World Cup Day 2: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

June 13th, 2014

imageThat 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 Good

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:

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They also know how to throw really awesome parties back home:

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:

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It sure did, Amy.

The Bad

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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.

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 Ugly

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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.

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

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