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World Cup Day 4: Your Running Commentary



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):


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

3 p.m. – France vs. Honduras – ABC

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


  1. 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.

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

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

  3. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

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

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

      • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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…

      • 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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