Day 14: Lionel Messi Tops Scoring Charts After Brace, Shaqiri Hat Trick

Today, 4 teams advanced to the next round. France secured 1st place in a draw with 10 men against Ecuador, while Shaqiri sparked the Swiss to second place in the group.

Argentina vs Nigeria:

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Match Highlights:

GOAL! Lionel Messi opens scoring in the 3rd minute! Di Maria hits the post but Messi is there! Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

From The Big Lead

AND THE EQUALIZER! AHMED MUSA! He scores in the 4th minute! Nigeria 1-1 Argentina

From The Big Lead

HIGUAIN! Messi plays a throughball in to Higuain, but Enyeama forces him wide and he shoots into the side netting in the 10th minute.

DI MARIA! In the 30th minute, Di Maria shoots a great effort that looks like it is going in, but Enyeama taps it behind.

Aguero is injured in the 38th minute, and he comes off for Ezequiel Lavezzi.

MESSI! His free kick in the 43rd is going into the top corner before Enyeama gets it away.

GOAL! LIONEL MESSI! He wins another free kick, and just have a look at the GIF below! Lionel Messi makes it Argentina 2-1 Nigeria in the stoppage time!

From The Big Lead

Half Time: Argentina 2-1 Nigeria; Goals, Messi (2), Musa

We are back with the 2nd half.

GOAL! NIGERIA IS EQUAL IN THE 47th! Ahmed Musa has a brace! Nigeria 2-2 Argentina

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Kenneth Omeruo is shown yellow in the 49th.

GOAL! MARCOS ROJO PUTS ARGENTINA AHEAD 3 MINUTES AFTER! Argentina 3-2 Nigeria

From Daily Mail

Oshaniwa is shown yellow as well in the 51st.

2 substitutions occur in the 63rd and 66th minutes, with Lionel Messi coming off.

ENYEAMA! Lavezzi and Di Maria take a free kick. Lavezzi passes to Di Maria and runs in to volley. Enyeama stopped it!

Gonzalo Higuain comes off in the 91st.

Full Time: Argentina 3-2 Nigeria; Goals, Messi (2), Rojo, Musa (2); MOTM Messi

Bosnia vs Iran:

This match is not featured, but FIFA does a quick highlight show.

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186464/index.html

France vs Ecuador:

Starting Lineups:

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Match Highlights:

Enner Valencia gets a great shot that is saved on the line by Lloris in the 41st.

BENZEMA! He breaks the defence and curls a shot towards goal. Dominiguez makes a great save.

Half Time: Ecuador 0-0 France

Griezmann! IN the 48th, Sagna gets a good cross and Griezmann does well to connect with it. DOMINIGUEZ STOPS IT!

RED CARD! Antonio Valencia receives a yellow card for a poor challenge on Digne in the 50th minute. The young PSG left back looks like he is in a lot of pain.

From The Big Lead

NOBOA! Ecuador are on a 3v2, and Valencia finds Noboa on the right. NOBOA SHOOTS WAY WIDE in the 54th!

Jefferson Montero and Mamadou Sakho come off in the 61st and 63rd.

Olivier Giroud comes on for Blaise Matuidi in the 67th minute. Even though this is an extra striker, this isn’t much of a risk because they are up a man.

Loic Remy is now on the pitch, replacing Antoine Griezmann in the 79th.

REMY! His shot in the 88th was curling into the net, but Dominiguez is there again.

Full Time: Ecuador 0-0 France; MOTM Dominiguez

Switzerland vs Honduras:

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Match Highlights:

GOAL! SHAQIRI HAS OPENED IN THE 6th!

From The Guardian

Shaqiri again! A beautiful finish in the 31st makes it 2-0! Switzerland 2-0 Honduras

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Carlo Costly comes off injured in the 40th minute for Jerry Palacios.

Half Time: Switzerland 2-0 Honduras; Goals, Shaqiri (2)

GOAL! XHERDAN SHAQIRI HAT TRICK! Switzerland 3-0 Honduras

From The Guardian

 

Josip Drmic and Granit Xhaka come off towards the 80th minute.

Full Time: Switzerland 3-0 Honduras; Goals, Shaqiri (3); MOTM Shaqiri

Tomorrow, Belgium try and win the group against South Korea while Algeria will try and prevent Russia from beating them and placing second. That will occur at 12. At 4, Portugal must score goals for fun against Ghana to even stand a chance of advancing, and we will find out whether or not USA and Germany agree to kill the game and draw 0-0, especially because Jurgen Klinsmann of USA is the former Germany manager. Let’s look at the projected Round of 16 once again.

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