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.
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|Timothy V. Gatto|
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