The 10 Best Moments from Day 6 of the World Cup


1. Bizarre excuse of the day

Uruguay didn’t blame their defeat by Group D minnows Costa Rica on Luis Suarez’s injury, their ageing defence or Maxi Pereira’s red card. It was because 39kg of the squad’s favourite caramel treat, ‘Dulce de leche’, was confiscated by Brazilian officials at Confins airport. Former Uruguay goalkeeper Juan Castillo said: “The team had taken dulce de leche to the World Cup in South Africa, and they had no problems at customs.”

 

2. Flop of the day

Somewhere, Jose Mourinho is watching this World Cup thinking ‘I told you so’. First there was Iker Casillas’s nightmare vs Netherlands, then today Romelu Lukaku flattered to deceive against one of the weakest teams in the tournament. Lukaku is expected to score the goals for Belgium in Brazil. So far, he’s yet to have a shot or even touch the ball in the opposition area.

 

3. Player of the day

It’s official: Guillermo Ochoa is the best unemployed goalkeeper in world football. For some reason, French Ligue 2 side Ajaccio decided to let Ochoa go at the end of last season, and the 28-year-old just put himself in the shop window in the best way possible. A string of great saves included a blinding stop from Neymar.

 

4. First goal in a World Cup since 1986 of the day

Algeria went into their game this World Cup having failed to score in 506 minutes of World Cup finals football. And while their appearance in South Africa in 2010 included a famous 0-0 draw with England, there’s only so far you can go in football if you don’t score. But Algerian fans finally had reason to celebrate, 24 minutes into their game against Belgium, when Sofiane Feghouli scored from the penalty spot. Cue wild celebrations. Dreamland. They lost.

 

5. Reaction of the day

Mexico’s nerve-jangling 0-0 draw with Brazil was almost too much to take for this Mexico fan, whose jaw-dropping, eye-popping reaction to yet another Guillermo Ochoa save tells its own story. 

 

6. Rare Marouane Fellaini goal of the day

Fellaini managed to go through his entire debut season at Manchester United without finding the net once. Yet when Belgium were trailing to Algeria, everyone wanted to see Fellaini thrown into the action. Amazingly, he delivered with a bullet header after a spell as a makeshift centre forward. A slither of pride restored.

 

7. Horse impression of the day

Dries Mertens was Belgium’s saviour against Algeria, rifling in a late winner to ensure his country staggered past their plucky opponents. How did he celebrate? With a horse impression, of course!

 

8. Blondies of the day

Neymar has decided that as long as all eyes are on him in Brazil, he might as well make a few fashion statements along the way. His blonde highlights failed to light up Brazil’s attacking display against Mexico, but it certainly inspired Dani Alves to follow suit. The pair stood shoulder-to-shoulder for the national anthem, with Neymar breaking down into tears at just how bad Alves’s hair looks.

 

9. Fan of the day

Picture the scene. You buy your World Cup ticket in December, you can think of nothing but the day when you see hosts Brazil take on Mexico, you rock up to the stadium only to discover you’re sitting behind this man. However, the sheer effort that went into this costume means he is hands down our fan of the day.

 

10. Howler of the day

Poor old Igor Akinfeev endures a Rob Green/Pat Bonner moment against South Korea. Lee Keun-ho has a go from distance that the CSKA Moscow stopper inexplicably lets slip through his fingers.