— 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!
— 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
Both teams defending is abysmal !
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)June 25, 2014
Even Iran scored on Wednesday, which is significant because…
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz)June 25, 2014
In the late games, Xherdan Shaqiri lit it up for Switzerland.
— 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.
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official)June 25, 2014
Shaqiri has scored more goals in just one game than England
— Fisnik Jashari (@FisnikJashari)June 25, 2014