Fifa World Cup: Top-5 goals of Week 3
Football fans suffering from World Cup withdrawals after two days off fear not. Here's a wrap of the top five goals from week three to feast on while we wait for the tournament to resume again tomorrow morning.
1) BEND IT LIKE MESSI
Free kicks have not been the most reliable method of scoring in this year's tournament. While few make it over the wall at all, most sky rocket into the crowd and the rest do little to challenge the keeper.
Argentina's star striker Lionel Messi managed to execute a free kick the way it is intended firing one over the wall, evading Nigerian goal keeper Vincent Enyeama, and netting to give Argentina the lead. The Argies went on to win the game 3-2 and will face Belgium for a semi final spot on Sunday.
Colombian striker James Rodriguez pulled off the smoothest two touches seen in the tournament so far when he scored from outside the box to give his side a first-half lead over Uruguay.
The ball was bobbling around in the air when James got hold of it and put a stop to the game of hacky sack. With his back to the goal, he had a quick look over his shoulder, before banging home a contender for goal of the tournament.
3) BACK, SLACK AND CRAP
Germany and Algeria were in a stalemate until Andre Schurrle's miracle touch in the opening minutes of extra time somehow found the back of the net, dragging the ball from behind him past Adi Mbolhi who had been impecable. This goal was the only highlight of the game that ended up 2-1 to Germany.
4) GOING DUTCH
The Dutch are exceptional goal scorers and so it's no surprise we have another one from them. This time it's Wesley Sneijder's crucial leveller as Holland were looking set to be sent home with a note. Mexico had been celebrating for nearly 40 minutes when Sneijder wound up half volleying a Klaas Jan Huntelaar header. The Dutch scored again six minutes later to send Mexico packing.
5) HOT CROSS
If there was a prize for cross of the tournament, this one would be a hot contender. Kwadwo Asamoah's first touch cross off the outside of his boot to Asamoah Gyan who headed home a crucial leveller came in Ghana's 2-1 loss against Portugal. The cross looked certain to be converted from the moment it was struck.
Two goals weren't enough to put Portugal through as USA and Germany advanced.