That feeling when you score your first World Cup goal (Image: Reuters)
The World Cup began in earnest on Friday with our first full day of non-stop soccer action, guaranteeing that nobody in the USA did a lick of work. Not even a little bit.
A more extensive recap of Friday’s action can be found here, but as FOXSoccer.com’s social micro site, the Blog will give you a snapshot of each match-day’s biggest social media moments. So without further ado, we present you with: the good, the bad and the ugly from Day 2.
The Netherlands started their World Cup campaign on Friday, which is always great because they have, without a doubt, the most colorful fans in the world:
— Alex Stone (@AlexStone7)June 13, 2014
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn)June 13, 2014
They also know how to throw really awesome parties back home:
— Peter Kentie (@navelpluis)June 13, 2014
Even better, the Dutch were really, really ready to play. Why? Because they faced Spain, the very team that crushed Oranje’s dreams in the 2010 final, and who they’ve waited four long years for to exact revenge.
And that they did, smacking five goals past Iker Casillas to hand Spain the worst defeat ever for a defending World Cup champion. At one point, the Dutchmen were actually flying:
RVP’s body shape in that dive is going to make for a superb photograph. Class.— Amy Lawrence (@amylawrence71)June 13, 2014
It sure did, Amy.
Friday’s first match picked up right where we left off on Thursday night - with some appallingly bad calls from our World Cup officials.
Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos was victimized this time, stripped of two perfectly legitimate first-half goals for being “offside.” For those scoring at home, that made for three inexcusably wrong decisions through the first two games. In other words, par for the course for FIFA.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman)June 13, 2014
Man, what did Gio Dos Santos do to offend the soccer gods?— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl)June 13, 2014
Can Zusi do something about this? #Mexico— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino)June 13, 2014
Offside leads Mexico, dos a cero.— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX)June 13, 2014
It’s a miracle dos Santos even came out for the second half. A lesser man would have quit right there, defeated by the red-and-yellow checkered flags.
Thankfully the soccer gods were paying attention, and El Tri were later rewarded with a match-winning goal off the boot of Oribe Peralta. Phew.
The Netherlands are called “Oranje.” Spain is “La Furia Roja.” Yet neither the Dutch nor the Spanish wore their classic orange and red kits, respectively. This made sense to absolutely no one.
Sad day when Oranje is Blue and La Roja is white— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)June 13, 2014
Can’t mince words: This rule is utterly atrocious. RT @bpfootball: Both teams adhering to the one-colour kit rule.— Charles Boehm (@cboehm)June 13, 2014
Yeah, this color situation is going to be really disorienting. #ESPvNED— Jason Davis (@davisjsn)June 13, 2014
If you really care, here is FIFA’s dumb explanation for why this had to happen. You’re still going to be upset (and rightly so), but at least it didn’t stop the Netherlands from playing some stylish futbol.
Spain? Not so much …
Images: Getty and Reuters