World Cup Day 20

Lionel Messi back in action today.

United States game hoping for lift off

FIFA busy dealing with misdemeanours

It’s been a busy few days for the FIFA disciplinary committee, with Brazil media chief latest in the firing line after he was sent off against Chile last saturday. Read about that and all the other disciplinary measures of the past 24 hours.

World Cup Day 20

The awkwardly named Round of Last 16 reaches its conclusion today with what look, on paper at least, to be two more cracking ties.

Argentina, despite enjoying a 100% record in the group stages, have flown pretty much under the radar so far, but there will be no hiding place today when they face Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Switzerland in Sao Paulo.

In the day’s other game, Belgium, who won each of their group matches without ever really looking like genuine title contenders, take on the USA for whom this tournament has a genuinely transformative feel to it. A win tonight and football Stateside really could be set for take off in a big way.