Convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal denies predicting Cameroon result

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Wilson Raj Perumal denies correctly predicting the result and sending off in the game between Cameroon and Croatia.


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Argentina stars post victorious selfie after World Cup win

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Argentinian Stars Post Victorious Selfie After World Cup Win

Lionel Messi may not have scored against Switzerland but the Barcelona superstar had every right to celebrate the victory with his teammates.

Messi failed to score in a game for the first time in the tournament, although he created the assist for Angel Di Maria's winner.

The victory means Argentina are through to the quarter-finals and a showdown with Belgium,

And following the game, Messi took the time to take a selfie with teammates Di Maria and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the locker room. 

Will Messi and Co have another chance to post a celebratory selfie in Brazil? Belgium will be hoping not..

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Mertesacker hits out at critics of Germany’s ‘negativity’

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Annoyed: Mertesacker is not pleased with criticism of Germany's performances.

Per Mertesacker has hit out at critics bemoaning Germany’s performance in their win over Algeria and believes qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals was all that mattered.

Joachim Low’s men were expected to see off the threat of the African side with ease, but laboured to a 2-1 extra-time victory in Porto Alegre to set up an enticing last eight clash with France.

After seeing how much the unfancied Algeria had Germany on the ropes, Les Bleus will fancy their chances at the Maracana on Friday, but setting up that tie is all that mattered to Mertesacker.

“Would you rather we played beautiful football but got knocked out?” he said. “I don’t know what you want from me – do you think that just Mickey Mouse teams are involved in the last 16?

“All that matters is we’re in the quarter-finals.”

Had it not been for an excellent performance from Manuel Neuer, however, Germany may have been leaving Brazil earlier than they expected.

“Algeria did a really good job,” said Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle, who scored the opening goal early in extra-time, with Mesut Ozil’s strike just before the end ensuring Abdelmoumene Djabou’s last gasp strike was in vain.

“There was a bit of luck involved in my goal and now we’ve got to play better than this against France.”

It was not all negative, though, according to captain Philipp Lahm, who felt Germany should have sealed victory without the need for an additional 30 minutes.

“If you don’t take your chances, then you’ve got to go into extra-time, and we had some huge chances in the second half,” said the Bayern Munich man.

Coach Low had tried his best to overstate the importance of not underestimating Algeria, although he said his team had also flattered their opponents at times.

“We lost too many balls,” he said. “We made lots of passing mistakes and that invited them to hit us on the counter-attack.

“But this was a victory of our will and strength of character. I just need to take a deep breath now.”

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