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It’s moments like these that make the World Cup special. On the biggest stage in the world of soccer, you get a watch a huge underdog in Iran rise to the occasion and push a powerhouse nation like Argentina to the brink. But on that same stage, the best of the best typically rise to the top and unforgettable highlights like this Messi goal are the end result.
Can Iran win its second ever World Cup match and seize the top spot in the group along the way? Can team captain Lionel Messi fend off the Iranians and lead group favorite Argentina to a second straight victory in Brazil? We’ll soon find out as the action kicks off at 12 p.m. ET and everything you need to follow along is a click away.
In America, we hire former athletes for pregame shows to break down the Xs and Os before a pivotal match. Not Brazilian television giant Globo. With the World Cup being in Brazil, the media company blew their budget and continued a long-lasting rivalry with Argentina by unveiling a scary-as-hell robo-Lionel Messi.
Hard to believe, but Lionel Messi hasn’t scored in the finals in eight years. That was in Germany in 2006 vs. Serbia and Montenegro, and he came off the bench to do it. Now, another multi-named country, so let’s see what happens.
Today In Pitch-Crashers: A Fan Ran Onto The Field, Kissed Lionel Messi On The Forehead And Ruffled His Hair
Argentina and Sweden played an international friendly today with the South Americans coming out on top 3-2, but not before another fan sought out Lionel Messi on the pitch. This guy was particularly friendly and adoring, planting a kiss on his forehead, ruffling his hair and surrendering to security without incident. Messi took the whole thing in stride, probably because he’s a grizzled field-rusher veteran these days, though he did take a moment to re-style his hairdo. Priorities in a close match, obviously.
In non-Euro 2012 news, Argentina played Brazil in a friendly today. Lionel Messi wasn’t going to let the so-called “group of death” capivate the eyes of the world, so he put on a show, racking up three goals in a 4-3 Argentinian victory. Here’s the third and final goal, in which he dribbled half the field and put the ball in the top corner. Oh, and by the way, it was in the 84th minute and the game-winner.
“¡Mira, Mama! ¡Sin Manos!” Uruguayan Keeper stops Two Shots In Three Seconds Using His Foot And His Face
Lionel Messi was error-prone in Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Colombia in the Copa America.
There’s probably a reason that Americans use the term “exhibition game” to describe what soccer-loving countries call “friendly” matches—because they aren’t always very friendly.
If you thought the Ron Artest of the 2010 World Cup was going to quietly leave his job, then clearly you haven’t seen him hump his players.