Nine things we loved on day 19: Lukaku, Inui, De Bruyne, Vieri, Vertonghen

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Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham players all caught our eye on day 19 at the World Cup.

Brazil started the day by knocking out Mexico in the round of 16, before Belgium and Japan produced one of the games of the tournament as the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 with the last kick of the game.

We’ve rounded up the best moments on and off the pitch from Monday’s action.


Kevin De Bruyne’s run and pass, Romelu Lukaku’s movement and dummy, Nacer Chadli’s lung-bursting race from his own penalty area; this looks like something from FIFA. What a way to win it.

Jan Vertonghen

One of the weirdest headers we’ve ever seen go in. Strangely hypnotic.

Takashi Inui

You know it’s a good goal when you can read the logo on the ball all the way from the player’s boot to the back of the net.

Eiji Kawashima

Double saves are the best.

Thibaut Courtois

And at the other end of the spectrum, this was so close to being our favourite blunder of the tournament.


They may have gone out, but they’re everybody’s second favourite team now.

Christian Vieri

The man who deserves a greater legacy is not convinced that football’s coming home.

Martin O’Neill’s new tool, The Transfer Hound, suggests that Neymar is one of the most spoken about players in the world right now. The tool features a top 10 of trending players, the PSG forward ranks 10th on the hot-o-meter.

But O’Neill isn’t impressed: “I wouldn’t like to see him coming out of the doctor’s surgery after getting a flu injection.”


Some Jamaicans were pretty happy Brazil made it through to the quarter-finals.

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