Mali inflicted a harsh dose of reality on Africa Cup of Nations debutants Mauritania by routing the newcomers 4-1 on Monday in their first ever game at the tournament.
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho admitted on Monday he had a poor season with Barcelona over the last 10 months but insisted it would serve as a "lesson" for the future.
A goalless draw was enough to send both France and Romania through to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 championships on Monday as both teams also qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Stina Blackstenius scored the only goal of a cagey match as Sweden beat Canada 1-0 in Paris on Monday to reach the women's World Cup quarter-finals.
Megan Rapinoe is already looking forward to the United States's mouth-watering quarter-final date with Women's World Cup hosts France after her two penalties squeezed her side past resilient Spain 2-1 on Monday.
Kwesi Appiah does not believe Ghana's team spirit was hit by the captaincy dispute that saw Asamoah Gyan briefly quit the side.
Philippe Coutinho and Arthur are in favour of Neymar returning to Barcelona and the Brazil star may have dropped a hint he is on the way.