The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in another wonderful World Cup match but both teams advanced to the second round after Iran lost to Bosnia in the other Group F game.
Neymar shot to the top of the World Cup scoring charts with a superb double in a 4-1 win for Brazil over Cameroon that sent the hosts through as Group A winners to face Chile in the last 16.
Andy Murray came onto Centre Court to a standing ovation and walked off to another as he began his Wimbledon title defence with a straight-set victory against David Goffin.
Leroy Fer scored a minute after coming on as a substitute to help give the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile and top Group B at the World Cup with three consecutive wins.
Cristiano Ronaldo set up Varela for a late equalizer on a hot and humid night in the jungle to give Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup.
Iran has banned female fans and even women journalists from attending World League volleyball matches in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
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|Denis G. Rancourt|