The 10 Best Moments From Day 24 of the World Cup

1. Excited Mascots Of The Day

There was only one man that these young mascots were interested in seeing before Argentina took on Belgium, and it wasn’t Martin Demichelis.


2. Clinical Finish Of The Day

Gonzalo Higuain hadn’t scored at this World Cup until eight minutes into the clash with Belgium in Brasilia. If he’d forgotten how to find the net he certainly wasn’t showing it.

3. What? I Mean, How? Of The Day

Costa Rica yet again make the ridiculous look, well, still quite ridiculous as the they clear off the line in stoppage time.

4. Maintaining Your Personal Space Of The Day

Tim Howard earned rave reviews for keeping out plenty of attackers during the World Cup, but even after he flew home from Brazil with the USA squad he showed that he could still deny others what he wants.

5. Heartfelt Goodbye Of The Day

This really isn’t one of the ‘best’ moments of the day, but instead one of the more important of the competition.

After breaking a bone in his back in the quarter-final win over Colombia, Brazil’s inspiration Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament, sparking widespread sadness and dismay in the host country.

Neymar, himself overcome with emotion, presented a video message to the country that you don’t have to speak Portuguese to understand.

6. Pass Of The Day

Lionel Messi to Angel di Maria.

Not bad.

7. Referee’s One-Two Of The Day

Italian official Nicola Rizzoli shows a better touch than most of his country’s World Cup squad as he plays a perfectly weighted return to Axel Witsel.

Sign him up!

8. So That’s How He Does It Of The Day

It’s been revealed that Costa Rica’s brilliant goalkeeper Keylor Navas trains by diving after tennis balls hit by world No. 33 Pablo Andujar in training, hence his stunning agility.

It probably explains why he spends half-time sitting on his own, draped in a towel and eating a banana too.

9. Trusting Your Imaginary Friend Of The Day

“Don’t worry Alejandro, fall back. I’ll catch you. Honest.” 

10. Moment Of The Day Which Gives You Hope That You Can Still Make It To A World Cup, No Matter How Hopeless At Football You Are

Thank you, Memphis Depay. Thank you.