In love with the little things.
In love with the little things.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)June 25, 2014
First thing’s first: make sure you all print out the sick note courtesy of USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann so that you can watch the big game on Thursday. Do it!— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann)June 25, 2014
Got it? Okay, cool. Now let’s see what happened Wednesday in another edition of World Cup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:
Did you need any more proof that this is Lionel Messi’s tournament? You got it on Wednesday.
Messi left it late before winning Argentina’s first two games with a pair of superb goals, but he wasted no time against Nigeria. La Pulga went for pure power scoring his first in the third minute, then produced a signature free kick for his second before halftime.
I can’t think of another man that excites me quite as much as Messi does.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)June 25, 2014
Messi now on four. Maradona got five in 1986. (If you’re into that kind of thing… which I am.)— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney)June 25, 2014
So much for Messi not being the same player for Argentina. Reckon he’s been saving himself for this.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke)June 25, 2014
I think Lionel Messi wants to win the World Cup, you guys.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT)June 25, 2014
Messi and Neymar living up to their billing. Fantastic free kick by the Argentine.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl)June 25, 2014
@RayHudson no that’s Suarez— Tom Steigerwald (@T_Stagzxo)June 25, 2014
And because Nigeria also had their scoring boots on, the World Cup of Goals continued:
When Argentina play Brazil in the final, the score will be 5-7. #EarlyPrediction— Dan Colasimone (@ArgentinaFW)June 25, 2014
Goals for all! #NGAvsARG— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas)June 25, 2014
One of the joys of this tournament is wondering how many goals Messi would score if he got to play against the Argentinian defense.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)June 25, 2014
When people talk about how there is no scoring in soccer, I honestly don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden)June 25, 2014
Both teams defending is abysmal !— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)June 25, 2014
Even Iran scored on Wednesday, which is significant because…— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz)June 25, 2014
In the late games, Xherdan Shaqiri lit it up for Switzerland.— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive)June 25, 2014
"Shaq Attack" scored the 50th hat trick in World Cup history and the second of 2014 after Thomas Muller, his Bayern Munich teammate.
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official)June 25, 2014
Shaqiri has scored more goals in just one game than England— Fisnik Jashari (@FisnikJashari)June 25, 2014
What would you do with your last hours on Earth? This man had an answer.
Hungry for another World Cup recap? Chew on this:— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive)June 24, 2014
Suarez’s third career bite for club and country was obviously THE viral story of the day, so we’re going to start with “the ugly” and save the
bestgood for last. Bon appetit!
Suarez is making a habit of snacking on his opponents (is human flesh really that tasty? Is the joke on us?). The Liverpool star was suspended ten Premier League games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season, and 7 games by the Dutch league for munching on PSV’s Ottman Bakkal in 2010 while at Ajax.
On Tuesday, Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini became Vampire Suarez’s latest victim. Note the bite mark on Chiellini’s shoulder in the picture above. The referee did not see it, so no foul was called, but the rest of the world’s population did and responded accordingly:
SUAREZ BITE. THIS WORLD CUP HAS EVERYTHING— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)June 24, 2014
Suarez going with the ‘if you can’t beat them eat them’ approach.— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux)June 24, 2014
I guess any part of the body is up for eating.— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield)June 24, 2014
The whole biting thing. I just don’t get it. This is a conversation for a 3 year old, not a grown man repeatedly. #Suarez— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy)June 24, 2014
Suarez is an absolute disgrace sorry. Biting players is gross and against everything about the game. Talent for sure but no thanks. #URU— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman)June 24, 2014
Tell me Suarez didn’t eat someone….was the hero a couple a days ago….— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)June 24, 2014
So glad we don’t have a biter in the women’s game. #ouch— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13)June 24, 2014
When the incident first happened, we weren’t exactly sure if Suarez seriously did it again. Good thing we have video replay now:
All the proof I need. pic.twitter.com/rqIVc5V6Ye— Red PierreEmilery (@redrobbery)June 24, 2014
Yup. He really did it. For a THIRD time. Which begs the following, excellent questions:
Does Suarez understand how cameras work?— Jason Davis (@davisjsn)June 24, 2014
How’s he going to blame the English media this time? We’re all at another game.— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian)June 24, 2014
I ask this with full knowledge no one knows the answer: what the heck goes on in Suarez’s head to make him think that’s OK?— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT)June 24, 2014
So how is Luis Suarez’s heartwarming redemption story going?— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven)June 24, 2014
If only these vendors had told Suarez this before the game:— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS)June 24, 2014
Hola @luis16suarez, si te quedaste con hambre vení a darle un mordisco a una BigMac ;)— McDonald’s Uruguay (@McDonalds_Uy)June 24, 2014
In Suarez’s defense…
To be fair to Luis Suarez, I can’t resist an Italian sub either.— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono)June 24, 2014
— Paddy Power (@paddypower)June 24, 2014