The people who complain about a lack of scoring in this sport really have no arguments after an exciting start to the 2014 World Cup.
There were 28 goals scored in the first eight matches, and Sunday's contests kept it going with some impressive play throughout. These scores added to a long list of goals already on the board as everyone fights to bring home the Golden Boot.
Here is a complete list of all the goalscorers so far in this tournament along with the latest results from Day 4 in Brazil.
|Day 4 Results|
|Group||Team 1||Score/Time (ET)||Team 2|
|List of World Cup Scorers|
|Robin van Persie||Netherlands||2|
|Joel Campbell||Costa Rica||1|
|Oscar Duarte||Costa Rica||1|
|Marcos Urena||Costa Rica||1|
|Stefan de Vrij||Netherlands||1|
|Wilfried Bony||Ivory Coast||1|
|Sunday's scorers highlighted|
Day 4 Recap
Switzerland 2, Ecuador 1
Switzerland showed why you always have to play to the final whistle, as a score in stoppage time put it ahead and secured the victory in its first match of the tournament.
Ecuador did not have many chances early on, but it took advantage of the ones it got.
After Jefferson Montero earned a free kick in the corner, Walter Ayovi set up a perfect cross in front of the net. Enner Valencia then provided a powerful header into the back of the net to put Ecuador up 1-0 in the 22nd minute, as captured by ESPN:
This lead held until halftime as Switzerland was unable to complete passes in the final third. However, the Swiss were finally able to get on the scoresheet a few minutes into the second half on a corner kick in the 48th minute.
Ricardo Rodriguez provided the cross while Admir Mehmedi did the rest with a strong header:
OptaJoe points out that Mehmedi had just come into the match before making an impact:
The battle remained tied at 1-1 until the closing minutes, when it seemed like both sides would settle for a draw. However, the referee allowed a play on in the final counterattack, and Switzerland made it count when Haris Seferovic took a cross from Rodriguez and put it into the net in the 93rd minute:
Fox Sports captured the excitement of the moment:
Ecuador was obviously disappointed by the result, but it should be able to bounce back in its next matchup against Honduras. Still, the Ecuadorians have to be more careful defensively.
Switzerland will hope that the final goal will give the side momentum in its next match against France as it attempts to win the wide-open Group E.
France 3, Honduras 0
After a terrible performance at the 2010 World Cup, France are off to a great start this time around.
It took a long time for the French squad to get onto the scoresheet as the two sides were in a scoreless draw for almost the entire first half.
However, the match changed shortly before intermission when Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios was called for his second yellow card of the contest. This second one not only resulted in his dismissal from the match, but it was also in the box to force a penalty kick.
As Squawka Football notes, Karim Benzema made the shot and helped France continue an impressive trend:
Benzema was just as aggressive in the second half, helping his side double the lead with a hard shot off the post in the 48th minute. This ended up going into the net thanks to an own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares:
The striker then continued his impressive day with another score on a rebound, hitting it into the top corner where the keeper could not reach it. This put him in an rare class for the national team:
Considering France's talent across the pitch and the fact that Honduras were playing with just 10 men, it makes sense that the CONCACAF squad could not play their way back into the match.
France will have a much tougher time scoring in their next match against the solid defense of Switzerland. Still, they will have to come up big since this battle could end up deciding the group.
As for Honduras, it might be a goal just to earn points in the next contest against Ecuador.
Argentina 2, Bosnia-Herzegovina 1
Although Argentina might not have had the dominant showing they would have hoped for in their opening match, they still were able to come away with a win over arguably the next-best team in their group.
The South Americans were able to take an early lead in this game thanks to a mistake by Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac. As Paul Carr of ESPN notes, he set a record that he might not be happy with in this match:
Interestingly, this was the third own goal of the tournament in just four days.
Unfortunately, neither side could get much going after that in what was an extremely quiet first half. At this point, there was a lot of pressure on Lionel Messi to come through for his national team after having so much success at the club level.
He did just that in the 65th minute with an incredible run that beat multiple defenders before firing it into the back of the net:
This gave Argentina a 2-0 lead that lasted until the closing minutes of the match. Vedad Ibisevic was able to get Bosnia-Herzegovina onto the scoresheet in the 84th, which is actually a notable moment for the nation's history, according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated:
Still, this was too little, too late as Argentina were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Bosnia should be satisfied with their performance, but they will need to make sure to come away with points against Nigeria if they want to advance out of the group.
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