World Cup Results 2014: Scores, Updated Group Table and Fixtures After Day 10

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World Cup Results 2014: Scores, Updated Group Table and Fixtures After Day 10
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On Day 10 of the 2014 World Cup, something special simply seemed bound to happen from one of the world's best players who happens to wear a No. 10 jersey.

Argentina's Lionel Messi dazzled spectators with a brilliant strike in extra time against Iran to end the 91-minute 0-0 draw between the two teams.

Alireza Haghighi was fantastic in goal for Iran against a strong Argentina offense led by Messi. Haghighi recorded eight saves on a day when Argentina controlled the ball for 70 percent of the match.

Although, with Messi in the fold, the even score wouldn't last the duration.

In extra time, Messi's left foot put Argentina ahead. Here's a look at his brilliant goal, courtesy of Football Stuff:

So, just how incredible was that game-winning goal?

First of all, Messi's goal was the longest of this year's World Cup, according to a tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:

Also, take a look at just how much of Iran's defense stood in Messi's way:

This win gives Argentina a 2-0 record and moves it through the group stage of the competition.

Messi and Co. didn't deliver the only excitement of the day.

A pivotal match between Germany and Ghana took place soon after. After Ghana lost to the United States, and Germany absolutely dismantled Portugal, early predictions didn't exactly favor Ghana.

Well, the Ghanaians proved all of their doubters wrong.

Each of these teams showed vastly different styles of play, as Germany appeared very tactical in its approach, while Ghana looked to be more reckless, yet extremely aggressive.

Germany got on the board first when Mario Goetze beat Fatawu Dauda in the 51st minute to earn his team a 1-0 lead. However, that didn't last long, as Ghana's Andre Ayew scored the equalizer just three minutes later.

In the 63rd minute, Asamoah Gyan gave Ghana its first lead of the World Cup, but Germany's hero, Miroslav Klose, wouldn't be denied.

Klose's goal not only allowed Germany to draw even, but it put him in elite territory. Klose now equals the record for the most World Cup goals, and LiveFootball tweeted a staggering comparison:

The win keeps Germany atop Group G, but it also puts the United States in great position, as a win by the Americans on Sunday would advance them through the group stage.

Although, according to a tweet from Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, the odds aren't exactly in favor of the United States:

The final match of the day also happened to be the most dramatic and controversial.

Nigeria took on Bosnia and Herzegovina in an effort to avoid elimination from this year's World Cup.

In an offensive-oriented, fast-paced match, the final score gave Nigeria the 1-0 win on a Peter Odemwingie goal in the 29th minute. However, although that may be the final score, it's highly debatable.

Edin Dzeko appeared to have scored a flawless goal for Bosnia and Herzegovina, but he was ruled offside and the goal was disallowed. A tweet from Genius Football gives a great look at the occurrence—you be the judge:

Regardless, the goal didn't stand and Bosnia and Herzegovina was eliminated from World Cup contention to round out the final game on Day 10.

The win for Nigeria was the country's first in quite some time, according to a tweet from Yahoo India:

Here's a look at the updated standings and remaining schedule for the group stage.

Group Standings
Pos Team Pts GD P W D L F A
Group A
1 Brazil 4 2 2 1 1 0 3 1
2 Mexico 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0
3 Croatia 3 2 2 1 0 1 5 3
4 Cameroon 0 -5 2 0 0 2 0 5
Group B
1 Netherlands 6 4 2 2 0 0 8 3
2 Chile 6 2 2 2 0 0 5 1
3 Australia 0 -3 2 0 0 2 3 6
4 Spain 0 -6 2 0 0 2 1 7
Group C
1 Colombia 6 4 2 2 0 0 5 1
2 Ivory Coast 3 0 2 1 0 1 3 3
3 Japan 1 -1 2 0 1 1 1 2
4 Greece 1 -3 2 0 1 1 0 3
Group D
1 Costa Rica 6 3 2 2 0 0 4 1
2 Italy 3 0 2 1 0 1 2 2
3 Uruguay 3 -1 2 1 0 1 3 4
4 England 0 -2 2 0 0 2 2 4
Group E
1 France 6 6 2 2 0 0 8 2
2 Ecuador 3 0 2 1 0 1 3 3
3 Switzerland 3 -2 2 1 0 1 4 6
4 Honduras 0 -4 2 0 0 2 1 5
Group F
1 Argentina 6 2 2 2 0 0 3 1
2 Nigeria 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0
3 Iran 1 -1 2 0 1 1 0 1
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 -2 2 0 0 2 1 3
Group G
1 Germany 4 4 2 1 1 0 6 2
2 United States 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1
3 Ghana 1 -1 2 0 1 1 3 4
4 Portugal 0 -4 1 0 0 1 0 4
Group H
1 Belgium 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1
2 Russia 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1
3 South Korea 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1
4 Algeria 0 -1 1 0 0 1 1 2

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Schedule
Date Time (ET) Fixture Network
Sun., June 22 12 p.m. Belgium vs. Russia ABC
3 p.m. South Korea vs. Algeria ABC
6 p.m. United States vs. Portugal ESPN
Mon., June 23 12 p.m. Australia vs. Spain ESPN2
12 p.m. Netherlands vs. Chile ESPN
4 p.m. Croatia vs. Mexico ESPN
4 p.m. Cameroon vs. Brazil ESPN2
Tues., June 24 12 p.m. Italy vs. Uruguay ESPN
12 p.m. Costa Rica vs. England ESPN2
4 p.m. Japan vs. Colombia ESPN
4 p.m. Greece vs. Ivory Coast ESPN2
Wed., June 25 12 p.m. Nigeria vs. Argentina ESPN
12 p.m. Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran ESPN2
4 p.m. Honduras vs. Switzerland ESPN2
4 p.m. Ecuador vs. France ESPN
Thu., June 26 12 p.m. United States vs. Germany ESPN
12 p.m. Portugal vs. Ghana ESPN2
4 p.m. South Korea vs. Belgium ESPN
4 p.m. Algeria vs. Russia ESPN2

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