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World Cup Day 4: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The World Cup continues into it’s fourth day on Sunday and if it’s anything like the previous three, we’re in for plenty of goals and drama.

The day’s action begins at noon as a young Switzerland side takes on an Ecuador hoping to defend their home continent. Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri and Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero are two players to watch as these two nations open their World Cup campaigns.

Up second on Sunday is France vs. Honduras, with a completely rebuilt France starting lineup taking on the battle-tested Catrachos at 3:00 p.m. Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, and Antoine Griezmann have led a youth revolution but France will have to prove they can play without Franck Ribery in the team.

Finally, the day’s action ends at 6:00 p.m. in the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro as Argentina face Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are in their first ever World Cup finals. Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero taking on Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic means there should be plenty of goals on the menu for tonight’s match.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV listings after the jump):

TODAY’S WORLD CUP SOCCER ON TV

12 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Ecuador – ABC

3 p.m. – France vs. Honduras – ABC

6 p.m. – Argentina vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina – ESPN

136 comments
  • Nate Dollars

    messi’s been playing like sad cristiano lately. still good, but not other-worldly, and he acts like he couldn’t care less.

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    • frank from santiago

      it’s also hard when you have all of bosnia dropping back as soon as Argentina gets control of the ball. not much space.

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      • Nate Dollars

        that’s understandable. then again, messi’s made a career out of making that seem easy. which was my point: he’s looking pretty ordinary.

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    • Nate Dollars

      if you’re having trouble picking him out of all the other short light-skinned guys, he’s the one who looks like he doesn’t give a sh!t.

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      • usaalltheway

        It’s a shame how right you are.

        He looks like he would rather be anywhere else.

        All of his passes have been off, he isn’t attacking in his usual fashion and he seems generally displeased. Something isn’t right here…

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      • Nate Dollars

        hey, it got a little easier to pick him out! nice to be wrong on that one. :)

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      • usaalltheway

        Totally agreed!

        Something “clicked” and that Messi we have all come to know and love came alive.

        His passing, movement, attacking…all were amazing in that second half.

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  • frank from santiago

    haha…i’m argentinian I know who’s who, just pointing out that bosnia are playing the counter ,therefore not much room to attack.
    thx for the ” light-skinned guys” comment, though.

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  • RB

    Argentina does not exactly look like a side that can challenge to win this tournament, the way things are going so far here. They need some sort of live wire or spark, maybe like Lavezzi usually provides…

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  • frank from santiago

    guys Argentina is winning. there are a few more games left to play. they’ll turn it on when its necessary. not need worry. i understand everyone wants the big 4-5 teams to score 5 goals a game, but it must be understood that 1 game doesn’t make a tournament…. by the way all of a sudden sabella has changed the tactics for this game….why ? I don’t know.,, we’ve played the last 4-5 yrs w/ 3 forwards, yet not today…..we’ll see.

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    • Nate Dollars

      agreed; i think argentina will turn it on when they need to.

      my opinion about messi was also derived from his whole last season with barca; it’s certainly not an argentina thing.

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    • RB

      Don’t think anybody said this was a crucial game for them. They just don’t look like a very together or threatening side so far here, especially for one often mentioned as a candidate to win the whole thing.

      And yes, they’re winning — don’t think anyone is confused on that point, either — but they’re winning by the slimmest of margins, and only because of a lucky (for them) own goal.

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  • usaalltheway

    Time for Argentina to throw numbers forward. What is that, 5 forwards now??? hahahaha

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  • usaalltheway

    Now that is what I want to be seeing. That goal, the passing, the skill set…the movement. Come on Messi!!!!

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  • espada

    Even though it looks like an easy group on paper, Argentina have to be more alert. Can’t give away soft goals like that to let them back in the game. Though, I expect them to pick it up , especially once Messi gets going.

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    • frank from santiago

      agree. although when your keeper is second string in their club, you hope for the best. i’d take guzan in a heartbeat.;)

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    • usaalltheway

      hahhahahaahaa

      Both Germany v Portugal and Ghana v USMNT…you got that right!!!!

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      • JayAre

        I’ve got my notes ready. I’m attacking with all facts.

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