Hello and welcome to the Gillette Boot Room for the third day of World Cup 2014 Round of 16 fixtures!
We has plenty of late drama yesterday as the Netherlands – inspired by a drinks break and Louis van Gaal’s substitutions – saved themselves with two late goals to beat Mexico 2-1 and break El Tri hearts.
Then we saw an epic battle between Costa Rica and Greece that finished 1-1 after extra-time, with 10-man La Roja dispatch five perfect penalties to win 5-3 on spot-kicks.
But on to today: we’re off to Estadio Nacional in Brasilia where France take on Nigeria. Les Bleus have shone so far in Brazil, but write off the Super Eagles at your peril. There was no training allowed on the pitch before today to allow the grass as much time to recover as possible, so we may well see a battle of attrition out there if it starts to cut up.
Avi, an excellent call - which version do you prefer? I'm a Thin Lizzy man myself.
I heard that kanishk - KF Hajvalia from Kosovo have made a cheeky offer.
Erik, correct - what a tie that would be!
Erik, I certainly do. They're just warming up, but it'll be interesting to see them against quality opposition.
seattle, this tournament has shocked me so many times I just take ridiculous goals, saves and last-minute chaos as a given!