The 10 Best Moments From Day 5 Of The World Cup


1. Villain of the day

Pepe has made a few enemies down the years. If he’s not kicking players while their down or standing on Lionel Messi’s hand, he’s up to some other dirty trick. And while Thomas Mueller wasn’t completely blameless in the game’s defining moment, Pepe proved yet again that his thuggish antics make him a liability. 

 

2. Tantrum of the day

Cristiano Ronaldo loves a tantrum, and his reaction to the non-award of a penalty in the second half against Germany was one of his finest. In Michael Ballack style, Ronaldo chased the ref and got all up in his grill. 

  

3. One man wall of the day

Why waste five players in a wall when Philipp Lahm can do the job all on his own? With Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world’s finest dead ball specialists, lining up a direct free-kick, the smallest man on the pitch – Herr Lahm – showed that a one man wall is well worth the effort.

 

4. Boring 0-0 of the day

It had to arrive at some point, but this high-scoring, entertaining World Cup produced its first dud. Iran vs Nigeria was awful. Really bad. The kind of game that you expect to be in stoppage time, but then you realise there’s still 25 minutes + stoppage time to go. We were all glad to see the back it.

 

5. Selfie of the day

The real reason Germany were so motivated to beat Portugal became clear soon after full-time. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was waiting in Die Nationalmannschaft’s dressing room to congratulate the team and pose for a series of photos with her heroes. But Poldi got the money shot: a selfie with Angie. 

 

6. Player of the day

Thomas Mueller, whose hat-trick sunk Portugal, was the standout performer on day five. The way he took his three goals was exemplary and eases Joachim Loew’s worries of not having a recognised striker or having the players to score enough goals. The Golden Boot winner in 2010 is already the favourite to win it again in 2014. His reaction to Pepe’s challenge wasn’t the greatest, but we’ll let him off. It was Pepe, after all.

 

7. Quickest goal of the day

Clint Dempsey made history with the fastest goal of the day and World Cup so far, scoring inside 34 seconds against Ghana. It’s the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history, you know.

 

8. Lad of the day

We always knew Mario Balotelli had a bit of an ego, but barely 48 hours after scoring the winning goal against England, the AC Milan striker has outdone himself by filling the entire Italy page of Panini sticker album with pictures of… himself. 

 

9. Back-heel of the day

Asamoah Gyan was pulling out all the stops to get Ghana back into the game against the USA. His inspired back-heel found Ayew, whose clinical finish sent Ghana into raptures – only for them to finish the game heartbroken against the resolute USA.

 

10. Late winner of the day

John Brooks had never scored for the USA and his reaction, after coming off the bench, was priceless. A deeply emotional moment for the Hertha Berlin man, who had just given the USA one of their greatest ever wins. Take a bow, son.