Linc Sport World Cup: Day 14

World Cup talk continues to be dominated by Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini in their match between Italy on Tuesday.

FIFA have opened proceedings against the striker and have refused to rule out a serious ban for the Liverpool striker, with the potential of a maximum two year ban being banded about.

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As for the football, Lionel Messi looks finally to be showing his true colours as he inspired Argentina to a 3-2 win over Nigeria, meaning they top Group F.

Messi opened the scoring after just four minutes but hopes of a comfortable victory were dashed within a minute when Nigeria equalised courtesy of a brilliant curling effort from Ahmed Musa.

It was Messi again though who was to restore the Argentine lead with a wonderful free-kick from about 25 yards out, leaving the Nigerian ‘keeper totally stranded and taking his tally up to four for the tournament.

Again, Nigeria showed their grit and determination, equalising for a second time just two minutes after halftime thanks again to Ahmed Musa, whose pace caused the Argentines problems all night.

However, Argentina, who only needed a point to top the group, regained the lead from a corner, with Marcos Rojo knocking the ball in with his knee.

Messi came off on the hour mark but Nigeria could force an equaliser.

Defeat for the Africans was still enough to see them progress, as Iran were defeated 3-1 by Bosnia.

A two goal win for Iran would have seen them qualify but the Europeans, who had lost their first two games, were just too strong.

Edin Dzeko gave them the lead with a quality strike from outside the area, a lead that was doubled in the second half by Miralem Pjanic of Roma.

Iran rallied late on and pulled a goal back, their first of the tournament, courtesy of Charlton’s Reza Ghoochannejad but hopes were quickly dashed as Avdija Vrsajevic added an immediate third.

Bosnia’s first win in World Cup history moved them above Iran to finish third.

In Group E, Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 to see them qualify as runners up in the group.

A first half double from Xherdan Shaqiri put the Swiss in total control, a control they never looked like surrendering.

The Bayern Munich winger Shaqiri completed his hat-trick in the second half, the second of the tournament.

They started the night level on points with Ecuador, who had a better goal difference than the Europeans but they could only manage a goalless draw with France which saw the Swiss leapfrog them into second.

France made plenty of changes for this game, including a start for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Ecuador had chances during the first half but their hopes took a serious knock when Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia was sent off in the first few minutes of the second half for a studs up tackle on Lucas Digne.

They continued to attack with 10 men and Cristhian Noboa had their best chance but he couldn’t find the target as he was falling.

France got the point they needed to top the group and set up a Second Round match with Nigeria.

Switzerland will face Argentina.

Today at the World Cup…

Germany and USA face each other knowing that a point would see both teams progress with Germany as group winners.

Should either side lose and it opens the door Portugal and Ghana, who face each other both needing a win to have any sort of hope.

Realistically due to goal difference, the two will need Germany to win. Ghana then would only have to win where as Portugal would need to win, and still win big, swinging a five goal difference to the USA, which is far less than the eight goal swing they would need to catch the Germans.

In the final group, Belgium have qualified and will only need a point against South Korea to top the group.

The Koreans need a win, more than likely a big win as their goal difference is the worst in the group, and the other result to go their way in order to proceed.

Algeria face Russia knowing that a win would put them through. A draw would be enough should South Korea fail to beat Belgium and overturn the three goal difference they trail by.

A win for Russia would see them qualify as long as South Korea do not win by a bigger margin.

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