World Cup 2018: Argentina fallout and latest news on day nine – live!

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My goodness, Rob Smyth knows his football history. This, on the long-forgotten Panamerican Championship and Costa Rica’s only win over today’s opponents Brazil, is eye-opening.

Related: When Costa Rica lowered the colours of Brazil and then some

Speaking of Iceland, they’re having to get used to no longer being plucky underdogs as they prepare to meet Nigeria in Volgograd later. As Nick Ames reports:

“Iceland will now go into a major tournament fixture as favourites and, lovable as they remain, the image of knockabout underdogs bears no resemblance to their attitude on the pitch. It brings a new set of pressures, though, and if those needed relieving then one of the questions that arose from the Icelandic press corps almost seemed purpose-built for the job.”

Related: Iceland in bullish mood as they shed underdog status against Nigeria

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Written by Mike Hytner (now) and Ben Fisher (later)
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