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

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 22, 2014

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Argentina won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super/Associated Press

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
Group A
Group B
Group C
2Ivory Coast30210133
Group D
1Costa Rica63220041
Group E
Group F
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-2200213
Group G
2United States31110021
Group H
3South Korea10101011
DateTime (ET)FixtureNetwork
Sun., June 2212 p.m.Belgium vs. RussiaABC
3 p.m.South Korea vs. AlgeriaABC
6 p.m.United States vs. PortugalESPN
Mon., June 2312 p.m.Australia vs. SpainESPN2
12 p.m.Netherlands vs. ChileESPN
4 p.m.Croatia vs. MexicoESPN
4 p.m.Cameroon vs. BrazilESPN2
Tues., June 2412 p.m.Italy vs. UruguayESPN
12 p.m.Costa Rica vs. EnglandESPN2
4 p.m.Japan vs. ColombiaESPN
4 p.m.Greece vs. Ivory CoastESPN2
Wed., June 2512 p.m.Nigeria vs. ArgentinaESPN
12 p.m.Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. IranESPN2
4 p.m.Honduras vs. SwitzerlandESPN2
4 p.m.Ecuador vs. FranceESPN
Thu., June 2612 p.m.United States vs. GermanyESPN
12 p.m.Portugal vs. GhanaESPN2
4 p.m.South Korea vs. BelgiumESPN
4 p.m.Algeria vs. RussiaESPN2


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