1. Corner Kick Of The Day
Take a bow, @WayneRooney. #RiskEverything
2. Unwarranted Celebrations Of The Day
‘Oh my God! Raheem Sterling has just smashed one into the top corner from 30 yards just four minutes into his competitive England debut! Unbelievable! What a brave decision from Roy Hodgson to pick the Liverpool livewire, who’s just had surely made the biggest impact an English teenager has made at a World Cup since Michael Owen in 1998! What a Go… oh? Ah.’ As you were.
3. Pleased Tipsters Of The Day
“Colombia are decent y’know, I reckon they’ll go far.” – Everyone. The South Americans were widely regarded as a team to watch in Brazil, and they certainly impressed many with the manner of their 3-0 victory against Greece. Semi-finalists? Finalists? Winners? Who’d be brave enough to predict that?
4. Striking Solution Of The Day
Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell plays for Arsenal. No, really, he does. The 21-year-old has had had more loans than Barclays ever since signing for the Gunners in 2011, but given his lively display against Uruguay in Fortaleza he could soon be finding himself more of a permanent fixture at the Emirates Stadium. He’d impressed enough in the first half alone, but then he scored a fine goal to spark Costa Rica’s fightback. He’s no Yaya Sanogo, that’s for sure.
5. Celebration Of The Day
Colombia’s Got Talent.
6. Cool Finish Of The Day
Marco Urena had only been on the pitch for about a minute when he raced onto Campbell’s through ball behind a hapless Uruguay defence, but you wouldn’t have known it. The forward produced the sort of ice cool finish that plucky World Cup upstarts aren’t supposed to know how to do, and it rounded off what was surely one of the best two performances of the tournament so far alongside the Dutch one against Spain. That one wasn’t supposed to happen, but this?
7. Not Ageing Well Of The Day
The notion that Uruguay would be able to get by without Luis Suarez was blown away by the ineffectual display of Diego Forlan in Fortaleza, where at one point he hit a shot which ended up closer to the corner flag than the goal. The forward was brilliant in South Africa four years ago and deservedly took the Golden Ball award for the best player, but now he’s 35, playing in China and seemingly regressing to his Manchester United self.
8. Greek Tragedy Of The Day
Step forward Greece’s veteran forward Theofanis Gekas, or rather crumple to the floor and look up at the crossbar as if it had somehow lowered a little during the previous five seconds. With the Greeks trailing 2-0 and looking for a way back into the game against Colombia in Belo Horizonte, Gekas bizarrely managed to plant a header against the woodwork from about two yards out. Just how he did it could trouble even the finest philosophical minds, whilst it was so bad that coach Fernando Santos immediately replaced him with Kostas Mitroglou, who as Fulham fans will tell you, doesn’t even exist.
9. Stat Of The Day
Largely thanks to Gekas, Greece have now failed to score in six of the seven matches they’ve played in World Cup finals history. Still, Euro 2004 was good eh?
10. Referee Tripping Up The England Captain Of The Day
Look out Stevie!