Day four of the FIFA World Cup saw no major upsets as both France and Argentina recorded easy wins. The only shocker was Switzerland’s stoppage-time goal that gave them a win.
What’s interesting is that there still hasn’t been a draw in this World Cup; the Swiss made sure of that last night.
Lionel Messi got a huge monkey off his back by scoring just his second-ever World Cup goal early on in the tournament.
A stoppage time winner by Haris Seferovic saw Switzerland come from behind to beat Ecuador 2-1 in the opening World Cup Group E game.
Ricardo Rodriguez made a low cross which the Real Sociedad striker converted into a goal at the near end of the post with just 23 seconds of added time remaining.
Switzerland had a second-half goal by Josip Drmic wrongly disallowed. The goal-line technology which should have been used in this case wasn’t available and the goal wasn’t visible to the naked eye of the referee.
Valencia equalised for Ecuador converting a Jefferson Montero cross and deflected a shot right behind the goalkeeper’s legs.
The Swiss are ranked sixth in the world and having sailed through qualifying with seven clean sheets in 10 games find themselves in a relatively easy group.
Three goals and a red card saw this game turn into a rather interesting affair.
Neither team played easy and the game saw multiple fouls on both sides.
The first goal came from a penalty kick scored by Karim Benzema. Palacios fouled Pogba in the box and the referee had no choice but to award France with a penalty.
Stoke City man, Wilson Palacios got into a feud with France’s Paul Pogba – both had been fouling each other since the first half – and eventually got sent off few minutes before half time.
Karim Benzema converted the resulting free kick and curled a beautiful shot into the top left corner giving France the lead just before the half-time whistle.
The Real Madrid player was in incredible form as he scored his second goal 20 minutes before full-time. Benzema scored the third too, as Mathieu Debuchy’s deflected shot came close and he shot it high into Valladares’ goal – giving France their third goal and a deserved three points.
Lionel Messi scored a wonderful goal as Argentina got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start by overcoming a battling Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.
Argentina went in front after just three minutes thanks to an own goal from Sead Kolasinac.
The second half saw Lionel Messi double the lead in the 65th minute after gliding past a couple of defenders before finishing exquisitely.
Bosnia, who were making their World Cup debut, fought strongly and Vedad Ibisevic got close to breaking the Argentine defence, but failed.
And then came the moment much of the world had been waiting for: a classic Messi goal.
A one-two with Gonzalo Higuain and his trademark run across the area, Messi left the Bosnian defence flailing behind and slotted in a low shot off the post.