The World Cup entered its knock-out phase today, starting with two of the tournament underdogs in the form of the United States and Australia hoping to overcome steepening odds in the Round of 16.

The US, runners-up in Group B behind England, took on Group A's expected winners, the Netherlands in the 3 pm kick-off and, though a terrific early chance for Christian Pulisic hinted at an even and competitive contest, Dutch superiority soon told as Memphis Depay and Daly Blind swept Louis van Gaal's side into a 2-0 half-time lead.

The Americans toiled in the second half to get back into the contest and gave themselves hope when Haji Wright's touch somehow looped over Andries Noppert to make it 2-1. However, Holland hit back soon afterwards when Denzel Dumfries became the latest Oranje to be left in oceans of space in the box and he guided home a third to end the USA's hopes of causing an upset.

In the evening game, Australia came up against Lionel Messi and Argentina, one of the pre-tournament favourites who proved their mettle when the 35-year-old maestro himself drove home his 789th career goal – and first ever in the World Cup knockout stages – to set the stage for a win.

But without a dreadful mistake from Aussie keeper Mark Ryan that gifted a second via Julian Alvarez, it could have been very different when, with 13 minutes remaining, substitute Craig Goodwin's strike took a huge deflection off Enzo Fernandez.

15:00 Netherlands 3 - 1 USABBC 1
19:00 Argentina 2 - 1 Australia – BBC 1