustration and refuses to pick it up. What a little tearaway.
    6/21/2014 4:26:59 PM
  • News just in...



    England striker Wayne Rooney has insisted that Roy Hodgson is the right man to lead the squad into Euro 2016 - despite their World Cup group-stage exit.

    "He's put enthusiasm in the team. Roy is the man to take us forward," said the Manchester United player.

    We appreciate what he's done for us. He's changed the way we play over the last couple of years. You can see the progression. I feel we're getting better and this will help the younger players and help us become a better team.

    6/21/2014 4:31:43 PM
  • 32 mins: Free-kick to Argentina in a dangerous position. The main man, Lionel Messi, to take...
    6/21/2014 4:32:23 PM
  • ... but it flies high and wide of Alireza Haghighi's goal. Cue comical shots of frustrated Argentina supporters.
    6/21/2014 4:33:27 PM
  • 34 mins: Iran are breaking with ferocious speed when given half the chance. Their lack of quality is, of course, costing them dearly but the longer this game remains goalless the more confident they'll be. This could prove interesting, folks!
    6/21/2014 4:35:43 PM
  • 36 mins: Biggest Argentina chance so far?

    Lionel Messi swings in an utter dreamboat of a ball into the Iranian box but Ezequiel Garay's header is too high. That was major opportunity for today's favourites but it is spurned yet again.

    Is this the look of a nervous man?

    6/21/2014 4:37:48 PM
  • Gary Lineker chips in with his customary tweet. Not a hint of sarcasm either.


    Clive Tyldesley has appeared to put his foot in it again, praising the Iran squad for 'using their Christian names'.


    No sarcasm here...


    6/21/2014 4:42:17 PM
  • 40 mins: Chance for Iran!

    Ashkan Dejagah's corner, aimed towards the near post, is met by Jala Hosseini who headers it just over Sergio Romero's crossbar. What a chance! This World Cup is full to the brim with sub-plots. 
    6/21/2014 4:43:57 PM
  • TWO MINUTES ADDED TIME.

    6/21/2014 4:46:39 PM
  • HALF TIME: The first period comes to a close after a patch of sustained Iran pressure.

    Ehsan Haji Safi's long-range effort is the last action of a thoroughly intriguing half in Belo Horizonte. Argentina aren't anywhere near their best but will surely get a lucky break eventually. The longer this game remains as it is, however, and you just wonder...
    6/21/2014 4:50:01 PM



  • 6/21/2014 4:54:11 PM
  • Here's Glenn Moore's opinion of that defensive masterclass from Carlos Quieroz's Iran. Can it last? Second half coverage to come.

    Sir Alex Ferguson would talk glowingly of Carlos Quieroz’s organizational ability as a coach, and it is very evident in Belo Horizonte. Iran are very deep, very compact, and very disciplined. They are underlining how hard it can be to break down a well-organised defence with a decent goalkeeper.
    Argentina are finding it hard to get behind them and Messi is having just as many problems finding those pockets of space in front of the back four space he loves to attack from. Iran’s superior aerial power means Argentina need to try and play through, or around them, though Garay should have scored from one set-play. But Iran are a danger themselves at set-pieces and the albiceleste need to be wary of conceding too many free-kicks. That said Argentina’s best chance may come form when Iran get players upfield for such an opportunity.
    6/21/2014 4:59:37 PM
  • SECOND HALF UNDER WAY: Can Argentina break the Iran resistance? They've not exactly thrown the kitchen sink at them yet.
    6/21/2014 5:04:21 PM
  • A certain someone is in attendance this evening...

    6/21/2014 5:05:47 PM
  • 49 mins: Lionel Messi ghosts through the Iranian midfield and gives Pablo Zabaleta the perfect opportunity  to shoot from the corner of the area. The Manchester City right-back, though, can only curl his attempt over. The pressure continues - and so does the resistance.
    6/21/2014 5:09:51 PM
  • 50 mins: CHANCE FOR IRAN! 

    Carlos Queiroz's men have just almost taken the lead!

    A marvellous period of play from the Iranians produces the loudest roar of the game. It was Reza Ghoochannejad with the header and Sergio Romero was called upon to save Argentinian hopes.
    6/21/2014 5:13:00 PM
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