Sports Mole's live news coverage from day 18 of the World Cup in Brazil.
By Jack Prescott, Rugby Editor Filed: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 10:59 UK
Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 18:47 UK
Hello and welcome to Sports Mole's live news coverage from day 18 of the World Cup.
We will be bringing you all of the latest news and gossip from Brazil as well as reaction to last night's thrilling second-round matches.
The action continues this evening with the Netherlands taking on Mexico and Costa Rica facing Greece in the last 16.
11.00amHello and welcome to Sports Mole's live news coverage from the World Cup. The second round started with a bang last night as hosts Brazil and Colombia both booked their places in the quarter-finals. The next batch of last-16 fixtures take place later today with with the Netherlands playing Mexico and Costa Rica facing Greece. However, let's get things going by taking a look at some of the headlines from overnight...
11.14amBrazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed that Neymar is an injury doubt for the team's World Cup quarter-final against Colombia next week. The 22-year-old picked up a thigh problem on Saturday during the host nation's dramatic victory over Chile in the last 16.
11.28amNigeria captain Joseph Yobo has told his teammates that they have nothing to fear when they play France in the last 16 of the World Cup. The Super Eagles, who finished in second place behind Argentina in Group F, take on Les Bleus in Brasilia on Monday.
11.41amEdinson Cavani has insisted that Uruguay should be proud despite their exit from the World Cup. The South Americans were beaten in the last 16 on Saturday night with a 2-0 defeat to Colombia.
11.55amMore from the Uruguay camp now with defender Alvaro Pereira refusing to use Luis Suarez's ban as an excuse for the team's defeat to Colombia in the second round.
12.07pmWhile the Uruguayans lick their wounds, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has admitted that his team fully deserved their 2-0 win on Saturday night. The Colombians will now face hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals. What a match that promises to be.
12.20pmGreece coach Fernando Santos has insisted that his team is ready to face Costa Rica in the last 16 tonight. The Greeks edged into the second round of the tournament thanks to a dramatic 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in their final match of Group C.
12.32pmFollowing last night's matches, there has been plenty of talk about the talent that is Colombia's James Rodriguez. The 22-year-old scored both of his team's goals against Uruguay, taking him to the top of the Golden Boot standings with five goals in four games. Naturally, there has been a fair bit of speculation surround his future at Monaco and we've taken a look at five possible destinations for the youngster.
12.44pmMore from Greece now ahead of their last-16 clash against Costa Rica tonight with defender Vasilis Torosidis claiming that the team is not satisfied by reaching the second round of the World Cup for the first time in their history.
12.56pmJorge Luis Pinto has encouraged his Costa Rica team to "think big" ahead of facing Greece in the last 16 tonight. Pinto's side have emerged as one of the surprise packages of the tournament after sealing their second-round place by topping Group D ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England.
1.10pmUSA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has backed his team to defeat Belgium and reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The Americans, who return to action on Tuesday, made it through to the last 16 by finishing in second place in Group G.
1.24pmFrance midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has insisted that the team is capable of dealing with pressure at the World Cup. Les Bleus have been backed to go far at the tournament after enjoying an unbeaten group campaign.
1.36pmNigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has claimed that his team fears nobody ahead of their second-round clash with Franc. The Super Eagles face Les Bleus on Monday looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
1.47pmIt promises to be another thrilling night of action at the World Cup with the Netherlands taking on Mexico and Costa Rica facing Greece in the last 16. You can read our previews of both of those matches below:
1.57pmFrance coach Didier Deschamps has praised his players for going unbeaten through the group stage at the World Cup. Les Bleus, who play Nigeria in the second round, finished at the top of Group E after earning two wins and a draw from their three matches.
1.59pmThat's all from me for today, but I'm pleased to say that Shane Callaghan will be with you for the next three hours to take you through all of the latest news coming out of Brazil. Enjoy!
2.04pmCheers Jack. Good afternoon folks. I am Shane and I'll be bringing you all the latest goings-on from Brazil for the next three hours or so. Stay tuned!
2.20pmJames Rodriguez has expressed his pride over firing Colombia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in the nation's history. The AS Monaco playmaker bagged a brace in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Uruguay as Jose Pekerman's side booked a maiden last-eight place.
2.22pmClick here to read our preview for Germany's second-round encounter with Algeria on Monday evening, courtesy of Pascal Lemesre.
2.44pmSome build-up to tonight's clash in Recife, and Costa Rica assistant coach Luis Marin claims that it is imperative for his team to nick an early goal in their second-round clash with Greece.
3.19pmFiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado has played down talk of a move to Barcelona. The attacker's performances for Colombia at this summer's World Cup have led to a host of speculation linking the 26-year-old with a number of clubs.
3.37pmUruguay striker Diego Forlan has revealed that he has no intentions of retiring from international duty any time soon. The 35-year-old acknowledges that his time with La Celeste is drawing to a close, but remains convinced that he can still be of service.
3.43pmStay tuned to Sports Mole as we'll be bringing you team news and a live commentary of Mexico's upcoming clash with the Netherlands very, very soon.
3.59pmThe big news emerging from Fortaleza is that Robin van Persie returns to the Netherlands lineup for this evening's clash with Mexico as one of two changes by coach Louis van Gaal. For full team news, click here.
4.02pmAnd, as promised, here is our live commentary of the encounter, brought to you by Matt Law. Remember: it's part one of a double-header, with Costa Rica's second-round clash with Greece coming a little later. We'll have more on that as the 9pm kickoff draws nearer.
4.21pmColombia star James Rodriguez is anticipating a "beautiful" quarter-final clash with host nation Brazil in the World Cup. Rodriguez single-handedly fired his nation into the last-eight stage of the competition with a 2-0 win over Uruguay, while the Selecao survived a tense penalty shootout to beat Chile.
4.37pmDid David Luiz get the final touch in Brazil's opening goal against Chile, or will it go down as a Gonzalo Jara own goal? FIFA have spoken. Click here to find out what they have had to say.
4.55pmEdinson Cavani has insisted that the future remains bright for Uruguay, despite their World Cup elimination on Saturday. Playing in the absence of the banned Luis Suarez, La Celeste went down 2-0 to Colombia courtesy of a James Rodriguez goal in either half last night.
4.59pmRight, that's your lot from me for the moment ladies and gentlemen. Stay tuned, though, because Pascal Lemesre is up next to keep you entertained for the next few hours with news, reaction and, of course, updates from the Netherlands' clash with Mexico - commentary for which can be found here. Bye now.
5.02pmThanks Shane! Right, they've just kicked off in searing-hot Fortaleza. The Mexico fans are making most of the early noise.
5.13pmAn early blow for the Dutch as holding midfielder Nigel de Jong is forced to come off injured. That means that Bruno Martins Indi has been introduced, resulting in Daley Blind moving into central midfield.
5.30pmIt's still goalless in Fortaleza, but Mexico thought that they should have had a penalty when Hector Herrera had two boots near his head in the box. Check out this picture!
5.53pmHALF TIME in the third last-16 tie of the tournament and it's still goalless between Netherlands and Mexico. Read about the opening 45 ➠ here.
6.10pmGOAL! Just three minutes after the resumption in Fortaleza and the opener is scored by Mexico's Giovani dos Santos. A fabulous goal from the forward as he strikes it from distance low into the corner. Can Holland fight back? Find out here.
6.15pmHere's some news from yesterday's enthralling match between Brazil and Chile. FIFA have confirmed that they are investigating a 'bust-up' between Chile forward Mauricio Pinilla and Brazil official Rodrigo Paiva in the tunnel at half time. Full story here.
6.25pmHere's Dos Santos celebrating his pinpoint strike from distance:
6.38pmWith 15 minutes left in the match, Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca has just signalled for the second cooling break of the match. It remains 1-0 to Mexico. Louis van Gaal has made a big call and taken off Robin van Persie for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
7.06pmUnbelievable scenes as Netherlands score twice in the final moments to send Mexico home. First Sneijder slammed home before substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar tucked home an injury-time penalty. Here's our full match report.
7.41pmInteresting stat from @MisterChiping on Twitter: "The Netherlands (9 for 9) passes England (8 for 8) as the country with the most penalties taken at the World Cup NEVER missing." That's obviously not including shootouts.
7.43pmTo Germany now, and the Mannschaft's boss Joachim Low has been assured of his position even if they are shocked by Algeria tomorrow. More here.
8.02pmRight, time for me to say goodbye. Daniel will be taking over to guide you through the second game of the day between Costa Rica and Greece (who saw that coming?!). Before I go, here's the link to our live commentary with Barney Corkhill.
8.34pmThis evening's game in Fortaleza saw the first use of 'cooling breaks' in the World Cup, which Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal admits he used to his advantage. The 62-year-old also praised the character of his players having seen his side come from behind to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
8.51pmGreece and Costa Rica meet in the second of today's last-16 encounters with kick off just 10 minutes away. Remember, you can follow live commentary from Recife right here. Meanwhile, the teams have been announced, with Greece opting to make one change as Andreas Samiris comes in for Panagiotis Kone.
9.02pmKICK OFF We're underway at at Arena Pernambuca - who will become the fourth side to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup?
9.05pmOne side who have done just that, the Netherlands, progressed via a couple of late goals against Mexico. Arjen Robben helped win the penalty which secured the victory, but he has since admitted that he dived in the first-half of the last-16 tie.
9.30pmMore reaction from the today's meeting between Mexico and the Netherlands, and a rather disappointed Miguel Herrera has bemoaned his side's luck, saying everything went against them in their 2-1 defeat.
9.49pmHALF TIME It's fair to say that the first half between Greece and Costa Rica won't make it into any of the end of tournament compilation clips. Nothing really of note to report, with Dimitris Salpingidis's strike, which was well kept out by Keylor Navas, the best chance of a low-key first half. Read a full report from the interval here.
10.26pmRED CARD! Oscar Duarte has been shown a second yellow card signalling the end of his night. Costa Rica are now going to have to reshuffle for these final 20 minutes or so - can Greece make the breakthrough? Live commentary from Barney Corkhill can be found here.
10.35pmLooking ahead to tomorrow night's meeting between Nigeria and France, Super Eagles manager Stephen Keshi has called on his players to learn from past experience as they look to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.
10.48pmUPDATE! Costa Rica 1-0 Greece (87 mins) We're into the final three minutes of normal time in Recife, and Costa Rica are holding onto their slender lead. Greece are hardly creating any openings, but it could still be a long few minutes for Jorge Pinto's men.
10.53pmGOAL! Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 91) Well I did say it would be a long few minutes for Costa Rica, and they've failed to hold on. Sokratis' first international goal in the dying seconds has surely sent this game into extra time.
11.02pmThanks Daniel. Well, the 10 men of Costa Rica came oh so close to booking a quarter-final spot. Stay tuned as we'll be bringing you updates throughout the additional 30-minute period.
11.16pmKevin Mirallas is hoping to use his knowledge of Everton teammate Tim Howard to good effect when Belgium take on USA in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday.
11.19pmIt's half time of extra time in Recife folks and 10-man Costa Rica have stayed alive. There's a long 15 minutes remaining before their numerical disadvantage is nullified by the penalty shootout, though. Stay tuned.
11.41pmPENALTIES! For the second time in as many days, a penalty shootout is needed to separate the teams. If extra time was anything to go by then the players may struggle to muster the energy necessary for the run-up! They were running on empty out there.
12.05amIt's all over in Recife and Costa Rica win 5-3 on penalties! Click here for our match report. Five superb spot-kicks from Jorge Luis Pinto's side seal their progression to the quarter-finals! What a story for Costa Rica. Analysis, player ratings and reaction to follow. Stay tuned.
12.25amHave we regained our breath and composure after that day of football? Good, because there's more fall-out to the Netherlands' 2-1 win over Mexico as Louis van Gaal admits that his side had a lucky "escape".
12.47amClick here to read Barney Corkhill's analysis on Costa Rica's dramatic penalty shootout win over Greece in Recife tonight.
12.53amMichael Umana, who slotted Costa Rica's winning penalty in the shootout with Greece, has revealed that he foresaw his heroics in a dream last night!
1.18amDo you rate USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann as a coach? Daniel van Buyten doesn't. The Belgian claims to be distinctly unimpressed with the German ahead of Belgium's last-16 World Cup clash with the Americans on Tuesday. Click here to find out exactly what the defender has had to say.
1.36amDid Joel Campbell and Keylor Navas enhance their burgeoning reputations? Was it a Greek tragedy for Fernando Santos's side? Click here to read Barney Corkhill's take on who excelled and who didn't in Costa Rica's dramatic penalty shootout victory.
1.54amWill the real Eden Hazard please stand up? Belgium boss Marc Wilmots encourages the Chelsea star to find his best form before their World Cup campaign comes to an end this summer.
2.02amWell that is all from us for another day ladies and gentlemen. We do it all again in just a few short hours as Jack Prescott will be back here at 11am with build-up to France vs. Nigeria and Germany vs. Algeria, along with fall-out to what went on this evening. See you soon!