Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Ronaldo, left, trains with the Portugal squad before they attempt to lift themselves from the foot of Group G against Ghana

World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard try to spark one-man teams

Both Portugal and Belgium are underachieving and owe much to their star men

Luis Suarez bite: Suarez’s Liverpool career in jeopardy after bite

Club may consider offers as striker’s lawyer flies in to prepare his defence

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring against Croatia

World Cup 2014: Rafael Marquez's unified Mexico look to make history

Mexico advanced from Group A after thrashing Croatia

Italy vs Uruguay World Cup 2014: Andrea Pirlo fights to hold back time and keep Italy alive

Midfielder’s illustrious international career will be ended by Uruguay defeat today

Head coach Jose Pekerman has led Colombia to their first World Cup finals since 1998

World Cup 2014: Jose Pekerman’s Colombia can outstrip the class of 1990

Colombia have their sights on the last 16 already, and beyond that a quarter-final probably against Brazil, but first they must confirm their status as winners of Group C tonight.

Vorsprung durch Klose: Germany’s veteran striker Miroslav Klose does a flying somersault to celebrate his equaliser

World Cup 2014: Miroslav Klose equals World Cup record - but German frailties cannot be masked

Draw with Ghana suggested Germany may not be the force many consider them to be

Stephen Keshi, the Nigeria coach, watches his side get held to a draw by Iran

World Cup 2014: Nigeria need victory to revive African challenge

Super Eagles face Bosnia today with Cameroon already out, Ghana and Algeria down

Head coach Jose Pekerman has led Colombia to their first World Cup finals since 1998

World Cup 2014: Jose Pekerman keeps cool as Colombia rocket up the popularity charts

It would be easy enough, at Colombia’s first World Cup finals since 1998, with their best generation of players for 20 years, to get carried away. With their tens of thousands of travelling fans, their joyous football and gleeful, dancing celebrations, Colombia have been one of the brightest attractions of the first week of the World Cup, and will continue to be so on into the knockout rounds.

Cameroon's Alex Song is given a red card

World Cup 2014: Alex Song sorry for ‘stupid’ elbow as Cameroon lick wounds

Cameroon are left with nothing to play for after their second defeat, when they collapsed after Alex Song was sent off. The Barcelona midfielder yesterday apologised for the dismissal for elbowing Mario Mandzukic in the back, after which Croatia ran through Cameroon and beat them 4-0.

James Rodriguez has helped Colombia forget all about the injured Radamel Falcao

World Cup 2014: England’s prize may be formidable Colombia

Even without Radamel Falcao, the South Americans are turning on the style

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