World Cup 2014: Ranking the Top 10 Matches from Group-Stage Games

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World Cup 2014: Ranking the Top 10 Matches from Group-Stage Games
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To many, the World Cup is the greatest show on earth, a sporting event that provides a platform for the world's finest players to perform. Those who are a success at a World Cup are immortalised for life, forever remembered for their achievements in a month-long event watched the world over. 

Unfortunately, recent tournaments have failed to live up to expectations, defensive football too often the prevailing style, with dull matches ruining the spectacle. It led to skepticism in certain quarters about the event's long-term appeal.

However, Brazil 2014 has been overwhelmingly impressive, bucking the trend of uninspiring football and providing joy and entertainment in equal measure. There's hardly been a bad game during what's been a wonderful group stage.

Here we look back at the 10 best matches so far. Games were ranked on the quality of the goals and the sheer excitement of the contest.

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