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 Germany-Ghana draw increased the US chance of finishing 1st in the group -- but reduced its chances to advance. http://t.co/HlCGOyfzyF— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 21, 2014
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:
Dzeko's goal was ruled out for an offside. Really ? pic.twitter.com/LOaMAOxZWc— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) June 21, 2014
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:
Peter Odemwengie's goal gives Nigeria a 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is Nigeria's first World Cup win in 16 years. #WorldCup2014— Yahoo India (@YahooIndia) June 21, 2014
Here's a look at the updated standings and remaining schedule for the group stage.
|4||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0||-2||2||0||0||2||1||3|
|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|