World number one Serena Williams continued her march towards a first Western and Southern Open title, easing into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati tournament with a 6-2 6-2 demolition of 13th seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta on Thursday.
Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the quarter-finals of TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup after beating Italian Karin Knapp 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday. The former World number one from Denmark will play Karolina Pliskova for a place in the semi-final.
Four-time footballer of the year Lionel Messi`s misfiring Argentina and Belgium completed the line-up for the World Cup quarter-finals and will face each other in a repeat of the 1986 World Cup semi-final.
A stoppage time penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday minutes after the Mexicans had seemed certain to reach the quarter-finals. With two minutes to play Mexico were leading 1-0 but Wesley Sneijder pulled the Dutch level with a fierce drive, seemingly forcing the match into extra time.