The 2014 World Cup is in full swing in Brasil and after almost 2 rounds of games in a week there have been goals galore and entertaining matches for the most part! I’m fresh off watching Uruguay sucker punch England 2-1 leaving the “creators of the modern game” on the brink of exit! There have been several surprises: who expected a schooling for the already-deposed world champions in Spain 1 – Netherlands 5?? What about tiny Costa Rica schooling last time’s semifinalists Uruguay 3 to 1? Germany 4 – Portugal 0 certainly wasn’t on my mind, with a Thomas Muller hat trick overshadowing world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and his under-performing teammates! The hosts didn’t expect to see Brasil 0 – Mexico 0 either with Mexican keeper Ochoa being a deserved man of the match with the tournament’s best goalkeeping display so far?
There have also been expected results such as France 3 – Honduras 0, Chile 3 – Australia 1, and Argentinia 2 – Bosnia & Herzegovina 1 with Messi finally scoring a world cup goal. Several matches have been exciting back and forth encounters such as Australia 2 – Netherlands 3, Côte d’Ivoire 2 – Japan 1, Belgium 2 – Algeria 1 and Switzerland 2 – Ecuador 1. Some countries have represented themselves well despite adverse scorelines, like Australia and Côte d’Ivoire, while others have flattered to deceive – I’m looking at you England, Spain, Portugal and Cameroon!
In my humble opinion the best goals so far have been Robin van Persie’s audacious diving lobbed header vs Spain, Tim Cahill’s Van Basten-like volley vs the Netherlands, Eduardo vargas finishing off a team goal for chile vs Spain, and Arjen Robben’s cool & calm finish vs Spain. We’ve also had a few red cards to spice things up, thanks to moments of madness from Cameroon’s Alex Song and Uruguay’s Maxi Pereira! What can’t be denied is, Iran v Nigeria aside, every game has been full of excitement and most full of goals!
Today’s matches will feature the last 2nd round game from Group D – Italy vs Costa Rica – which could decide the fate of both Uruguay and England, and in Group E we have both Switzerland vs France and Honduras vs Ecuador to see who will go on top and who will go home. If you’re anything like me you just can’t wait to see what happens next!