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World Cup live blog: June 30

The knockout round continues with France vs. Nigeria at noon, followed by Germany vs. Algeria at 4 p.m.

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France-Nigeria lineups

Matt Bonesteel
June 30, 11:07 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 30, 11:07 am

Netherlands' Arjen Robben: I dived, but not when the game was on the line

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

The Netherlands’ Arjen Robben said he dived during Sunday’s World Cup round-of-16 match with Mexico, but not on the play that was called a penalty in the box, resulting in the Netherlands’ game-winning goal on a penalty kick late in the game.

Per the Guardian:

The winger was accused by the Mexico coach, Miguel Herrera, of committing three dives during the match in Fortaleza that saw Holland go through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

However Robben said in quotes attributed to Dutch television channel NOS: “The one at the end was a penalty, I was fouled. At the same time I have to apologise in the first half I took a dive and I really shouldn’t do that. That was a stupid, stupid thing to do but sometimes you’re expecting to be struck and then they pull their leg away at the last minute.”

Herrera said the Portuguese referee, Pedro Proenca, should have taken action against the Bayern Munich winger, who went down under a challenge by Mexico’s captain, Rafael Marquez, in injury time. “Robben did three dives and he should have been cautioned,” said Herrera. “You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat and then if Robben did it again he would be sent off.”

Herrera also questioned why FIFA chose an official from Europe and not from one of its other regions for the Netherlands game, and that all of Mexico’s matches were poorly called. “The doubtful decisions were always against us. We have to say it in capital letters, in three matches we had horrible refereeing. The man with the whistle knocked us. I want the referee committee to take a look and that the referee goes home just like us,” he said, per the Guardian.

Matt Bonesteel
June 30, 11:14 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 30, 11:14 am

Here's why everyone will be talking about revenge during Germany-Algeria

(1982 Associated Press photo)

(1982 Associated Press photo)

There will be much talk of revenge and 1982 during Monday afternoon’s Germany-Algeria round-of-16 game. Here’s why.

At the 1982 World Cup, West Germany entered its final group-stage match against Austria knowing that it needed a one-goal win to advance at the expense of Algeria, which had played its final group-stage match the day before and had shocked the overconfident West Germans in their opening match. After Horst Hrubesch scored in the 10th minute for West Germany against Austria, the teams more or less stopped playing, rarely mounting any serious scoring challenges. The resulting outcry over the blatant match-fixing — the commentator for West German television simply stopped talking, and his Austrian counterpart told viewers they should turn off their televisions — led FIFA to change its scheduling format. Since that infamous day, each group’s final matches are played at the same time.

Algeria, which has advanced past the group stage for the first time, hasn’t forgotten any of this, unsurprisingly. Per the Guardian:

“The Germans and Austrians contrived to make sure we didn’t go through and now the present team has a chance to gain revenge,” says the former Algeria midfielder Lakhdar Belloumi. “The idea of doing that will not put pressure on [the current team], it will inspire them,” believes Belloumi, who scored the winning goal in his country’s shock 2-1 victory over West Germany in the teams’ first match at the finals in Spain.

Algeria, it should be noted, is 2-0 all-time against Germany, also scoring a win in 1964.

Matt Bonesteel
June 30, 11:24 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 30, 11:24 am

Here's one way to beat Nigeria

Matt Bonesteel
June 30, 11:25 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 30, 11:25 am

Nice, France, bans foreign flags during tournament

(Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

(Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

The French Riveria city of Nice implemented a decree today that bans the “ostentatious display of foreign flags” in the city center. The decree comes just in time for today’s France vs. Nigeria World Cup match. How convenient…

But it’s not the Nigerian flags that the French city is worried about — it’s Algerian flags. The decree, according France 24, is meant to stave off potential riots after Algeria plays Germany later today. The last two Algerian games ended with quite a few arrests: 30 on June 22 after Algeria beat South Korea; and 74 last Thursday when Algeria tied with Russia to win a spot in the Top 16. The arrests have been tied to what France 24 calls “simmering racial tensions and ingrained hatred of the police among France’s immigrant population,” which means this new decree will certainly go over well. (NOT!)

The decree will be in effect for the rest of the tournament, according to Nice’s Mayor Christian Estrosi. 

What could possibly go wrong?

Marissa Payne
June 30, 11:30 am
  • Marissa Payne June 30, 11:30 am

France vs. Nigeria kicks off

(Shawn Thew/EPA)

(Shawn Thew/EPA)

Marissa Payne
June 30, 12:03 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 30, 12:03 pm

France favored to win

Of course, with other European powerhouses such as Spain and Italy already out, upsets can, indeed, happen.

Marissa Payne
June 30, 12:05 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 30, 12:05 pm

Waffle House says just say no to Belgian waffles

Waffle House has Team USA spirit ahead of Tuesday’s match against Belgium.

Matt Bonesteel
June 30, 12:09 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 30, 12:09 pm

Ogenyi Onazi on the ground injured

He looks to be in real pain after getting caught up in an awkward play. The stretcher is coming out.

Marissa Payne
June 30, 12:13 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 30, 12:13 pm

Nigeria gets a free kick from a favorable spot

Nigeria, however, could not take advantage and it was cleared with a wild header nowhere near the goal.

Marissa Payne
June 30, 12:14 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 30, 12:14 pm
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