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World Cup 2018 LIVE: Latest news and updates from last-16 plus Neymar reaction after Brazil beat Mexico and Belgium win against Japan

All the latest news and updates from day 20 of the World Cup

Harry Latham-Coyle
Tuesday 03 July 2018 09:40 BST
Colombia v England: World Cup last 16 preview

The 2018 World Cup is well underway in Russia.

It’s day 20 and the final two games in the round of 16 take place, with England looking to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006 as they face Group H winners Colombia. First up, Sweden take on Switzerland with the winner awaiting either the Three Lions or the Colombians in the next round, with all eyes on Harry Kane’s side as they look to rediscover their form.

Belgium, who beat England last time out, nearly came unstuck in their last-16 encounter on Monday night as Japan pushed them all the way in a last-gasp 3-2 victory. That win, coming through a last-minute goal from Nacer Chadli, books Belgium a quarter-final against Brazil, who earlier in the day came through their clash with Mexico in a comfortable 2-0 victory.

We will have all the latest news, views, pictures and video direct from Russia throughout the day as we pick up the pace at the biggest football tournament in the world.

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent's World Cup live blog, where we'll keep you up-to-date with the latest news and events in Russia as England prepare for their must-win last-16 clash with Colombia later this evening.

Jack de Menezes3 July 2018 09:04

And what better way to begin your morning than in the company of The Independent's Chief Sports Writer Jonathan Liew.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:10

'And, tell me if this is the thing we always do, the same old mindless optimism dolled up in a waistcoat, but England could win, couldn’t they? Couldn’t we?'

On England-Colombia, it is Russell Brand's World Cup column:

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:17

Colombia vs England kicks off at 7pm British Summer Time this evening at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

Gareth Southgate has invigorated the England squad, and he has challenged his players to 'write their own stories' ahead of the game.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:21

The day's other game is Sweden against Switzerland in St. Petersburg. That is a 3pm kick-off. 

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:24

We will have plenty more preview of the final two Round of 16 games as the day goes on. 

Yesterday saw Brazil and Belgium advance in contrasting fashions to set up a mouthwatering quarter-final.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:26

Brazil methodically and meticulously tamed Mexico in a 2-0 victory. The Seleção look like the favourites, as Miguel Delaney writes:

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:32

Neymar played a starring role with key involvements in both goals, but his over-dramatic antics once again overshadowed a superb performance. 

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:41

Brazil were convincing; Belgium were anything but. However, thanks to a gutsy comeback and one utterly brilliant counter-attack, they are still alive and may be better for the hardship:

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 09:46

'Russia has always been one of those places where the lines between the real and the artificial are frequently blurred to the extent where it is no longer meaningful to draw any distinction between them. Where the end ultimately satisfies the means. Where what matters is not what is, but what you see.'

Jonathan Liew on the host nation:

Harry Latham-Coyle3 July 2018 10:01

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