FIFA World Cup

World Cup Results 2014: Tracking Final Scores, Golden Boot Contenders for Day 8

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: James Rodriguez #10 of Colombia celebrates by dancing with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2014

If you want goals, you can go to YouTube and look up any number of goals scored in the past World Cup. If you want "golazos," however, you need not look any further than the 2014 tournament. 

While Robin van Persie and Tim Cahill can each make a strong argument for goal of the tournament, Thursday at the World Cup still featured some truly beautiful finishes. Let's review them below, along with taking a look at the day's results and the tournament's list of scorers. 
 

Results

Thursday Fixtures
GroupTeam 1ResultTeam 2
CColombia2-1Ivory Coast
DUruguay2-1England
CJapan0-0Greece

 

Golden Boot Watch

World Cup Leading Scorers
PlayerCountryGoals
Arjen RobbenNetherlands3
Robin van PersieNetherlands3
Thomas MuellerGermany3
James RodriguezColombia2
GervinhoIvory Coast2
Luis SuarezUruguay2
Tim CahillAustralia2
NeymarBrazil2
Karim BenzemaFrance2
Mario MandzukicCroatia2
Wayne RooneyEngland1
Juan QuinteroColombia1
Ivan PerisicCroatia1
Ivica OlicCroatia1
Mile JedinakAustralia1
Memphis DepayNetherlands1
Eduardo VargasChile1
Charles AranguizChile1
Sofiane FeghouliIran1
Marouane FellainiBelgium1
Dries MertensBelgium1
Lee Keun-HoSouth Korea1
Alexander KerzhakovRussia1
Mario BalotelliItaly1
Claudio MarchisioItaly1
Daniel SturridgeEngland1
Edinson CavaniUruguay1
Joel CampbellCosta Rica1
Oscar DuarteCosta Rica1
Marcos UrenaCosta Rica1
Pablo ArmeroColombia1
Teofilo GutierrezColombia1
Stefan de VrijNetherlands1
Xabi AlonsoSpain1
OscarBrazil1
Oribe PeraltaMexico1
Alexis SanchezChile1
Jorge ValdíviaChile1
Jean BeausejourChile1
Wilfried BonyIvory Coast1
Keisuke HondaJapan1
Enner ValenciaEcuador1
Admir MehmediSwitzerland1
Haris SeferovicSwitzerland1
Lionel MessiArgentina1
Vedad IbisevicBosnia-Herzegovina1
Mats HummelsGermany1
Clint DempseyUnited States1
Andre AyewGhana1
John Anthony BrooksUnited States1
Thursday scorers highlighted

 

Analysis

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Phot
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For about an hour, the match between Colombia and Ivory Coast was a cagey, cautious and surprisingly dull affair. And then all hell blew loose.

James Rodriguez—who else?—opened the scoring in the 64th minute with a fantastic header off a Colombian corner. Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly Sports passes along the goal:

Look out Shakira, indeed.

For Rodriguez, it was quite the historical goal, as OptaJose tweeted:

And plenty of folks are enjoying this Colombian team and the performances of Rodriguez, with Grant Wahl of SI.com among them:

But back to the match, because there wasn't much time to marinate in Rodriguez's brilliance. After all, six minutes later, Colombia made it two.

The Colombians forced a turnover in the midfield and broke forward in numbers on the break. Juan Quintero provided the finishing touch, spinning a lovely shot under the arm of onrushing keeper Boubacar Barry to make it a 2-0 game.

But the Ivory Coast weren't done and dusted. Far from it. Since the insertion of Didier Drogba into the game in the 60th minute, the squad had really started to look dangerous on the attack. But it was Gervinho, not Drogba, who would provide the team's only goal and moment of brilliance in this game. 

Just look at this 73rd-minute goal from the Roma man, via ESPN FC:

Pure class. More than a few Arsenal supporters were wondering where that form was during his spell in North London. Gary Lineker sympathized:

And Gervinho even topped Rodriguez's historical tally, per OptaJoe:

If you thought that much was a cracker, well, it was just the appetizer for the England versus Uruguay match to follow. 

Not surprisingly, Luis Suarez was brilliant in his return for Uruguay, scoring two goals. ESPN FC passes along his first, a fine bit of skill from Edinson Cavani to set it up:

But it looked like England were going to salvage at least a point, nonetheless, after Wayne Rooney not only equalised the game but finally—finally—scored his first career World Cup goal in the 75th minute. 

Here's the moment, via Bleacher Report UK:

But nine minutes later, Suarez had his brace, his game-winner and a heartbreaker for the ages for the English. Even the most ardent Liverpool fans may try to ban him from England after this performance.

So where do we stand in the Golden Boot race?

Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Thomas Mueller are currently leading the chase with three goals apiece, though there are two important notes to mention from that trio—Mueller has played just one game thus far, and van Persie will miss the Dutch's third game after accumulating two yellow cards in the first two games.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Arjen Robben of the Netherlands acknowledges the fans after a 3-2 victory in  the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (
Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Few players have looked better than Robben thus far. But Robben was more interested in looking forward than back.

"We have take a big step forward," he told FIFA.com. "We have six points, which is the maximum we could have taken. Now we have one more group game and we want to play well."

Based on their form thus far, they will. And given how dynamic Robben has been on the counter, it won't be surprising in the least if he finishes as this year's Golden Boot player.

Though Thursday's stars like Suarez, Gervinho and Rodriguez might have something to say about that. If Suarez is this good in his first match back, imagine how well he'll be playing if Uruguay reach the knockout phase. 

It's a frightening prospect for the rest of the field, that much is certain. 

  

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