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Group F - Argentina 1 (Messi 90') Iran 0
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Group G - Germany 2 (Gotze 50', Klose 70') Ghana 2 (Ayew 53', Gyan 62')
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Group F - Nigeria 1 (Odemwingie 28') Bosnia-Herzegovina 0
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Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has conceded his team are still searching for the right balance after a dramatic but laboured win over Iran. Lionel Messi produced a magnificent strike in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win and book Argentina's place in the knockout stages.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has instead slammed the failure to award his side a penalty in their loss to Argentina. "There were two personalities that made a difference. The first was the referee. There was a clear penalty. The second was Messi," he said.

Miroslav Klose has modestly referred to his World Cup goalscoring record as "not bad" after netting a record-equalling 15th finals goal for Germany against Ghana. "In 20 World Cup games, 15 goals are not bad," said the master of understatement.

Asamoah Gyan and Kwesi Appiah have both extolled the virtues of Ghana following this morning's thrilling 2-2 draw with Germany. Ghana had rocked Germany with two goals in nine minutes, only for substitute Klose to haul the Germans level with 20 minutes to go.

Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Safet Susic says he was stunned by Nigeria's speed and movement during his team's 1-0 loss on Sunday morning. "We knew they would be tough but they surprised us with their speed, their movement," he said.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has meanwhile insisted that he never doubted his team's ability to reach the last 16 at this World Cup. Nigeria only need a point in their final group game against the already-qualified Argentina, or for Iran to fail to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Spain defender Raul Albiol has played down reports of a bust-up between Cesc Fabregas and coach Vicente del Bosque. The midfielder, who has played just 12 minutes of Spain's two opening matches, was reportedly replaced in the starters' team during a training game by Xabi Alonso after a disagreement with Del Bosque.

Brazil full-back Dani Alves has slammed criticism of his under-fire team mate Fred as "idiotic". The striker was Brazil's Confederations Cup hero only last year, but two anonymous showings in this World Cup have led to criticism from some quarters.

Costa Rica are also said to be furious at a FIFA directive that seven of their players undergo a doping test after the 1-0 win against Italy. Two players from each team are normally required to undergo such tests after each game, but Costa Rica feels that FIFA are implying they may have cheated by requesting five extra tests.

Daniel De Rossi will miss Italy's crucial Group D showdown with Uruguay, it has been announced. The AS Roma midfielder completed 90 minutes of Italy's shock loss to Costa Rica, but suffered brusining to his calf.

Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo says his side must be more ruthless in front of goal if they are to escape their World Cup group and make it to the next stage. Japan have only scored once in two games, and need to beat Colombia and hope other results fall their way to qualify.

France coach Didier Deschamps says Paul Pogba was rested for the win over Switzerland, and not punished for his petulance against Honduras. The Juventus midfielder's World Cup began in controversial fashion as he became involved in a spat with Wilson Palacios during France's opening game.

Wayne Rooney has come out in support of embattled England coach Roy Hodgson. He insists that Hodgson is the right man to take England forward, despite their early World Cup exit.


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