Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Marc Wilmots believes Argentina were 'ordinary' in the 1-0 win over Belgium

Argentina vs Belgium World Cup 2014: Marc Wilmots lashes out at gamesmanship of ‘ordinary’ conquerors

Wilmots believes Lionel Messi was given too much protection and that time wasting was not picked up on

One nation: The team that faced Argentina shows how Switzerland has embraced players with immigrant origins

World Cup 2014: Young and gifted Swiss provide an example and test for England

'Ottmar Hitzfeld took a young team and we have progressed so much’ praised Johan Djourou on the recently retired coach’s impact

Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina (2nd L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Angel di Maria (L), Lionel Messi (2nd L) and Lucas Biglia

Argentina vs Belgium match report World Cup 2014: Gonzalo Higuain goal the high point as Argentina find their feet

Napoli striker’s sweet volley puts Sabella’s side into last four and looking good to go all the way

Angel Di Maria celebrates his winner against Switzerland

World Cup 2014: Can Angel di Maria - the Noodle - satisfy Argentina’s cravings?

Ian Herbert in Brasilia considers the faith placed in by a nation that needs someone other than Lionel Messi to lift them

Marouane Fellaini has put his bad Old Trafford experience behind him at the World Cup

World Cup 2014: I don’t need to prove a thing, insists Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini bridled at the suggestion that he has taught the world a thing or two about his qualities in the past weeks, after their devaluation at Manchester United.

Angel di Maria celebrates his goal with Lionel Messi

Argentina vs Belgium World Cup 2014 preview: Pablo Zabaleta reveals Argentina's plan - 'Give the ball to Lionel Messi'

Zabaleta responds to criticism that team is over-dependent on one player by saying that it is a deliberate tactic

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World Cup 2014: Watching Brazil on TV can be fatal here...

Electricity companies will not supply many favelas, so people rely on ‘gatos’ tapping an illegal feed – with predictably grim results. Ian Herbert in Morro da Cruz meets a family whose house burnt down and hears how the community rallied round

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France vs Germany World Cup 2014 preview: Philipp Lahm divisions add to Germany ill feeling

Löw’s side hit by flu bug, off-form players and captain’s midfield role

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Argentina vs Switzerland match report World Cup 2014: Angel di Maria leaves it late to breach the Swiss red wall

Argentina 1 Switzerland 0 (aet): Lionel Messi lays on pass for winner

Germany vs Algeria: Per Mertesacker hits out at critics of Germany

An irritated Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker tonight hit out at suggestions that Germany were poor in their win over Algeria, insisting that that qualification for the World Cup quarter-finals was the only aim and that it had been accomplished

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