10 Best Moments from Day 14 of the World Cup


1. Goal of the day

Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland’s star man, has taken a while to warm up at this tournament, but he exploded into action against Honduras with this beauty, the first of three goals for the Bayern Munich man. And for all you useless stats people, Shaqiri’s hat-trick means that every shirt number from 2 to 23 has scored at this World Cup – only number 1 is missing.

 

2. Quickest goal of the day

It may not have been the best, but it was the quickest. No sooner had they kicked off, Argentina had the ball in the net. It wasn’t quite the 29 seconds it took Clint Dempsey to net against Ghana, but Lionel Messi thumped in from close range after only two minutes. Bosh.

 

3. Free kick of the day

Having failed from a similar position moments earlier, Lionel Messi thought he’d try his luck again a couple of minutes later. This time he was able to put it past Vincent Enyeama with a delightful effort that curved over the wall and nestled in the corner. That’s four and counting for Leo…

 

4. (Bad) Haircut of the day

Cristiano Ronaldo may be awaiting his first goal of this World Cup, but he’s made headlines with this shocking effort.

 

5. Naughty elbow of the day

The referee didn’t spot it, but FIFA will have done – and may take retrospective action against the Frenchman, who swung an elbow at Oswaldo Minda.

 

6. Knee of the day

Marcos Rojo makes his second appearance in this column. Last time he featured here for his (frankly ridiculous) rabona inside his own box. Now he makes it for his supremely skilful finish with the knee, which proved the winner for Argentina during their entertaining 3-2 win over Nigeria.

 

7. Debatable red card of the day

Antonio Valencia doesn't have a great disciplinary record, particularly in the colours of Ecuador - and he doesn't do himself any favours by going into this challenge with his studs showing - but surely he was hard done by here. The Manchester United man's foot slips off the ball and onto the leg of Digne. Yellow card? Nope, red apparently.

 

8. Resignation of the day

Another one bites the dust. This time it’s Alberto Zaccheroni, who steps down as Japan boss after failing to guide his team through to the last 16. Zaccheroni had been in charge since 2010.

 

9. Crisis of the day

The fallout from the latest Luis Suarez ‘bitegate’ incident reached top speed today as his sponsors threatened to terminate their contract with Suarez, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler said he expects Suarez to now leave the Reds and FIFA insiders suggested a six-month ban could be imposed. Expect more on this tomorrow…

 

10. Wave of the day

There’s not much to say about this. Just watch and enjoy.