10 Best Moments from Day 15 of the World Cup


1. Punishment of the day

Luis Suarez’s World Cup ended in disgrace with FIFA slapping a nine-match international ban and a concurrent four month ban from “all football activity”. It’s unclear whether that includes kick ups with his daughter in his living room, but it certainly doesn’t stop him from leaving Liverpool, who may finally decide to cut their losses with their controversial striker.

 

2. Expulsions of the day

Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have also kicked their last ball in Brazil, having been sent home and “suspended indefinitely” for alleged indiscipline. A statement by the Ghanain FA said Boateng had used "vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah" and said Muntari was guilty of an "unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member". Naughty.

 

3. Red card of the day

This is becoming a regular feature on this column. Yesterday it was Antonio Valencia, today it was the more clear cut decision to dismiss Steven Defour for this not-so-nice challenge against South Korea.

 

4. Celebration of the day

Usually celebrations are reserved by teams for spectacular goals or over-excited coaches on the touchline, but this was a solo moment of self-congratulation by Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda after he kept out Cristiano Ronaldo’s header from point blank range. 

 

5. Foul of the day

The worst challenge of the day wasn’t committed by any player, it was this shocking act of violence by the referee on USA midfielder Jermaine Jones! Looks like FIFA will be opening disciplinary proceedings again…

 

6. Cross of the day

What a ball this was, angled onto Asamoah Gyan’s head with an inswinging outside-of-the-boot cross by Kwadwo Asamoah. Just brilliant.

 

7. White House meeting of the day

Iraq crisis talks? Nope. Security meeting? No way. Barack Obama’s only concern today was watching his boys take on Germany in Recife. Priorities. 

 

8. Header of the day

Russia are undoubtedly the most boring team at the World Cup (they’re managed by Fabio Capello, after all) but what a header this was by Kokorin against Algeria.

 

 

9. Rivalry of the day

Tensions were at an all-time high in the Steffi Graf-Andre Agassi household today… Another win for Steffi then.

 

10. Stat of the day

Last four World Cups goals scored:

Miroslav Klose: 15

England: 17

Getting closer.