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


by Thomas Hautmann

Need note to get out of work Thurs? @J_Klinsmann has you covered. Show your cool boss. It will def work! #LetsDoThis

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)

June 25, 2014

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! 

And don’t forget to wear your jersey !! #businessattire RT @ussoccer: Need note to get out of work Thurs? #LetsDoThis

— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann)

June 25, 2014

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



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.

I can’t think of another man that excites me quite as much as Messi does.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)

June 25, 2014

Messi now on four. Maradona got five in 1986. (If you’re into that kind of thing… which I am.)

— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney)

June 25, 2014

So much for Messi not being the same player for Argentina. Reckon he’s been saving himself for this.

— Ian Darke (@IanDarke)

June 25, 2014

I think Lionel Messi wants to win the World Cup, you guys.

— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT)

June 25, 2014

Messi and Neymar living up to their billing. Fantastic free kick by the Argentine.

— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl)

June 25, 2014

@RayHudson no that’s Suarez

— Tom Steigerwald (@T_Stagzxo)

June 25, 2014

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

When Argentina play Brazil in the final, the score will be 5-7. #EarlyPrediction

— Dan Colasimone (@ArgentinaFW)

June 25, 2014

Goals for all! #NGAvsARG

— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas)

June 25, 2014

One of the joys of this tournament is wondering how many goals Messi would score if he got to play against the Argentinian defense.

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)

June 25, 2014

When people talk about how there is no scoring in soccer, I honestly don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

— Sam Borden (@SamBorden)

June 25, 2014

Quiet, Rio:

Both teams defending is abysmal !

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)

June 25, 2014

Even Iran scored on Wednesday, which is significant because…

1 - This is the first #WorldCup since 1998 with all teams scoring at least one goal. Satisfaction. #IRN

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz)

June 25, 2014

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

Xherdan Shaqiri is the 2nd ever #SUI player to score 3+ goals in a #WorldCup match. (Previous was Josef Hugi on June 26, 1954. Also had 3.)

— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive)

June 25, 2014

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

Shaqattack!!! Class 👌@XS_11official #Shaqattack #HONSUI #WorldCup2014

— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official)

June 25, 2014

Shaqiri has scored more goals in just one game than England

— Fisnik Jashari (@FisnikJashari)

June 25, 2014

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