25
Jun

World Cup Day 14: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

First thing’s first: make sure you all print out the sick note courtesy of USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann so that you can watch the big game on Thursday. Do it! 

Got it? Okay, cool. Now let’s see what happened Wednesday in another edition of World Cup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:

THE GOOD

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Did you need any more proof that this is Lionel Messi’s tournament? You got it on Wednesday.

Messi left it late before winning Argentina’s first two games with a pair of superb goals, but he wasted no time against Nigeria. La Pulga went for pure power scoring his first in the third minute, then produced a signature free kick for his second before halftime.

And because Nigeria also had their scoring boots on, the World Cup of Goals continued:

Quiet, Rio:

Even Iran scored on Wednesday, which is significant because…

In the late games, Xherdan Shaqiri lit it up for Switzerland.

"Shaq Attack" scored the 50th hat trick in World Cup history and the second of 2014 after Thomas Muller, his Bayern Munich teammate. 

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20
Jun

World Cup Day 9: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Well, it’s official: the United States are still very much alive at the World Cup while England and Spain have already crashed and burned after just nine days of competition.

Meanwhile, CONCACAF is 4-1-2 through the first half of the group stage, and Costa Rica is one of the first four teams to advance to the Round of 16. Just like we all predicted.

Yup, it’s certainly been a strange — and impossibly fun — tournament. Check out the best tweets of the day in our latest installment of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:”

THE GOOD

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Heading into the World Cup, most folks felt that the UEFA representatives would struggle in Brazil while picking South American teams to thrive in the tropical conditions. That’s certainly been true to an extent, but it seems we all overlooked the real story: CONCACAF.

Not anymore. Now that Costa Rica has shocked the world (twice), this World Cup could become CONCACAF’s finest hour. With Mexico and the United States enjoying favorable odds of joining Los Ticos in the Round of 16, we could see three nations from CONCACAF advance past the group stage for the first time in history:

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