Top-5 goals from week two of World Cup
Week two of the Football World Cup is done and dusted and, unsurprisingly, plenty of goals were scored. Brazil entered the record books with Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia, averaging 5.66 goals per game, the third highest in the tournament's history.
Here are the top five goals of week two:
While USA edge closer to round two, coach Juergen Klinsmann has written a sick note for fans wanting to skip work to support them in their decider against Germany. Their match-up against Portugal saw two of the best goals this tournament with mid-fielder Jermaine Jones' strike mid-way through the second half levelling the scores. With so much bend on it, António Pimparel could only watch as Jones thumped the equivalent of fadeaway jump shot to equally entertaining commentary "file that in the top draw". So we did just that.
No one predicted Costa Rica would even be a threat in Group D let alone top it. But the Central American squad have silenced Europe and South America fending off England, Uruguay and Italy to cruise through to the second round. This header from Bryan Ruiz, at an angle smaller than their chances of getting through the group, cemented their place in the second round and had England needing to up their game to avoid going home with three losses.
With the debut of the white foam in this World Cup, we thought a higher success rate from free kicks might follow. While the wall continues to be an obstacle for most strikers, Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili opted for a different path, firing one through the wall and netting in the bottom corner. The goal was little consolation with the Swiss already five down. But impressive none the less.
The man dubbed The Flea, for obvious reasons, is on the scoring sheet again. Slotting his first against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Messi's Argentina looked to be heading for an embarrassing defeat to outsiders Iran. But cool as you like, in the 91st minute, Messi swung in the un-saveable curler to save his side from humiliation. Argentina qualified top of Group F following their 3-2 win over Nigeria on Thursday morning.
U! S! NOOO!
Thirty seconds left in injury time, one goal down, the game looked wrapped up. As USA fans chanted their three favourite letters, golden boot Christiano Ronaldo picked out Silvestre Varela in amongst seven defenders to head home the equaliser, simultaneously breaking American hearts. Thankfully, their sorrow wasn't for long and they still made it through to the round of 16.