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World Cup 2014: Weekend wrap-up, matches on June 16
Updated: 2014-06-16 16:22:58 KST

The 2014 World Cup is now at full speed and promises even greater excitement in about seven hours time when Germany lock horns with Portugal at the Fonte Nova arena.
But, before that Day four of the global event was full of excitement, for sure.
Our sports correspondent Song Ji-sun has a wrap-up.
Ji-sun.

Hello to you football fans around the world. Hope you're enjoying all the action on the pitch.
The group stage of the tournament is well under way, with 11 matches played as of this Monday morning.
In Group E -- two European and Central American countries had their first matches and in this case, the European teams scooped all three points - with Switzerland beating Ecuador 2-1 and France beating Honduras 3-nil.
Over in Rio de Janeiro, Argentina is a strong contender for the trophy -- but their performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina was a tad underwhelming given that Argentina is considered one of the favorites along with Brazil.
The South Americans were gifted their first goal when there were barely 3 minutes on the clock.
Bosnia's Sead Kolasinac took the dubious honor of scoring the fastest own goal in World Cup history.
Playing within himself in the first half - superstar captain Lionel Messi sealed the victory with a stunning goal in the sixty-fifth minute.
Bosnia and Herzegovina fared better than expected even scoring their first ever goal at the World Cup.
Final score in this match 2-1 Argentina.
With that said, let's take a look at the group standings.
All teams in Groups A to E have played one game each -- and we haven't seen a single draw yet.
Brazil and Mexico are leading in Group A -- with Chile and the Netherlands going strong against Spain and Australia in Group B.
Colombia and Cote d'Ivoire are the top two in Group C over Japan and Greece.
Costa Rica and Italy also earned three points for winning their first matches - against Uruguay and England on Saturday, respectively.
In group E, the European teams are leading over the central and south American squads.

The latter groups are still to play their first matches -- on this Monday, European football heavyweights, Germany and Portugal of group G will be the first to kick off at 1 p.m. in Salvador -- and the second match of group F: Iran and Nigeria are next up at 4 p.m.
Another anticipated match in Group G - the one between the U.S. and Ghana is set for 7 p.m. -- that will be 7 a.m. on a Tuesday morning here in Korea.

We are definitely seeing a lot of goals in these early days of the World Cup - possibly because of the new ball Brazuca -- or maybe, the strikers just got better.
Our Yoo Lian gives us some facts and figures of the World Cup -- including something you didn't know about the official ball.

(Lian VCR)
It's every soccer player's dream to play in the World Cup, the most viewed sporting event in the world.
There was one player that played a staggering 25 matches in the World Cup, German midfielder Lothar Matthaus.
The German legend, with the most appearances in the World Cup, took part in every World Cup between 1982 and 1998.
When it comes to Korea, Park Ji-sung is the country's unforgettable hero.
Park scored the winning goal against Portugal at the 2002 World Cup at the age of just 21, making him the youngest Korean player to score a goal at a World Cup finals.
If there was a perfect attendance award given out for the World Cup, it would go to Brazil.
Brazil is the only nation to have appeared in all 20 World Cups.
The soccer-mad nation has also picked up the trophy a record five times.
Brazilian striker Ronaldo holds the record for the most number of goals scored, amassing 15 in three tournaments.
Since his last World Cup in 2006, Ronaldo's record remains untouched, but that could change over the next month, as Germany's Miroslav Klose is just one goal behind.

(Stand-up)
Soccer balls in previous World Cups have been criticized for being erratic.
The Brazuca, the official ball for this year's tournament, is made up of just 6 panels,.. the smallest number of panels used for a soccer ball ever.
With fewer stitches needed, experts are calling it "the most stable and accurate ball ever.

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