Samba Sunrise: Five star France, Costa Rica through
Jorge Luis Pinto said Costa Rica's win over Italy was a special moment in the country's history as they qualified for the knockout phase. This morning's triumph marked the first time Costa Rica had made it past the group stage since 1990.
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon believes nothing has changed for his team despite their surprise 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. "You get back on your feet by looking on the bright side, which is that even a draw wouldn't have changed anything, as we still needed a draw against Uruguay," he told Sky Sport Italia.
In form French strikers Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud believe their team have the firepower to go all the way at the World Cup. France smashed five goals past Switzerland to take their tally to eight goals in two games.
Switzerland were left bemoaning defensive errors though after a plague of mistakes saw them ship five goals. The Swiss players could be seen pointing at each other in frustration as the likes of Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Valbuena ran rampant up front.
A defiant Luis Fernando Suarez has declared that he is unwilling to give up on Honduras' World Cup chances despite another loss this morning. A win over Switzerland (three points, -2 goal difference) and France (six, +6) beating Ecuador (three, even) could see Honduras (0, -4) advance.
Santi Cazorla launched a fierce defence of team-mate Xavi as Spain prepare to face Australia in their Group B dead rubber on Monday. "He has been a fundamental part of this national team. And he still is right now. A crucial part of the success of this team has always been Xavi Hernandez.
Diego Simeone has backed Spain to bounce back strongly from the side's shock exit in the first round of the World Cup. "This time they lost, but I'm sure Spain will be back competing again - just like they have done for the last 10 years," he told Sony One Stadium.
Didier Drogba admits that he is having to bite his tongue after being named on the Ivory Coast bench for a second game running. The striker has been overlooked in favour of Swansea City man Wilfried Bony in the Ivory Coast's first two World Cup matches.
Former England striker Emile Heskey has backed manager Roy Hodgson to stay on, despite their first-round exit at the World Cup in Brazil. "I think he should be spared until the next tournament to really push a new generation of players coming through," he told the Sony One Stadium website.
The Cameroon Football Federation are investigating the unsavoury incidents that blighted Thursday's World Cup defeat to Croatia. Alex Song's was sent off for needlessly elbowing Mario Mandzukic in the back, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto headbutted his own team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo following an angry exchange.
Lionel Messi is looking to exert more influence in the opposition half when Argentina meet Iran at the World Cup on Sunday morning. the 26-year-old produced a somewhat lacklustre first-half display against Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the captain admits he needs to play higher up the pitch in order to put his stamp on the game.
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