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World Cup 2014: Messi keeps Argentina cruising to next round, only final group matches remain

Updated: 2014-06-26 17:51:27 (KST)
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Not a day goes by without some good OR bad football action from Brazil and day 14 of the games was no exception.
Our sports correspondent Song Ji-sun is again standing by to ensure we don't miss out on anything.
Ji-sun, we are already halfway through the 2014 World Cup and we'll be seeing more teams packing their bags from this point on, right?

Two weeks have already passed since the 2014 World Cup kicked off in Brazil and only the half of the teams can remain to play on at this point.
We often see football's superstars struggle at the World Cup -- either because their national team don't have the skills to back them or they just get stage fright.
This year though, we are seeing one footballer cement himself as a legend of the game.
Who else could we be talking about but Lionel Messi
The pint-sized striker scored a great goal after just 3 minutes against Nigeria to give Argentina an early ONE-NIL lead.
But Nigeria's Ahmed Musa equalized just a minute after cutting the Argentinian fans celebrations short.
Both strikers added another, but Argentina takes this one as Rojo sealed the THREE-TWO victory with a goal in the second half.
Scoring in all three group matches -- Messi now shares the top scorer spot with Brazil's Neymar with four goals from three matches.
Despite the loss, Nigeria advances to the next round as Iran lost THREE-ONE to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
France drew nil-nil against Ecuador -- cruising to the next round with their European neighbor, Switzerland.
Only four spots remain in the last 16.

These spots will be filled by the end of this evening in Brazil - kicking off with Group G at 1 p.m. local time.
With Germany and the U.S. leading the group with four points each -- they can both move on to the next round by drawing the match.
Portugal will be hoping they don't so they can sneak into the knockout stages with a strong win against Ghana.

Korean football fans will once again gather on the streets to cheer on the squad for Korea's last group match - at 5 a.m. on a Friday morning, Seoul time.
With Belgium already in the final 16 -- the window is open for three countries in Group H.
So, what do Korea need to do?

They need a comprehensive victory against Belgium and for Russia to beat or draw against Algeria. so it's going to be very, very tough.
Head coach Hong Myung-bo is unlikely to make many changes to the team that lost to Algeria.
He told reporters that he will most likely select under-fire striker Park Chu-young, who has been struggling in Brazil, in the first eleven.
The phrase he repeated over and over was that his players would do their best.
On the other hand, the Belgium coach is resting his star men since they are already through.
Let's hear what the players have to say.

(Korean)
"We have one last group match. That's all we are thinking about. We are trying our best to give it all that we can, without too much pressure."

"I think we end up winning our matches but we aren't yet at our usual 100 per cent.
I think that with time that will come. We will play better and increase our confidence levels so, that's to say, win matches with style."

Well, we'll see which of these players step off the pitch at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo in the early hours of Friday morning, Korea time with a big smile on their face. Let's hope it's Korea
That was your look at today's World Cup action, I'll see you back here with the latest from Brazil 2014.


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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