Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Wednesday's Winners & Losers
by Paul Kennedy, June 26th, 2014 4:20AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  argentina, france, honduras, lionel messi, nigeria, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[BRAZIL 2014]Lionel Messi moved into a tie with Neymar for the scoring lead at the World Cup. France and Switzerland, led by diminutive Xherdan Shaqiri, and Nigeria joined Argentina in the final 16. The big loser was Honduras, whose third loss in three games will drop it to 31st (out of 32 teams) in the final standings.

Winners ...

LIONEL MESSI.Can Leo carry Argentina all the way to the World Cup title in a manner of Diego Maradona in 1986? So far, the evidence is yes. Messi scored two goals to lead Argentina to a 3-2 win over Nigeria that moved it into the round of 16 as the Group F champion with three wins in three games.

NIGERIA.The three goals the Super Eagles gave up to Argentina were the first three they've conceded at the World Cup. They got lucky in their second game as Edin Dzeko had a valid goal for Bosnia-Herzegovina disallowed for an incorrect offside call. That proved to be the difference as they became the first African team at the 2014 World Cup to advance. Nigeria also advanced for the first time since 1998 when Bora Milutinovic took them to the round of 16 as a group winner.

FRANCE.The Bleus had to settle for a 0-0 tie with Ecuador, but it was good enough to ease into the second round as the Group E winner. That marked the first time France has won its group since 1998 when it won its only World Cup title.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI. The 5-foot-6 Shaqiri became the second player at the 2014 World Cup after his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Mueller to score a hat trick, scoring all three goals in Switzerland's 3-0 win over Honduras that moved the Nati into the second round against Argentina. Born in Kosovo to parents of Albanian descent, Shaqiri now has two Man of the Match awards. He was also selected as the top player in Switzerland's 2-1 win over Ecuador.

SWITZERLAND.The Swiss took a lot of heat for their top eight seeding, and their 5-2 loss to France did nothing to quash the criticism. But the Nati is at least going through to the second round -- against Argentina -- which is better than two other seeds, defending champion Spain and Italy, did. And let's not forget Switzerland has outscored the two Euro 2012 finalists combined.

Losers ...

ECUADOR.Five of six South American teams -- Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay -- are going through to the round of 16. Only Ecuador is going home. The goal it conceded in the last minute of stoppage time of the 2-1 loss to Switzerland -- the latest goal ever scored in the group stage until Silvestre Varela's goal against the USA -- will haunt it for a long time. Otherwise, it would have edged the Swiss for second place behind France.

ASIA.Iran's 3-1 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina continued the futility of Asian teams at the 2014 World Cup. If South Korea doesn't beat Belgium on Thursday, the four Asian representatives will go home without a win.

Asian Records:
YEAR W-T-L
1998
1-2-9
20025-3-9
2006 1-4-7
2010 4-3-7
2014 0-3-8

CATRACHOS. Honduras has now played in three World Cups and still not won a game. No one else has played more games without a win. The most disappointing part is that the Catrachos are going backwards: they at least earned two ties in 1982 and one tie in 2010. This time, their three losses will leave them 31st and out of 32 teams in the final standings ahead of only Cameroon.

Final Standings:
32.Cameroon
31.Honduras
30.Australia
...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Sakho sent home after Alcatraz visit    
Here's the GoPro video of Liverpool's Alcatraz tour filmed by Mamadou Sakho before Coach Jurgen Klopp ...
MLS Injury Report: Timbers' Borchers out for season    
Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers will miss the rest of the 2016 season with a ruptured ...
TV Report: MLS All-Star Game will air in Cuba    
The MLS All-Star Game will be broadcast for the first time in Cuba. MLS reached an ...
Crowd Count: MLS chases 2015 attendance record    
At the All-Star break, MLS clubs are averaging 21,429 fans a game, almost unchanged (down 0.6 ...
What They're Saying: Chinese soccer fan Netizen Liu Ningning    
"I don't mind spending money on the ticket, I don't have to watch the game, but ...
What They're Saying: Bill Edwards    
"As [head coach] Stuart [Campbell] said after the match, the officiating was disgusting. It was the ...
USL Rewind: Big crowd sees Cincy win River Cities Cup    
Drained by a busy schedule of league matches and a friendly against Crystal Palace, FC Cincinnati ...
NWSL Rewind: Goals rain down for Seattle    
The Seattle Reign, the two-time NWSL regular-season champion, scored a season-high five goals as it pounded ...
Video Pick: Giovinco aces two free kicks    
Sebastian Giovinco's hat trick in Toronto FC's 4-1 win over D.C United included two free-kick golazos, ...
NASL Rewind: Omar Bravo scores on debut    
Former Mexican World Cup striker Omar Bravo scored in his debut for the Carolina RailHawks in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives