So you can pretend you watched the games ( spoiler )
The Main News
The weekend trade for the islands bars, were served on Saturday with Argentina and Germany as the main course followed by some gold old fashioned controversy in the final game this morning thrown in.
This was Day 10 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Argentina opened Saturday’s fixture list with a 1-0 win over cagey Iran, and Germany came back from behind to draw Ghana in the day’s second match.Finally, the officials were at the centre of things as Nigeria downed Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0
Results from last night
Argentina 1 – 0 Iran
Germany 2 – 2 Ghana
Nigeria 1 – 0 Bosnia – Herzegovina
The Actual Stats
Argentina and Mr Messi started the proceedings on Day 10
Lionel Messi again rode to the rescue of Argentina with an injury-time goal to steal a 1-0 win over a spirited Iran side in their Group F clash.
For long spells, Iran more than matched Argentina and looked like they were going to create something of a small upset by snatching a point. But, with the clock ticking down, an otherwise ordinary performing Messi suddenly cut in on his left foot and curled a quite stunning goal into the far corner.
It was certainly not vintage from Argentina—in fact it was actually quite disappointing—but then they do have a superstar in their midst who is capable of leading them to World Cup glory and they are still to show there best in a competition that has a long way to go
Iran came with the “park the bus attitude” and to be fair it worked very well for 90 minutes ! But as Football fans everywhere will tell you its never over till its over !
Argentina must have expected this coming into the game, and they enjoyed the majority of possession, but, with a team defending so deep and in numbers against them, chances were thin on the ground.
A huge chance fell to Ezequiel Garay on 37 minutes, as Messi picked him out from a free-kick. But the defender failed to direct his header from six yards on target.
It looked like Argentina might regret not taking their chances until in injury time the little magician did his thing and Bang Argentina were suddenly into the last 16. They will have to improve if they are to lift the World Cup, but with Messi in their ranks, it is possible.
Germany and Ghana served up another World Cup cracker as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Germany looked set to carry on their march to the next stage when Mario Gotze put them in front just after half-time.
Incredibly though with two goals in the space of nine minutes from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan turned this contest on its head and many were holding their beer bottles and drinks a little tighter as a possible shock appeared on the cards.
German manager Low turned to Klose, and within a matter of minutes, he was on hand to net a record-equalling goal with his very first touch. A corner was flicked on, and at the far post, Klose stuck out his right boot to grab his 15th goal at World Cups—taking him level with Brazil great Ronaldo.
The draw means the qualifying spots in Group G will go down to the final round of games. Germany still remain favourites and a win over the USA will take them through as group winners. But with USA and Portugal still to play their second game, plenty of permutations remain open.
Bosnia who had felt a sense of injustice after their loss to Argentina in the opening game were left with a similar feeling, as this time they had a perfectly good goal disallowed with the score at 0-0. To be honest, they were second best to a Nigeria side who oozed some very good pace and plenty of power..
Two very clever passes from Pjanic and Misimovic had played in Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, who then clipped a beautiful finish beyond Vincent Enyeama. The Bosnian celebrations were stopped in their tracks by an offside flag, but replays showed Dzeko had timed his run to perfection.
After riding their luck, Nigeria took the lead on 29 minutes. Emmanuel Emenike showed great strength before he looked up and pick out Odemwingle, who swept the ball home.
Bosnia had plenty of the ball in the final 10 minutes as they went in search of the goal they needed to stay in the competition, but they failed to truly test Enyeama.
One big chance did fall to Dzeko at the death, but Enyeama pushed his shot onto the post.
The highlight of Day 11 games will possibly be watching to see if Ronaldo can keep Portugal in the World cup and get their campaign back on track against the USA . Belgium one of the dark horses also play their second match against Russia , while Korea take on Algeria
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